Two Smoothies For Your Face

Two Smoothies

It’s nice to know what you’re talking about when you start telling people what’s what.
It’s nice to know how to operate kitchen machines when it’s time to turn them on.
And it’s definitely nice to have a luscious smoothie to put into your face in the a.m.!

Here are three things that happened to me yesterday:

I woke up and started telling A. about the dangers and downsides of fruit.

Fruit doesn’t taste good!
Fruit rots your teeth!
Fruit is just no fun to bring to a party!
And on and on and on.

A. didn’t seem convinced so I decided to explain things to him in a language that would clearly communicate my extremely important point.

Exhibits A and B would be a pair of fruit smoothies.

Smoothies that surely would not taste any good at all.
Smoothies that obviously wouldn’t be pretty and sweet and simple to prepare.
Smoothies that would definitely not be nutritionally worthy of note.

And so I retrieved my blender, turned it on, and danced around with sheer delight, as I love the validation of being told how right, right, right I am.

Tournament Of Produce Brackets

Here are some facts that I am required to share with you at this point, due to certain wagers, losses, and potential overestimation of my ability to (1) be correct, and (2) operate a blender:

1.  Fruits are actually quite delicious. Especially when you consider that tomatoes, avocados, jalapeños and corn, my four favorites, are all  -wait for it-  fruits, not vegetables.

2.  Smoothies are delicious. Smoothies are nutritious. Smoothies are a fun, colorful, easy way to begin your day.

3.  Blenders should be operated with care at all times. Dancing while blending is not advised.

So, friends, take it from me, as I am now, for sure, an expert:  you should drink a smoothie, respect a fruit, and take care with your blender today.

Blueberry-Chia Blaster Smoothie

recipe adapted from the March 2013 edition of Vegetarian Times

2 tbsp. chia seeds
1 1/2 c. coconut milk
1/2 c. soft silken tofu
1 tbsp. honey
1 c. frozen blueberries

Place the chia seeds in a dry pan over a medium flame and, tossing frequently, toast for 3-5 minutes or until the seeds have deepened in color and are fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Once the seeds have cooled, place all ingredients in a blender in the order listed. Blend 30 seconds, or until smooth. If mixture is too thick, blend in additional coconut milk or water.

YIELD:  approximately 2 servings

Avocado Mango Smoothie

recipe adapted from the March 2013 edition of Vegetarian Times

2 c. coconut water
1 medium Hass avocado, peeled, pitted
1/4 c. walnuts
3 tsp. lime juice, freshly squeezed
2 c. frozen mango cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender in the order listed. Blend 30 seconds, or until smooth.

YIELD:  approximately 4 servings

Comments

  1. 13

    says

    aren’t smoothies the best for experimenting?
    I have found so many ways to “drink my veggies” with smoothies.
    BUT never thought about an avocado.
    Thank you for that one!

  2. 10

    says

    Haha! I love the post, and quite frankly I love dancing while blending AND NO ONE CAN STOP ME!

    >.>
    <.<

    That being said, these smoothies look super nutritious. I'm skeptical of tofu but if you say so… you are the expert after all :)

    • Meagan says

      You are too kind! And I will NEVER try to stop you from dancing while blending!

      I am hardly an expert on silken tofu, but I will say that, since I’ve started eating and working with it in the kitchen, I’ve become a real fan. Give it a try and I think you’ll be a convert as well.

  3. 4

    says

    Man, you are blowing my cover. My secret ingredient is silken tofu. I hate bananas, so I use the tof instead and now everyone on the internet knows my secret!

    Also? Cucumbers, zucchini, and ALL winter sqaushes are fruits. It’s the vegetable-y fruits that I love, mysef.

    • Meagan says

      Exposed ya! If I’m honest, it was my first time working with or eating silken tofu, and I’m officially converted: I LOVE the texture and how closely it resembles, say, Greek yogurt. Winner, winner, tofu dinner.

  4. 2

    says

    The idea of putting silken tofu in a smoothie is brilliant! Great creamy texture, and tons of protein, without having to add gross sugary protein powder! And BLUEBERRIES.

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