Smoothies and I had needed to end things a long time ago. Still, I hung on. Because what could be healthier (and more delicious) than blueberries, coconut milk, chia seeds, superfood powders, whey protein, avocado and fish oil??!
As healthy as all of those ingredients are on their own, the bottom line is, my morning smoothie ritual was doing nothing for my digestion. I always felt heavy or weighted down after finishing it, was hungry an hour later, and my weight loss wasn't budging.
One of the things I've gotten better at with age is letting go of old beliefs and not defining myself by them in a way that prevents me from being open to something new (and better!). I spent my 20's as a self-ordained raw-foodist preacher, committed to sharing the gospel of antioxidants and polyphenols found wholly and ONLY in the pureness of raw food. It wasn't until I became pregnant, that I reconsidered my staunch position on diet. My midwife told me that from her 25+ years of working with expecting mothers, she could assure me that my protein needs for myself and little one were not being met by kale and occasional lentils alone.
I tried eggs. First in pancakes (because the idea of the texture of them after eight years of not consuming a single animal product repulsed me), and later as a breakfast on their own. I noticed immediately that I had more energy. I could concentrate, and my "pregnancy brain" actually had something to do with my diet. I also didn't die, break out in hives or acne, or "ruin" the body that I had spent the last almost decade trying to make perfectly clean from the inside out, all of which had crossed my mind as actual concerns.
I am reminded of that decision to try something new when I consider what my body wants now. The best thing we can do for our bodies is to listen to them and respond with what they are authentically asking for. Our nutritional needs today are different than they were ten years ago and will be different a decade from now, a pregnancy from now, a health concern or any other unforeseen life turn that has our bodies asking for more of this, or less of that.
So, out with the old and in with the bowl. I derived the recipe of my breakfast bowl from what I had in the fridge the day I decided that I was going to try something different. I used the template I use for most of my meals - lots of veggies, moderate fat, and moderate protein. Whats more, it took about as much time, if not less than to blend my myriad of health powders and berries for the smoothie (bonus - no cleaning smoothie goo out of the Nutribullet base because, how can anyone not overfill that thing?!
How I do : I take a portion of my dinner from the night before (ie. taco meat, cooked fish, grilled chicken) throw it in with my organic, pasture raised egg batter (3 egg whites + 1 whole egg + cumin (my fav!) + sea salt + paprika + black pepper + garlic, add around 2 cups fresh organic spinach, some other veggies if they're around, and scramble it up. Then serve with 1/2 avocado and hot sauce. *Pro Tip- I prefer my whites cooked, and yolk runny. So often, I'll scramble up some whites and slip the whole egg on the side right before I pull it off the heat and cover it, so it gets cooked just enough, but the yolk remains gooey.