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You know how breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day? A well-balanced breakfast should consist of protein, carbohydrates and fibre. I did say should. It seems that I’m breaking all the rules at my breakfast table because my idea of a well-balanced meal first thing in the morning is a caffè-latte, loads of carbs and fat. In lieu of a low-fat protein with a whole-grain carb and fresh fruit, I opt for a bowl of espresso with hot milk, toasted bread, preferably white baguette or rye, slathered with salted butter. And that’s it! Nothing more. After that, I’m really not up to having fresh fruit or low-fat protein. Dipping my toasted baguette into my scalding caffè-latte brings me joy and comfort first thing in the morning. Unfortunately, this is also the ideal breakfast for my girls. Minus the caffè. Although there are times that Emma requests a nice caffè-latte and I oblige. With lots of latte and a few drops of espresso. Just enough to taint the milk. And with the chaos of getting lunches ready in the morning and the girls out the door so they won’t be late for school, quite frankly we don’t have time for anything else. It’s usually toasted bread of some kind or a bowl of cereal.

Happily, Spring Break is here. No more waking up in the dark, rushing through breakfast and scrambling out the door at high speed. We can wake up at our leisure. Lie in bed with a good book. Make time for well-balanced, healthier breakfasts. Just for this week.

We begin the week with a delicious Pear, Kefir and Honey Smoothie. I make this for the girls as an afternoon snack. But today, it served as our breakfast. And a yummy one it was! I usually use Bosc pears but after having been given delicious Anjou pears from my brother, I put them to good use. Any ripe pear in season will do. Also, there is no exact measurements to making a smoothie. I use about 2 pears per person, maybe a 1/2 cup to 3/4 cups of Kefir per person, honey to your liking. We sip our smoothies through a straw so it shouldn’t be too thick. If it is, just add a little more Kefir. Too thin, add another pear. Adjust the honey to your taste. I usually add about 1 tablespoon per person.

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Kefir comes from the Turkish word “keif”, which translates to “pleasure” or “good feeling”. I could definitely start my morning with some of that! Kefir is a fermented, probiotic milk product which originated centuries ago in the Caucasus Mountains in Russia. They used to consider it as a gift from the Gods. One might think that Kefir is like a fizzy or sparkling yogurt drink. This is due to its natural carbonation. The taste is mildly sweet and pleasantly tangy. The benefits of Kefir range from positive effects on tummy and bone health, to regulating the immune system. Not only is it good for you, it tastes good too! Give it a try and see for yourself.

Pear, Kefir & Honey Smoothie

Pears, skin on and cored

Kefir

Honey

Flax seeds, optional

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Put the pears in a blender. Add Kefir and honey. Sometimes, I will throw in some flax seeds. High in fibre and with many health benefits, the girls don’t even notice them in there. Blend until smooth. Adjust honey to your taste. Serve and enjoy!

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