Winter is coming!
Here in California, we’ve been saying this for about 11 months now, and winter still has not come. I don’t think it has visited our neck of the woods since about the Ice Age, and even then I suspect it let us off easy.
This is lucky because my running shoes have been pounding the pavement quite a bit lately. Yesterday, I did a(n excruciatingly mellow) 13-mile run through Beverly Hills, jogging through posh Museum Row, the highly upscale Rodeo Drive, and making a pit stop at my favorite Harry Potter and Dr. Who-themed store, Whimsic Alley. I even ran a few circles around neighborhoods where celebrity homes are reportedly nestled–I did a Google search for fun and found that the web actually does a surprisingly good job keeping their exact locations Unplottable, probably for the better.
The most exciting creature I encountered was a black cat blinking at me from inside a gated house that looked like a 15th-century Spanish castle–though I did keep pretty good pace when another runner and I kept hitting the same traffic lights….until he turned around at mile 3 after informing me that “that was about as much as he was good for, though being chased by a pretty girl made him wish he could go further.” Don’t we all, chump. Don’t we all.
By the end of my run, I was sweating bullets and infinitely glad I’d donned a sleeveless. I’m not sure my tank top/beach shop attire would stand the 30-below weather some of you are experiencing right now, though. What’s it like in your neck of the woods? Feel free to shame my sun-tanned California bum…
The delay of true winter can only mean one thing around here: smoothie season. When Williams-Sonoma reached out to me asking whether I’d like to participate in their Smoothie Week–and to create the weirdest or most unconventional smoothie I could come up with–of course I was all hands on board!
As a wannabe runner but all-around pretty active person, I’m always looking for ways to make my on-the-go life easier. I love smoothies, but sometimes between my hour-long workout in the morning and the start of a school day, I don’t have time (or frankly, the motivation) to whip out the blender, wash things, grind everything up, and carry a huge cup to class. So what’s the best way to portable-ify smoothies?
Cubes. And not just boring, here-are-smoothies-as-popsicles cubes. Cubes you can use in three fun ways to liven up your breakfast routine!
Smoothie Cube Method #1: The Smoothie Pop
Okay okay, I know I just said that these smoothie cubes weren’t your run-of-the-mill popsicle. But popsicles are yummy and easy and healthy, and I actually love that these bite-sized beauties pop right into your mouth for a post-dinner snack. Or an early morning wake-me-up. Or an I-am-awesome-I-deserve-this reward.
This is your smoothie pop. You do you!
Smoothie Cube Method #2: The Chunky Smoothie Milk Bowl
If you’re a fan of smoothie bowls, smoothie cubes are the perfect way to go. Simply drop two (or three, or four) cubes into a bowl or cup, then add vanilla soy milk. After a few minutes, when your cubes have begun to soften, use a spoon and crush up the cubes, blending them with the milk.
Voila! Instant smoothie, without any of the waiting or work!
(Because let’s be honest: smoothies are a lazy girl’s meal option, and I’m a total proponent of making them as lazy as possible.)
Smoothie Cube Method #3: The Smoothie Cube Granola Bowl
This is my favorite way to enjoy my smoothie cubes (proof: I just went through a huge bowl this morning and could not stop myself!). Simply do what you did in Method #2, except this time you get to top it off with granola and enjoy it with a spoon.
Whatever option you choose, you’ll feel great knowing you’re eating healthy and managed to cheat life by taking the total lazy fool’s way out. Now it’s your turn:
How would you shmooze with your smoothie cube?
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Williams-Sonoma reached out to me about participating in their Smoothie Week round-up. All opinions expressed in this post are, as always, 100% mine!
- 10 frozen strawberries
- 1 cup vanilla soy milk
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt (I used nonfat Greek)
- Additional vanilla soy milk + granola (optional)
- Place strawberries, 1 cup soy milk, and yogurt in a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Divide evenly into an ice tray. Freeze for at least 3 hours, then pop out and enjoy
- Chunky smoothie bowl option: Place 2 smoothie cubes into a cup with 2/3 cup vanilla soy milk. Crush the cubes and enjoy with a straw or a spoon!
- Smoothie granola bowl option: Make the chunky smoothie bowl, then top with granola and enjoy with a spoon!