Don’t you just love nectarines?
I do. I literally can’t stop eating them. I like them firm and not ripe at all. You know, when you take a bite and it kind of cracks. That’s my kind of nectarine. That’s my kind of any fruit, I guess. I eat fruit when it’s just about to get ripe but still not soft and sweet. I don’t eat them totally green, no. I just don’t like fruit when it’s in it’s peak of ripeness, when it’s all soft and in full sweetness. Pears, cherries, nectarines, bananas, watermelons… and peaches, akhem.
As a child, I was affraid of peaches too. And still kind of am. Ok, after cantaloupe, fennel and basil “I’m affraid stories” I guess I really sound like a freak now but hell. I’ll explain so you decide. I never liked velvet under my palms. I hate velvet. My hair on the back of my head goes up just at near sight of it.
When I was 5, my parents bought a bright red velvet bed for my room. They thought I would like it since I was a girl and I don’t know what. But I hated it. I was affraid that sheets would move during the night and that velvet would touch me. And of course that was happening. I was freaking out over it so hard that they had to drive that unfortunate bed to my Grandparent’s summer home and bought me another one. And we weren’t rich and I wasn’t allowed to pick much but with this one they had to comply.
So that’s the story about the velvet. So maybe you can understand why I still don’t like peaches if they are not peeled. In Croatian, the same word breskva is often used both for peaches and nectarines and when I was a child, we called them bald peaches.
In a word, you can surely use peaches for this smoothie. Really, I think peaches might even be better. Softer, sweeter, juicier, with more vibrant colours and flesh. But the crazy ol’ me chose nectarines instead.
So I hope you understand better why I’m sometimes saying “I was affraid” of this and that. Affraid is not good enough of a word here, I think. Hate even more. It’s just some kind of terrible unease, when you simply cannot make yourself to touch something, smell or eat.
I spent lot’s of my time alone growing up. I have no siblings, my parents were always working. Sometimes there was Grandma or my two younger cousins, but they had school and their lives too, so mainly I was kind of alone with and in my head even with people around.
Grownups were busy with their chores, they had no time for my philosophical issues with basil, cantaloupes or other things that I percieved as unpleasant. Or my questions about letters engraved on old brick paved path from our house to Grandma’s. She said my Grandpa brought those bricks from people who didn’t need them any more. Are those letters their initials? What did my Grandparents use all those old things in the attic for? What stories those old things carry? Where did Grandpa’s old working shoes walked? Were that old times all black and white like in Grandpa’s old TV?
They talked to me, of course, so don’t you think they ignored me or neglected. But they didn’t respond to my questions or dislikes in a way that I wanted or needed. They would stroke my head gently and sy, OK, Kitty, you’re funny, but I’ll peel this peach for you. Peaches are good for you. I would refuse and they would nod their heads but didn’t insist. And they didn’t talk much about the old things in the attic because they reminded them of old times that were so ugly and poor like they really were all grey and cold like on that old TV screen.
This Banana Nectarine Chia Smoothie is something I often have in the mornings. Now, in the peak of the nectarine season I really enjoy the blessings of this opulent fruit. Banana gives it a nice sweetness and creamy texture and Chia makes it even more healthy and satisfying, just enough for a nice breakfast.
Instead of Chia, you can use tablespoon or two of oats, make it ahead so it’s all nicely soaked up and chilled overnight. Also, you can use any plant based milk you like. I had oat milk but with soy or almond it’s even better.
I hope you like it! Better yet, I’m pretty sure you made it already, in this or similar version of vibrant summer smoothies! Would love to hear about it!
- 1 banana
- 2 nectarines or peaches
- 2 - 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup plant based milk (I used oat milk)
- sweetener, optional
Just blend everything till it's all nice and creamy. You don't have to peel nectarines, it'll all blend finely. Serve immediately or chilled.
Instead of Chia seeds, you can use 1 - 2 tbsp rolled oats.
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