Green Freezer Smoothies: The Easy Way to Make Breakfast Happen
Breakfast. When I was in high school I would skip breakfast. Something about having to be out the door at 6:45 a.m. will do that to you. I slept until the last possible minute. Showered. Ran out the door.
College was very much the same. I knew I should be eating breakfast, and yet I continued to put it off, opting instead for a coffee, hastily purchased on my way to class. Hey, I put some cream in there. That's like a bit of breakfast, right?
Motherhood brought on its own set of challenges, now being responsible for other people's breakfast. Still, I tend to be bad about eating it myself. Instead, while my kids are eating, I'll stand at the counter making their school lunches, quizzing them on spelling words, and searching for the long lost folder that disappeared sometime between last night at 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. this morning. Bet you didn't know folders had wings.
It's not that I don't like breakfast. I have an obsession with steaming bowls of oats and grits. I adore a stack of perfect pancakes. I would love to get lost in a plate of eggs, toast, and bacon. I just don't have the time.
So, in an effort to take better care of myself, I had to come up with a few healthy breakfast ideas that I could easily cram down and still get everyone off to school and myself ready for the day. More than the cream in my coffee. (Old habits die hard.)
Here are a few of my favorite breakfasts on the go:
Granola Bars. Easy to grab and eat, and if I make them, I am sure to put plenty of almonds in them. They pack a nice punch and stick with you longer than just oats and raisins.
Nuts and Berries. Turns out I'm part bear. Mother bear? That's just pathetic. However, when I'm short on time and have nothing else on hand, a handful of raw almonds and a handful of berries can suffice. Protein and antioxidants. Nothing wrong with starting your day out that way.
Smoothies. I adore smoothies, but I simply do not have the time or will to cut fruit and vegetables and blend every morning. It isn't happening. A freezer smoothie, however, now that's something I can manage.
Here's my favorite smoothie recipe, and after I make 8 or so of them, I freeze them, pull one out while we're getting our day going before anything else and eat once it's sufficiently unfrozen.
A Green Freezer Smoothie:
1 ripe frozen (if eating immediately) banana
1 chopped apple with or without the peel
½ cup berries of choice
2 cups spinach
½ cup Greek yogurt
Blend until thoroughly mixed. Fill a freezer-safe container ¾ of the way full. Freeze. Remove from the freezer 45 minutes to 1 hour before you would like to eat it.