I've always wanted to be the sort of person who wakes up early, makes a smoothie, and starts her day. It hasn't ever really happened, because since college ended and I stopped getting enough sleep (how's that for counterintuitive?), I've been waking up about 10 minutes before I have to leave the house. It's not pleasant, and I've been trying recently to give myself a longer morning ritual, a quiet way to start off my day. I'm not quite at the point where I can wake up at 5am to go for a run before writing for a bit, but I do hope that one day I'll get there. In the meantime, waking up at 7am and whipping up a smoothie to share with Roger has been one of the great pleasures of the past few weeks. Other than on weekends, we don't get to share many mornings together, so our daily smoothie time has been a special ritual that I've enjoyed immensely. This is one of our favorites from the past few weeks.
1/2 peach (very ripe, if possible)
1 cup milk (or enough to almost fill a "party cup")
2 ice cubes
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 heaping tablespoons vanilla protein powder (optional)
This recipe makes enough for one smoothie, which usually holds me over for about three hours until lunch. You can, of course, double it if you're using a big blender, but this is about all that fits into my party cups. Put everything into the blender in the order they appear for the magic bullet (if you are using a normal blender, you should put them in the opposite order, so that the powder and ice are held down by the milk and fruit) and process for approximately 20 seconds, or until smooth. Enjoy!