Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A simple breakfast.....a positive fire

Let's be honest chefs, how many of yall can say that you eat breakfast in the morning (a piece of bacon and coffee doesn't count, ok!)? Not many of us do, infact alot of chefs eat on the go (scarfing what ever you can find in 5 seconds) or we eat standing up (sitting deflates the momentum, especially of you cook in a rocking kitchen). On the other hand the second thing the firefighter crew does after checking all of their equipment in the engines and the ambulances is to have breakfast....a family style breakfast, in fact a classic american breakfast. Last saturday morning I was at the station and enjoyed a good ol southern style breakfast with the crew; what was served: Scrambled eggs, pepper-crusted bacon, buttermilk biscuits, gravy and cheese grits. Its been a while since I've eaten like this, but it was amazing I gotta say.  So this morning (3 hours after I arrived), I realized that not only was I busy getting ready for lunch (along with everyone else), but that I needed some fuel....we all needed some fuel. Prior to that a collegue of mine were talking about mangos and the different variations of mangos there are. The second he left the kitchen I grabbed the mangos from the fridge, peeled them, threw them in a blender with bananas, strawberries, a little orange juice and some ice. We were all able to take around 5 minutes together and huddle up to discuss the game plan and enjoy what was a refreshing and enjoyable smoothie. The smoothie is probably the most simple, affordable, quickest and enjoyable beverage than can easily be turned in to a meal. Most firefighters drink smoothies either after or at least an hour before a workout (by adding protein supplements and so on), but surely after breakast. Quickly I remembered how important it is to not to forget a simple breakfast, but definatley never to forget to share the most important meal of the day with your team (and/or your significant other) could easliy start a positive fire.

Mango, Starwberry,Banana smoothie

1 mango (peeled and trimmed)
3 strawberries (cleaned)
1 banana
4 ounces orange juice
1 ounce agave syrup
1 cup of ice

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender on medium to hight speed and liquify.
2. Drink chilled

Serves 1

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