Smoothies Galore!


By the end of the week, my motivation to cook is nearly gone. The resulting meals are generally 1) leftovers, 2) salads, or 3) smoothies. Two weeks into the August heat, #3 has become especially tempting.

I’m including below two smoothie recipes. The first one I made for ‘dinner’ last night, in a fit of laziness so extreme that I did not feel like making a salad. It’s refreshing, has a gorgeous colour, and could easily straddle the line between ‘dinner’ and ‘happy hour’ with the addition of a glug or two of liquor (my personal choice would be gin, with crème de cassis in a close second).

The second recipe was a reward for a day of bodyrock + 1.5h bike ride. It’s delicious (make it indulgent by adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream!) and surprisingly healthy–as long as you don’t add any ice cream, the smoothie is sweetened by the dates alone.

Cucumber-Berry ‘Smoothie’

1/3 large cucumber, sliced thinly

1/3 cup blueberries

1/4 cup blackberries

1/4 cup sweet and sour mix (or, more simply, add lemon juice and sugar, to taste)

3 ice cubes

1/3 cup cold water

Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend until a smooth texture is achieved.

Banana Date Smoothie

1 banana, sliced

1 medjool date (if you have smaller dates, use two or three), pitted and chopped roughly

1/3 cup milk

3 ice cubes

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 teaspoon ginger

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth texture is achieved.

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