Earlier this week, I did an unintentional high intensity workout. This included sprinting back and forth to the U.S. Embassy two times, lots of toe tapping, and leg bouncing. You see, I had a limited time to get my passport renewed and the best way to expedite the process was to turn in the application in person. I organized all my papers over two weeks in advance and packed my bag the night before my appointment. The day of, I got up early enough to do some yoga and make this berry avocado smoothie bowl, and I even made it to the train station with enough time to get my Starbucks chai tea. I was feeling like this was going to be a good day, even though jetlag from my US trip was lingering.
I arrived at the Embassy in Bern with ten minutes to spare in hopes to get in and out quick, so I could get to work on time. Upon arrival, I found out that you cannot bring in your iPad, laptop, or cell phone. How did I miss that? I could have sworn I read the website from top to bottom. Well, back to the train station lockers I went (a nice ten minute sprint/walk because I’m terribly out of running shape), threw my bag into a locker, and stumbled back to the embassy, arriving fifteen minutes late to my appointment. I turned in my application, paid the cashier, and all I had to do was wait for them to call my name to give me my receipt. Ten, 20, 30, 45, 60 minutes later I still had no receipt. I already missed my last train to get to work on time (with no cell phone to contact anyone) but I still didn’t understand what was taking so long. I finally asked how much longer it would be when there was an opening at a window. Turns out mine had just gotten lost in the shuffle. Of course. Got the receipt and sprinting back to the train I went.
I honestly think it was worse than the DMV. At least the DMV gives you a number so you know if you have enough time for a quick bathroom run. And you can bring whatever forms of entertainment you want to ease the long wait.
I know this is a long explanation for a silly morning, but it just reminded me that no matter how prepared I am, there is no guarantee it will turn out as planned. But, lucky for us, with just a little preparation, you can be guaranteed to start your day with a good breakfast.
Lately, I’ve been eating smoothie bowls for breakfast. I used to always drink smoothies when I was on-the-go in the morning, but once my mornings slowed down a bit, I didn’t want to drink my breakfast. I wanted to eat it. Now that I realized you can put a smoothie in a bowl and eat it with a spoon, it’s a whole new and luxurious breakfast! Just keep your kitchen stocked with some berries, avocados, spinach, dates, and your favorite milk and you are good to go.
Blend it up and you have yourself a sweet and healthy breakfast, loaded with protein and veggies that you don’t even notice.
A bowl and spoon to the healthy breakfast rescue.
- 12 small strawberries, destemmed
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 handfuls spinach or kale
- 2 pitted dates
- 1/2 cup milk of choice (or coconut water)
- Throw everything into the blender and blend until smooth. Serve in a bowl and add any of your favorite toppings such as cacao nibs, flax seeds, chia seeds, or chopped nuts.