02 July 2008

a new morning ritual

sad for me (fortunate for my thighs), i have been slow on the uptake with my goal of tasting every shake in town. still, summer is still young and ripe for the picking. there are plenty more shakes in my future.

though i have a new li'l morning ritual when the bananas are getting a tad spotty and there is juice in the fridge and a yogurt on the top shelf. i shake it up, marta style. and then i think about my new favorite song (you must have a favorite radio song for every summer of your life. because that is the music that drives your soundtrack timeline of life. and you'll say, remember summer of oh-eight, when we would drive down the freeway, looking for the best shakes in our new town.. and blast whatever it may be. and you'll remember the novel you devoured, the purse you carried, the swimsuit you loved, and the flipflops you wore out. believe me people, get a favorite radio song today.)

so mine is (appropriately named), shake it by metro station. i dance about and whip up a sweet smoothie, fit for any health guru. shake it up yourself and then determine the song that will define your summer.

m. shake
(for two small ikea glasses with bendy straws)

half banana
small container of berry yogurt
splash of oj
splash of skim milk
ice cube

whirl and whip and shake it. pour thick lovely sweetness into a glass. then drink. then check your email and blog. and jam to your new favorite song of the summer. now tell me, what is yours?


Anonymous said...

I love your blog! It is one of my favorites that I hope to be posted in my reader. :)

I was in Bolivia in March and they are big on fresh fruit juices and shakes. There was nothing like starting the day with the shake! So, here in the US I went to our freezer section and bought up the frozen pulp of various tropical fruits and now make something similar, though not as tasty! Look for brands like Goya. I use half a package, thawed a bit, some milk, a bit of ice, sugar if so needed, and blend it all up. you could get creative with the yogurts etc, but I just think I'm going to have to make one tonight!

Dansie Family said...

we love to make smoothies for dinner on hot southern utah nights. our ingredients include: juice, soy milk, yogurt, frozen fruit (fruit i froze when it was cheap) including, apricots, strawberries, bananas, peaches, ice, and a heaping scoop of protein powder (after we pour the kids' smoothies). some nights that is all we have for dinner.

Sara Christine said...

Mmm what a simple & delicious smoothie recipe! It might be too early to declare a favorite summer song, but my guilty pleasure at the moment is Maroon 5 ft Rihanna "If I Never See Your Face Again." Can't resist tapping the steering wheel when it comes on the radio! :)

Cason and Marie said...

I'm a big smoothie junkie too! pretty tastey if you ask me! This is an adorable blog, and an even cuter post. Don't you sometimes wish we had background music to our lives? (like the movies) hehe. That's what this post reminds me of.

Shan @ Design Gal said...

Yum! I'm a fan of frozen blue berries (from Costco), blended with about a cup of vanilla yogurt, a li'l milk, and ice cubs! Sooo yummy!

all over the map said...

fave song ......... mmhhh........that's a tough one!
i'm loving sweet about me
my fave smoothie is:
half an apple peeled
3 pineapple rings
small banana
orange juice & some orange wedges if you have them on hand
a few ice cubes
coconut cream

i don't really measure i just sort of whack it all in there. you can't go wrong. adjust as you like. coconut is the *key* ingredient - yum!

Carin said...

throw some fresh spinach in...you won't even taste it.

I'm loving the new coldplay song, viva la vida.

Andi Mae said...

This sounds exactly like the smoothie I drank almost every day when I was pregnant with my son! Except I added frozen blueberries too...

Fave summer song right now: "Float On" by Modest Mouse

P.S. I am loving all of your thoughts on preganancy- seriously so sweet.

Bryant and Crystal said...

You are an amazing writer! I found your blog one day as I was blogsurfing. Your words seem to paint pictures of ideas, feelings and the sweetest moments in your life. These words have helped me to better savor and realize all that is small and sweet in my own life. Thank you for sharing your talent!

essie. said...

dear marta,
i happened across your blog a few months ago and I LOVE it =] I love it how you take joy in the little small things of life - it's inspired me to do the same - and in the process i've found that it's in the small things that happiness is really found..
thankyou for opening up your life to the big wide web
your blog is very inspiring, and challenging as well (which is a good thing!) =]
my summer is over (southern hemisphere) but I always like to listen to happy upbeat songs in summer - feist is awesome - and of course all kinds of music you can dance to crazily when nobody's home to see you do it :p

christine said...

oooooh, i love my blender too. just whipped a smoothie up this morning!

quietly going mad... said...

i love your blog! I so am going to try this shake! I have been looking for new morning food ideas! And I will get to put my pink blender to some use!

Natalie said...

Marta, how fun to come into contact with you. You have such a lovely way of describing things. I'm glad you found my blog and many thanks for the compliments you gave me. I will be excited to see pictures of your baby. I am also curious as to where you are living now.

Alyssa said...

I'm also a fan of shakes...about a cup of milk, half a frozen banana, a few frozen strawberries, and maybe a spoon of vanilla ice cream. :) I usually have to have mine as a mid morning snack though since morning sickness + an empty stomach + a shake doesn't mix well. Happy 4th!!!

The White House said...

LOVE this post.
you seriously are so talented in the way you write. I feel like you are just thinking wonderfully refreshing thoughts, and writing it down for all to read.

I love too many songs to choose one... but you know me, still singing my heart out to the Wicked soundtrack! i will remember, from '07 on... i fell in love with that CD. :)

Allison said...

my summer song: summertime by new kids on the block.
yes. i know. but is so sing-alongable.

Allison said...

my summer song: summertime by new kids on the block.
yes. i know. but is so sing-alongable.

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