April 1, 2013 § Leave a comment
It may seem a bit early in the year to be pulling out the blender to have a frozen drink. Maybe after spending five days in the Florida sunshine, where you crave a cold drink, I just didn’t want to leave that feeling behind. We had a lovely time getting away from the Boston snow, which is almost all gone, and spending a few days with the rents in The Villages (a 55+ community). It might not sound like the most glamorous vacation, but we enjoyed it just the same. We spent our mornings waking early and running in the cool air, my dad leading the way on his bike. Our afternoons were filled with activities and more activities, zumba class, pickle ball, shuffleboard, bocce, polo matches, oh and two for 1 drinks every afternoon starting at 4. Not a shabby way to live. It’s always a pleasant feeling to not have to do anything or not have to be anywhere at a certain time. You just do what feels right in the moment. And that’s what we did.
Another great feature of this vacation was that I’m spoiled whenever I’m with my parents. They always do those little things to make their guests feel so welcome. And just like when I was a kid, they make me fabulous breakfasts each morning; waffles piled high with syrup and strawberries, sweet banana bread and Florida orange juice from Florida.
So I’m not sure if it was my need to hold on to some of that relaxing, vacation feeling or just sheer laziness that had me turn to this blueberry smoothie, either way I was happy to be sipping it in almost 50 degree weather.
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
juice of 1 orange (about 1/3 cup)
1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)*
Juice the orange and combine in a blender with the blueberries and yogurt. Pulse until everything is smooth. Add the chia seeds and pulse until just combined. Pour into a tall glass and serve with a straw.
*I first heard about chia seeds in the book, Born to Run. If you’re not familiar with the book, it’s about crazy runners, runners who can go 50 miles one day and then turn around and do another 100 miles the next, insanity. Chia seeds were a big piece of the Tarahumara Indians’ diet, a tribe in Mexico, a tribe of runners. Theses little black seeds are now quite the rage in the U.S., especially with long-distance runners.
Learning a little bit more about the seed, it’s loaded with Omega-3s and antioxidants; you know that stuff that you get from fish, that I’m sure I don’t get enough of. They have been called “one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the market.”
I guess you can add them to almost anything: drinks, breads, baked goods. They didn’t change the flavor of the smoothie so I’m assuming across the board they are just a nutrious add, more research on that to come.