This is what my morning looks like.
Husband wakes up at 5 a.m. for CrossFit. Older son wakes up shortly after. I’m up by this point wondering why my son cannot just quietly go downstairs, and promising myself I will be a calmer and more mindful parent throughout my day (HAH). Daughter wakes up shortly after that and begins to fight with her brother. On the best days younger son wakes up shortly after that but most days the other two wake him up. Breakfast.
And I only have one kid old enough to take the bus.
All I really want to do is some stretching while I listen to the same John Legend song on repeat, drink warm water with lemon, journal about my gratitudes, take a shower (or a bath! eee!), and put on some of the homemade lotion my awesome friend makes. Alas, that is not how it is right now, so instead I’m making the most of what I have. And I’m making a really good breakfast. And I’m making it the night before.
When I first started this blog, I wanted it to be a little bit of everything, including my favorite healthy recipes. I fell in love with writing personal essays that seemed to resonate with others, but I’m right now my life feels like it needs more lightness. So today, I’m sharing some of my favorite breakfast recipes. Starting the day with something made just for me makes me feel very special.
I have 2 favorite breakfasts that I make the night before. I used to be an overnight oats person, but I cannot have uncooked oats since the transplant. Introducing my new (and filling) breakfasts
- Smoothie Bowls
- 1/2 cup frozen fruit + 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup veggies or greens (my favorites are spinach, pumpkin, and cooked beets)
- 1/2 cup liquid (almond or coconut milk are my go-to choices)
- 2 tbsp protein (nut or seed butter, flax or chia seeds, even protein powder will work)
Before I go to bed at night, I blend (in my little blender, so it’s quiet) these ingredients. I pop it in the fridge and in the morning I pour it into a bowl. I top it with pumpkin seeds, berries, coconut flakes, and/or dried fruit. Mini chocolate chips if I feel crazy.
- Pumpkin Chia Pudding
I really like pumpkin. I am not a fall-only pumpkin sort of person. I am that person buying the canned organic pumpkin in May. This recipe (adapted from PopSugar) makes two servings so you can eat it again for lunch! No, just me? Well then save one or eat both.
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 1-2 tbsp pure maple syrup (honey works, too)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
I like to blend my chia pudding because I’m not crazy about the tapioca pudding like texture of traditional chia pudding. I blend all ingredients in my trusty mini blender, then pop a lid on it and put it in the fridge for the a.m. This is the one my kids try to steal from me. Especially when I add 1 tbsp cocoa powder to it on a whim.
- SuperPerson Beverages
The only thing that remains from my before kids morning ritual is my warm water with lemon. In the winter, however, I need a second warm beverage. I tend to drink tea (and more warm lemon water) all day long, so in the wee hours of the morning I sometimes make myself a Decaf organic coffee with a teaspoon of coconut oil, almond milk, and cinnamon. That’s as fancy as it get around here. The coconut oil revs my metabolism, the cinnamon is anti-inflammatory, and the decaf Newman’s Own makes me feel like I’m partaking in an established ritual of crazed parents every where. Caffeine and I don’t agree, and I’m not certain coffee and I do either as I generally feel dehydrated and tight (muscle wise) on days I drink coffee. But, like everything it is a balance, and like the gluten-free brownies from my favorite bakery, there are days when the coffee is worth it.
On a rare, rare, rare day I might make myself a drink called Golden Milk. If you haven’t heard of this “it” drink, Golden Milk is what my daughter would call SuperPerson food. Or in this case drink.
- 1 cup milk of choice (I recommend coconut milk or almond milk)
- ½ tsp ground turmeric
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp black pepper (I do a few grinds of the pepper mill)
- 1 tsp honey
- ½ tsp coconut oil
- In a small saucepan heat milk over medium-low setting (warm but not boiling)\
- Stir in remaining ingredients
- Remove from heat and pour into mugs
I cannot meditate and do yoga or Pilates for an hour before breakfast time (unless I wake up at 3:30 a.m). I cannot listen to NPR, read the paper or discuss the news-unless in involves sports. My mornings are not what they once were, but that makes it even more important that I practice self-care in other ways. If I cannot start by day by nourishing my soul, I should at least nourish my body. And save the yoga-lates and meditation for after school starts.