Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Cooling Influence

I grew up on the west coast. No matter what the temperature was during the day, I could count on it cooling down at night. It became second nature to grab something with which to cover up if I was going to be out early in the morning or after sunset in the evening. I remember some of my first summer evenings on the East Coast. It was still so humid! So muggy! So warm! Where was the daily relief? It took a long time (years?) to break myself of the habit of grabbing a jacket in the summer evenings in case it got cool. Cool!? *snort* not likely.

During the summer here on the east coast, I wake up warm. I can tell before I open my eyes whether or not it is going to be a hot one. A gal like me needs personal ammunition to face a day like that—hot right from the get go—which is why I have taken to drinking frozen fruit smoothies in the morning. I can feel much more calm about my day, even a hot one, if I start it out with a nice, cool, fruity drink.

Here is the recipe that I have been using. It is amazingly adaptive. Also, quart size mason jars are the perfect vessel for smoothie making, especially when using an immersion blender (Thanks Yola!).

Fruit Smoothies

About 1 cup frozen fruit of any combination
1/3 cup orange juice
1/4 cup yogurt or silken tofu
About 1 tablespoon honey

I like to blend together the orange juice, yogurt/tofu, and honey before adding the frozen fruit.


2 comments:

Melanie said...

Yum! Try blending frozen berries, chocolate soy milk, and a big spoonful of yogurt. It's like a healthy milkshake for breakfast.

Wild Rose said...

You can also add some flax oil to the mix for some much needed omega 3s.

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