Recently I was talking to my daughter Allison and her boyfriend Mario (you know, the photographer) about eating for energy to last a whole day. Allison is a college student and Mario works for a car dealership as a detailer. Neither of them are breakfast eaters so we started talking about smoothies to take on the go to give them a good start to the day. One of the smoothies we made really stood out and Allison thought it was something she would drink…THEN she looked at the recipe. It has A LOT of ingredients. All of the unique ingredients have a nutritional purpose. We decided that this was definitely a weekend recipe or, better yet, one your mom makes for you.
Because of the nutritional variety this smoothie provides I prepared it as one of a number of healthy recipes during a recent cooking demo I did at Salem Hospital in Oregon. The demo took place in the Gehlar Wellness Kitchen on the occasion of the one year anniversary of the kitchen. It was fitting in that this year is the 75th anniversary of Oregon Fruit Products and we are a third generation company owned by the Gehlar family. I was honored to be able to represent the company at this event.
Everything was going very well during the demo. The 100 guests/students seemed to be enjoying the recipe samples as well as the cooking tips. It wasn’t until AFTER the demo as we stood around talking that I realized that I had made a critical preparation error. This was a very polite audience and handled the mishap very kindly. This smoothie contains blueberries for the antioxidant properties, bananas for potassium, fresh ginger which has a soothing effect on the gastrointestinal tract, coconut water, a natural electrolyte and a secret ingredient-cayenne pepper which increases metabolism. Well I am sure you know where I am going with this by now. You are correct if you guessed that I added a BIT TOO MUCH CAYENNE! When prepping the recipe we somehow measured out 1 TABLESPOON of Cayenne instead of 1 TEASPOON! It was a secret ingredient alright, more like a secret weapon. The funny thing was I knew it when I was pouring it in, somehow it just didn’t look right. I should have followed my instincts and stopped myself but I was on a role and just kept going might have had something to do with the triple espresso I had just prior to the demo ( note to self – CUT BACK ON THE CAFFEINE WHEN YOU ARE FEEDING PEOPLE!!).
OK I have gone quite far a field from the original goal of this blog-the recipe! This smoothie is delightful and delicious along with providing all the great nutritional benefits. The color is beautiful and when measured correctly the cayenne hits just the right note to provide the kick start for which it is so aptly named. The “Queen” apologizes to the demo participants for any taste bud damage and thanks them profusely for their gentleness and tact.