Remember the days when smoothies were a whole lot like a milkshake with a little fruit thrown in? Apparently those days are long gone. I’ve tried green smoothies, brown smoothies, pink smoothies, white smoothies, and even some that are a really unattractive green-brown color, and if I’m being honest, I’d say I haven’t really liked any of them. What you’re doing is trying to mask the taste of raw greens with some cocoa and bananas, am I right?
A couple of months ago I bought a book titled, “The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100.” Incidentally, this may have coincided with my 59th birthday, which is really, in my mind, the year I need to get my act together in the healthy eating department before I hit 60. (I’m a tad late, but a firm believer in the belief that you can start fresh anytime.) Besides, living to be 100 sounds really awesome when you’re approaching a milestone birthday that rhymes with fix-ty.
This cookbook is filled with a lot of things that I like that don’t make me feel like I’m depriving myself: beans, chickpeas, spices, greens, avocados, nuts, and other healthy stuff. So far I’ve made a minestrone with chickpeas and barley, an unsuccessful attempt at falafel from scratch, and a very successful winter potato salad with dill and green beans. But the recipe I keep coming back to, and the only one I’ve memorized, is for this Iced Banapple Turmeric Smoothie. It has five simple ingredients that I always have on hand: bananas, apples, turmeric, vanilla soy milk, and ice. (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of soy, and it’s really tasty.) I’ve been starting almost every morning with it, and I swear it makes me feel good. So good that I’ve forced it on other family members who turn their noses up at the idea of turmeric. I’ve won them over.
Iced Banapple Turmeric Smoothie
(Makes one large smoothie)
1 ripe banana
1 apple, cored and cut into a few pieces
1 tsp. turmeric powder
1 cup vanilla soy milk (try unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
2 cups of ice (I just use a handful;)
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender, then serve.