Get Your Summer Smoothie On!

It’s been hot and humid for the past few days, NOT my favorite weather. I’ve learned a lot over the years about how food can change the way my body responds to external conditions like heat. So during these hotter months I try to be more conscious of what I’m eating, how I’m moving (as in my yoga practice) and how much water I’m drinking (since it’s pretty much the ONLY thing I drink). When I can bring my awareness to these three things I make myself (and let’s face it, everyone around me) much happier! I start my day off with a frozen fruit smoothie (scroll to the bottom for a sample recipe) with an added scoop of vegan protein powder. Typically I’m not a fan of super cold foods (I even drink water at room temp and I HATE ice), but I find the frozen fruit smoothies first thing in the morning help my system cool off a little bit and, well, they taste damn good so why not!

My man and I have officially marked one year this month and life has never my manbeen so sweet. He loves the daily summer smoothie routine and is now a Vitamix pro, cranking out his own smoothie concoctions and enjoying the cooling benefits. It’s nice to have a partner who enjoys food as much as I do and it doesn’t hurt that he’s always willing to try just about anything I whip up (although sometimes I wait until after he’s tasted it to tell him what’s in it….especially if it’s tofu, of which he’s still not a fan.) When it’s a workday, I take my smoothie on the road and sip it over the course of an hour or so (because it’s too friggin cold for me to just suck back!) I’m sure I’ll get some slack here for not giving a big fan-fare to GREEN smoothies, but hey, I get my greens elsewhere, I just don’t like drinking them.

Blueberry smoothie in my current mug of choice. Blueberry smoothie in my current mug of choice.

The great thing about pottery is it keeps things cold or hot, depending on the food. A nice tall mug, filled to the brim with ice-cold fruit smoothie, stays cold for a good long time. It’s the nature of clay. There is nothing like drinking out of a handmade mug. Mugs are one of the most intimate functional objects a potter can produce and they are also the one thing that people are very particular about. Everyone has a favorite mug, a handle they like, a size mug they prefer or a color or design that they love. I love making a variety of mugs so that folks have lots to choose from and not only are they one of my favorite items to make AND use, but I also love buying mugs from potters I admire. For me, it’s like an energetic exchange. If you want to see some more of my mugs check out the pottery gallery of photos I just uploaded here! Needless to say, at the moment, we don’t have the cupboard space for my mug obsession. I have a few choice mugs, and the rest are packed away for our dream house, someday.

So the next time you pick up your favorite mug, think about ‘why’ it’s your favorite! I would love to hear what you love in a mug and what’s your favorite thing to drink out of your mug! I hope you try out this recipe and maybe even give me a little social media love on Instagram or Twitter or Facebook! Leave me a comment below.

Favorite Fruit Smoothie

Portable Morning Smoothie gets a lid and a straw before we hit the road!Portable Morning Smoothie gets a lid and a straw before we hit the road!

Makes one large serving

So this recipe is a loose interpretation of my morning ritual and NO you don’t have to invest in the all-mighty Vitamix blender, ANY blender will do! You can also substitute ANY type of frozen fruit and if you prefer to have room temp then you can always make this lovely with fresh fruit, I just find they often annoyingly separate when they are not frozen. The other awesome thing you can do with this type of recipe is make popsicles! So randomize at will…..and…..GO!

½ banana (frozen or unfrozen, your choice)

½ cup frozen cherries

½ cup frozen pineapple

4 or 5 frozen strawberries

1 cup water (or juice or almond milk)

1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use a rice/hemp based powder)

Add the liquid and protein powder to the blender first, and then top with banana and frozen fruit. Power that sucker on high and if your blender comes with a tamper to push the frozen goods toward the blade, go ahead and use it, you may or may not need to drizzle a bit more water in there to get things moving. It’s hard to mess this up so just go with the flow and leave me a comment if you find a new winning combo!