Does this path enlarge or diminish me?
Last week when I was still in sunny Sayulita, Mexico, my lazy morning would usually involve meandering into town, sometime before noon and picking up a Mexican Green Smoothie from my favorite street vendor. Fragrant cilantro, silky avocado, crisp watery cucumber, fresh spicy jalapeño and kale, blended with orange, pineapple and lime juice – a power house of nutrients, not to mention flavor. Tropical, with a little spicy heat, it was tasty and energizing and I’ve been making versions of this ever since I got back….and daydreaming of ocean and sun. It helps.
It had been a while since I’d spent time away from screens. The trip did me good on so many levels. Sitting on the endless expanse of wild beach, facing the big breathing ocean with the huge open sky above, and sandy beneath, I felt for a time connected once again, to that place in myself that keeps slipping farther and farther away, muffled by all the distractions of modern life. I find it interesting, that however “connecting” our technology may be, how disconnecting it is from myself.
How easy it is to get drawn in to all the illusions of the Internet and its remarkable ability to numb the pain, of living a life more and more disconnected from ourselves, with its likes and follows, its beautiful imagery beguiling us to live vicariously through others, all the while separating us further and further from ourselves and our own real experiences.
The problem for me becomes owning this. Because when I do, it’s disturbing and depressing. And then the question arises which I can’t ignore: am I contributing to this? I ask myself, is it possible for me to create a “space” here in this illusionary world of the Internet, that brings more meaning and connectedness into my life (and hopefully others)? Is it even possible, given this medium? I wonder…
And back to the smoothie.
I love the addition of cilantro and jalapeño in this smoothie and in Mexico they also added Nopales, an edible cactus, which I fell in love with, but have yet to find here.
Basil is also good in this smoothie, as well as parsley. More and more I’ve been adding fresh herbs to my smoothie concoctions and loving the refreshing flavor it adds. Give it a try and see!
Top with chia seeds.
I hope you enjoy this refreshing winter pick me up!
- 1 orange, peeled
- ½ bunch fresh cilantro - small stems ok
- juice of one large lime
- 1 cup pineapple chunks
- 1 small Turkish cucumber (1 cup)
- ½ an avocado
- 1 banana
- 1 cup baby kale
- 1-3 slices jalapeno ( or more to taste)
- chia seeds- optional
- Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding a tablespoon of water if necessary to get the blender going. Add a few ice cubes to chill it (or use frozen bananas or pineapple).
- Divide into two glasses and sprinkle with chia seeds
- Makes 2 small smoothies, or one large one. 🙂