Weekday mornings are pretty hectic in our household. Well, for me at least. The boys have to go to school (attending school is compulsory in the Netherlands) and it’s my job to get them there in time. It’s the Queens wishes, I try to explain to them..
Both being early risers you’d think that it wouldn’t be much of a problem. The thing is that we are all a creative bunch, and once we get going it’s pretty difficult to stop us in our momentum. So, here we have two boys who get up around 7am head to their lego/kapla/puzzle/or other projects and start working. Well, then I enter into the equation to feed them breakfast, before going to school. My challenge is to invite them to leave their projects for what they are – and they are fantastic!, of course – and lure them to the table to have breakfast. What ever that may be; fresh fruit, spelt bread with cheese, oatmeal porridge with raisins and raw honey, juice. Whatever. Once I have succeeded that challenge, they will eat and then it’s time to rush off to school.
That obviously brings its own challenges, like getting dressed before they engage into a sword fight. Getting their bikes out of the shed, while finding the need to feed the fish along the way. Cycling to school leaving enough time to stop along the way to help a lady bird off the ground. Or to pick up that very special stick they found. Or like the time we had to stop half way to school as Jim felt something wiggling near his toes. After taking off his shoe it turned out to be a mouse! The poor little thing was probably hiding in his shoe from our cat Sushi, who must have lost him at some point. And still managed to walk away after all that!
So, I need something fast and furious in my own belly. And this is where the power smoothie comes in! It’s so easy to make, nutritious, and keeps me going for a few hours. Packed with loads of natural protein, healthy fats, minerals and vitamins.
Ingredients: (for 2 glasses…, or one big one!)
1 chopped ripe banana
1 chopped kiwi and/or other fruit
a tablespoon or 2 of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of almond paste or grounded almonds
1 tablespoon of protein powder/algae/spirulina, I use Dr Schulze Superfood powder
1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder
a third of a tin of coconut milk (make sure you buy the brands with real coconut milk, and not just water with additives)
a glass of fruitjuice
Throw all of it into a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!