Strawberry & Papaya Spring Smoothie

End-of-season strawberries are on-sale here, and the papayas on our trees are beginning to ripen, so I give you our...

Strawberry & Papaya Spring Smoothie

1 medium-large ripe papaya, deseeded & peeled 500g/1lb strawberries 1-2 big ole handfuls of pitted dates (several medjool or a dozen dried Iranian) 4 frozen bananas (or more), chopped generous dash of vanilla (extract or liquid stevia drops) lime juice (optional) 2+ cups of water

Blend dates and papaya and strawberries in water. Add chopped frozen banana, blend until smooth, adding more water as necessary. If your papaya isn't very flavourful (early season) or if you like extra zing, add some lime juice. If you want a thickshake, add more frozen bananas!

Makes 1 mega-serving or 2 large servings, includes approx. 405mg Vitamin C (540%), Calcium 150mg (15-25%), Iron 3mg (17%), Copper 0.5mg (53%), Manganese 1.8mg (98%), Potassium 2168mg (46%), B6 1.1mg (87%), Folate 252mcg (63%), and plenty of other stuff. Macros: 146g

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Pineapple Orange Kale Smoothie

A smoothie so tasty, it beats avocado toast: the proof is in the toddler leftovers!

Recipe!

Breakfasty things

half a pineapple
4 oranges, peeled and deseeded
two handfuls of kale
a sprinkle of chia seeds - a couple of teaspoons
a few drips of liquid stevia Sweet Drops Vanilla Crème*
a couple of cups of water, as needed, until desired smoothie thickness reached

Bleeeeennnnd and serve! Damn, smoothies are such a great, lazy, healthy food!

*Alternatively: some vanilla extract or a vanilla bean, plus a medjool date or two... or several! But, guys: that Sweet Drops stuff is so niiiiice. I got mine from iHerb - btw my discount code is BAQ387 if you want $5-$10 off!

And a cup of chai in my favourite teacup...

Lions and tigers and chai, oh my!

This duck cup belonged to my grandpa, made in Korea. It belongs to a set of mugs with different birds on each - I've not seen too many like it. There's one birdy mug missing

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