When you have to wake up at 4:45 am, what is on the breakfast menu to allow for every additional second of precious sleep? SLURPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!
No, not this kind of Slurpee:
|a huge dose of high fructose corn syrup and red dye is NOT how I like to start MY day. |
Jack started calling smoothies "slurpees" about 3 months ago, and the name has stuck. With my longer commute, and even earlier wake up time, a healthy and portable breakfast is in order. And I rarely do coffee, and never caffinated coffee, so the breakfast of choice must include something with enough energy to prop up my heavy eyelids.
Sarah's Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed Smoothie
1/2 cup of froze fruit (I used a mixed bag of pineapple, mangoes, strawberries, and papya)
Splash of organic milk
1 big fistful of organic baby spinach
Blend and enjoy!
Let's run the numbers!
I'll admit, I've been coveting this smoothie blender
for months, but a few things happened. 1) I reigned myself in and reminded myself I don't need to spend money on more "stuff". 2) I saw the cup in-person and realized it wouldn't fit in my tiny little cup holders in my car. When you drive a stick shift, the cup holder is your friend. So, instead of purchasing more crap to fill my kitchen, I just use my immersion blender
that I've had for years. Bonus is that I can make the smoothie IN the cup I'll eventually drink out of so it reduces dirty dishes. Because I need more dirty dishes like I need a hole in my head.
-bag of frozen fruit - $8.79 at Costco. Not organic, but it is in my price range. Works out to $.22 per serving
-homemade raw milk yogurt - $.45 per serving
-organic spinach - $.35 per serving (if I can find a type that doesn't bolt in heat, I'll plant my own. Any suggestions dear readers?)
-1 banana - $.17
1 tsp organic chia seeds - $8.99 a lb in the bulk section at my market. I bought .22 lbs for a cost of $1.98. I'll be able to get about 15 servings from that, so $.13 per serving.
Total: $1.32 for a 16 oz homemade, real food, healthy smoothie
I drink this in the car, and then have 2 hard boiled eggs at work around 9 am to get some protein. The 2 hard boiled eggs are $.66 total. A yummy breakfast that keeps me going until lunch for under $2 - score!
*Wondering what in the hell a chia seed might be? Read all about it courtesy of Wikipedia.