I'm not going shellac it, y'all - I love delicious food, but don't always eat on time, or make enough time for meal prep or forget to eat altogether. My husband has been known to order food for delivery for me (he's in Florida) to our Maryland house because he thinks I'm not consuming what I need, when I need it. God bless him!
Some time ago, I began incorporating more smoothies in my diet (making them myself, or buying them). Unfortunately, I can no longer have the spinach-kale smoothies I very much love for getting my dose of veggies (dark leafy greens are high in oxalate, which is the leading cause of kidney stones - see my previous blog on southerners and lemonade!), but I can use smoothies as a way of getting the protein, grains, vitamins and other nutrients I need, that may elude me when I miss a regular meal.
As Maggie Blue, I went to one of my favorite Baltimore peeps, known for her nutritious dishes and impeccable style. I asked her to develop a smoothie just for Magnolia Blue - something southern and healthy for all my blog and social media followers. Well, my friend, Dulany Noble, hit this one out of the park with this antioxidant-rich, healthy gut and immune-boosting blast of southern sass.
This peach concoction is the height of hydration and nutrition. Southern summers, even with all the humidity, can be dehydrating and peaches are one of the most hydrating fruits available at 89% water. Add to that, this southern staple is packed with vitamins and minerals, like vitamin A, vitamin C, B vitamins and potassium. The ginger and cinnamon not only add some spicy sass, they are gut-healthy immune boosters, as is the honey, which can also help to lower triglycerides.
This calcium and protein dense smoothie is a great kick-start to your day - but I think I'll have one for lunch!
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
3/4 cup milk beverage
1/4 cup oats
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp each cinnamon, nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
Put all in high speed blender and blend until smooth.