There are only three days left until I see my beardy ginger man, and I am beyond excited! Schoolgirl giddy, in fact. I am eagerly awaiting his arrival, hoping that the next few days will fly by. More than three years of togetherness and I still have the biggest crush on this guy. I can never get enough of his goofiness, charm, and intellect. Being in a long distance relationship is hard. Missing someone is hard. But being apart has been a wonderful reminder for me to maintain balance in my life, and for us both to get out there and pursue our interests. Our relationship has kept me grateful and looking on the bright side. It’s easy to fall into a pit of negativity (we’re so far apart) (when is the next time we’ll see each other) (you’ll have to leave again after two weeks) but at the end of the day, I really am just thankful that I have such an awesome human being in my life. And that we are only one time zone apart and SKYPE EXISTS!!! Seriously, friends. Skype, and the human connections it allows us to make and keep, is something worth celebrating every single day.
When my boyfriend and I were living together, I was in charge of breakfast most mornings. It was usually a smoothie or a pot of oatmeal, and if it was flu season, probably a pot of turmeric tea, too. He’s convinced that I’m really not a morning person, just a breakfast person. I would go to sleep with thoughts of what to make the next morning, and visions of insanely delicious flavour combinations swirling around my head. This hasn’t stopped: a few nights ago, I couldn’t sleep because my mind was too stuck on what I was having for breakfast the next day. I couldn’t stop thinking about the ruby red flesh of the blood oranges sitting on my kitchen counter and the fresh, golden turmeric I found at the farmers market. And then my mind went into the fridge, where my raspberries were sitting. I thought about what a great smoothie these ingredients would make. Would it be too sour? Should I add a banana?
The next morning, I blended the ingredients together, and I realized there had been a very good reason for my smoothie dreams: it was oh-my-gosh delicious and is the best blood orange smoothie ever. OF ALL TIME. I know we are in the midst of winter and a smoothie is probably the last thing you want to sip on, but this smoothie is perfect for beating the winter blahs and is a nice switch-up from good ol’ turmeric tea. It’s filled with Vitamin C, anthocyanins, and turmeric’s immune boosting properties. I’ve written about the health benefits of turmeric numerous times so I won’t go into it today, but you can read all about how wonderful turmeric is for our immune system here. You can also read about anthocyanins, which are responsible for bright red, purple, and blue hues in fruits and veggies, here.
For more ideas on how to beat the winter blahs, you can check out my friend Jen’s post here!
BLOOD ORANGE IMMUNITY SMOOTHIE
Makes 1 large serving or 2 small servings.
- 2-3 blood oranges, peeled
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 banana, peeled
- small knob of fresh turmeric, grated
- 1/2 cup water, to thin out
- raw honey, maple syrup, or agave, to taste – for those who would like their smoothie sweeter
1. Place the ingredients in a blender and blend.
Wishing you much love and happy kitchen adventures,
P.S. This week the Daily Burn featured my matcha crêpes in their piece 14 Must-Try Matcha Recipes You’ll Drool Over, which you can check out here! Thanks Daily Burn for the feature :)