I love a good project, so when tasked by my friend to get her out of her smoothie doldrums I was game.
Smoothies, a shock to no one, have become the little darling of the breakfast world; quick, easy and a great way to hide all sorts of nutritious goodness (that some of you may not care to otherwise eat), these blended babies make for the perfect nosh as you rush out the door. But as easy as it is to hit the “on” button on our blender, so too is it to get it a bit of a rut. Same old, same old day in and out… your poor brain (and taste buds) can only handle so much repetition.
Ruts, in food, exercise, and life in general, happen. We truck along doing what works because well, it is taking the path of least resistance, and life throws enough hard stuff at us without having to deal with something as mundane as switching up a smoothie. But why do we keep on keepin’ on when things stop working?
Change ain’t easy; new recipes take longer, new workouts are tougher, new routines are challenging, but they play and important role in helping us become a little better each and everyday. Exercise is probably the best example, but the same holds true for food. Say you run, everyday. Same speed, same distance, same route; your body basically goes on autopilot and stops responding. You don’t get fitter, you don’t lose weight, and most damaging, you run the risk of injury. Same thing applies to food. You eat the same things, same amount of calories, and at the same time (hungry or not), and your body just kind of gets use to it; like apathy and boredom just on more a physiological level. And seriously, you can be anything, why be boring?
Soooo back to this smoothie challenge. If I am being honest I don’t ever really think of smoothie recipes, meaning they are kind of a under represented minority on the blog. But it’s not because I don’t love them, because I do… like a lot. So much so that they are a little second nature to me and I never think of taking their sweet photo (we can be so cruel to those closest to us). But despite my non-recipe following, smoothie photo shooting ways I will say this; don’t throw everything into your smoothie. Just because you can hide a bunch of stuff in it doesn’t mean you should. Think about flavours that go together and the texture you are trying to achieve. I am more of a smoothie that eats like a meal and requires a spoon kind of girl (#smoothiebowl – that’s a thing now), but more juice like smoothies get the job done too. Smoothies should be flavourful, and enjoyable, and not just away to choke down some crappy tasting protein powder or a bunch of kale you would rather forget about. Plus they should look pretty – you eat with your eyes and that greyish looking glop isn’t winning any beauty pageants anytime soon.
Hope this helps LK.
PS the hemp, chia, pumpkin seed mix is my own homebrew protein powder – replace as you see fit with your fav…. Just keep it natural. xo
- ½ avocado
- ½-1 banana (depending on size)
- 1 handful of frozen cherries
- 2 Tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
- T Tbsp almond butter
- 1 Tbsp raw cacao or cocoa powder
- 1 medjool date, pitted
- 1 ½ cup water or liquid of choice (depending on how thick you like it)
- Cacao nibs, optional
- Place everything in the bowl of a blender and blend on high until smooth. If banana is not frozen you may want to add a handful of ice to make this super creamy and frosty.
- Top with cacao nibs if using!