Just a quick post today…. Time seems to be skipping away this weekend and not for any particularly exciting reason….. I think it has been consumed in a flurry of dusting and ironing (my two pet-hates…..) and other household chores.
But I did manage (in amongst the more banal end of domestic activity) to make this smoothie…..
The other night I woke up thinking of melons…… All very strange….. More specifically smoothies made with melons…… I find it fascinating what depths of curiosity the brain will probe when we are asleep….
I’ve never actually put melon in a smoothie before. I have no idea why as it is one of my favourite fruits (and one of Miss GF’s too). I love melons….. particularly Galia melons (preferably chilled) for their fresh, fruity sweetness, which is amazingly refreshing when you need to quench a thirst.
And they remind me of my father….. a wonderful and very compassionate man who died many many years ago when I was little more than a child, from the awfulness that is Cancer. In his final days (which we were fortunate enough to have him home for), all he seemed to want to eat was liquidised Galia melon….. It seems very random thinking about it now, but at the time it all seemed very normal…. his failing body needed that particular fruit and we duly found it for him.
Even more than 30 years on, I miss my father terribly….. he was my rock and my hero who was taken away before I was ready to lose him. But that’s how it is in this world….. time may be infinite, but our lives are not and when time is up, there is little we can do to stop it. Thank goodness we have the ability to store precious memories to tap into when we need them most…
I’ve just read the above back to myself…… I apologise for that little bit of self-indulgence, but will leave it in anyway….. I remind myself that this blog is essentially my daughter’s record for her future and one day, she may read these little snippets which will add another small piece to the jigsaw of her history……
Now back to melons and more importantly, smoothies….. With January not yet at an end, I am still trying my best to inject a little healthiness into my daily routines….. I am continuing to get down the gym when I have time and have managed to avoid making an excess of puddings and cakes. Smoothie does seem like a positive choice to get a little sweetness into life without refined sugar…
Recent media reports would suggest the jury is currently ‘out’ on whether regular consumption of smoothies is a good or bad thing….. The hidden calories that we woolf down with each glass may weigh against them slightly, but in my head, I am still getting plenty of vitamin and mineral rich fruit. Blended with a carefully considered base….. in this case I added a small pot of coconut milk yoghurt…… I figure I could be eating a lot worse. It is a wonderful healthy replacement to a sugar-laden traditional dessert and that for me is a big tick….. well deserving of the large halo of virtuousness that I intend to wear as a result of said consumption!
This smoothie contains a happily nutritious fruity fusion of the melon, banana, strawberry and lime. It tastes like you are drinking magic juice……. divine……. Miss GF reckons this smoothie is the best ever…… Maybe. Maybe not. But it is definitely worth a try…… maybe even take to work for a refreshing breakfast boost!
I am sharing a bottle or two with the following linkies :
Gluten Free Fridays with Vegetarian Mamma.
Free From Fridays with Emma at the Free From Farmhouse.
Banana, Melon & Strawberry Smoothie
Ingredients (serves 4)
juice of 1 lime
125g pot natural coconut milk yoghurt (I used Coyo brand)
1 tablespoon maple syrup.
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