Not that long ago, while being interviewed for a podcast I let these words slip out of my mouth: "The world doesn't need another green smoothie." And it's kind of true. The world doesn't. But you and I might.
It's complicated out there.
Last week, I had the privilege of hosting the Culinary Nutrition Conference and as we were prepping and planning, all I kept thinking was how fortunate I am to get to dream up these things and make them happen. And maybe it's the smoothie I need to thank. Maybe it's all because of a green smoothie, or a blueberry smoothie, or this chocolate cherry smoothie.
Smoothies have gotten flack in the media, mainly because the media likes to make fun of, derail, and create scare tactics for just about everything positive. But I believe there is power in a smoothie. The power is that anyone can make one, you can cram more nutrition into a shake than most people eat in a week, and when we start high dosing our diets with power nutrients, fueling our brain and subsequently our lives with real food, we start thinking differently. We start questioning things, we start growing and evolving in different ways. We become healthy.
You can cram more nutrition into a shake than most people eat in a week.
In a recent interview I was asked if I thought we as a "health-conscious population" were consuming too many smoothies, if there's too much of a reliance on them. My answer: Maybe. Maybe we do consume too many smoothies, maybe we are too reliant on them. Here's the thing though: I don't know about you, but when I am short on time and my fridge is low on ingredients, the smoothie is my fast food. It's quick, easy and convenient. This is obviously not the tripod I like to rest most of my food choices on (or how any of us should be choosing who we date), but at times, it's just the way life is sometimes. In those moments, a smoothie seems like the most perfect option.
So, does the world need another green smoothie? No. But what the world does need is each and every one of us operating at our optimal potential, doing awesome things and creating a global shift towards positive change. If a smoothie can help us achieve that, than we're all good here.
For the record, a smoothie will not heal the woes or your life. Your thoughts and actions will. Great food, however, is a catalyst for changing our thoughts and our actions. As my creed says, Eat fruit, lots of cherries, while thinking good thoughts. And so to keep it fresh, this smoothie isn't green. It's deep brown with a hint of red thanks to the most glorious Ontario cherries that I am consuming in copious amounts.
Yield: 1 serving
- 2 Tbsp cacao powder
- 1 cup pitted fresh cherries
- 2 tsp maca
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 2 dates or ½ banana for sweetness
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup ice
- Place all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!