I am a real morning person. Even if I go to bed late the night before, it is unlikely that I will sleep past 8 am. This may be because of certain circadian rhythms at work within, or light glaring through the windows, or maybe, just maybe, it is because a small girl and a small boy live in my house. :) The point is, I have never minded getting up in the mornings, however, I don't always feel like eating a whole lot right away. I know, in an earlier post I wrote that I lie awake in bed dreaming of my morning oatmeal, which is true some of the time, but that does seem more a winter breakfast than one for July and August.
I used to make smoothies for breakfast all the time. I remember the last one I made before my OAS diagnosis...it was beautiful. Fresh berries and orange juice, what could be nicer than that? Ugh! I coughed for an hour and had a terrible earache. Not to mention the burning down my throat and the stomachache.
So I didn't have a smoothie for about two years. Then while having a discussion with a friend about this (she happens to be a food genius), the following recipe emerged. This recipe is only good if you can tolerate orange juice. For some reason, I can usually only tolerate Tropicana Tangerine/Orange, and some of the V8 Fusion concoctions.
FROZEN/COOKED/FROZEN FRUIT SMOOTHIES
1/2 bag of frozen mixed berries (Costco has big bags, so I am suggesting half of one of these huge bags)
1/2 - 1 cup of water
1 cup of orange juice
Here's what I have done: take the frozen berries and put them in a large pot. Turn the heat on high. Add water. Boil the blazes out of the berries. For me, this meant letting them boil for at least 20 minutes. Let them cool for a bit. Then take a ladle and place all the boiled berries and associated liquid into an ice cube tray. You will need several trays. Freeze them.
The next morning, you will be all bright-eyed and excited about trying to make a smoothie. Take the ice cube trays out of the freezer and let them sit for a few minutes - the frozen berry cubes are difficult to get out of the trays without waiting a bit. You will still probably need a knife to pry them out of there. When they are ready, take five berry cubes out and place them in the blender. Add one cup of orange juice, hit puree, and find something else to do while the noise drives you crazy. Make sure all the berry cubes are mixed, and voila! You have a beautiful fruit smoothie!
A few words of caution: the boiled berry mixture and the berry cubes stain terribly, so make sure you wear an apron while doing the boiling, and wash your hands after handling the cubes. Wipe up any spills immediately, because they will stain your countertop.
I also tried this using water and adding vanilla whey powder, hoping to get a little protein out of this experiment. It was disgusting. Don't do it.