I crave sometimes long for the regimented time of the school year starting. I like order to things, I like the structure I guess. But also, I know how horribly awry things can go when that precious routine is thrown off kilter. It can make your whole day, week, and even month bad. We really tend to be a hot mess in the mornings. We don’t morning well. That is honestly a problem with oh you know school and work. The problem is we all like sleep to much. It doesn’t matter what time we go to bed, we all including Hannah would sleep to 10 or 11 everyday if we could. Its not so much of problem right now because we have afternoon kindergarten but I honestly shudder at the thought of getting everyone up and out of the house before 8am. Whew that is gonna be a challenge.
So I have been trying to instrument little changes to make our mornings easier. I like to have a meal prep day, where I either cook several items I will need for the week or I prepare them so that I have what I need at arms reach to make breakfast, snacks, lunch or dinner ready quickly. It seems like once the week starts going it surely doesn’t stop. One of those go to items for me is a smoothie or parfait. I like to keep our food as close to #NaturesBreakfast as possible.
I have made no bones about my love of all things pumpkin. I have my degree in basic, I love my coffee and I love my pumpkin, though I don’t like them mixed together. One of the things I have found that is incredibly fast to either prep or throw together in the morning is a smoothie. You can hide all kinds of veggies in a smoothie as well as good a good amount of protein in to keep all of the family satisfied until lunch, keeping them full and focused and a great start to their day.
I love shopping at my local Kroger and what I love even more is their Natural and Organic foods section. Kroger has great brands with the affordable price tag, that allows my budget to stretch and I can feel good about what I am feeding my family. I recently discovered Noosa yoghurt. I was pleasantly surprised that it contained 12grams of protein per serving and was found in the all natural foods aisle. I was shopping for the week and my prep day and I new that this week I was going to prep smoothies. But I decided that I would take it one step further and make Pumpkin Parfaits with the star being the Noosa yoghurt. I grabbed the yogurt, literally turned around and picked up some cinnamon Kashi cereal which also is protein packed and headed over to pick up some Silk Cashew milk, and some Simple truth canned pumpkin. I new this would be tasty and I was excited!
What made this parfait even sweeter was because I purchased, Kashi cereal, noosa yoghurt, and Silk Cashew milk, all of these products were participating in the Natures Market Breakfast promotion going on from October 14th-October 27th when you buy 3 participating products you get 1 Free dozen of Simple Truth Cage Free eggs. How awesome is that?!?!?!? So head on over to your Kroger pick up some of these participating items and give Simple Truth cage free eggs a try! i purchased my products and headed home to prep for the week.
One of the things I love about a smoothie or a parfait is how simple they are to make. I prepared for the week by having the yogurt on hand and putting the pumpkin into a bowl with 1/4 cup measure so it was easily accessible. When I first got up in the morning I could measure 1 container of Noosa Honey yoghurt, 1/3 cup of Silk, some ice and blend it. I measure out the pumpkin and layer it in a glass with the smoothie putting pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice in between the layers with 1/2 cup of Kashi spread throughout the parfait as well. The result, is pure nutty, deliciousness that keeps us full and focused for the day ahead. What are some of your go-to-morning recipes?
1 container of Noosa Honey Yoghurt
1/3 cup of Silk Cashew milk
Desired amount of ice
1/2 cup of pumpkin
1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
1cup of Kashi Cinnamon Cereal
Place, yoghurt, silk, spice and ice in a blender and blend until smooth. Layer the smoothie and the pumpkin into glass topping each layer with Kashi cereal.