If you’ve been reading for some time, you’ll already know of my penchant for good food. Unlike Cary Grant, I don’t have a favourite meal. His was breakfast; I like them all. Which can lead to the side straps on the trousers being eased a bit after the holiday excesses. (A shot of my celebratory breakfast here.)
As the cold, hard light of the new year dawns and it gets harder and harder to hit the ground running, I am most grateful that Mrs. E. and I have established a breakfast routine that is healthful and very tasty. We begin each morning with a smoothie. I used to use protein powder in our breakfast drinks, but it was helping us to bulk up — not the goal of the Easy and Elegant lifestyle. Most mornings we start with:
The Easy and Elegant Life Breakfast Cup
Makes 2 1/4 drinks.
Toss into your blender:
1 handful of frozen mixed berries (I use fresh during the summer). Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries.
(Opt: a peeled and sliced mango brought by your in-laws.)
1 peeled banana
1/2 cup of uncooked oats (Steel ground if you can get them. Quaker oats is my standby.)
1 – 1 1/2 cup(s) of orange juice (Fresh squeezed in summer, unpasteurized if possible. Simply Orange is my go-to.)
Juice of 1/2 lemon or healthy squirt of Key Lime juice. (Absolutely essential. The citrus really perks up.)
Top with filtered water. Toss in a few ice cubes if you like things really cold and blend on high until you’re convinced that the oats have been blended into the drink.
Makes enough for two tall glasses with a bit left over. That glass will hold me through a run or until about 11:30 am, when I have a piece of fruit, a Kashi chewy bar or start thinking about luncheon. The side straps will be back at their usual state of adjustment in no time.