Ever since I was younger and mum would leave for work in the morning during summer, leaving me to sleep through the sounds of the car pulling out the drive, and her sneaking in through the door to leave me beside a steaming mug of tea she brought down, I've always loved the morning. In the summer, when I wake up to a gentle breeze flowing through the open doors, and the sun has already warmed my favourite place at the kitchen counter, it's the best time to sit and to enjoy those quiet, precious moments to myself. Outside, neighbours softly pound at broken fences, or rake up the quickly falling blanket of leaves as August heightens and the strong sun with no rain to break it up browns the leaves before they fall from the trees. In the morning, there is only the sound of the radio coming from a top the microwave, or before I've fed the dog, I can hear her paws pattering along the floor as she skips along beside my feet, and curiously detects whether I'm heading to her food bowl. She too loves the morning, it means food, and it means playing outside. To me, morning is the time before I have to get up and start packing, before Tilly gets too anxious for a walk, happy with a play and her bowl, and it's an hour, or two, before I have to think past anything more than a nourishing breakfast, and keeping hold of this cup of tea whilst turning the pages of my book.
Usually, I take my time choosing a rainbow of fruits to go with my cereal, or decide the best variation of nuts and seeds to top. Unlike when I was at camp this summer, where the cafeteria decided our plates, and being gluten free left me little option of waffles and bagels there, here I have an entire carton of eggs to play with, the spice cabinets full, a vegetable and fruit drawer to choose from, and I can't forget the cupboard where we keep our cereals and nuts. To me, breakfast has the most freedom. If you like sweet, you can have sweet. And if you're in the mood for savoury, toast, eggs, vegetables, potatoes, all give limitless variations.
Time, to me, also seems to stretch out, and I have that freedom in the bubble of before I think its the day, before the clock endlessly chimes out 12.
Peach and Oat Smoothie
Here's the smoothie that got me ready before a big day of packing, before I really have to make the final push of packing boxes for our moving date next weekend. With a bowl of peaches on the counter, I've been enjoying them in all ways, salads, sliced with a drizzle of raw honey, or as part of breakfast, and especially in this delicious smoothie. As the main ingredient, peaches add flavour, while banana adds a bit of sweetness as well as texture. There's also nothing better than oats in a smoothie, with tons of fibre, manganese, and absorbing powers too. I've also added chia seeds for a morning boost, and because they absorb moisture to thicken it up.
Sweet, with a slightly tart kick, but thick and creamy, this is the smoothie for a satisfying breakfast, brunch or late night bash. Peachy!
1 fresh peach
1 frozen banana
2 tablespoons gluten free oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/4 cup natural almond milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
Combine ingredients in a blender, and allow the ingredients to sit for 5 minutes to give the oats and chia seeds time to absorb some of the almond milk. This will help to give your smoothie a creamy consistency, the wait is worth it!
Then blend until completely smooth, allowing the blender to run until there aren't any lumps left. For a thicker smoothie, add more banana, or add more almond milk to thin it out.
Serve in a tall glass and sprinkle with more chia seeds or sweeten further with a drizzle of maple syrup.
Enjoy! xx S
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