Bedtime Stories and Dr. Weil’s Morning Glory Smoothie [RECIPE]

Good Morning Everyone!

Somewhere after 30 I realized the value of going to bed on time. And by on time I mean, I am in bed no later than 10 PM. It may sound boring but I’m much more of a morning person anyway. Part of my nighttime routine is to read my daughter a book before her bedtime. Now the Noob Chef Jr. has far outgrown picture books. She has been devouring chapter books as fast as I can check them out of the library. It’s great! But there is something magical that happens when it’s our bedtime story hour.

We snuggle up in the bed and pull the covers way up to our chin. Her body smushes against mine and ever so slowly she leans her head on my shoulder. It makes me smile everytime. I smell the lavender shampoo she uses and remember how once upon a time she used to smell like Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo and powder. Slowly I begin to read a Dr. Seuss book to her that we’ve never heard of before: The 500 Hats of Batholomew Cubbins. Published in 1938 this Dr. Seuss book is often unheard of. But together, her and I, we drift away into a magical land about a boy who often stares up over his town at the grand palace on the hill. And a king who has the same view, just the opposite, as he stares down over his town and into the fields below.

One day the king is riding along in his carriage when he notices that one of his subjects still has his hat on his head as his carriage rolls by. The king roars in anger for his procession to stop immediately! Slowly they back up until he is face to face with Bartholomew Cubbins. The king shouts loudly for him to remove his hat! Poor Bartholomew Cubbins lifts up his hands and shows the king his old, red hat. The king then asks what’s on his head. Much to Bartholomew’s surprise, there is an identical hat right on top of his head! This magical hat seems to be able to duplicate itself over and over again each time it’s knocked off his head!

And so the story unfolds. We giggled as the story took its twists and turns. On and on it went in true Dr. Seuss fashion, captivating us both until at last the moral of the story was revealed. “That was a great story!” my daughter said, grinning from ear to ear. I agreed wholeheartedly. Moments like that are priceless. They are worth more than gold and are necessary for the soul. Hug your loved ones tight. Take time to slow down and disconnect. Curl up and read a story together, or do a favorite activity as a family. That’s what life is all about.

And now, onto the recipe!

This recipe is for my mom. She is a total inspiration to me when it comes to health and wellness. Everyday she walks 5 miles and she is always telling me about the latest healthy trend or recipe. So when I came across Dr. Weil’s cookbook “True Food” I just had to whip up something from it. This smoothie recipe is SO GOOD! No seriously… it’s delicious. And I’ve tried making many, many smoothies but this one takes the cake! It’s simple, no sugar, thick, rich and creamy, and so filling. The whole family loved waking up to it this morning. I hope you love it as much as we do! Have a wonderful Friday everyone and as always, keep on cooking! ❤

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Morning Glory Smoothie 

Courtesy of: Dr. Weil, “True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure” cookbook

Yields: 1 smoothie

Ingredients: 

  • 8 strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar

Instructions: 

  1. Put everything into a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve. Enjoy!
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4 Comments »

  1. I loved reading your bedtime story narrative!! Thank you for dedicating this recipe to me too. I am humbled as I continue to learn more and more from you, my beautiful daughter. Strawberry season is right around the corner and I can’t wait to use our locally grown strawberries to make this soon. Mahalo!!

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