Ever since I did the Clean Program Clean-Up Cleanse, whenever it was, I always eat breakfast through a straw.
No, not that straw, silly! But remember those days? Wow. Let's hold hands. I guess I have not ever liked to chew before a certain hour. When I was trying to do myself in, I was not fooling around was I? Well, now I'm trying to live! Forever!
So, anyhow, when it is cold, as it has been, I usually a. just deal & let the burning hot liter of green tea balance the kind-of-cold-to-room-temp (room temp in our house is 58 degrees, usually, ok) smoothie I make, or b. I drink a pureed vegetable soup, of which there is usually one lying around in a leftover way. (There is one at Food52.com, "Paul Bertolli's Cauliflower Soup" or whatever, and it has some eating-disordery, I-heart-makework comments, but the soup is A+ for my purposes.)
But, I do not put protein powder in a vegetable puree, so it is mostly just a morning-snack. There was a "Chai Gingerbread Smoothie" recipe once in goop which called for yr protein amendment, but gritty! Also, tea with grit is not food. Not at all. Without a heavy hit of hemp protein powder in the first, I wind up too hungry, off-schedule; sometimes I am warmed-up in the late morning enough to face a smoothie, idk, but the other day I decided it was enough. I want to drink breakfast in the morning!
I dove into a warm smoothie experiment. It was a success! I have had one every day since. It is also good bc Chinese medicine hates raw food.
Cut one apple & steam it (in the steamer basket, go ahead), while you make a 12-oz cup of tea. I use a red chai from Trader Joe's but whatever. It steeps for 5 mins, by then the apple is tender. I put this all in the blender (the badass mid-century vita-mix) with 4 or 6 ounces of almond milk (I've been thinking abt the gums lately in plant milk. You?), about a third-cup of pecans, my beloved hemp protein powder, a scoop of chia gel (10tbsp chia seeds, 6c water, whisk it 3x at 3-min intervals), 2 tsp of garam masala & 2tsp ginger. Yk, the garam masala is just because I can never locate my pumpkin pie spice or the cinnamon, or anything normal for a milkshake. Sorry.
Oh, and, if I get around to it, I add a spoonful of coconut oil, since the smoothie is warm & it will blend up smoothly. However, because our house is not warm, often I choose against prying out slivers of coconut oil to amount to a spoonful. You know.
A neighbor was trying to give me the whole dress-down the other day, about our "heating peculiarities" (if we'd been back home, northly, she would have used the word "different" the way it gets used), & she shut! right! up! when I gaily shrugged & mentioned how we get out of the heating season for less than $1000, every year. She shut up talking, her mouth actually fell open a little. Ahahahahaha!
So it turns out well, this warm smoothie for cold mornings. It has fiber & fructose & is a better start to the morning than my usual frozen blueberries & what have we, plus the apples are seasonal from around here. Apples keep, prob better if you keep yr house at 58F, but everywhere a root cellar! I have to go! My desktop is still effed-up & we don't care! I'll take a year to document Serie del Caribe & Matisse Cutouts if I want! Love you, stay warm in this horrific winter weather, ahahaha, xoxox