Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Tale of Two Smoothies

I'm been on a morning smoothie kick ever since the Man of Science and I started this temporary arrangement of living at my parents' house. I just don't feel like anything else first thing in the morning. It's partly because I'm a Hobbit and I need to eat, like, seventeen times a day. So for the last few months, first breakfast has been a smoothie of some variety and second breakfast is something carby, like a muffin or bagel, later on when I'm at work or driving somewhere.

These are two new smoothie variations that I've enjoyed recently. You'll note they both call for frozen bananas, which is how I roll. Partly because I don't like bananas in their basic, mushy, slimey, banana-flavoured form, but I do like the milkshakey bulk they add to smoothies when they are frozen and blended. You can use whichever bananas fit with your own banana opinions.

almond butter and raw cacao banana shake

Raw Cacao and Almond Butter Smoothie

1 small frozen banana
2 tbsp almond butter
1 1/2 cups almond milk
2 tbsp unsweetened raw cacao nibs

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

mango lassi smoothie

Mango Lassi Smoothie

1 small frozen banana
1/2 cup mango chunks (I used frozen ones)
1/2 cup plain vegan yogurt (I used So Delicious Coconut yogurt in its "original" flavour)
3/4 cup unsweetened soy milk
1/2 tsp ground cardamom

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Both of these recipes are easily messed with. For example, you may like thicker or thinner smoothies than I do, and so you can just add more or less liquid. You could also easily vary which kind of milk you use if you have nut or soy allergies. Go nuts! (Or don't if you're allergic and forgot your Epipen.)

Some Notes!

-I just can't seem to shut up about the new River Cottage BBC TV series, "River Cottage Veg Every Day", so I'm going to post about it here as well as talking about it to anyone who will listen. I like the River Cottage shows anyway, because they focus on simple cooking and local, sustainable eating. But this latest one features only vegetarian food and host Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (I'd say that was the most British name I'd ever heard except that a girl from my high school moved to London and found a boyfriend named Rorington Smithe) has really intelligent things to say about why everyone should eat less meat. Plus it's beautiful and clever and gentle like a lot of British television and he has a great garden and an Aga stove, so what else could you ask for, really? There are quite a few recipes that use dairy and eggs, so if you're a super sensitive vegan type, you'd probably want to give it a miss.

whole house

-If you are interested in my life beyond food, you may want to check out the blog I'm keeping to record the progress of our new house as it is built. Right now there are lots of construction site photos, but I try to jazz them up with my witty narrative. The link is here if you want to check it out.



Shannon said...

I tend to do the same thing, except I often drink the smoothie while commuting and eat the second breakfast, often oatmeal, once I get to work.

the [sugar] apothecary said...

"First breakfast" for me is, inevitably, a giant super-cup of coffee, followed by cereal and fruit and snacks and first lunch and second mini lunch... I eat 17 times a day, too. High five for eating incessantly!

Mmmm raw cacao nibs, frozen bananas and almond butter! Man, that sounds amazing. I love the idea of documenting the process of your house being built! So excited for you, that's pretty amazing to see it constructed from the ground up.

mudmama said...

I LOVE River Cottage! I'll have to look for this. i love that their focus is always on sustainability and not just flirting with it - we eat meat, we raise chickens, ducks, rabbits, turkeys, goats, and soon sheep, and pigs, and a dairy cow - free range except for supplementing their feed in winter. I love and respect and honour what our animals are providing and River Cottage is where I turn to make sure we are using every last bit. And we eat vegetarian meals every week, and atleast two meals a day.

rental mobil said...

Very nice, thanks for sharing.

Green Smoothie JourneyGurl said...

I'm a green smoothie girl so I love a banana, blueberry, spinach smoothie in the morning. Partly because its as basic as it gets with green smoothies!