...I'm back! (not that I'm sure anyone is actually reading this, but hey. Minor details.)
When I first started this blog, I was sure that I would post nearly every day. The only thing standing in my way was my lack of proficiency with a camera. My complete lack of skill when it comes to food photography is still an issue (although I've finally bitten the bullet, so to speak, and posted pictures this time around). But in any event, it turns out there are other things that interfere with blogging, too. Like school. And dead week. And finals.
But dead week is now a distant nightmare, finals are over (all of my grades are even posted -- a rare miracle, since usually I end up with the professors that post grades a month late), and my much too-short spring break is almost over. So I figured it was about time to grace my lovely readers (hello? is anyone there?) with an equally lovely recipe.
This smoothie sealed the deal.
When it comes to smoothies, I consider myself a bit of a connoisseur. Not to brag or anything (ok, I'm going to brag), but I'm pretty great at making delicious and healthy smoothies. However, I hadn't considered this kind of smoothie until I woke up this morning and saw the remnants of what looked like something extremely delicious dripping down the sides of my mom's blender.
Turns out it was pear-banana.
With advice from my mom and a couple of my own tweaks, I came up with this. And let me tell you, it's fantastic.
1 large, ripe pear (de-cored and de-seeded, of course. my mom likes to peel it, too, but I threw it in with the skin. mmmm fiber.)
1 medium banana (usually I like to use frozen ones, but we didn't have any, so I just threw in a non-frozen banana. It worked fine).
A handful of ice cubes (start with a few cubes and add more, if necessary. If using a frozen banana, you might not need any)
A splash of almond milk
1/4 cup your favorite yogurt
1-2 T rice bran (My mom's suggestion. You can leave it out if you want, but it actually thickened the smoothie up nicely. plus added more of that delicious fiber ;) )
And that's it! I almost never add any kind of sweetener to smoothies (I honestly prefer them that way, plus they're healthier), but this one was especially naturally sweet. I can't get over how good it was. The only thing I might do differently in the future is to add 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter or almond butter. Try it out and let me know what you think!