Breakfast? Who has time for that?
I don’t know about you, but I find the mornings terribly difficult to manage. All I really want to do is wake up to a nice cup of coffee and sit on my terrace in the sunlight, but none of that is going to happen, for many reasons (first being not having a terrace).
What my mornings actually look like is a blur of clothing, toast crusts, and spilled juice. Usually by the time I get out the front door for class (or playgroup), I have totally neglected to feed myself and my next stop will be a quick fix scone at a local coffee shop. Not a good idea!
I think we all know how important it is to start the day off right. It is one of the best ways to combat the blood sugar ups and downs that often accompany the strenuous (and tiring) job of motherhood. A good breakfast can keep you energized all morning and full of the fruits and veggies that give your immunity a boost.
Smoothies (with a twist) to the rescue!
So, how can you squeeze a healthy breakfast into an already hectic morning? The answer is always the same: be prepared! By now you must have seen the amazing ziploc bag smoothies all over Pinterest. These have been an absolute saviour for me! If you have a blender and a freezer, a healthy breakfast can be yours in the time it takes your toast to pop!
The one thing I don’t love about this is waste, so I tend to package my smoothie contents in a few tupperware containers instead. Some even use jars, but I will leave that up to you!
6 easy steps to a delicious, healthy smoothie!
1. Pick a few of your favourite freezer containers
2. Chop a bunch of your favourite fruits and divide equal parts into your containers (about a cup). I always make sure I get bananas in each one.
3. Add a little creamy flair to each container if desired:
– peanut butter
– coconut meat
4. Pop all containers in the freezer (be sure to label them).
5. In the morning, empty one of the containers into a blender with a liquid base
– Almond milk
– Coconut water
– Green tea (don’t knock it ’til you try it!)
6. Blend….but not so fast, let’s make it extra healthy:
– Handful of greens
– Protein powder (I like Vega)
– Chia seeds
Technically you can freeze the greens with your fruits but I find it does not blend very well, and I like my greens REALLY hidden! You can be creative and enjoy a bunch of different combinations. You can’t really go wrong, and if it needs a bit of sweetness you can add honey, maple syrup, or chopped dates.
Super Immune Booster Smoothie:
1 cup chopped mango
1/2 chopped orange
1 tsp zest of lemon or lime
1/2 cup greek yoghurt
1 tsp maca powder or vanilla protein powder
1 cup water
Combine chopped mango, chopped orange, lemon zest, and yogurt into freezer container of choice and place in freezer. In the mornings empty container into a blender and add water and maca powder or protein powder. Blend and enjoy!