Some mornings around here are, well, just lame. Nobody in this little family of mine are morning people. My two littles generally wake up around 8 or 8:30, sometimes later. And my six month old will sleep until then also. But when you put 4-6 nighttime feedings in the mix, a three year old’s bad dreams and a five year old’s leg aches, plus the occasional (wink, wink) snoring of my slumbering husband, THIS girl doesn’t generally get a very good nights sleep. When that 8am rolls around, it feels like I’ve just crawled into bed. So forgive me if I am not bright-eyed and bushy tailed at the thought of the sun rising and shining her bright rays through my window!
Henry usually clambers into my bed and yells, “MOM! WAKE UP! ITS MORNING TIME!!!”…as if this is a good thing. Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes it is a good thing. Sometimes.
Which reminds me, I need to get blackout curtains. For my entire house.
This morning was one of these bleary mornings and I found myself in the kitchen fumbling around for something to boost my energies. I needed a bleary morning boost.
Time to break out a secret weapon! Hilary Flemming wrote a very similar post back in 2011. It is on this that I draw my motivation to sally forth through this day: armed with a Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie!
This is so so so good you guys. I hope you will whip it up on the mornings when you feel like you’ve just been sleep deprived tortured, like so many of us do. Fist pump for Parenthood!
And now, the recipe, (adapted from the one linked above):
Add the following to a sexy blender like a Vitamix or BlendTec or Ninja:
4 cups filtered H2O
5 pitted medjool dates (this type of date is much sweeter than others. If you want your smoothie sweeter, add 6, but start with 5.)1/3 cup raw hazelnuts
Blend those three ingredients on high until smooth and then add the following:
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp flax seed meal
1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 tbsp raw, unfiltered coconut oil
2 tbsp raw Cacao nibs (the energy enhancing benefits of cocao, contrary to common belief, do not come from caffeine. In fact there is very little, to no caffeine in chocolate. Read this to learn the whole story. Paying particular attention to data point number 5.)
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1-2 tsp maca powder (optional. if you are not familiar with this powerful supplement, do your research. I found this page a good starting point. *it should be noted that you should not use this supplement if you take estrogen enhancing drugs due to certain types of cancer.*
Serve chilled. This recipe makes 1.5 quarts of boosting power! Whip it up and sip on it throughout your day or week.
As I type this I am already feeling my body wake up. And I can face the day…now that its half over.
What is your go-to energy booster? I’d love to know what you do when an energy crisis hits!