Mornings have never been my thing…ever. Even after a full night’s sleep, or several full night’s sleep, I am still bleary eyed and nonfunctioning in the morning. Nope, caffeine doesn’t really help. I like coffee but it doesn’t help my functioning unless I’m suffering from lack of sleep or working graveyard and it has no immediate effect on my alertness. Once I drag myself from bed, I get out the door in the morning based on adrenaline and preplanning. I make my lunch the night before, I generally lay my clothes out the night before (or at least make sure acceptable options are clean), anything that has to go out the door with me is by the door (or better yet, in the car). I’m not that organized, really, it’s a survival plan based on years of experience of running out the door late and forgetting everything but my clothes. If I don’t do these things then I have no lunch and I forgot whatever it was I was supposed to take with me.
Given my aversion to mornings (aka, any time of day after I wake up), you can imagine that breakfast isn’t really my thing. I’m not usually hungry until I’ve been awake a couple of hours, and then all of a sudden I’m starving. My body still doesn’t really like much to eat even at that point. Skipping breakfast completely is not an option, I can get cranky and my blood sugar may do weird things if I don’t eat. It’s not pleasant, it really isn’t.
Smoothies have become my savior. They’re tasty, healthy, easy, and filling. I put my smoothies together the night before. You just combine all the ingredients in the blender and set it in the fridge, a couple of minutes of blending the next morning and voilà! Breakfast is ready. Continue reading →