Last year, I had gotten into this really awesome habit of making myself a green smoothie every morning. I loved it. It got me a few servings of fruits and veggies right away, but more importantly it made me start my day with a kind of intention that isn’t involved in pouring a bowl of cereal. There was something nice about getting to know the ingredients so well I didn’t need to measure any more, and about pouring it into my favorite glass, and taking some time to put thought into what the day would be like while I sipped. Thennnnnn, I got pregnant. And suddenly those smoothies were disgusting. And all I could really stomach in the morning was bread or cereal. And I went down a cereal shame spiral.
Fast forward almost nine months, and we’re still in the cereal shame spiral. It’s kind of the worst — Mr. Lovely and I both get up, pour a bowl of cereal, and sit down at our computers to start work and simultaneously eat while we’re still blurry-eyed. I’d like to get back to that place where I started my days with a little intention, and took time to make something worthwhile. Since we gain an extra hour this weekend with the time change (yay!) it feels like there’s a little bit of wiggle room in the day, and I love that. I know it’ll probably be especially difficult once baby arrives and our schedules get turned upside-down, but if I had an extra hour every day I’d spend it in the morning, arranging my day, making an awesome breakfast, and just quietly gathering my thoughts.
So in that spirit, I’ve been making this fall smoothie that I’m totally loving. There’s a little bit of everything — fruits and veggies and their nutritional bonuses, chia seeds for fiber & a little protein kick, and ZICO coconut water with bunches of electrolytes (and as much potassium as banana. Did you even know that?!). Give it a try.
- 1 cup ZICO natural coconut water
- 1/2 apple, diced into large cubes
- 1/2 c pumpkin puree (from a can is just fine!)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 pinch stevia
- 1 pinch cinnamon
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- handful of ice
Toss all of your ingredients into a blender and blend away. That simple. If you like, chill the pumpkin puree and apple ahead of time to make it extra frosty. Pour and enjoy! I’m loving this recipe particularly because most of the measurements are just to your liking. Not a lot of measuring spoons needed here. In fact, I’m mostly eyeballing it these days.
The mornings have been quite a bit nicer since I’ve been taking a little extra time to get out of the cereal rut. I sit down, look over my little notebooks full of to-dos or ideas, and plan my day. I don’t know if I’ll always have a moment to spend doing that but right now it sure is a lovely thing. And I’d love to know — what would you do with an extra hour in the day? Sky’s the limit! Share in the comments or give me a tweet with the hashtag #ZICOhour and share how you’d spend that extra hour. Happy fall! xoxo
This post is sponsored by ZICO Coconut Water. All opinions, concepts, and delicious smoothie recipes are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!