Friday, March 25, 2011

On Smiles and Smoothies

There are some days when your smile weighs down and withers into sadness.

Stress can have a similar effect on your spirits. You feel the aches and pains of sadness, with the added touch of a furrowed brow, a nervous wreck and that never-ending list of things to do. 

Here's a trick: take a minute for a mood-boosting, soul-soothing potion. In reality, it's the work of seconds.  Bananas have a well-earned reputation of being a power-food. Easily digested, easy on the wallet and tucked in a sunshiny yellow smile of a skin.

This post is dedicated to a dear friend who reminded me that ''darkness is just the absence of light''. The light streams back and shines through a smile renewed.

Banana Smoothie

Note: If lactose intolerant, use almond milk.

  • 1 medium-large, ripe banana
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup yogurt (or vanilla ice cream)
  • Honey, as desired
  • Ice, as desired

Optional Sense-Pleasers
  • Pinch of  Ground Cinammon or Nutmeg
  • A few drops of pure vanilla extract

Note: Vanilla, in scant amounts, acts as a flavour enhancer.

Method
  • Put all ingredients in a blender, blitz away and let it all blend into a smooth, creamy glory.
  • If you don't have a blender, this can become a creative process. Take a strong ziploc bag and crush the ice + chopped up banana with your heaviest textbook (or rolling pin). Pour the stress-busting smoosh into a cup and add the rest of the ingredients. Whisk together (you may use a fork, if you'd like). Granted, it may not be the smoothest smoothie, but you'll be in brighter spirits.

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Fun Facts

= Bananas contain a lot of potassium. You will not spontaneously catch fire if you eat too many. As tasty as they are, moderation is key. 

= Here's some detailed nutritional information.



2 comments:

  1. Going to try this out tonight! Ill probably be using my history textbook to crush the ice. Martin Luther and the enlightenment will have proven to be of some use.
    Keep the posts coming! Good job!

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  2. Dear Anonymous,

    Enjoy the experience :) Thank you for your feedback!

    Best wishes,
    Azarakhsh

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