I don’t get enough sleep. I run myself ragged day in, day out. I am a working mom, so being tired and feeling stressed goes with the territory. I’ve got some extra challenges though — namely a schedule that means I’m up at 1:45am. Add a busy 5 year old gymnast and 2 year old twins into the mix, and I’m hanging on by a superfine thread.
Lately, I’ve found that my breakfast is really suffering. I didn’t have time to make a healthy meal before I hit the door. Sometimes, I didn’t even have time to grab a ziplock and throw in some fruit. I started grabbing a bag of cheddar bunny crackers, or some other carb-filled, no protein item. Basically, my breakfast was similar to my 2 year old twins snacktime menu. It’s fine for a little afternoon nibble for my kids, but I was starting to rely on these food to start my day. Not ok for a grown woman who doesn’t get enough sleep as it is. Food is fuel, and I was starting my day on fumes. My digestion was starting to suffer, and my energy was flagging. I was crabbier than normal, and just didn’t feel great.
Change was in order for this Weather Mommy. I like to watch YouTube videos about superfood benefits, but up until recently that’s as far as I got. After feeling like crap, and barely making it through the morning, I decided enough was enough!
I got myself a Nutribullet, some fruit, and a spirulina/chlorella powder. It’s SO easy, that even I can find the time. Now I make my smoothie while the kids are watching their after dinner show, pop it in the fridge overnight, then add some liquid and zuuzh it up in the morning. So fast, so easy, and I feel significantly better in just 1 week.
Wondering what I put in my smoothie?? (You can use any fruit you want, but here’s what I did last night)
1) Two handfuls of spinach for my greens. You can’t taste it at all! Don’t believe me?? Ask Lana, Leo or Willow if they drank spinach this weekend. (They would say no, but they did! Ha ha ha)
2) 4 strawberries
3) 3 small chunks of pineapple
4) 1/2 banana (this adds a nice creaminess)
5) Handful of blueberries
This morning I took my smoothie out of the fridge, added a teaspoon or so of my spirulina/chlorella powder and enough almond/coconut milk so that only 1″ of fruit remained uncovered. Then you blend it up, pour it in another cup, and GO! It only takes 1 minute to make my smoothie in the morning. If you can’t find one minute in the morning — you’ve got bigger problems.
Here’s a bit more about the superfood powders that I’ve tried in my smoothies so far —
Spirulina — It’s a microalgae that has been used for centuries. Spirulina is said to help with weightloss, anxiety, increasing energy and improving memory.
Maca — Another powder that’s been used for years. Maca is ground from a root grown in Peru. It is known to help balance hormones, increase energy, help clear skin, and increase your libido. Hey now!
Give morning smoothies a chance guys! If I have time, so do you! Give it a try, and comment below with your favorite recipes, or superfoods! Spread the love, and share the link!