Monday, April 22, 2013

Second Breakfast?

This morning, inspired by my daughter Carrisa, I thought I would get creative and make a breakfast smoothie. 

I made what I thought would be a fairly substantial non-dairy base using rice, rice bran, almonds, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds all strained through a nut mylk bag.  Then I blended the mylk up with  frozen bananas and about 1 teaspoon of spirulina.

At the risk of sounding like a hobbit - about an hour later - I was looking for second breakfast.

I quickly ran to the kitchen and re-heated last nights left-overs - hooray for left-overs - thin sliced beef in a mixed vegetable dish well seasoned with onion, fennel and basil.  It was heavenly.

Nix smoothies. 

Don't get me wrong - I like the idea of a breakfast smoothie - coconut based ones are definitely a favorite - but smoothies in the morning have never worked for me.

It may not sound like a very traditional breakfast - but when my body is looking for serious food - nothing is more satisfying than dinner left-overs.


  1. Haha! that's funny how you ran back into the kitchen! We are such opposites! I can actually sustain myself longer till lunch when I've had a smoothie! :)

  2. Really? That is amazing - I am impressed.

    I DO love smoothies - so when I want a smoothie - if I make it for a afternoon snack - I am totally OK.

  3. The problem with smoothies for me is that I can't just chug them. So, they work well for me if I make a large one, and keep it with me and sip at it for 1-3 hours as it pleases me.

    But I've noticed you have a high tendency to use banana as the bulk of your smoothies. You might want try something else. I figured out 15-ish years ago that a banana for breakfast makes me hungrier than if I had skipped breakfast all together, and this has remained true every time I've tried it... even when I mixed it with other bulkier stuff like pancake or oatmeal.

    I'm convinced that bananas send my metabolism into an uncontrolable hyper drive. I've occasionally managed to sustain myself on a banana-raw milk smoothie (nothing else), but that's hit and miss... maybe the ripeness of the banana effects it?

    So I would recommend trying other fruits as your base and seeing if that helps.