As a de facto ‘morning person’ I love breakfast. Nothing can make or break your day quite like your first meal so you need to do it right -or else.
(dun dun dunnnn)
Ahem. So…food you say? mmkay let’s do this.
For ages breakfast for me has revolved around eggs. As I’ve grown older I moved on to f’Eggs in a carton but I’ve felt that I could do better for myself in the morning. Visiting a friend (The Spicy Vegan) in Portland, OR she showed me the light with smoothies and chia (yes, ch-ch-ch-chia) oatmeal. If you find yourself pressed for time in the morning these quick recipes are for you.
Smoothies are dead simple: put what you want in to jar, blend, enjoy. The trick is to balance your ingredients to get optimal blending. Too much frozen fruit and you’re likely to burn out your blender, too much juice and you’ve got…juice.
So for the smoothies I don’t measure anything, it’s all about what I’m feeling that day. I have two jar sizes, 20 and 24 ounces so whatever I grab that’s what I’m consuming that day.
My typical smoothie ingredients:
- Frozen berries
- Frozen fruit: pineapple/melon/peaches/mango
- 1/2 avocado (delicious, trust me)
- 1/2 C (ish) spinach
- Fresh fruit: Kiwi/banana/mango/whatever I have
- Juice: Orange/Tangerine/Black Currant
- Silken tofu if you want a protein punch
Layers of yum!
I drop everything in to the jar layering fresh and frozen to help the blender out, add juice, blend. Easy peasy.
The jar makes for easy transport to the office. I drop it in my bag and my morning is 300% (approximately) better.
Chia oatmeal is so easy you can make it the night before and everything is ready to roll come morning. The oats and chia are super filling and the chia is high in Omega-3s so win-win! Serves one.
- 1/2 C rolled oats
- 1 C milk of your choice
- 1 Tbs chia seeds
- 1 Tbs agave nectar (any sweetener really)
- Dried fruit
- 1 Tsp each: cinnamon and ginger
Toss the oats, chia, agave, and milk in to a jar or tight sealing container. Shake well, place in the fridge and allow the magic to happen overnight.
In the morning add your spices, fruit and all that’s left to do is heat and eat.
Chia oatmeal with dried cherries and raisins
Last, but certainly not least, here’s an option to make your morning coffee seem a little fancier: rose and cardamom. Makes 8 cups.
- 8 Tbs coffee
- 6 dried rose buds
- 1 Tbs cardamom pods, crushed
- 8 C water
Drop everything in to the coffee maker and proceed as normal. Couldn’t be easier.
Sweeten and add cream as you like, its light floral scent and slightly spicy kick will turn your morning up a notch.
The best part is that these are only suggestions, don’t like something? Don’t add it! Do whatever you want and you’ll have a great start to the day.
The smoothie gets me all the way through the morning and I usually pawn some of it off on lucky coworkers. You can divide it up and freeze a portion for later enjoyment too!
Coming soon: summer meals, blueberry ice cream, exclamation points! !! !!!