Mornings here are the busiest part of the day, typically. From the moment I wake up to the time I get the kids to school, I only sit down if I can find a few minutes to wolf down some food myself. There’s lunches to be packed, breakfast to be made, kids to get dressed and out the door, animals to feed and water, and plants that need a drink.
Even weekend mornings are busy until the point when I get breakfast into everyone, at which point we start to take a breath. I cook more on weekends, frequently pancakes, bacon and fruit, although blueberry muffins and waffles periodically show up on the menu.
I like to take the time to make breakfast for the kids, but the leftover pancakes also go right into the freezer to be warmed for weekday breakfasts. It’s a quick, easy way to get something homemade into the kids when you have no time.
For me, breakfast has become coffee and smoothies. I had for years had an egg and yogurt in the mornings. It’s better not to have to think about food first thing than have huge variety – I can go a long time without getting bored of my breakfast, so long as there’s coffee. And I was always the person, when faced with smoothie options, that replied “I prefer to chew my food, thanks”. But even the worst cynics can be converted.
I switched to smoothies because I realized I wasn’t quite getting in enough fruits and veggies throughout the day, I needed a new vehicle for my yogurt, and I needed to add some nutritional supplements such as Spirulina, Maca, flaxseed, and a superfood protein powder that has wheatgrass and other goodies. So I started making what I call my Green Monster Smoothies. In goes all those things, but also in it goes bananas, blueberries, strawberries, yogurt, a handful of spinach or super greens, a spoonful of peanut butter and some milk (coconut water or almond/soy milk would work just as well). I’m finding it keeps me full longer, I’m definitely upping my fruit and veggie intake, and I don’t have to eat all those things individually throughout the day. And here’s the thing – it tastes really, really good.
And I mean so good I’m sad when it’s gone and I have to wait for the next day. Which for a ‘no-smoothie as meal’ person, is a pretty solid endorsement.
I make enough for 2 smoothies in my $40 sale blender (no, you don’t need a wildly expensive one) so I only have to put in the effort once every other day, and I store the rest in a mason jar in the fridge for the next morning.
I hate to say I’m a convert, but I just might be. I still like to chew my food, but Green Monster – it’s what’s for breakfast.
Green Monster Smoothies:
1 scoop protein powder – I prefer to use a superfood variety
1/2 tsp Spirulina powder
1 tsp Maca (similar to ginseng and it tastes very good)
2 tablespoons flaxseed
handful of blueberries
handful of spinach or other greens
1 cup plain or flavored yogurt
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 -2 cups of milk or milk alternative, depending on how thick you want it
Whir. Eat. Be happy.