So fall is here and I haven’t posted in MONTHS. The reason? Well, aside from being busy, the motivation to post when you don’t feel like what you’re providing to others is either new or well done, starts to fall away. However, recently I began a bit of a revival. And it all started with Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows. I went WAAAY back in her posts (starting at the very last one) and looked through her progression as a person, in her purpose for having a blog, and in her photography. She wrote for many years, hundreds of posts, initially as a health and beauty blog. You can see her transition into veganism and eventually the transition of her health and beauty blog into a full blown vegan food blog. Not to insult her, but compared to her new photos, her older photos are pretty dull and a bit uninspiring. Which is why it was so great to comb through those hundreds of posts and see her blog develop into what it is today. What inspired me was knowing that she was just a woman putting stuff out there like so many other people. I have no idea how many people were following her posts at the time, but the comments sections only had around 20-30 per post. Since I have a total of 0 people following me, it was just awesome to know that at some point she was in the same position as I am and kept posting. She even went through a period of not knowing where to go with Oh She Glows and asking her followers to provide feedback about what to do. Who would have thought????
So, with the inspiration that Angela provided me to just post regardless of how many followers you have, or how many people look at your website, or not even knowing exactly what you’re doing, I provide today’s post. I didn’t think when I started this website that it would provide much food related content, but I have been so inspired by it throughout the last year that I’m just going to throw up whatever and hopefully at some point someone may find a post helpful or informative. Or I may just be posting to the blank open space of the internet. Who really cares though, right?
This is a recipe for my all time favorite smoothie. I’m not one to make only fruit smoothies because I love thinking I’m getting some veggies into my body without really knowing it. So, I don’t make many ‘colorful’ smoothies because they always end up green. However, in terms of the green kind, this one is my favorite.
1/2 to 1 cup pineapple
1 handful spinach
1 cup water
1/2 cup ice cubes
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp flax meal
1 tsp spirulina
1 tsp maca
1/2 tsp tumeric powder
Instructions: Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. The great thing about spinach is that even in a cheap blender it blends up smooth so you don’t get chunks of leaf in your mouth.
There are so many other things you could add if you wanted that would be delicious. I like adding fresh ginger or subbing coconut water for the regular water. Experiment and see what you like best. I just love this basic one because you can’t taste the spinach so the pineapple flavour really stands out. Too many times I’ve made a smoothie with one fruit or another and I can’t taste the fruit because it’s too delicate a flavour compared to kale, swiss chard, or dandelion greens.
I most commonly make this for breakfast, but you could also pour into smaller bottles for pre- or post-workout drinks or even just to fill in the afternoon low that comes during work. It makes for an amazing snack and kids will love it (except if they hate anything green, then there are no guarantees).
I hope you all have a wonderful time experimenting with this yourselves.