health and healing is a journey and not a destination and so it goes: i’ve been feeling a familiar burning in my stomach lately, likely instigated by my recent increase in grain consumption. there are certain grains that seem agreeable enough: millet, corn, and teff; but other common gluten-free grains like rice and oats almost always irritate my gut. when i include those grains in my diet my stomach becomes inflamed and reactive to innocuous things that don’t otherwise bother me (like coconut oil and sweet potatoes) and i don’t like experiencing that level of food sensitivity at all. so imma try to get back on track by limiting my use of grains + flours and other starches that taste so good but irritate my insides, (goodbye, white potatoes. it’s been real, muffin cups. /cry) but what i don’t plan to do is compromise taste or texture or any practical aspects of cooking simply. as always in this space i aspire to create and share recipes, stories, thoughts, and ideas that anyone — not just earthy crunchy types — can appreciate and enjoy, and i hope labels like gluten-free or vegan serve an inclusionary purpose rather than an exclusionary one.
a tangent on that: i’m so taken with the idea of sharing, particularly on the internet. maybe it’s because i work from home, living in a city i don’t particularly care for, so most of my social encounters happen online, but at any rate it leads me to do obnoxious things like tweet every time a remotely catchy idea pops into my head or hashtag the crap out of my instagram photos in attempt to connect; to reach, maximally. i try to hashtag descriptively and generically according to what i imagine might be useful to someone browsing particular tags and with a scope broad enough to appeal to anyone who eats food, but my posts seem mostly to attract fitspo accounts and raw food vegans. i’m happy they’re interacting with my ideas and content and hope i can provide utility and inspiration for them, but i hope to reach other folks, too. i’m frustrated that my hashtags are essentially damning, narrowing labels preceded by waffle symbols and not the helpful connective broadening inclusive indicators i hoped they’d be. (if you have any thoughts or suggestions on this i’d be happy to receive them.)
before we get to delightfully unfussy and unpersnickety things like spiced apple smoothies, i want to tangent on that tangent and express to you this: i hope my critical thought and nitpicky nature does not come across as negative. it certainly doesn’t feel negative in my world. i am so inspired by deconstruction. breaking down. the process. processing. the ugly parts. the unremarkable unglamorous parts. the grit. the mundane. and i like to keep it real by sharing. still with me? (if yes, know that my appreciation is deep.) i hope so ’cause we’ve got (gluten-free/grain-free/vegan/JUST PLAIN DELICIOUS FOOD FOR ALL MOUTHS) smoothies to make. hiii-yah!
for breakfast time today i wanted something simple and delicious and real to set me on a path to tummy heals, and thus emerged this smoothie: delicately and deliciously spiced as is appropriate of this season, simple as can be, and wholly satisfying. i used kombucha in my smoothie because we brew it and have lots of it on hand, and because the tart hint of apple cider vinegar (since that’s what we used for our kombucha starter juice) jives perfectly with the spicy apple deal. if you don’t have or don’t care for kombucha, use apple cider or your favorite plant milk instead. things work. rejoice.
- 1 small frozen banana
- ⅓ cup applesauce
- 2-3 tablespoons hemp hearts
- 1 tablespoon chia, optional
- 1 cup or more liquid (kombucha, plant milk, apple cider, or a combination)
- a few ice cubes
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch (1/8 teaspoon) ground nutmeg
- pinch (1/8 teaspoon) ground cloves
- honey or maple syrup, optional
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
- place ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. sweeten if desired. pour into a pint-sized glass or mason jar and enjoy.
more smoothies to try
- peanut butter & jelly smoothie
- raspberry tahini smoothie + blogging, sharing, humaning
- (pine)apple mango smoothie with vanilla & black tea + links of late
- spiced apple smoothie + thoughts on food and sharing
- salted chocolate tahini shake
- turmeric drinks, hot and cold : moon milk tea + moon smoothie
- spanish-style spinach and chickpeas + a ginger-peach yogurt shot