Rainy Day Smoothie

by HEAB on September 17, 2009

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Still raining in Nashville. It’s days like this when I really miss Colorado. Not to be a downer, but I NEED sunshine in my life, and the sun shines almost constantly in my beloved western state.  Here? Not so much, but that’s okay as Nashville does have a beautiful Fall.

Anyway, I did get in a walk this morning with a friend in between downpours, and then I came home and to a 20 minute hip-opening flow from YogaDownload. Love me some Pigeon Pose in the AM! I then made a smoothie.  I love smoothies, but they make me cold.  So, during the cooler months, I usually use hot water. A warm smoothie?  I know, sounds kind of weird, but it works for me…and apparently for Deb, aka Smoothie Girl as well. :)

Sunshine in a glass on a grey day.

Sunshine in a glass on a grey day.

My smoothie of choice this week:

As many smoothie recipes as I’ve tried, I realize they are never going to satiate me unless I add some fat and protein, just like my oats.  I also use a a lot of water, usually 2 or 3 cups.  I’m full now…and cold.  Must have been the frozen cherries.

Does anyone else out there have a funky film on the inside of their blender?  My Vita-Mix is all cloudy – I blame the rice protein powder. I’ve tried everything to clean it, even an SOS pad.  Please advise.

Look what’s back in my life…

Kabocha!!!!

Kabocha!!!!

I broke down and went back to my local Asian Market after several bad kabocha experiences last Spring.  Their latest shipment looked decent, and I bought 3 squashes.  When I got home, I ate 1/2 of a huge one, steamed and served plain. Gosh, I’ve missed this stuff! :)

Stay tuned for an all raw ice-cream recipe tomorrow as well as a new and VERY EXCITING product. Until then, stay warm my friends.

P.S. – Don’t forget to enter Keep It Simple Food’s Food Should Taste Good giveaway!

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jacobc September 17, 2009 at 8:26 am

What bad kabocha experience did you have?
I just bought 3 on saturday, they are nearly $4 a pop now! Must be out of season.. a couple months ago i was paying half that..

So much for all this rain! From one extreme to another. To bad yard season is almost over, where were you rain last month??!! ;-)

Cheers, Jacob

Erica September 17, 2009 at 8:43 am

I still am yet to try the kabocha. Looks delicious though. Glad your warmer smoothie filled you up! Frozen cheeries are amazing. All the goodness of the cheery flavor without having to spit out the pit ;)

JHunt September 17, 2009 at 8:56 am

Yummy smoothie! I love cherries in a smoothie – such a unique taste!
-Jessica @ http://howsweet.wordpress.com/

Scott in Ohio September 17, 2009 at 9:13 am

Great looking smoothie. We have a bunch of cherries in the freezer that now have a purpose. :)

So kabocha…does it taste like anything I’d be familiar with? Pumpkin? Butternut?

Can we borrow some of that rain? (~:

Cynthia (It All Changes) September 17, 2009 at 9:18 am

You aren’t missing much in Colorado. It’s been raining all week. I had to dodge puddles after leaving Hot yoga at Core Power Yoga. I tried it thanks to you. I didn’t even really notice the rain because I was already soaked.

Brandi September 17, 2009 at 9:23 am

i agree about the beautiful fall seasons around here :) you can beat ‘em.

i still have yet to find kabocha here! keeping my eyes open.

enjoy your gloomy day – we’re having one too.

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) September 17, 2009 at 9:28 am

It’s cold and rainy here too! And what am I having for breakfast? Frozen cherries. Make sense? No. But SO good. They’d be in a smoothie but alas I’m at work. :) That’s where tea comes in!

Do you know, I feel like kabocha is often translated from Japanese/Chinese to “pumpkin.” I’m just making this connection because when I taught English in Asia, my “pumpkin” flashcard always had a big green squash picture on it, and I felt like I was teaching the kids the wrong thing! But a couple weeks ago I went to dinner at an Asian fusion restaurant, ordered “steamed pumpkin,” and what arrived on the table? Kabocha! They should’ve called it “Ka-don’t-cha call me Kabocha.” ;)

christie, honoring health September 17, 2009 at 9:30 am

Yes! I do have the odd film you are talking about inside my blender, too. I never thought about protein powder being the culprit. hmmmm

JENNA September 17, 2009 at 9:30 am

like the others I haven’t found any kabocha! I looks good though. And warm smoothies!?!? Who would have thought….Brilliant idea!

