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Right This Moment

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Since last April, my daily breakfast has consisted of a green smoothie: 1/2 a banana, frozen mixed berries, protein powder, cinnamon, vanilla, kale, spinach, almond butter, and almond milk. Prior to last spring, I consumed my pumpkin oatmeal every day for almost 5 years: oatmeal, pumpkin, blueberries, flax seed, protein powder, almond milk, and walnuts. I’ve loved the switch to the smoothie. It still fills me up until lunch and it helps me increase my consumption of leafy greens without the time commitment needed for endless salads. I’ve loved the smoothies. Until today.

Georgia welcomed its first real cold front of the season last night. I awoke to a cold house, the wind blowing through the cracks in the windows and reaching up through the floors to wrap itself around my ankles. I poured myself out of bed, wrapped my body in layers of rediscovered winter clothes, and went to make the coffee. While I was enjoying my coffee, I realized I was dreading my breakfast. Dread or not, I made my smoothie and drank it down, which led to a subsequent drop in my core temperature with accompanying shivers. I usually meditate after breakfast, but this morning that was replaced with a mad dash to a hot shower.

Those smoothies, in all their green-powered awesomeness, are perfect in the warmer months. But, perhaps, I need to recognize that just because something was right for me yesterday, does not necessarily mean that it is right for me today. I suppose I will need to revert to my pumpkin concoction for the next few months or invent a new breakfast. Spinach oatmeal, anyone?

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6 thoughts on “Right This Moment

    1. Recipe is a bit ambitious. I use 1/4 cup gluten free oats and add a scoop of ground flax seed, little bit of water, about 3/4 cup of pumpkin, and a generous portion of frozen mixed berries. I then nuke it for 2 1/2 minutes (cover the bowl with an inverted plate to avoid pumpkin-splattered microwave syndrome – it can be fatal!). Then, add a scoop vanilla protein powder (I usually use Vega), cinnamon, and a little almond milk. Stir and top with walnuts. I also have a recipe for slow-cooker pumpkin oatmeal over on my wellness site. Enjoy:)

  1. I would love it if you share more of your recipes… I’ve been drinking the same shake for 12 years now: milk, banana, strawberry & protein powder! Once in a while I live on the edge and I add blackberries or raspberries… pathetic 🙂 lol

  2. Looks a bit like the drink Rene Russo consumed in the ‘Thomas Crown Affair’.
    I am an oats and fruit breakfast junkie myself. Right for me yesterday… still right for me today.

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