Well kiddies, it’s your parents’ favourite time of year…back to school. Those days are far behind me but I still cherish a few fond memories of the beginning of any school year…shiny new Laurentian pencil crayons, all pointy and even; a complete compass set with a protractor that eventually ends up stuck in the suspended tile ceiling; if you’re lucky, you might get a fresh Adidas gym bag in royal blue or fire engine red.
One thing I didn’t particularly like was getting up early. At around 7:20, the clock radio would wake me up with CFRW. Hop in the shower and scrub down with a bar of Irish Spring. Throw on a cream turtleneck, a gold velour vest and a pair of brown cords. Then my sister and I would huddle in the dark dining room, slurping back half a grapefruit, munching on a bowl of Quaker Harvest Crunch or a toasted frozen waffle from a marathon waffle-making weekend, served with margarine and Beehive Golden Syrup. Good times. But breakfast is touted as the most important meal of the day and I fully support that notion.
Today, however, who makes the time to sit down and enjoy a balanced breakfast? Knowing what I’m like without breakfast, I will always find a moment to eat something. And smoothies are my favourite way to start the day. I’ve been enjoying them for almost a year and have not grown weary of this perfect breakfast tipple thanks to their endless variations. I won’t give you a recipe for them, but here’s what you’ll always find in my smoothies: