Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Smells Like Cherry Spirit!

Cherry Chocolate Nirvana
Everything Tastes Better With Marilyn!
      In honor of the (almost) 20th anniversary of Nirvana's "Nevermind" album, I salute the Aberdeen three-piece. I could tell you about the time when I went to Bill the barber with the cassette insert of the Nevermind album, and asked Barber Bill to cut my hair like Kurt's, a hairstyle I kept for most of high school. Or about the time I was grounded and my mom, in the ultimate punishment, banned my radio privileges so I went to the mall and bought "In Utero" and listened in secret. Sorry, Mom! And then at Kurt's death, the message, "You Will Never Be Forgotten" that I posted in my bedroom windows, the scrap book I kept of all the press clippings, my little shrine. Oh, and the time, I took my little brother on a stroll on the boardwalk to find a shirt that printed Kurt's suicide note, only to have my worried mom find us an hour later. Sorry again, mom! Luckily, there isn't an evidence that I possess of these events. What I can offer is a delicious smoothie that tastes like Teen Spirit, whatever that means.

The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook: 125 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Jump-Start Weight Loss and Help You Feel Great    The recipe comes one of the great organizations out there, Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine. PCRM has been on the forefront of promoting a plant based diet based on health reason as well as leading the charge against medical testing. Their founder, Neil Barnard, has been working on using a low-fat vegan diet as a way to reverse diabetes. Pretty cool stuff! Oh and they have a recipe of the week club email list, which what this recipe is from, as well as a kick start program for a 21 Day Vegan Challenge. Check them out. I wrote about the other recipes that I made The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook in my four course valentine's dinner post (read it here). The good thing about a PCRM recipe is that you know it's healthy, but don't worry they don't sacrifice taste for health. Now don't come as you are, but go to your thrift store, grab a cardigan and make sure Something (Isn't) In The Way, and put in your favorite Nirvana album to make this rocking recipe. Maybe get a pot of Pennyroyal Tea., too. Okay, I'll stop.
Cherry Chocolate Nirvana Recipe

Makes 1 serving, about 16 oz


1 cups unsweetened frozen cherries
1 banana
1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup chocolate rice milk or low-fat chocolate soymilk, 

OR 1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup vanilla rice- or soymilk and 1 tablespoons cocoa powder

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

*Variation: Use frozen strawberries instead of cherries, and/or low-fat chocolate almond milk, if available. You might also want to leave out the cocoa and make a vanilla cherry nirvana smoothie!
Nutrition Information | Per serving (1/2 recipe)
calories: 145; fat: 1.2 g; saturated fat: 0.2 g; calories from fat: 7.4%; cholesterol: 0 mg; protein: 1.7 g; carbohydrate: 34.8 g; sugar: 21.2 g; fiber: 3.3 g; sodium: 33 mg; calcium: 126 mg; iron: 0.6 mg; vitamin C: 10.7 mg; beta-carotene: 44 mcg; vitamin E: 0.8 mg
Recipe from Food for Life instructor and PCRM staff member Jill Eckart, C.H.H.C

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beth gibbons said...

Marilyn, eh? I didn't know this was going to be "about a girl!" I'm glad that you've given your mom "all apologies" for having "been a son." Oh i'm so punny! I could go on, but my humor is "endless, nameless" and I don't want to "drain you."

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Joe Snow said...

wow, i think yours was better than mine and that's why you're a doctor. dr.