I woke up with the sun to an empty bed last Sunday morning.
This is a rare occurrence. I’m typically startled awake before the sun has even had a chance to kiss the sky by my 5-year-old calling to me to help her create something or 2 hungry kitties wanting to know where their breakfast is. Or during the week, I’m up before dawn to shower, pack lunches and steal a few minutes with my husband before we both hit the ground running off to work and to life.
Yep. Sleeping in is a rare thing for me. So when I woke up needing sunglasses and had enough room to lay starfish-style in my bed, I was a bit confused. Utterly confused, in fact. And then I heard it…
I heard laughter coming from the living room as my husband played with our daughter. I quietly crept across the room and poked my head around my bedroom door. My eyes were met with the sight of purring kitties as they munched out of their full food bowls. And then the smell of fresh coffee brewing hit me in my nostrils. Everything was moving right along while I slept. I wasn’t being beckoned for or rushing about. I quietly crawled back into bed, pulled the covers over my head and soaked up the moment.
The gift of sleep and relaxation that had been bestowed upon me by my husband may seem small to some…but it meant the utter world to me. The gift of time to myself. To wake up slowly. To not be needed for a bit so I could enjoy a few extra moments of sleep and peace. That simple gesture was more loving than beautiful flowers or fancy jewelry. It was something I’d been craving for days. And now I had it.
But the funny thing about getting what you need is that, sometimes, you find yourself not needing it anymore.
And that’s exactly what happened. As I laid in my sunny, quiet, un-needing, empty bed….I listened to my family. My wonderful amazing family that I worked tirelessly for. The family that is truly the center of my universe. And I missed them.
I probably could have loafed in my bedroom for another hour before anyone came knocking. My husband had gifted me that peace, quiet, and self-care time. But suddenly, I felt refreshed, rested, desperately wanting to find out what had them giggling and to cook up a breakfast that would make them feel as loved as they had made me feel. And so I hopped out of bed, threw on my robe, joined the day and made these waffles…waffles that were met with smiles, hugs and that would fuel our day of fun and togetherness.
CHOCOLATE PROTEIN WAFFLES
*Makes 4-5 large waffles
1/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup Tahini
1/2 cup cacao powder
1 large banana
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon avocado oil (or another cooking fat with a high smoke point)
In a blender, combine all ingredients except avocado oil. Pulse until mixture is smooth and all ingredients are well incorporated. Heat up waffle iron and brush the avocado oil on both the top and bottom griddle. Pour about 1/3-1/2 cup of batter onto the griddle, just enough to coat the bottom griddle. Close and flip waffle iron, cooking for 4-5 minutes.
Raspberry Chia Spread //
1 ½ cups raspberries, fresh or frozen.
2-3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
½ tablespoons chia seeds
Combine raspberries and syrup/honey in a small sauce pan and warm over medium-low heat. Once the berries are warm, use a fork or potato masher to crush berries and stir ingredients together. Stir in chia seeds and let simmer for 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and serve warm over waffles. Leftovers will keep in fridge for 4-5 days.
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Taesha is a wife, mother, and teacher based in San Diego. She aims to use her website, TheNaturalNurturer.com, to inspire people towards a healthy lifestyle through her family-friendly recipes and tips. Connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.