Perhaps this post should be titled “I’m becoming my father.” Not my mother, my father.
Dad was the health nut of the family, you see. He bought us Earth Shoes, insisting they promoted a more natural way of walking. He used to take a ton of supplements from the health food store. He introduced me to carob as a chocolate substitute, and to Tiger’s Milk bars, which — according to their website — are “America’s Original Nutrition Bar.”
I’m pretty sure he’d be glad to see me making my own almond milk (as I did several times while on my Whole30) and eating chia seeds.
He might also have gotten a kick out of my latest healthy obsession: The smoothie.
I know, I know: ‘Tis better to eat your calories than drink ’em. Real foods are both more filling and visually satisfying.
But there’s something appealing about whipping up a quick smoothie when I come in from a walk … and about sneaking in extra servings of fruits and veggies. Plus, there’s the whole “dessert in a glass” factor. You feel like you’re getting a treat, but it’s really pretty good for you.
Besides, all the cool kids are drinking ’em. I see a lot of delicious-looking smoothie recipes on the healthy living blogs I read.
In fact, there are so many that I’ve created a Pinterest board called (you guessed it) Smoothie-palooza. I have 41 recipes on the board, and — counting my own recipe I’m about to share with you — I count six that I’ve actually tried. All tasty, though some were better than others. (I wasn’t too crazy about the Coconut-Kale one.)
I’ve done a bit of experimenting on my own, and have come up with a couple of go-to recipes. The first one, my Birthday Cake Remix, is a tastier spin on this Cake Batter Protein Shake. I also make a mean Tropical Mango Smoothie, courtesy of frozen mango chunks from Trader Joe’s. (Hint: It also includes my favorite dairy, Greek yogurt.)
But the smoothie I’m really loving right now is a variation on my Birthday Cake Remix: The Pineapple Upside Down Cake Smoothie.
Click on the photo for the recipe and the long story of how it came to be. To make a long story short, I was doing dishes and thinking about making a cake batter smoothie for lunch. Next thing I knew, I decided to add pineapple so it’d taste like pineapple upside down cake.
The rest, as they say, is history. To steal a phrase from Life cereal, “Try it. You’ll like it.”
Do you have a favorite smoothie?