Banana Cardamom Smoothie

When a hard workout wears on my enthusiasm, I envision a delicious recovery treat. Blueberry corn muffins and poached eggs over sautéed kale are regular post-workout snacks. But with the recent warm weather, I’ve been craving a smoothie. 

After a pre-dawn swim, I opened the freezer to get some frozen berries. The blast of cold hit my sweaty forehead, reminding me that while the thermometer may have hit 65° F some recent afternoons, mornings in March are still chilly.

I’ll welcome that waft of cold air from the freezer come June. Meanwhile, I asked Melissa to devise a smoothie that won’t send my already frigid hands reaching into a bag of frosted berries. She suggested replacing flavorful frozen berries with nutmeg and cardamom, explaining that the warming quality of the spices intensifies as you drink. 

After a two-hour bike ride, I dumped the ingredients into the blender along with a handful of chia seeds. Still in my bike kit, I sipped the creamy, fragrant blend and as promised, felt myself warming up. 

—Bec 

 

Banana Cardamom Smoothie

Time: 5 minutes

Serves: 1

1 small ripe banana

6 ounces 2 % Greek yogurt

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon cardamom 

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

If using regular milk, add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.

1 teaspoon chia seeds 

 

Put all the ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.