I’ll admit it, I’m one of those people who loves summertime in Arizona. As a lifelong Phoenician, I love when the snowbirds head home and our city becomes a little slower and quieter. Sure, it’s insanely hot (120 degrees whaaaat?!) but we love to take advantage of the cheap summer classes at Phoenix Parks & Rec, swim at Mimi and Papa’s pool, and snuggle in the A/C as we watch movies.
I also love summertime cooking! We try not to use the oven for obvious reasons so we usually live off of smoothies/acai bowls for breakfast, snack platters for lunch, and then grill for dinner. I love getting easy meal inspiration from other mamas, so thought I would share a few of our favorite cold breakfast meals.
What I love about all three of these breakfast options is that you can easily customize them based on things you already have at home, and you can switch out the liquid base for whatever version of milk your family drinks.
Pro tip: Peel and slice bananas at the start of the week, place them in the freezer in a sealed zip lock baggie and you can use the frozen bananas in lieu of ice!
1 cup of dairy free milk (we like cashew)
1 packet of Young Living Ningxia (can also sub coconut water)
2 frozen bananas
2 frozen pureed acai pouches (run under warm water for a few seconds before opening)
A little bit of frozen chopped spinach
1 scoop of nut butter
A sprinkle of chia seeds
A drizzle of honey (optional)
Blend everything together, pour into two bowls and sprinkle with your favorite toppings! We love nuts, seeds, coconut flakes, chopped fruit, and granola. Let your little one pick her toppings and she will be more likely to eat it 😉
Overnight Mango Chia Seed Pudding
1 cup full fat organic coconut milk in a can (Trader Joe’s is my favorite places to get this)
1 cup frozen chopped mango
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Fresh fruit, mint, granola for topping (optional)
Blend/pulse until everything is mostly smooth, but not yet liquid. Pour into two mason jars, cover with saran wrap and let sit over night. In the morning, top with fresh fruit, mint and/or anything else that sounds good!
**Side note from this crunchy mama-a lot of people ask me about the full fat choice of coconut milk…fat is an important part of a healthy diet for growing children. It can also be a great addition to an already healthy diet for adults. I prefer fat from a plant source rather than animal.**
“Whatever You Have” Smoothie
1 cup dairy free milk (I like coconut for smoothies)
A splash of coconut water
2 frozen bananas
Small amount of leftover greens
Any frozen or fresh fruit you want, especially anything that’s about to go bad
A serving of protein powder (optional)
Drizzle of agave syrup
Any topping you want (coconut flakes, chia seeds, etc)
Blend everything and enjoy!