Susan September 17, 2009 at 9:36 am

Brrr, smoothies make me cold too!! Same with overnight oats. If it’s first thing in the morning, it’s got to be waaaarm :)

Maggie September 17, 2009 at 9:43 am

YES!!! KABOCHA!!!

Must try the hot smoothie idea. I think I’m going to get a blender instead of a food processor… I tried to buy a blender a few months ago and it was an epic fail – got it home and it was terrible (read: cheap). I returned it.

Happy Thursday!

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) September 17, 2009 at 9:51 am

Hey Heabie! Thanks for the link about the hot smoothies. I regret that my first soiree with the Smoothie Soup looked so gross and nuclear-green! Now that both you an Janetha linked me, the pressure will be ON to create something warm, filling, attractive AND yummy! I like your banana idea. Will try that with a big spoon o-nut butter and some granola sprinkled on top- mmmm!

Yeah, I’m thinking the frozen cherries made it cold- why don’t you soak them in boiling water first?

Weird that you had a bad kabocha experience last time? Glad it’s all better now!

No idea on your vitamix…can it be that it just gets a lot of HEAB Action? perhaps it’s scratched in the plastic itself? Especially if you tried an abrasive sponge. If the darn things didn’t cost a whole benjamin, I’d say just get another one if it bothers you. Eek. Highway robbery I tell ya!

Love ya my friend!
Deb

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) September 17, 2009 at 9:52 am

PS. You want sunshine? Hop in your car and come visit me in Palm Springs…I’ll be there for 9 glorious days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and on your way home you can pick up the spin bike!) Wishful thinking! ;-)

Devan Geselle N September 17, 2009 at 10:06 am

oh how good does that squash loook!!???
i bet it tastes even better…

*runs to supermarket*

xo

Dawn (HealthySDLiving) September 17, 2009 at 10:21 am

A warm smoothie…that sounds great for a chilly day!
I’ve never tried Kabocha, I’ve been seeing it pop up lately on some blogs–I’ll have to see if I can find any!

Graze With Me September 17, 2009 at 10:28 am

You’re right about the Colorado sun, it’s sunny and 75 here today.

I love kabocha, I’ve only found one store that carries it around here and the checkout girl NEVER knows what it is. I have to explain what it is, how it tastes and how I cook it each and every time I buy one!

Evan Thomas September 17, 2009 at 10:30 am

Oooo more ice cream? Can’t wait!

Maria September 17, 2009 at 10:39 am

My mom likes her smoothies warm too. I ought to try it as well, since I get cold easily, or drink super hot tea alongside it :D

Can’t wait to hear about the new product and recipe!

The Foodie Diaries September 17, 2009 at 10:41 am

Hmmm I don’t know if I could do the whole warm smoothie… Is the texture the same as a cold one or is it more soupy?

Ashley September 17, 2009 at 10:46 am

Try letting some vinegar soak the inside of your blender (just get some cheap distilled vinegar) – it works for the film that clogs up coffee machines :)

randomlymikey September 17, 2009 at 10:46 am

nothing better than yoga in the morning. i dunno if i could do a hot fruit smoothie, maybe a chocolate one. like hot chocolate :)

VeggieGirl September 17, 2009 at 11:25 am

Hang in there with the rain!!

I have yet to try or even FIND kabocha around here – I hope I can soon!

balancejoyanddelicias September 17, 2009 at 11:34 am

great idea to use hot water for smooties! ;) I’ve been wondering how to keep having GM during winter!
KABOCHA is back to my life too! SOOOOOOOO yummy~~

veggiebooty September 17, 2009 at 12:17 pm

I love the idea of a warm smoothie! The cold factor is always my deterrent – I hate being cold and I always am!

P.S. It’s 66 and sunny in FC, CO today. I wish you were here to enjoy it!

