One of the biggest challenges during the week is getting out of the house on time without overlooking or forgetting an important step — you know, like making sure Bryce is fully clothed (this actually is no joke,) has brushed her teeth and has had something to eat to sustain her until snack time at preschool.
The morning dress ritual is really hit or miss as she’s at an age where she wants to assert her independence and individuality. I do let her dress herself for the most part which means I’ve given up on matching altogether. There have been many a morning where we have battled because she insists on wearing her finest duds to a muddy playground, or she wants to wear the old skirt that was previously used to cut doll patterns. My favorite in the summertime is when she insists on wearing only her bathing suit with princess play heels — reel it in sister! Her signature fashion statement as of late is a pair of pink cowboy boots. Who can blame her? She wears them with everything and if I let her she would bathe and sleep in them. To that end can we acknowledge the amazing clothes out there for kids these days? I mean seriously. In Portland there are 2 year olds who may perhaps be more stylish than most adults I know. I must admit it’s fun to reminisce about the Dorothy Hamill haircut and multicolored corduroy, but no need to pull out the old photo albums in Portlandia…that era is alive and kicking and walking down Broadway. The only difference from a physical standpoint of course, is the appearance of contoured facial hair and fantastic, tinted glasses.
Back to the morning ritual. Last year my cutie pie husband got me a Vita Mix for my birthday. I was so excited you would have thought he handed me 2 first class plane tickets to Paris. This machine changed my life — and his too little does he know.
The Vita Mix is a bit more than a blender…it’s a PULVORIZER. The first time we fired that baby up I thought it was taking us to the moon. It didn’t, but it did show us the way to homemade peanut butter, smoother soups, flours and even nut milks. There are several other options out there for these kinds of machines, but a regular blender will also work for what I’m about to share with you.
Usually when I poll for breakfast suggestions I get scrunchy faces when pushing for oatmeal. Same thing happens when I try to get Brycey to eat her spinach (depending on how it was prepared.) It was highly frustrating, but those days are gone. You should see what goes into these packed little elixirs to the absolute oblivion of my family. These are a great way to start the day, and my favorite part is that they have no bleeping idea. They smile, tell me I’m great and say thanks (I am very lucky.)
Here’s what I gave them this morning:
Breakfast Cloaked in Fruity Goodness
1 whole banana
1 handful frozen peaches
1 handful frozen raspberries
1 handful frozen blueberries
1/2 C peach kefir (you could also use coconut milk)
1 handful of fresh spinach leaves
1/4 C dry oats
1 tsp flax seeds
1 C orange Juice
1 – 2 C coconut water (depending on desired consistency)
Put all into the blender and give it a whirl. If you’re using fresh fruit rather than frozen just add a bit of ice. If there’s any left over I put them into popsicle forms and freeze them. Bryce loves to have them as after dinner treats.
Have a great day!