At our house ..
this past week has been all about
Dark brew .. light brew .. decaf .. and everything in-between. One cup .. then two .. until finally, we're making another trip to the grocery for more pods.
It wasn't long ago that the Keurig became a permanent fixture in my father's workshop .. and ever since The Chef has been silently intrigued. So as fate would have it .. even though our family isn't one for exchanging gifts at Christmas time .. happily .. the coffee-pot-fairy paid us a visit.
(Right about the time Bon Appetit's latest issue hit the stands)
Under the title of Healthy-ish .. there were many treasures .. including an entire section devoted to one of my favorite things .. smoothies(!) Admittedly .. I've been blending ever since. If there's anything worth perfecting to the point of imperfection .. they're it.
I do this more often than I'd care to admit. Bookmarking what looks like a perfect recipe .. but after a few iterations, I've shifted the ingredients ever so slightly .. again and again .. until eventually, I wonder how far off I really am from the original ..
intent or taste
And so .. I believe the actual recipe .. for the lover of precision .. calls cold-brewed coffee .. a pinch of cardamom .. and just a few ice cubes. Yet somehow my favorite protein powder .. and regular brew that's spent some time in the fridge have slowly crept in.
Maybe even a hint of honey or stevia on lazy Sunday afternoons
Still .. the process is the same. Brew your favorite cup (or two) of coffee. Be reminded of how thankful you are to (and for!) the coffee pot fairy. How the smell of dark Ethiopian reminds you of your husband
Throw everything directly into your blender .. being liberal with the ice .. because a little extra is always a good thing. Hopefully, you've remembered to do a bit of prep work the night before .. a banana into the freezer .. cashews and oats left to soak. It's always the little things that make all the biggest difference in the end
Blend .. blend .. and blend some more .. until you're happy with the consistency
Tuck left-overs away in the fridge .. after saving a large glass for the man you love. He won't be able to resist it. This small gift from you to him will be a reminder .. just like the new coffee pot on our kitchen counter ..
“I'm thinking of you first today .. and tomorrow”
2016 has is officially here .. and the real world has come calling. After a holiday break spent with cookies .. champagne .. and those we love .. we're all back at it. Work and life have picked up again .. reminding us again of just how demanding it all can be.
The perfect season for a coffee smoothie. Whether its breakfast or a snack .. this healthy treat not only tastes great .. but it'll restore your constitution .. revive your temperament .. and give you the pick-me-up required to take on just about anything.
A note about protein powder .. as it's a typical addition to my smoothies. The times I'm reaching for a smoothie are usually when I am a just moderately hungry .. late morning before a workout or afternoon slump time. Adding just a bit of protein really helps it stick with me a little longer
~ Adapted from Bon Appetit
- 1 banana, preferably frozen
- 2 Medjool dates pitted
- ½ cup cold-brew coffee (** Note: Brewed coffee that has been chilled is also great)
- ½ - 1 scoop protein powder of your choice, optional (** My favorite is Food Coach NYC's Beauti-fuel)
- ¼ cup raw cashews, preferably soaked overnight
- 3 Tbsp old-fashioned oats, preferably soaked overnight
- 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- Pinch of ground cardamom
- Pinch fine-grain sea salt
- ½ cup ice + more depending upon the consistency you prefer
- Using your blender's smoothie or ice crush setting .. purée the banana, dates, coffee, cashews, protein powder, oats, cocoa powder, cardamom, sea salt, and ice in a blender until smooth
% Protein: 9
% Carbs: 57
% Fat: 36