The Early Bird Gets The Worm


Extra healthy sustenance for an early morning and a productive day in the garden.

Power Packed Breakfast Granola

I haven’t had to use an alarm clock to wake me since I was a teenager. It’s wonderful not having to be awakened by a horrible buzzing sound if I have something important planned for my day. Typically, this “inner alarm clock” works in my favor. I’m a morning person and enjoy getting up quite early and doing my own thing for a while before the rest of the house starts to stir.


Sometimes this inner alarm has a sense of humor and gets stuck on east coast time or something and decides to wake me way, way earlier  than any “early bird” would like.

For the past week and a half it’s been 2:30 in the morning. On. The. Dot. 

Yep, not really the ideal time.

So to fix my inner clock I try to just remain in bed with a blank mind (yeah right!), and try my hardest to fall back to sleep until my inner alarm remembers that I am to wake up at 5:00, not 2:30.

This lying in bed with a somewhat blank mind (imagining myself soaking up the sun on the beach in Kauai), had worked until this morning. So after an hour of staring at the ceiling and twiddling my thumbs, I finally just got out of bed.

It ended up being a very productive morning, actually. I was able to catch up on blog posts from my fellow bloggers, ooohhhinng and awwwwing over all of their amazing recipes upon recipes upon more recipes, stories and more stories, and gorgeous words, photographs and beautiful music to start my morning. Then, I wasted an incredible amount of time on Facebook looking at posts and chatting with other early birds. Finally, I snuggled into my favorite chair to do my morning bible study and journal. I started journaling again about 8 months ago after not doing it for about 25 years. I love it. I can’t imagine beginning my day without it. It’s just me and God, having an incredible conversation. Right now I’m also reading two devotionals. Jesus Calling and The Confident Woman. Such insight. And such an incredible way to start the day. On the right footBecause we all know how the day can go when we start off on the wrong one.

Here’s a little something to give you some extra energy for your day, in case your inner alarm is also playing tricks on you:                                                                                                                   

Extra Energy Smoothie with a side of Granola

*Inspired by Yes I Want Cake

(This makes 2 – 16 ounce servings)

1 -1 1/2 Cups Almond Milk

1/2 Cup Fresh Organic Strawberries

1 Cup Mixed Organic Frozen Berries (Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries)

1 Cup Pineapple TidBits

1 Organic Banana

 2 heaping Tablespoons Organic Raw Almond Butter

2 Nice Sized Handfuls of Organic Spinach


Place in a heavy duty blender and blend until smooth. Serve with a side of granola to sprinkle on top or mix in for extra oomph and texture.