The promising buzz of the blender as it purees my favorite ingredients, the cascade of the whipped concoction streaming into a never-big-enough cup, the simple satisfaction of the blended beverage as I take the first sip. Perfection.
I’m the first to admit, I have a bit of an obsession with smoothies. Smoothies and I go way back to 8th grade when a classmate rattled off her demonstration speech in our public speaking class. I don’t remember any of the other speeches that year (except mine, which was “How to Make a Mosquito String Figure.” Pretty sure I’m scarred for life by that one. Turns out there were too many knots), but oh how I remember her strawberry smoothie speech and the sample that followed! Good things do come from speech classes! From that moment on, I was hooked.
We’ve come a long way from that enlightening day, smoothies and I. Over the past eight years, I:
1.) Consumed almost every smoothie that was being sold sold in Duluth, Minnesota, and was interviewed for the local paper about my favorite one.
2.) Fantasized with a fellow smoothie lover about how much better the world would be if smoothies came out of drinking fountains instead of water.
3.) Gave my own demonstration speech about smoothie making…in Spanish. (Also scarred by this speech. It involved a stubborn blender lid and whole lot of flying smoothie.)
4.) Wrote about my five favorite smoothies sold in Madison.
5.) Dreamed up America’s next most popular beverage bar, Roothie’s Smoothies. Yep. (Actually the official name is Roothie’s Smoothies and Havel’s Falafels, but I still have to meet someone named Havel. Details.)
6.) Used a borrowed immersion blender to make a smoothie in a moment of desperation in the Netherlands . Bailey’s may or may not have been an ingredient.
7.) Ate a smoothie made with pumpkin seeds, goji berry, strawberry, mango, spirulina, echinacea, brown rice syrup, orange, coconut milk, green tea. In San Francisco, of course.
8.) Earned the title of Smoothie Queen from a few friends and family members. I don’t get defensive about a lot of things, but with a title of this rank, it might be a good idea for you to think before you come between the Smoothie Queen and her smoothies.
You’ve probably figured out by now that smoothies will appear often in this blog. They’re the prefect fuel for anything…fresh or frozen fruit, different milks, yogurt, nut butters, juices, kale, avocado, chocolate…anything! My favorite homemade smoothies tend to include what’s on hand and what’s in season, and certainly don’t involve a recipe, but it’s nice to mix things up a bit (get it?) and give someone else’s smoothie a whirl.
Cheers to 8th grade speech class and my classmate’s smooth(ie) talking.
Mango Coconut Smoothie recipe
adapted from Whole Living
2 cups ripe mango chunks
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 cups unsweetened coconut water
Pinch of cayenne powder
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.