Hear that? The sound of your alarm clock going off after you've hit the snooze button twice already? It's dark and cold and you need to shower though you don't particularly want to shower, but okay you really need to break that four-days-sans-shower streak. So, shower it is! And don't forget to find that other earring! Where is that earring? Damnit, you've got to find the earring.
Weekday mornings—especially in the winter—can be really tough, so it's easy to see why breakfast is the meal that so often gets skipped. Sure, I love a long, leisurely weekend brunch like every other twenty-something woman, but I love it mostly because a.) I can sleep in and b.) someone else is responsible for crisping my hashbrowns and warming the butter for my toast. (Please note that the author is totally willing to pay for that.)
Since I don't have the luxury of a live-in chef or a daily brunch outing, I end up winging my breakfasts most days—or worse—skipping them entirely, only to end up hungry for lunch at 10AM. This is where smoothies swoop in and save the day. When I was younger my mom used to whip up malts with Carnation Instant Breakfast on "special" days (which meant almost every Friday) and since then, I've always had a soft spot for blended breakfast. Now, I like to play around with whatever ingredients I've got in the kitchen, so I give you one of my favorite protein-packed combinations, the Coffee Banana Recharge Smoothie, a quick pick-me-up and good starter smoothie for anyone who's terrified of blended greens. (Although the author strongly encourages you to try blending greens with a banana sometime because it tastes better than most "at home" salads.)
Coffee Banana Recharge Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1/3 c. plain Greek yogurt
- 2-3 Tbsp. ground flax
- 2/3 c. almond milk
- 1/3 c. cold coffee (I leave some coffee in my French press)
- 1 spoonful of almond (or peanut) butter
- 1-2 ice cubes
I know what you're thinking: "Um, Alex, how can this be considered 'fast' when I have to measure out all these ingredients?" You're right, it might not be fast the first time, but eventually you'll be able to eyeball it and it'll be ready in no time.
- Coffee pot or French press
- Blender or Bella Cucina Rocket Blender
Put ice in the bottom of your Bella cup or blender, add banana, yogurt and remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth and top off with a teaspoon of cocoa or almond butter. That's it, you're done.
Photos by my talented pal Ashlie Johnson // Styling by me