There is a wonderful park in the west end of downtown Toronto called High Park. It is an oasis of nature like the Central Park of New York City.
Every spring there is a showing of cherry blossoms in the park. People from all over flock to see them because it is a sure sign of spring.
I was really ready for this weekend.
It is a long holiday weekend in Canada to celebrate the birthday of Queen Victoria. To most of us it is the beginning of summer. This is the weekend where many of us plant our gardens and open cottages and summer homes.
This morning I headed over to High Park to walk around and enjoy some of nature’s signs that the summer will be hear soon. I love the park for its nature, its birds and the wonderful feeling that you are far from the concrete towers of downtown. The park is filled with runners, cyclists, photographers and families out for a walk.
I love seeing the trees in bloom and watching the petals float softly to the ground when the wind catches them. Each of the cherry blossoms is so delicate and beautiful.
As a tribute to the season I am featuring another recipe from the Oh She Glows Cookbook. It is a Green Monster Smoothie made from so many healthy ingredients I almost feel like Super Woman after drinking it. I have never been a much of a smoothie lover, until recently. Now I am trying different variations to see how I can add some important nutrients to my day while drinking something that tastes good.
Classic Green Monster Smoothie
Makes 1 -2 cup serving
1 cup almond milk, or milk of choice
1 ripe banana, peeled and frozen overnight
2 handfuls organic spinach or 1 handful kale leaves, de-stemmed
1 tbsp. chai seeds or ground flax seeds
1 tbsp. almond butter or peanut butter (optional)
2-4 ices cubes
Dash of cinnamon
Protein powder of choice (optional)
Starting with the liquid, add in 1 cup of milk. Now add the chai or flax seeds and the nut butter. Next add the spinach and the banana on top. Blend until smooth. Add the ice cubes and blend some more.
Recipe from Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon