It’s hard, sometimes, to ignore the way that society pushes us to idealise a picture-perfect life in which we’ve achieved all our grandest goals and thereafter spend our days simply counting our golden riches, basking in the opaque glory of our rise to unmarred excellence.
The truth is that there’s rarely any joy in pinning our hopes on such an end-point. After all, to do so is to risk missing the myriad little moments that make life worth living.
Like putting sprinkles on your morning bowl of porridge.
Or making a secret pact with your brother on the phone one night, a pact that takes some of the fear out of your respective futures.
Like when a dear friend shows up at your work with a tin full of just-baked-still-warm Milo shortbread, decadently rich and buttery and crumbly and divine and tasting of love, compassion, and friendship.
Or putting sprinkles on top of your peanut butter toast.
Or having a chest to lean into and arms around your waist.
Like finally breaking out your beloved Vita-Mix, for the first time in months, to make a thick, creamy, frosty, sweet, simple-yet-perfect Pineappleberry Smoothie on a hot flower-laden Spring afternoon.
And then putting sprinkles on it.
As I’m currently devoid of measuring implements, I measured this smoothie by weight, but I’ll do my best to guesstimate the other measurements for you.
Serves 1, generously.
- 3/4 cup (110g) frozen pineapple
- 3/4 cup (110g) frozen blueberries
- 1 very generous scoop (25g) Vanilla Sunwarrior Protein Powder
- 1 cup soy milk (or nut milk)
- water or more soy/nut milk, as needed
- sprinkles, optional
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend away. I started with a half cup of milk but this was far too little to get the mixture blending, so I added rather a lot more as well as extra ice-cold water. I like my smoothies really thick and spoon-able, but if you like yours more liquid-y, then add more milk/water to your heart’s desire.
- Garnish with sprinkles, if you feel like smiling.
- Oh, and if you’re like me, serve in a bowl with a spoon instead of in a glass with a straw.
Question Time: What little happiness has led you to smile today?