When life gives you
lemons brown, speckled bananas, freeze 'em quickly and make a sweet, creamy smoothie.
This year has already brought with it an immense amount of excitement, positive experiences, and inspiring opportunities for which I'm so ecstatically grateful. On the flip side, there have also been a handful of stressful and tough moments that were completely unexpected. Life has a way of keeping us on our toes. Just when we settle in and get comfortable, something gets tossed in our direction that loosens the freshly-firmed ground under our feet.
Loss, love, stress -- whatever the unexpected 'something' is -- jumps out at us from the closet of life. Sometimes it leaves us breathless and shocked, other times it leaves us with a warm heart and feelings of contentment. I find this juxtaposition of competing emotions to be tricky to navigate as it tends to feel all too bittersweet. But the older I get, the more I realize that the only way to get around these experiences is to go right on through them. Live them, feel them, and let them go.
And another thought: sometimes the most ordinary moments turn out to be our most cherished, don't they? Lately, I've been focusing on living mindfully and soaking in those everyday occurrences. A nuzzle from a furry companion. A kiss on the head from a loved one. A door held open by a stranger. A giggle-filled phone call with a friend. A warm meal at the end of a chilly winter's day. That's the good stuff.
Alright, end seriousness and cue the recipe.
This smoothie is comforting, creamy, frosty, and sweet. It's enough to make me slow down, sip, and just appreciate all of its goodness. As with most smoothies, it's also the easiest thing to make. You'll just add a frozen banana (keep 'em spotty, please -- easier to digest), raw cashews, dates, water, ice, and a pinch of sea salt to a blender. Blend on high for a quick 2-3 minutes or until the mixture is super smooth, pour into a glass, drop a straw in, and drink it up. I'll be honest, this one traverses into dessert territory with its caramel-like flavor and sweetness, so it teeters perfectly between meal categories (e.g., breakfast, snack, dessert). Just the way I like my smoothies.
Creamy Cashew Caramel Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- ¾ cup filtered water
- ½ to ¾ cup ice
- ¼ cup raw cashews*
- 2-3 medjool dates, pitted
- optional: 1/16 teaspoon sea salt**
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender, and blend on high for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Add in more ice, if desired, and blend again.
**The sea salt brings out the sweetness and adds a salted-caramel vibe to this smoothie.