TO celebrate the week before St. Patricks Day, I plan to post a different recipe for a Green Smoothie every day. Plus something random from our past or present. We have been enjoying smoothies for breakfast ever since we got a new blender for Christmas, so I will do my best to feature my favorite creations this week. It is rainy in Austin today, so to liven things up inside, I decided to start with a burst of Vitamin C.
The Green Julius
In your blender, blend the following to the desired consistency:
- 2 medium or 1 large orange (I used 2 navel oranges)
- Tangelo (not pictured)
- 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks (this is optional)
- 1/2 to 1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk (or regular milk)
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach
- 1 to 2 cups ice cubes (more or less depending on how thick you like it)
This is an excellent smoothie for this time of year because Navel Oranges peak during February, March and April. This type is also great for smoothies because it is actually a mutation which has no seeds. When you get that little bit of extra orange at the base, that is actually considered the orange’s conjoined twin. This “twin” produces the bulge from the outside which elicited the name “navel.” Appetizing facts, I know!
In German, one word for orange is “Apfelsine.” I never realized until now that this is derived from the orange being termed a “Chinese Apple,” since they first originated in Southeast Asia.
This is my transition to reminisce about my German linguist/translator friend Denise, who came to visit us a year ago this week.
On an outing downtown, Denise found one of her favorite children’s books and bought it for Fiona. And read it many, many times to her.
If I remember correctly, we celebrated Denise’s birthday and she picked “Brownies” as her cake since they aren’t as easy to come by in Germany.
We miss you, Denise!
This video shows Fiona a year ago, back when she spoke a little German!