Remember when it used to be holidays? Yeah, me neither.
If I really concentrate I have a vague recollection of lazy starts to the day, leisurely breakfasts at 10 am and my kiddos changing out of pajamas into swimming costumes and back again at night. Those were the days, my friend.
Did you catch the part where I said breakfast at 10? Let me tell you what happens when you spend five weeks eating breakfast at 10am; your body clock gets used to it. This only becomes a serious problem when you find yourself (mildly shocked and bewildered) needing to send kiddos off to school at 7am and they “aren’t ready to eat yet”.
We have been dealing with this particular side effect of those balmy summer days for almost the entire term. I know that children must arrive at school with a full belly but in all honesty, I am loathe to mount any form of breakfast battle before zero seven hundred.
arguing constructive deliberation, and one or two days where half a banana was considered “something to eat”, Pretty Girl and Handsome agreed to try smoothies as breakfast. I am delighted to report that smoothies have won half the battle on my behalf. Handsome is not convinced and still prefers to eat his fruit and yoghurt separately, but mainly just has Weetbix. Preparing smoothies in the morning gives me the added bonus of feel like a smug, healthy; we eat for the earth, no junk in this house for breakfast kinda mom, as I wave the morning bus goodbye. Well to one of them, but it still counts.
A few weeks in I decided I needed some more smoothie inspiration and so I bought Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward. We are not vegan but all the same Ella’s book is a delight and her smoothie recipes are great. Not that there is that much to a smoothie recipe really, but sometimes it is great to have a little direction.
Today I am sharing Pretty Girl’s favourite smoothie. I am still playing around with adding different nut butters and seeds and have even tried using chia seeds. I am also experimenting making smothies with dairy and some without. You can buy almond milk either sweetened or unsweetened. We started with the sweetend version to ease our way into dairy free.
This Papaya Berry Smoothie is by far her favourite. Best of all it keeps her full until first snack time which is around ten am. The kiddos usually eat breakfast at around 645am, so I am pretty impressed with the longevity, which I attribute to the protein rich almond butter.
Now I just have to get Handsome off the Weetbix? Any ideas?
- 1 ripe banana, peeled
- 1 small Papaya, peeled and seeded
- 250 ml (1 Cup) berries (raspberries/ blueberries/strawberries etc.)
- 5 ml (1 t) almond nut butter
- 125 – 250 ml (½ - 1 C) almond milk
- Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
- If you like your smoothie consistency a little runnier, thin with a little ice water.