Toughest time of the day in my house is the first 30 minutes. Some of the family are unspeakably cranky, others full of chat and pep. I fall somewhere in the middle, focused on creating calm. The Battle of Breakfast is, I'm sure, the same in most homes with the main dawn struggle focused on getting a few bites of something nutritious and appealing into the sleepy kids at the table.
My saviour most mornings are smoothies. I have a handful of easy, reliable recipes that I modify and rotate from Dr. Axe's Top 20 list of Acai bowls - they work just as well in smoothie form. None require more than a handful of ingredients whizzed in the blender; fruit, yoghurt or milk, acai (and on a good day, a well-camouflagued green goodie), conjured up in a smoothie before the merry people carrier sets sail for school. I get comfort knowing that we've all got some quality fuel in the tank.
Frozen fruits are a brilliant convenience, and our Boylan's Fruits range work perfectly for smoothies (the kids love the frozen mangoes, pineapple and blackberries in particular, which they'll often eat straight from the pack). A spoon or two of Sambazon Acai Puree and a scoop of peanut butter or honey adds goodness too.
I usually keep a bag of Conscious Craves Giddy-Up Grawnola on my desk to stave away the urge to crack open the chocolate digestives. I love the unique nutty flavour and the fact that it's thoroughly nutritious and filling. This works great mixed through a smoothie, too, if you need a bit more substance at breakfast time or perhaps after exercise.