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What exactly does one eat at the ass crack of dawn?

When you have to wake up at 4:45 am, what is on the breakfast menu to allow for every additional second of precious sleep?  SLURPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!

No, not this kind of Slurpee:

a huge dose of high fructose corn syrup and red dye is NOT how I like to start MY day.


Jack started calling smoothies “slurpees” about 3 months ago, and the name has stuck.  With my longer commute, and even earlier wake up time, a healthy and portable breakfast is in order.  And I rarely do coffee, and never caffinated coffee, so the breakfast of choice must include something with enough energy to prop up my heavy eyelids.
Sarah’s Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed Smoothie
1/2 cup of froze fruit (I used a mixed bag of pineapple, mangoes, strawberries, and papya)
5 oz of homemade raw milk yogurt
Splash of organic milk
1 big fistful of organic baby spinach
1 banana
1 tsp organic chia seeds*
Blend and enjoy!
I’ll admit, I’ve been coveting this smoothie blender for months, but a few things happened.  1) I reigned myself in and reminded myself I don’t need to spend money on more “stuff”.  2) I saw the cup in-person and realized it wouldn’t fit in my tiny little cup holders in my car.  When you drive a stick shift, the cup holder is your friend.  So, instead of purchasing more crap to fill my kitchen, I just use my immersion blender that I’ve had for years.  Bonus is that I can make the smoothie IN the cup I’ll eventually drink out of so it reduces dirty dishes.  Because I need more dirty dishes like I need a hole in my head.

Let’s run the numbers!
-bag of frozen fruit – $8.79 at Costco.  Not organic, but it is in my price range.  Works out to $.22 per serving
-homemade raw milk yogurt – $.45 per serving
-organic spinach – $.35 per serving (if I can find a type that doesn’t bolt in heat, I’ll plant my own.  Any suggestions dear readers?)
-1 banana – $.17
1 tsp organic chia seeds – $8.99 a lb in the bulk section at my market.  I bought .22 lbs for a cost of $1.98.  I’ll be able to get about 15 servings from that, so $.13 per serving.
Total: $1.32 for a 16 oz homemade, real food, healthy smoothie

I drink this in the car, and then have 2 hard boiled eggs at work around 9 am to get some protein.  The 2 hard boiled eggs are $.66 total.  A yummy breakfast that keeps me going until lunch for under $2 – score!

*Wondering what in the hell a chia seed might be?  Read all about it courtesy of Wikipedia.

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One comment on “What exactly does one eat at the ass crack of dawn?”

  1. My sister comes over for breakfast on Sunday’s but she has some digestion problems. Im going to make this for her since its healthy and easy to digest. I’m going to try adding some wheat germ. It doesn’t have a taste and it’s full of protein and essential vitamins and minerals.

    Thanks for the great recipe!