I miss the Californian sun. My trip feels like a long time ago now, but those four days will retain their warm glow in my mind through the coming weeks; the warm sand, the gently swaying palm trees, the the ever-present outline of the mountains against the sky.
The weather’s not been so bad here lately, though. I’m gazing wistfully out of the window as dusk falls over Oxford, and the old sun throws its last desperate beams of light and colour across the dulling sky. There’s not a cloud in sight, and it’s one of those beautiful clear evenings of low but lasting light that marks the transition of late spring into early summer. I might be stuck inside neck-deep in an increasingly incoherent essay about the Anglo-Irish conflict (you try making sense of that) and simultaneously attempting to learn the conjugations of all sixteen Russian verbs used to express our verb “to go”, but evenings like this give a sense of perspective.
One of my favourite things about LA was how easily available healthy food was. Pretty much every shopping mall, restaurant or street offered fresh juices and smoothies, and delicious healthy salads. I had a lot of smoothies — however, I also had a lot of things that weren’t smoothies, so a super-ultra-detoxing green smoothie bowl modelled on the ones I had in LA has been perfect for breakfasts this last week. A smoothie alone isn’t quite enough to replace an entire meal for me, which is why I like to make it extra thick and put it in a bowl with loads of toppings (I love it with homemade granola) but you could just as easily keep it as a regular smoothie.
Makes 1 Smoothie Bowl
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (use more or less to adjust thickness)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds or linseeds/flaxseeds
- 2-3 cups of spinach
- 1 ripe banana
- 1-2 tablespoons of probiotic Greek yogurt or nut butter, for extra creaminess and protein
- juice 1/2 small lemon
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
- Topping suggestions: granola, fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, yogurt
Simply blend all the ingredients except the toppings together in a blender and blend until smooth and thick. Pour into a bowl and add chosen toppings.