Oranges and Sunshine – aren’t they the same thing?
I hope so!
Well dear blogging friends, how are you all? I hope you are well!
Here in Vancouver, we are plowing through our coldest June ever on record, with more rain than I (and most Vancouverites) would surely like, and a view to wake to each morning of brooding overcast grey.
I tell you, it’s a (wee) bit of a downer for those itching to get outside, and for anyone hoping to capture a little fun summer lovin’.
But if the sun won’t shine, I refuse to let it dampen my mood. So I decided to catch a little sunshine of my own 🙂
The task ahead of you is never as great as the power behind you.
Honestly, if I wasn’t so distracted with chasing my dreams (they are a long way off and it’s a crazy ride), I might just let the weather get to me.
But the truth is, I’ve got a lot to keep me busy, and most of all, an awful lot to be thankful for (and I suspect you might too).
So what if the sun isn’t shining?
I’ve got my health. I’ve got my family. I’ve got food on the table.
And really, what more is there?
Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.
Less store-bought cooked juice means more live enzymes and vital energy. Less refined sugar and sweets means more natural whole highs. Less high cost sugary drinks means less hit in your pocketbook, so you can put your money towards the real stuff.
More natural whole sugars means more healthy sustained energy. More well-balanced smoothie mixes means more well-balanced daily fuel. More liquid sunshine in the form of orange juice means more bright vitamins and minerals, so you can get that brightness into you 🙂
Sunny Day Orange Date Shake:
- 1 whole large orange (navels are so good right now!)
- (1/2) cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- (6) dates, soaked overnight
- (1) tbsp tahini (roasted or raw)
- (1) frozen banana
- (1/2) tsp grated orange zest
- (6) ice cubes (optional)
Liquid sunshine in your glass is just this easy..
The night before, put up your dates to soak in fresh cold water to cover, and freeze your banana*.
*I freeze ripe bananas whole in their peels. This makes it easy to pop them in the freezer when they are getting, well, brown and too far gone (but perfect for bread or smoothies). To peel, simply remove the banana from the freezer and run it under hot water for a few seconds. With a paring knife, simply peel the skin off the banana like you would the skin of an apple.
In the morning (whether overcast or sunny) peel your orange. Grate your zest. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth and luscious.
You might need shades when you do this, it’s going to be bright!
Most of the shadows of life are caused by standing in our own sunshine.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Serve in a cold glass and enjoy. The tahini adds a hint of protein and weight that makes this smoothie feel substantial, without being heavy.
The zest will sit with you a while on your palate and leave a trail of sweetness long after you take the last sip.
Just like sunshine leaves a bit of color and warmth on your face.
I know summer will come.
But for now I’ve got this smoothie.
And I’ve got my dreams. I am all set.
If you see a friend without a smile; give him one of yours.
Here’s to finding happiness from within, knowing that at any moment you can change your outlook.
I am surely not immune to outside forces wreaking havoc on my moods or emotions, and I too succumb to feelings of frustration and doubt. I am human after all.
But then I get into the kitchen, crank the tunes, and start peeling oranges! Nothing is (ever) that bad, and for that I am grateful everyday.
- Whats your recipe for getting out of a funk?
- Got a great rainy day activity to share with us?
I’d love to know your secrets to finding sunshine, no matter what the day looks like outside!
Yours in Less,