This Sunday, we are going for something very light, summery, fruity, and very nutritious. More particularly, a green smoothie on a stick. Green smoothies have been making an almost daily appearance at our house, ever since I got a high-speed blender about six years ago (here’s a nice flashback video from four years back, those little chubsters are so grown up now). It’s the easiest way to pack a ton of greens into your daily eating routine. I almost feel like I’m cheating when I put a huge bunch of leaves, together with some fruit and powders into a blender, and end up with a pleasant and smooth, drinkable meal, that I can consume in a few minutes and continue on with my day. Do you know what I mean? The ease of it all is something to be thankful for. Of course, this can be done in any blender, but a high-speed one just has that amazing ability to break down all the fibers into the creamiest smoothie.
These pops are exactly that – a little green pick-me-up that can be easily eaten for breakfast on a very hot day, or as an extra nutritious dessert, on any day. Read on for some weekend links and enjoy your Sunday.
Chef Jacques La Merde – have you seen this instagram account? Photos of the most beautiful plates of meticulously styled dishes, but there’s a twist to it all when you look closer and read the ingredients list. Hilarious. Plus, the woman behind it all.
How To Cook a Wolf – reading this book (for the first time!) and loving it. M.F.K. Fisher has such a straightforward and witty voice, and I have so many passages underlined already, like this one, from 1942: “In the first place, not all people need or want three meals each day. Many of them feel better with two, or one and one-half, or five […] ‘balance ‘ is something that depends entirely upon the individual. One man, because of his chemical setup, may need many proteins. Another, more nervous perhaps, may find meat and eggs and cheeses an active poison, and have to live with what grace he can on salads and cooked squash.” Awesome read.
Adaptogens – a complete guide
Berlin’s Honey Bees – “Honeybees visit 2 million flowers to create just 1 lb of honey.” Forever blown away by bee facts.
All the Food That’s Fit to Print – on edible 3D printing
The Gentlewoman Library – just discovered that the magazine has an entire online library of their interviews with all kinds of amazing women, from Yoko Ono to Beyonce to Martha Stewart to Tilda Swinton.
Curb Your Enthusiasm – is back :)
- 1 ripe mango
- ¼ ripe pineapple
- 1 ripe banana (optional)
- 3-6 kale leaves or other leafy greens - stems removed
- purified water
- maple syrup - to taste (optional)
- 1 kiwi, peach, strawberry, etc. - sliced, for decoration (optional)
- Blend all ingredients, except kiwi/other sliced fruit, in a blender until very smooth, adding enough water to achieve a thick milkshake consistency.
- If using kiwi/other sliced fruit for decoration, arrange the slices inside ice pop molds, sticking them to the walls so they will be visible on the surface of the pops. Carefully pour or spoon the smoothie into the molds, taking care not to create large air pockets. Once full, lift and gently drop the molds on the counter several times to eliminate any air bubbles. Cover with the lid and insert wooden sticks.
- Freeze for 3-4 hours or overnight, until completely frozen. Let sit for 5 minutes or run hot water over the molds and the lid to remove the pops.
Soak wooden popsicle sticks in water overnight for better hold.