A bit over a month ago now I spent five days with a group of students and an outdoor education guide hiking a section of the Great Northern Walk along the Central Coast of NSW. The trail took us through a diverse range of habitats from lush subtropical rainforests to sun scorched escarpments, where you could see for miles in all directions. Each night we’d set up camp under a thankfully cloudless and star filled southern sky and be lulled to sleep by the soft chirping of crickets. It all sounds rather idyllic, doesn’t it? In some ways it was, but it was also quite a challenging experience for all involved and ended with me returning home with a badly sprained ankle (which is still giving me troubles).
There were two things that I really missed during my time in the great outdoors. Firstly, the use of a bathroom. Secondly, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Unsurprisingly, wet wipes, a hole in the ground, and dehydrated vegetables are poor substitutes for the real deal. So during the long hot hikes and cold nights I’d catch myself dreaming of hot baths, freshly steamed vegetables and fruit smoothies (more frequently with each passing day) and when I finally returned home, I set about making each a reality.
Today I’m sharing one of the smoothies I dreamt up during my hike and made on my return home. A deliciously simple, icy cold Blueberry smoothie. Packed full of fruity goodness and ready in next to no time at all. Enjoy x
- 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- Place all the ingredients into a blender.
- Blend on high speed for a couple of minutes, until smooth and creamy in texture.