A pot of tea, orange juice, a basket with mini French baguettes and croissants (plain and chocolate), butter, jam, fruit, a selection of cheeses and some days yogurt, deli meats, bacon and eggs–this is how I’ve started each day for the past three weeks. Four days ago the baguettes were replaced by heartier grain breads (just as good if not better) and the bacon with sausages. I’ve even had my fair share of liverwurst the last two days. I can understand if the latter isn’t your thing. I happen to like it on toast and seeing it on the breakfast spread at the last two hotels has managed to brighten my day, believe that or not.
As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been on vacation. As it draws to a close, I find myself already missing the activities of the past month–the beaches, the day trips on trains, the ruins, old castles, cobblestone streets, the weekend markets, and yes, even the lavish breakfasts that I never treat myself to at home. For me, big breakfasts are for vacations and I’ve indulged on this trip.
In just a few days the morning feasts will be a distant memory and a return to my normal eating habits will mean starting the day with this smoothie. This blend of banana, blueberries, spinach and oats has been my power breakfast for the last few months and it will be just the thing to get my diet back to normal again. The bananas and blueberries are a must for me, as is the spinach. You don’t taste the latter at all so don’t be afraid to add it to boost the nutrition factor. I’ve also taken to adding oats (toasted first on the stove for a few minutes); they not only make the smoothie more filling but they add texture and lend a nutty taste, too. What do you like to add in your smoothies?
Will share more of the sites and tastes of my vacation in upcoming posts!
* This recipe makes about 4 cups.
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1 banana
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 scoop protein powder (optional)
- ¼ cup oats (dry-toasted on stove for 3-4 minutes, until slightly brown on the edges)
- 1 cup ice
- Chia seeds (optional)
- Blend all the ingredients (except chia seeds) together until smooth. Stir in chia seeds if using. Serve immediately.