The Smoothie Chronicles: Chapter 1

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I started making smoothies when I did my very first seasonal cleanse a few years back. At first I thought they would never keep me full until lunch and I panicked about not having enough food or enough chewing or blah blah blah. I guess Food Panic is a whole issue for a future post now that I’m typing. So for now, let’s just say I didn’t believe in these things. I didn’t like the idea of adding powders to things or feeling like I was going down the path a new bizarre disordered kind of eating that included cutting out BREAKFAST, the Holy Grail of meals. But I knew it was just for 3 weeks and I felt open to trying this detox so I just got on board. What the hell? I mean, I’ve done way crazier shit without a thought to my health at all, like for instance, doing crystal meth and not eating anything at all for like 3 days.

Who needs a smoothie now, Girl?

Anyhoots, turns out I loved them and even when I am between seasonal cleanses I make them all the damn time. It just kind of stuck with me. I have an old blender you can see here (along with the recipe for almond milk I use in all these little devils). While I tend to covet objects, I also find my Libra rising engenders a certain commitment to beauty far beyond functionality sometimes. In this case, it’s great because me and Ginger got this beautiful blender at an estate sale for next to nothing and the thing just doesn’t quit. It may not be the Vitamix or the Ninja we often dream of, but I can’t bring myself to get rid of such a pretty appliance that does it’s job just fine. All of this to say, you can be a smoothie enthusiast for much less than $600 in the equipment department. Also, in case you ARE looking to upgrade and are feeling shut down by sticker shock, fancy blenders and juicers are often things people re-sell on craigslist and ebay because they go through a phase and then say Fuck It, I’m Not A Smoothie/Juicing Person.

Over time, I’ve written a bunch of recipes for smoothies for my own cleanses that I do, but I’ve also just spent a bunch of time winging it. So I thought I’d collect some images with basic ingredients for you to toss together if you like. All the recipes I’ve made for the cleanses aren’t on here and often tend to greener, but not always. Anyhow, I hope these inspire and offer some good ideas for whatever you got going.

2 comments

  1. Love! I have smoothies for breakfast constantly and use so many of these same ingredients. I won’t brag about my Vitamix which allows me to throw in whole kale leaves and stuff no prob, but I will tell you about my newfound fascination with pumpkin seed and sunflower seed milks. I also sometimes add the dried pulp; avocado; maca powder; honeycomb…it’s endless, right?

  2. Coach says:

    It’s true it just goes on and on. My old blender will do some greens as well. Probably not as sexy style as the Vitamix, but I’m OK with it. I also began throwing coconut into my almond milk to add that to the flavor. BUT I have not yet made pumpkin seed milk OR sunflower seed milk. The sunflower butter is my current romance and I’m about ready to have some new ones. In the summer I like to also use raw coconut water with kind of lighter and “fresher” flavors, like pluots and basil and whatnot. So Good.

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