One of the things I can tell you about me is that I'm clearly not a morning person.
I've got a friend who's a badass morning person. As soon as he opens his eyes he’s like BING! Awake and ready to go.
I’m not like that, at all.
It’s not laziness. Some people just work on a different cycle. I don't like waking up, I don’t like mornings. That’s it.
Even when I wake up at 6am to go for a morning run: my legs might be moving, but I’m still dozing off.
If I had to map out what my ideal morning schedule would look like, it would be something like this:
7am | Sleep
7:45am | Wake up (possibly to the sound of waves)
8am | Make green tea and a smoothie for breakfast + read the NYT
8:30am | Shower and get ready
9am | Leave
Unfortunately it never is like this. NEVER.
Instead, it’s random and messy and most of the time I end up being late.
However, there’s one thing I’d never skip no matter how late I am, and that’s the green tea + smoothie + NYT moment.
It’s a sacred moment and really the only thing I’m looking forward to after opening my eyes.
Talking about smoothies. Lately I’ve been digging this super delicious, extra creamy smoothie made with frozen mango, baby spinach, banana, chia seeds, and almond milk.
The perfect morning smoothie because it’s deliciously sweet but refreshing at the same.
The key to sweetening up a smoothie - without using a sweetener - is using extra ripe fruit. They might not be as pretty (banana with brown spots anyone?), but those concentrated natural sugars lend a sweetness that can’t be compared.
If you don’t like spinach (or greens) don’t worry, you can’t really taste them.
Drink this Mango Spinach Chia Smoothie and you’ll feel re-energized and ready to start the day with a bang!
1 ripe banana
2 large handfuls baby spinach
1 tablespoon chia seeds
¾ cup / 177 ml milk of your choice (I used almond milk)
Combine all the ingredients in a blender, making sure that the spinach sits at the bottom (this will facilitate the blending process). Blend until smooth and creamy.
If it’s too thick, add a bit of water (two tablespoons should be plenty).
One serving yields 203 calories, 9 grams of fat, 39 grams of carbs, and 7 grams of protein.