Welcome back to my kitchen!
You probably already know from my last post that it’s super hot in this part of the country. July was the warmest on record, and the houses here do not have air conditioning. We have been relying on box fans, and cold crisp drinks. In the mornings, our house feels nice and cool, but by the time the evening comes rolling around the sun goes out of his way to beat this house with hot uninviting rays. Because of this, the house can easily get up to 90 degrees during the evening hours.
Don’t let my negative discussion about heat scare you away from Alaska. Let me tell you how magical this place is during the Summer. Summer is one of my favorite times of the year. Here, you can walk outside during the morning hours, and smell the crisp scent of mountains. We literally have a mountain to the left of us. We always say it looks so easy to walk up it, but in reality it would probably take us a day and a half to get to the peak. One of the many things I love about Summer here is the beautiful flowers. The colors are vibrant, and fireweed is in abundance here. The legend says that when the blooms reach the top of the stem then Summer is ending, and snow will be arriving soon. And the blooms are inching their way to the top each and every day. I also have a squirrel who visits us every day. I try to keep my bird feeder filled with dried fruit and nuts for the woodpeckers, but the squirrel somehow finds a way to scoop all the seed and nuts onto the ground. I’ve definitely made this squirrel fat. Because of the nuts, I occasionally will have a Stellar Blue Jay visit me. These birds love peanuts. They prefer the shell to be intact because they like to pry the shell open with their beak and grab the nut. I’ve had one take a peanut out of my hand! Yes, I’m that crazy bird and squirrel lady.
It doesn’t matter if you are experiencing the hottest heat wave in history, or enjoying nature, smoothies are versatile and a healthy alternative for dessert. In the evenings, the oven quickly makes the house into a sweat lodge. So the rest of the night my husband and I find ways to keep ourselves cool in this unseasonably warm weather. By doing so, we have figured out a smoothie is super easy and helps are bodies to cool down after making our food.
Let’s get started making this delicious end of summer smoothie:
1 1/2 cups of Frozen Cherries
2 Tbs. Flax Seed (Ground)
2 Tbs. Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup of Milk (Less or more for desired consistency)
After you have gathered your ingredients, you will need a NutriBullet or any kind of blender will work. First, you will want to add 1 1/2 cups of cherries. This is where I usually add the ground flax seed, and then add the banana. Remember, you could also use frozen bananas. If you do, you may have to add more liquid. Then add two tablespoons of Greek yogurt. I like Greek yogurt because it normally has less sugar, and it’s not as sweet as the original yogurt. Now add your milk. Then screw or place the lid on top of the blender. Now we blend! I only blend mine for about 20 seconds. After the blending is done, pour the smoothie into your favorite glass.
This simple smoothie is great for breakfast. You could add oatmeal on top for a more crunchy filling smoothie or you could add some trail mix filled with dried fruit and nuts on top for an added bonus. Either way this smoothie is great for any time of the day. During the weekdays, you can find me in front of the TV watching trashy reality shows with my Cherry-Banana Smoothie in my hand. It’s the only way to end the day!
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Now grab your apron, and cook with me.
Your Winey Chef,
An easy dessert alternative.
- 1 1/2 Cups Frozen Cherries
- 1 Banana
- 2 Tbs. Flax Seed (Ground)
- 2 Tbs. Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 cup Water
- Add the 1 1/2 cups of cherries into the blender.
- Now add the ground flax seed and the banana.
- Add the 2 tablespoons of greek yogurt.
- Now we are going to add the water, and screw or place the lid on top of the blender. Blend.
- Place into your favorite glass and enjoy!