Happy Easter! Today is an early morning at Crowded Earth Kitchen, which stems from tradition. When I was a child, I walked to Sunrise Service every Easter with my Grandmother. She only lived one block from her church, but she lived at the bottom (church was at the top) of a rather steep hill. As Grandma grew older and her knees grew more arthritic, she and I would leave earlier and earlier to walk “up the hill” to church. As a little girl skipping along in my Easter dress, it sometimes seemed to me as if Grandma was barely moving! Looking back, I treasure those memories.
Fast forward a few (OK, more than a few) years… I now drag my teenager out of bed for Sunrise Service every Easter morning. He’s a good sport about it, probably because he doesn’t have to walk anywhere, he just has to drag his tired self to the car. Fair enough.
A big breakfast at this early hour just isn’t going to happen. Instead, we enjoy a quick Easter Sunrise Smoothie. This is a great way to start your day, particularly if you’re planning on a heavy Easter meal later in the day. Enjoy the day, however (and whether) you celebrate Easter!
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup plain, nonfat yogurt
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
1/4 cup frozen cranberries
3 ice cubes
Blend together in a blender or food processor. If mixture is too thick, add water a few tablespoons at a time until desired consistency is reached. Pour into a fancy glass and garnish with citrus wedges or berries. Enjoy!