Happy July! I wanted to pop in with a little smoothie (bowl) recipe just to say hi. I crept patiently through June with a few getaways here and there to enjoy the weather I wait for all year. But any month that starts with a four day weekend is my kind of month. For those extra days we went up to the Adirondacks for an unprecedented long weekend without having to use a vacation day. It’s one of our favorite places in the world, and aside from the most beautiful kayak trip ending in a torrential downpour after dark and a brief, but terrifying scurry in the dark amongst the haunting cries of aquatic birds to try to find our way back to where we started, it’s a time of year worth celebrating.
To do that, meet my favorite summer smoothie. Cherries-the jewels of the summer, blueberries, bananas hemp seeds and a bunch of greens. Almond milk and water achieve the desired thickness. The key is to keep it sweet enough to hide the fact that there may have been arugula in the fridge you needed to use up, without venturing into the realm of sweet milk shake. When I want something more substantial, I take the same ingredients and make it thicker by reducing the almond milk/water content, throw it in a bowl and add tons of toppings. On this one I’ve got pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds for crunch, additional fruit for a unique blend, goji berries, shredded unsweetened coconut, a sprouted super-seed mix of hemp/flax/chia that I found at Trader Joes. It makes for a good start to the morning. The big deal for me here, the thing that makes it summery is fresh cherries and blueberries. Feel free to use frozen though. With smoothies anything goes.
In the meantime, my plant game remains strong. These days I’ve been relying a lot on the art of the bowl, aka the “throw together everything you have in the fridge and creatively into a bowl.” Spices and sauces make all the difference here. I’ll share one of my favorites next week that has actually become a staple. I’ve also been making all sorts of varieties of socca –-a quick 15 minute chickpea flour-based pizza with all the toppings. And I have a ridiculous taco recipe that I’ve just been unsuccessful at photographing every time. Mashed black beans are a tough subject even in the best lighting. No offense to black beans, I’m sure they’re pretty on the inside.
Also, I tried to pull the blog up at work the other day and I got a daunting grey and red screen with warnings saying it’s blocked by organizational policy. I’m being filtered out by the firm’s firewall! Something in the coding makes this lil’ old space seem threatening to the legal community. While I have to say it’s kind of a bummer, it’s also pretty bad ass. The firm’s security thinks the content here is a threat. I must be doing something right.
Enjoy the heat and sun. See you next week! xo
SUMMER GREEN SMOOTHIE
- 1 banana (the riper it is the sweeter the smoothie will be)
- 2-3 cups of spinach (or green of your choice)
- 1 cup cherries, pitted
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup plant milk (I use almond milk)
- 5-6 ice cubes
- hemp seeds
- chia seeds
- gogi berries
- desiccated unsweetened coconut
- pumpkin seeds
- extra fruit
Combine ingredients in a high speed blender and blend on medium to high until smooth. Pour into bowl or cup, add toppings and enjoy!