After yoga at home this morning, I was in the mood for something light and fresh, yet still nourishing for breakfast to keep that open yoga glow feeling going into my writing time, rather than diverting all my blood to my digestive system! So I decided on a smoothie. And I wanted to make something new. Which after years of making smoothies isn't the simplest feat to conjure.
I took stock of my ingredients and what I was in the mood for: rich, not overly sweet yet still a little sweet (that time of the month, girls, you know how it is!), filling but not heavy, and pink. Yes, I wanted it to be pink.
Here's what I came up with and WOW, this is now going rank in my top 5 all time favorite smoothies!
- 1 very small handful of raw almonds
- 2 tablespoons of coconut milk (milk, not water)
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 whole dates, pits removed
- 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
- 1 cup of pure water, + 2 Tbs
Put everything in the blender EXCEPT the strawberries and cup of water. Blend until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Add the water and strawberries. Blend some more. It's done. Savor. Next time I might add a dash of cardamom to warm it up energetically and for that delicious sweet, unusual, magical cardamom flavor. Oh and this would also make an amazing afternoon snack and will definitely hit the spot if you have a sweet tooth.
Makes about 1 pint (a serving) and gives you calcium, magnesium, protein, potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and good juju!