Hello, my citrusy friends. I’ve missed you. Especially you, Blood Orange. You’re one of my favorites.
SoupAddict went grocery shopping bright and early New Year’s morning, when all the revelers of the city were still sleeping off the midnight activities, and, having the store practically to herself, she bounced giddily from fruit pile to fruit pile, planning the day’s brunch.
Did you know that the huge pomegranate is actually a berry? Believe it, it’s true.
I know it’s probably just the “January” in me right now, but, a more delicious, mouth-watering photo SoupAddict has not taken in quite a while.
“Processed sugar, I’m so over you. Fruits and vegetables, saddle up, you’re my posse now.”
Until February, when me and sugar will be buds once again.
Oh, yes. Fruits and vegetables go together like peas and carrots.
So, we’re just going to toss all this yumminess into a blender with some ice and a little pomegranate juice, and hit Liquify.
If SoupAddict weren’t such an anti-morning, get-out-of-bed-at-the-last-possible-minute person, she would fix one of these for breakfast every day. Instead, she’ll settle for weekends and holidays (when she’s up and at ‘em at the break of dawn without an alarm clock. Curious, that).
SoupAddict highly recommends the green smoothie (as it’s known, because unlike regular fruit smoothies, they also contain greens). Use your favorite fruit (even frozen fruit works great), and highly nutritional greens — just a small handful — like spinach, kale, mustard greens — you won’t taste them, but you’ll reap all of their benefits. If you want it milk-shake creamy, add some non-fat yogurt and half of a frozen banana. Herbs? Parsley and mint are wonderful. Tomatoes? Oh yes, but wait until they’re in season. Half the fun is in the invention. The other half is in the drinking and knowing you’re doing something really smart to start the New Year.
(And in case you’re wondering, SoupAddict did stick those leftover orange slices in her mouth like fake teeth just before she sucked the juices dry.)