I wrote this post a long time ago but never got around to posting. However, I do want to share all these goodies, so I will post it now, even though it’s no longer August and it’s no longer hot here in NYC. It’s actually the perfect weather. Late September through October is my favorite time of year.
I always wonder – is this time (early-mid fall) everyone’s favorite time of year, or does everyone love the month after their birthday the best? Maybe there is some memory hidden away of our first month of life, and forever after that month will always be our favorite time of year? (I was born in the middle of September.)
Anyway, here are some green things I (was) loving lately.
In August New York was hot, hot, hot. Hot weather makes me crave green: green smoothies, green juices, and fresh green veggies. Here are some favorites that I tried in August.
The picture below is a green juice, courtesy of my CSA (kale and cucumber), the corner store (ginger and lemon), and my Breville . I got the Breville over three years ago and I definitely use it in phases. It sits, collecting dust, in the winter months, but usually gets broken out sometime in early summer. On summer evenings Bobby and I like to share green juices. Bobby likes his sweeter than mine, so I pour my portion out and then add a pear in at the end for him.
This juice was actually for breakfast though, and I had it alongside some coffee. I hope the coffee doesn’t detract from the juicy healthy goodness. I also had a cup of Greek yogurt that you can see in the corner. I probably topped the yogurt with honey, but it’s also delicious plain.
After getting the Vitamix (mine is fire engine RED), I started making green smoothies (and again the juicer was pushed to the back of the cabinet). This smoothie below had kale (or collards? I forget), a banana, yogurt, and a splash of orange juice. It’s really amazing how the blender can take literally any green and turn it into a smooth and creamy drink. I put the greens in, stems and all. Have to check and wash them first though – one time I found a yellow jacket in my kale!
Here is another green smoothie – same recipe as above (a CSA green – spinach or kale?, yogurt (Greek or regular works), banana, and OJ) – but it’s topped with black sesame seeds. Black sesame is great – very versatile and good for adding a little crunch.
That’s all for now.