Longing for the simple, easier ways

Do you ever get the feeling that as you grow older you seem to have lost something that used to make your life complete and no matter how hard you try you are not able to find that something in the here and now? Most times you can’t even put a finger on it, it’s a fleeting feeling, a memory, a situation, an intangible and an indefinable emotional state… Other times you know exactly what it is : it’s the way things used to be when they were fresh, new and exciting… Why is it that this feeling had to go away? Because we are surrounded by constant evolution, information overload and “experts” regurgitating the latest truths and discoveries. Most times change is good – when it builds on that feel-good feeling, but other times change covers up what we knew to be true and skews our reality by letting us believe the past can no longer be. We know it’s there, because we get tiny little glimpses of it here and there, only for it to blur into obscurity with new experiences… new situations…. new feelings… new information.

For me those glimpses happen when I hear my shutter click, which I haven’t heard in years now. I’ve disabled the fake shutter sound my phone’s camera produces because its fakeness is exactly the type of new reality that obscures the reality. Nevertheless, every offspring of my shutterless phone camera brings back those memories of what was. Only how to uncover it all and bring it back to life? 

    

So where is food in all this? Right front and centre. To be honest, I’ve been longing to get out of the rut I’m in food-wise. I miss the times when I knew my thing and stuck to my mantra of food is fuel. I’m sad to admit to myself that somewhere in the abyss of thoughtless social media screen scrolling I have lost that conviction. Everybody wants to taste the sweet nectar of colorful, supposedly guilt-free devilish creations that we immerse ourselves in once that screen lits up. It seems that those images look more enticing and tempting than the most provocative body part.

So, I’ve laid aside the social media feed for a while and instead have been scrolling through MyFitnessPal history to where I know my food simply worked because it fueled not tempted with pretty colors. Back then I didn’t display it publicly because it was simple, unexciting and easy… But it worked. So I found a recipe that I used to use for my treats and overnight oats and turned it into a colorful dessert… 

Ultimately, that’s what it is. It’s not a breakfast item or even a reasonable treat, it’s way too large – between all the smoothie base, the fruit and all the other toppings this would probably fulfil half of my energy intake for a day and then some.

Of course, my plant had to take over this picture. Even though, it looks like it does not belong in the color scheme, I couldn’t resist but to make it the focal point. If there is anything I miss from the old way of photo taking, it would be a good macro lens for shooting flowers. Nothing beats an SLR macro.
It seems like the bowl is smiling at you or maybe it’s laughing… hard to tell.

You’ve probably seen these smoothie bowls all over IG, Pinterest and FB. Mine is not as impressive as what you’ve probably seen because I did not manipulate the colors in this picture half as much as what some “experts” do. I’m also not going to tell you it’s a health item, because it isn’t.

I encourage you to search for a “how to” video for these smoothie bowls and you will be blown away to find out that they are the ultimate in consumer manipulation. Come on! Purple raspberries? And pink blueberries? They represent fakeness at its best. I don’t deny editing my own pictures, but the transformation that those smoothie bowls undergo is what’s wrong with the perception of reality on social media these days. Not to mention that if you were to eat one of these you probably would not have to eat until the wee hours of the night, it would be that filling. 

In spite of my apparent negativity towards these creations, or rather towards the misinformation they spread, I do make the cottage cheese and yogurt base every single weekend, but the amount that I poured in that bowl to take a picture usually lasts me an entire week, as opposed to one meal. I use the smoothie base for my overnight oats, but they are nowhere as exciting and beautiful as the Smoothie Bowl pictured above or the ones floating on social media. So I’ll spare you a boring picture of my everyday breakfast, but don’t be fooled by the pretty colors and the illusion of well being and health that these try to portray on social media. 

Smoothie Base
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 13
  • Serving size: 100g
  • Calories: 82
  • Fat: 1.1
  • Saturated fat: 0.5
  • Carbohydrates: 5.2
  • Sugar: 3
  • Sodium: 47
  • Fiber: 1.2
  • Protein: 14.3
  • Cholesterol: 3.5
Prep time: 
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Not all that gliters is gold
Ingredients
  • 500g Dry Pressed Cottage Cheese
  • 500g Plain Skyr
  • 37g of MRM Mocha Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 20g Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 12g Lucuma Powder
  • 20g Mesquite Powder
  • 1-2 TBS instant coffee
  • Stevia or Erythritol to taste
  • Extracts if desired
Instructions
  1. Put Cottage Cheese, Skyr and Almond Milk in a large capacity food processor and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Add all the dry ingredients and extract (if using) and blend on high until well incorporated.
Notes
Note 1: I use this yogurt base for my overnight oats. I measure out 2 servings of this Smoothie base, add about ¼ cup of milk, 20-30g of dry oats and mix well. I will top with some berries, sprinkle of cinnamon and dust it with stevia if I feel I want it extra sweet. Put in the fridge overnight for the oats to absorb some of the moisture and plump up. This is a perfect breakfast for the coming hot summer days 🙂

 

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