It’s Friday night. My youngest son is at a sleepover, and Renaissance Man and my oldest went to a car show. I’m home alone? Whao. The silence is strangely marvelous.
I didn’t realize I would have this pleasure until 5:30pm, so I hadn’t prepared. It threw me off. What does one do with one self in an empty house? Ahhhhh. The possibilities.
Read a book. Ah, I can do that anytime.
Watch a sappy, romantic movie. That’s two whole hours of complete unproductivity.
Make a batch of that sugarless spaghetti sauce you’ve been putting off all week. Don’t feel like it.
I know. I’ll make a smoothie. It’s the first day I can add berries to my Anti-Candida Diet. A smoothie would really hit the spot after my disaster hamburger patty and salad dinner.
Right, I don’t have any strawberries. So, where did I end up on my night off? That’s right, New Seasons. My new favorite store. And this time, I really browsed. I went down every aisle and inspected the goods. I was planning all sorts of meals I’ll be able to eat soon. It was so much fun. I know. I’m easy to please.
Now, I’ve perused the internet for an ACD friendly smoothie recipe and came up pretty short. Most of the recipes had ingredients that are simply not allowed on ACD or they had protein powder in them. I don’t have protein powder, and I’m not sure it’s gonna be friendly, so I opted to wait until I could ask the naturopath my next set of 235 questions.
So, what’s a hungry, smoothie seeking girl to do? Make up your own recipe. That’s right. Just go for it. And you know what? It was good.
So, here’s what I did:
Kathleen’s Rockin’ Strawberry ACD Smoothie
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2+ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tablespoon unmelted extra virgin coconut oil
1 tsp+ Xylitol
Give it a whirl in the food processor. Okay, it’s quite a few whirls to get the strawberries all mashed.
Now you may be asking yourself, “What in the world? Why would you put coconut oil in your smoothie? Won’t it stay solid because it’s cold?” All very good questions, my friend. To tell you the truth, I did it because I saw it in another smoothie recipe. I wasn’t sure what would happen. I too wondered how that oil would become one with the strawberries.
It never did quite become one, but it was delightful anyway. The food processor chopped it into little bits. You could see them. But when I put a spoonful of this deliciousness into my mouth, I found that I had these yummy crunchy things to chew on. And of course, I love the taste of coconut oil, so it almost felt like I was splurging and having a Dairy Queen Blizzard.
And that got me thinkin’ (dangerous I know) that maybe some chunky almond butter would be even better. Just a thought. And I wonder what soaked chia seeds might be like. I know, I am starting to sound a little too healthy. No, my friend, it’s just desperation. I am desperate to find some delicious food stuffs to satisfied my stale palate.