I’m proud to announce that this post is part of Williams-Sonoma‘s Smoothie Week where I’ve been asked to share my favorite out-of-the-box smoothie recipe. They’ll be posting their favorites on their Facebook and Pinterest pages tomorrow. Check out their great selection of blenders and other smoothie-making tools here. This post is unsponsored. All opinions contained herein are my own.
I like people with vices. People who demonstrate evidence of a struggle with restraint and have the tendency to indulge within reason. I’m not sure exactly why this appeals to me– maybe it encourages my own hedonistic tendencies–but it feels real and relatable. Wine and scotch, coffee and chocolate are my vices of choice. I like them. I don’t overdo it (usually), but I like them very much and indulge pretty often. It must be all the antioxidants.
When Williams-Sonoma reached out and asked me to create something unusual for their smoothie week, I instantly thought of all of the healthy smoothies I make from time to time. They usually involve turmeric, bananas, yogurt and all things green/orange and wonderful. I love these too, truly. But as you may know, lately I’ve been mesmerized by the Mexican flavor palette. I’m embracing the dark side and allowing myself to be enticed. I knew what I had to do. I’d take my morning coffee routine, which I treasure so dearly and elevate it to something even more special, uniquely mine.
I’ve spoken before about mornings, especially rainy ones and the active need to remind myself of the promise of infinite possibilities, to cultivate that magical feeling of expectation, excitement and most importantly, gratitude for the day. Each day really is a gift. My coffee ritual is a huge part of that reminder. The smell of the coffee grinds blooming, the sound of the milk warming into frothy bubbles the heavy steam hanging in the air. All of it overwhelms me with gratitude. I savor the heat, light and routine involved in the whole process. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of my parents getting up with us before dawn to get us ready for school and themselves for work. Their routine revolved around coffee, another part of the adult world that was so mysterious to me. But I get it now. It’s the one leisurely affair during the rushed morning and the day that is mostly given to work and accommodating others. It’s my little time out, my indulgence, a small celebration of luxury and the power of quiet observation. Plus, caffeine makes me feel like a million bucks. So I decided to make a Mexican coffee smoothie, a combination of all of my favorite morning things.
This Mexican smoothie was so good that I emailed my coworker and told him not to wait for me for breakfast today. “I’ve got this.” That may seem like no big deal, but we’ve had breakfast together almost every day for the past nine years. Instead, I quietly padded around the apartment fixing this smoothie for myself along with a little toast. I kept thinking this would make an awesome accompaniment to yesterday’s spicy Mayan chocolate pudding. I’ll do that tomorrow. It’s a variation on a theme. Like coffee, this drink can be breakfast, snack or dessert. Alter the sugar as needed. Leave it out if you want. Spike it. I like mine dark and bitter. A vice and an indulgence.
As I was creating this smoothie, incidentally, I became an aunt to a little baby girl! Aunt Amanda! How’s that for appreciating life and the excitement of it all? The world somehow feels different now. I’m a lot more conscious of the fact that the world changes every second, often without us noticing. The news brought with it an awareness of sorts. It throws your world into perspective in an unbelievable way. The string that extends itself through my family has just extended a little further, tugging us all along with it and weaving its pattern. I get wistful, nostalgic and choked up if I think about it too long. I don’t even know her name yet! Seriously, wow. What a crazy cycle of life we’re all part of, huh? Let’s drink to that. Cheers to mornings, cheers to life and appreciating all the good things and getting through the tough times by focusing on days like this one.