I haven’t spent much time in the kitchen this week. I came down with a nasty cold several days ago, which has pretty much squashed any plans I had of being productive. I’ve got one of those coughs that prevents any sort of restorative sleep from occurring. Actually, I’ve probably perfected my ratio of tea to ginger to lemon, that’s something. My bar cart has become more of medicine cabinet lately, my citrus squeezer and muddler have become essential to my survival for entirely new reasons. Seriously, muddle your ginger, it extracts so much more flavor than just steeping slices.
Maybe I’ll do a things to drink when you’re deathly ill post. I can order them by severeness of illness, starting with plain chamomile tea for when you feel just a little off, and ending with a bourbon toddy for when it’s 4 am and you’ve been coughing for three straight hours trying to fall asleep. Alcohol isn’t recommend when you’re sick, because it keeps you from getting deep sleep. However, if you can’t sleep at all after trying the standard methods, I say it’s better than nothing.
Aside from refilling the tea kettle a million times, this smoothie is seriously the only thing I’ve made in days. It’s a simple, refreshing smoothie. Suitable for breakfast, or a snack. It’s got a little extra pop of heartiness from the chia seeds, and lots of healthy goodness from the banana. In fact, if you’d like the details on just how healthy bananas are you should pop on over to my friend Helen’s website, where she’s written at length about all the benefits of the fruit.
In the market for a new blender? I’ve had a Ninja for a couple of years now, and love it.
Blueberry Banana Chia Smoothie
Makes one 10 oz smoothie.
1 cup almond milk
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Blend all ingredients together until smoothie is uniform in color and texture.
- Garnish with spare frozen blueberries, and anything else you’d like.
- Enjoy immediately!
I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk in this recipe, but your choice of milk may be substituted.
I don’t like to add sweetener to my smoothies, but if you do, you should!
Make sure your frozen bananas are quite ripe, and your frozen blueberries of good quality for the best results.
Need chia? Here you go.