Cindy September 17, 2009 at 12:18 pm

I am so glad you mentioned a warm smoothie. I have been not drinking my juices and smoothies becasue I am cold and want warm

I did make a green smoothie this morning and just dealt with it….I can’t for more more RAW food a la warm inspiration.

Riss September 17, 2009 at 12:29 pm

I have never in my life thought of doing a WARM smoothie! I usually just swear off smoothies during the cooler months and dream about them until summer comes around again! If I weren’t stuck at school right now, I would try it this very minute!

foodcents September 17, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Warm smoothie, would never have thought of such a thing. Always expanding the options, Heather.

Sending CO sunshine your way!!!

Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) September 17, 2009 at 1:06 pm

I have a filmy blender as well!

hayleycepeda September 17, 2009 at 2:21 pm

It’s raining here, too and I REALLY miss the sun. I probably shouldn’t complain since it’s been beautiful these past couple of weeks. My Vita-mix is pretty new so it hasn’t gotten cloudy – YET! I’d love to know the answer though whenever you get one! I still haven’t found kabocha but I realize that’s because I haven’t been to an Asian market. I must go sometime! :)

Tiffany S. September 17, 2009 at 2:24 pm

It’s beautiful and sunny in Seattle! (Just has to say that since everyone thinks it ALWAYS rains here)

Hmmm, I’ll have to try the warm smoothie, but I’m ok with my frozen ones for the moment. I drink them in a warm steamy bathroom, maybe that’s my secret. You just lost all your insulation, HEABs.

My Vmix has micro-cracks that make it look not so new and shiny, but I’ve never put it in the dishwasher. Have you? I figured I should probably toss it in there every once in a while to burn off the iggaroadees (as my mom calls them). Maybe the dishwasher is making it cloudy.

Thanks for chip giveaway link – hope I get me some!

Shelby September 17, 2009 at 3:13 pm

I’m pretty sure I have seasonal depression because I am never happy when the sun isn’t shining brightly. I love the feeling of the sun seeping into my skin, ahh.

A warm smoothie? I’ve never tried it but I’m not sure how I would like it with the protein powder. I also get that film on the blender! I’m positive it’s from the protein powder but have no idea how to get it off.

Product review AND a raw recipe?! You spoil us rotten ;)

MarathonVal September 17, 2009 at 4:12 pm

I think most people are that way about needing sun…. thank goodness you don’t live in Chicago ;)

LOVE that butternut squash ice cream recipe, by the way!! You are genius Heather! :)

homecookedem September 17, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Still raining in Atlanta too… the only bright side is I don’t have to water my plants! Does kabocha taste anything like butternut or acorn squash? I would love to try it. I may have to go look for it at our asian market.

fruitsveggieslife September 17, 2009 at 5:02 pm

A warm smoothie? Sounds weird, but I’d love to try it!

I understand your need for sun – I grew up in southern NM, where we have about 340 days of sunshine a year. I’m studying abroad in Ireland right now, and (with the exception of the last week), its cloudy and cool all the time! Although it won’t get too much colder, I can expect lots of overcast and rainy days for the remainder of the year. Sigh.

As far as the blender goes: have you tried soaking it for a while in either hot soapy or bleachy water?

glidingcalm September 17, 2009 at 5:31 pm

I still haven’t tried kabocha!!

It’s def. too cold here for smoothies!!! I can barely eat salads!! I always put on a pair of fleece pants and a big ol sweatshirt!! :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) September 17, 2009 at 5:41 pm

I still am like Miss Gliding above me, I’ve never had it. I dont crave warm cooked starches, it’s just not my thang so much, but you make them look sooo good.

Cloudy weather. That sucks. I used to live in both NC and SC and the rain in the fall and winter would just go on forever. In CA and AZ now it goes 6 mos without rain, which actually, knowing me is perfect. I need sunshine, too!

Cloudy vitamix. Ok so I realized when I first got mine that if you don’t meticulously dry it out after washing it, the plastic is very prone to water spots which can then look cloudy. I nipped it in the bud in the first week of ownership but I can imagine a year later if I hadnt it would be icky. I would say try calling them, I have found them to be GREAT. I also blew the motor of mine out in the first week grinding dates and nuts. They and I both conceded that 1. it was a bit of lemon but 2. I was using the wrong speed. They 2-day air’ed me a brand new base, no questions asked from Vitamix in Ohio. If all else fails, new canisters are like $89 or something semi reasonable. Or maybe try warm water with some vinegar and whir it and see if that de-scales the gunk?

