I don’t think anyone will be able to ever call Minnesota weather predictable. Yesterday we had a huge hailstorm. Today it is beautiful with calm blue skies. Tomorrow calls for insane thunderstorms all day. I expect this in the winter, but mid-June! I guess I have learned my lesson about making outdoor plans ahead of time. It’s just asking for trouble. Does this happen to any of you? Or are you the lucky ones who have beautiful sunny days every time they plan to go outside?
Also, do any of you go through a rollercoaster of emotions when the weather changes like this? It is honestly the worst thing. It doesn’t really affect me in the winter like most people would expect, but when the sun is hidden behind rain or clouds in the summer, I feel as though all of my energy has been sucked right out of me.
Luckily, I did not have to go out in the insane weather and was able to simply stay at home and relax. Well… as much as you can relax with a dog who is freaking out about the hail. My dog’s shenanigans aside, I have really been in the need of a pick me up of some sort, especially after my plans have to be canceled due to the weather.
On top of that, not only my mood but my immune system takes a hit when the weather changes like this. It can’t seem to handle the rapid changes so even when the beautiful sunny days hit, my sinuses are stuffed or I have such a sore throat that I end up sounding like Gollum. It makes for an interesting day when you combine high humidity with sinus pressure. But I digress.
I decided to try my hand at making a sunshine in a cup kind of smoothie that would really help elevate my mood and help keep me healthy for whenever the weather chooses to be kind.
When I make a smoothie normally, I prefer to use fresh fruit over frozen ones because it seems to give the smoothie so much more flavor. Also, some of my friends swear by peeling any and all fruit used in their smoothies to give it a sweeter taste. I can understand this with fruits like bananas, pineapples, and oranges, where you can’t eat the peel. But as long as you wash it, I really cannot tell the difference. It might just be a bit of a mental game for them.
Now peaches are one of those fruits that I eat all the time in their natural state. But I rarely try it in smoothie form. Usually, when I am making a smoothie I am in a rush and don’t have time to cut up any fruits so I end up with my usual banana and handful of berries in a blender. But since, I have the free time I thought I might as well take some time with this one. And now that I’ve tried it I’m thinking I might have to start prepping ingredients the night before more often.
I prefer to use fresh fruit over frozen in my smoothies because it seems to give so much more flavor. Also, although you can always add ice to the mixture to thicken it up, I prefer a runnier smoothie so using fresh instead of frozen is perfect.
In addition, some of my friends swear by peeling any and all fruit used in their smoothies to give it a sweeter taste. I can understand this with fruits like bananas, pineapples, and oranges, where you can’t eat the peel. But as long as you wash it, I see no problem in using the whole peach (minus the pit) in this recipe. It tastes just as good.
Plus I love the way the red of the peach gives a splash of color into this mostly orangey/yellow smoothie. Very reminiscent of a sunset in the summertime.
- 3 peaches, sliced
- 1 mango, sliced
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 cup Ice
- Place all ingredients into blender and blend until a smooth constancy is reached.
- Pour into two glasses and enjoy~