Wednesday, August 10, 2011

(Smooth(ie)) Jazz (We've Got)

First it was The Wedding Singer ("Julia Gulia!") and now it's Julie & Julia ("Are you Jul-EE or Juli-UH?"). So, yeah, I go by either Julie or Julia, and yeah, I liked both movies, though getting me to cave and watch Julie & Julia took until this June. I held out as long as I could. Luckily my friend bought it for me because I actually enjoyed watching it.  

(However, I am still proudly holding out on Wicked, which I'm convinced I won't like despite my weakness for The Sound of Music, Grease and The Phantom of the Opera. Musicals are one glittery and colorful corner of pop culture that I occasionally flirt with and gain a smidgen of appreciation for, yet only one false, razzly-dazzly showtune ditty shifts my fricative from a labiodental to a dental: from love to loathe.)

Razzly-dazzly? Sounds like razzly raspberries to me. And that reminds me of another beautiful berry frapp├ęd in the Blendtec today: the blueberry.
To create your own Kind of Blue smoothie, any blender or food processor will do, but I got to use my brother's Blendtec, which is pretty snazzy.

(I'm using the word snazzy? No! Broadway never will pierce the icy recesses of my heart if I keep up this smoothie regimen . . . perhaps I'll need to drink my Kind of Blue smoothie year-round. I notice I get more sentimental and able to watch musicals in the winter, and this smoothie will chase away the razzle-dazzles!)

Even if you are into musicals (as many people are), I think you can safely sip on a Kind of Blue smoothie and not risk your Playbill proclivity. Just turn on some crooning brass tunes while you blend up your green and blue (though I wouldn't consider Miles "smooth" jazz, the name works with the recipe), and get that feeling of pizzazz!

Kind of Blue Smoothie 

(Gluten-free, Vegan)
Makes about 12 oz. 

1 cup unsweetened vanilla soymilk
(West Soy is my absolute favorite!)
1/4 avacado
3/4 cup of frozen blueberries
(mine had a decent amount of ice between the blueberries)
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon agave nectar
(or honey. If your milk is already sweetened you may or may not want the extra sweetener.)
a few shakes of ground cinnamon

Put all the ingredients in your blender
, and ta-da! With a few spoons nearby, continue to add some sweetener to taste, until you stop buggin' out and aren't feeling so blue.

These frozen berries were pretty icy.
Avocado adds some creaminess.


You could add some soy protein or rice protein (this type I take is specifically for digestive system healing), but it does change the taste.


  1. I'm salivating...

    Also just love the multiple cultural references yo! My favorite has got to be the Kind of Blue in the title of your guaranteed-to-be-scrumptious smoothie! (Miles Davis is my mannnnnnnn!! Thank you for including Freddie Freeloader :D) KEEP THIS UP THIS IS FUN!

  2. Jon- I think this is what we were missing from Jazzy Thursdays our freshman year...
    Julia-I'm making this as we speak.
    Also please see Finian's Rainbow-->Old Devil's Moon for excessive Razzle Dazzle usage.

  3. @Jon: Yessir Miles is THE man! This is super fun.

    @Anna: I hope you enjoyed the jazzy smoothie! And that showtune is epically typical & SO DARLINGLY DAZZLING!