I have had every intention to keep juicing, but I grew tired of cleaning my juicer. Not because it is difficult to clean, but because my sink is usually full of dishes and I have to do those first before I can wash the juicer parts. There's the rub. I almost always choose going to bed (or watching a show on Hulu) instead of doing dinner dishes. I know I'll regret it in the morning, and yet I can't seem to help myself. Do you do the same thing?
I wake up and there are dishes, so I can't make breakfast until we have some clean dishes and silverware. Then I'm late getting breakfast on the table, which means the kids have to eat quickly. Then they're a few minutes late for school because I make them brush their teeth after wolfing down said quick breakfast. Then there are more dishes (and e-mails to check) and before I know it, it's 10:00 am and I haven't showered or had any breakfast myself. I do usually start the early morning off with a cup of lemon water followed by powdered greens mixed with water. (It's not as bad as it sounds.) But at that 10:00 am part of my morning, my tummy is rumbling and I'm busy and I want something fast, healthy and delicious.
So. That's where my daily smoothies have come back into play. I load them up with good things and sip them until it's time for a late lunch before I pick the kids up from school. My life is glamorous!
I have been trying some new combos. I will admit it--I hate kale in smoothies. I like kale juiced. I like kale sauteed in a hot pan with garlic and drizzled with balsamic. I love kale in soup. But not in smoothies. Spinach is one that I love any way, shape or form. But when I'm out of greens, or feel like drinking something non-green, I make some kind of variation of this smoothie. Sometimes it's berries or plums. And sometimes (when my husband doesn't accidentally unplug our extra freezer resulting in a bushel's worth of peaches defrosting and going rotten...sigh), I use frozen peaches from the summer. I hoard them for that moment when I can't stand winter a minute more and I need to remember that spring is just around the corner, followed by summer and eventually fresh peaches.
This smoothie kind of tastes like peach pie with the addition of the cinnamon, pecans, and maple syrup. If you can't abide oatmeal in your smoothie, leave it out. I add it in for iron and fiber and for a little extra texture. And there you go--a very long explanation for a simple, fruity smoothie to kick off your morning.
Peach Pecan Smoothie
Ingredients:1 whole fresh or frozen peach (about 1 1/2 cups frozen peaches)
1 banana, fresh or frozen
5 large ice cubes
1/2 cup gluten-free old fashioned oats
1 cup water, fruit juice, or your choice of dairy or non-dairy milk
1/4 cup pecans
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
1/4 or more tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
agave or maple syrup, to taste