Hi, dear ones!
Thank you so much for the love on last week’s post. I am deeply grateful to those of you who read, shared, and commented. The more we talk about it, the greater chance the post has of reaching our frontline workers, to whom it is lovingly dedicated. Please keep it going so that we can humbly lift them up with our love and support.
Today, I am inspired to share with you something that has been bringing me joy throughout the last few weeks of quarantine. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to find a way to support local businesses, and I was inspired by my beautiful mother to seek out local farmers offering virtual services and no-contact delivery. When a sweet friend led me to Miami’s Urban Oasis Project, I knew I had found what I was looking for!
It’s a great way to support local business, purchase produce with minimal packaging (they literally threw all our fruits and veggies in a cardboard box and called it a day – LOVE that), and feed my mind, body, and soul with some beautiful, organically grown plants.
In the past few weeks at home, I’ve gravitated towards four VERY doable fruit- and veggie-based recipes that I am excited to share with you today.
Now, before we get started, I want you to know that I do NOT consider myself a chef. I am not one of those kitchen gurus who experiences sudden strokes of enlightenment when presented with a spread of flavorful ingredients (though I wish I was!). On top of that, spending too much time in the kitchen wears me out.
If you are anything like me, or if you’re a busy person who isn’t able to spend lots of time whipping up gourmet meals, these recipes are for you! Or, if you are simply a lover of feeding your body with delicious plant foods, they are for you too ;) They are as no-fuss and low-maintenance as could be.
All you need is basic household ingredients like salt, pepper, bread of choice, and EVOO, and access to some beautiful fresh fruits and veggies! If you are able to track down a local farmer’s market offering safe, socially distanced services, I highly recommend it! If not, grocery store produce is wonderful as well. If possible, shop organic to avoid yucky pesticides. If you’re not able to shop organic, wash your produce well and bless it with love, asking it to nourish and serve your body and soul.
Let’s get to it. First on the list is…
Sweet Goddess Beet & Blueberry Smoothie
I made this one by accident. I typically throw whatever fruits that need to be used up into the blender and hope for the best. Usually, it turns out alright, but nothing to write home about. THIS, on the other hand, was a game changer. This vitamin-packed smoothie tastes like mother nature’s organic version of candy. Sweet, smooth, and delectable, I guarantee you will want to make this smoothie every day! I just ran out of beets yesterday and I am devastated to say the least.
All you’ll need is….
· 2 cups almond milk (or plant milk of your choice)
· A heaping handful of spinach (or two)
· Three baby beets
· ½ cup of frozen blueberries (I like to get wild blueberries – more antioxidants!)
· A handful of chopped strawberries
· One banana (the riper the sweeter!)
· Drizzle of maple syrup (or more than a drizzle…)
Combine all ingredients in the blender, and blend until soothe and frothy. Enjoy in a Mason jar or with an environmentally friendly straw if you want to make it extra fun!