Oh I just made your oaties today!!!!!!! I will be blogging about them, post will go up Saturday. I’ll send you the link :) They’re really good, but they were fallin’ apart on me a little but the taste rocks, thank you for your recipe!!!!!

Orme September 17, 2009 at 6:32 pm

I’m having roasted veggies tonight in your honor! Mmmmmm.

Jules September 17, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Yum, kabocha! I love the rain, but after a while it does get tedious. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s recipe and new product :)
Happy Thursday!

psychoj1 September 17, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Must find kabocha!! Sounds fantastic!

Warm smoothie sounds interesting! I’d try it! I understand what you’re getting at. Love the gorgeous color of your smoothie!
<3 jess
xoxo

Alisa - Frugal Foodie September 17, 2009 at 8:48 pm

What a very strange coincidence! I was making a smoothie this morning and wondering about what to replace them with when the cool weather hits. I was strategizing warm smoothies. Then I realized I really don’t like fruit soup and I like my fruit chilled, so I started thinking about creamy vegetable soups instead. Would it really be that much different?

Amanda @ Panda Lunch September 17, 2009 at 11:28 pm

Hmmm, I am intrigued the the idea of a warm smoothie. It doesn’t immediately sound appealing, but that’s how many of my favorite foods started out, so I may have to give it a try!

I have tried the rice protein before and it seems to have kind of a grainy texture, I wonder if it has etched your blender?

Luna September 18, 2009 at 2:15 am

I have the same problem with smoothies, now i’ll try with hot water, it’s a great idea to keep drinking gm during winter!!thank you! :)

Emily September 18, 2009 at 5:03 am

A warm smoothie sounds super interesting. I like my added fat (aka nut butter) to smoothies, as well. :-)

I have to tell you, Heather, that I’ve been doing yoga in the park here 1-2 times a week, and it’s making such a difference! I love it!

CaSaundra September 18, 2009 at 6:47 am

MN weather has to be the worst in the US! We lack major Vitamin D–no wonder there’s so many depressed people here–not good!!

I love steaming kabocha with maple syrup–it’s super good!

justine September 18, 2009 at 6:51 am

UGH!! The rain is killing me!!! Geesh, needless to say our golfing got canceled today. I knew it would but my dad is one of those people that likes to wait things out till the last second. I had to call him at 6:45 this morning to see if he had given up on it yet! lol

I am super jealous of your kabocha. Can you believe I haven’t had them since like way before you left for Colorado??

Did I tell you GT’s Kombucha sent me like 15 free drink coupons? I think I will hold a giveaway soon for all my bloggie peeps and give one away.

Love You,
Justine

Sina September 18, 2009 at 8:28 am

Ooooh, that makes me think of how there are only 4 kabochas left in my garden … ah, I’m going to miss them. They really are my favourite kind of pumpkin – so creamy! Also great to know I’m not the only person eating squash the plain-jane way (people around me find this strange).

Melody September 18, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Yeah! Hazelnut creamer…can’t wait for the review!!

Allie September 19, 2009 at 8:11 am

I get the same issues with my Vitamix getting cloudy. Try running it on high with super hot water and a ton of white vinegar. After running it, then scrub gently with baking soda. Hard water makes a film on it…

Gail September 24, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Hmmm! I never have thought about a warm smoothie, but sure, why not??

Well, I’ve had my same Vitamix since 1995 and it seemed to just recently get that cloudy film, and I thought I pretty much tried everything.

So, as an experiment just now, I poured about a cup of Kangen Super alkaline 11.5 water from my Kangen water machine (see http://www.kangenwaterinTN.info or .com, or .net) and it fixed it probably the best I’ve seen it in a few years – woohoo! (plus the water kills all bacteria and microbes, too for a double duty woohoo).

I’ve not ever heard of kabocha. Sounds interesting though.

Вениамин December 25, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Да таков уж наш современный мир и боюсь наверное с этим ни чего нельзя поделать:)

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