Holla from Hawaii everyone! I hope everyone is looking forward to a fantastic holiday weekend coming up. We are here for a few more days, which means we are here over Easter. This means the youngest will be treated to 'Hawaiian Easter' - which truthfully we haven't sorted out yet, but I think I see a trip to the grocery store in my future today or tomorrow to stock up on Easter bunny supplies for a Hawaiian style Easter egg hunt :)
I mentioned in my last post that the days start early here, and well, yes they sure do! Early enough to start the day with several leisurely cups of coffee, and plenty early to plan a full day on top of a little light reading, drawing, blog writing or catching up, or whatever suits the fancy. I brought a book that I've yet to get into (I think today is the day), as by the time I want to read it at night I'm so tired I simply must sleep (would you believe that is around 9:30?). Having a place to be that feels like home makes a holiday like this extra chill, as living like a local is a fun way to get to know any place.
I have taken to toting my computer on trips like this as I find it vital (if possible) to edit photos every day or every other day, as I can not imagine trekking home to that mountain of work on top of returning to regular busy life. No way! It's a great way to unwind after a busy day and being here with friends just makes it all the more easy.
On Tuesday we visited what could be the place I'd officially sanction as paradise, as after my life-long love affair with tropical foods I was finally treated to a tour of a real working organic macadamia nut farm.
It was nothing short of magical to wander through a 20-year-old nut & coffee orchard perched high above the blue blue sea.....where every fruit under the rainbow grows harmoniously with each other and nothing is needed but a little sun & a whole lot of love and hard work...I'll share more on that soon.
If you follow me on Instagram, you'll see I am basically living on a diet of green smoothies & fruit here, as the possible combinations are endless and the only stress is trying to exhaust the possibilities before the time is up. But nevertheless, just like activities, there is no stress here. We do what feel like and eat what we feel like.
After a few weeks back home of re-setting my body with clean cooked foods, it is almost crazy how the body can re-adjust to its surroundings so naturally. On the drizzly 'Wet Coast' that is home (BC to those of you who may not know) its almost impossible not to crave gently soothing cooked foods - but here - in the tropical humidity amongst multitudes of chirping birds, it's water, fruit, and more fruit. I can't even eat cheese here as it feels like too much (not to mention cheese gets greasy in the heat and it's rather unappetizing).
So it's smoothies like this for me and anyone within earshot of the blender at the time. This is one of the yummiest combos I've ever had, so I hope you enjoy it too! xo
Pineapple Mint Green Monster(1/2) ripe pineapple (here they are tree ripe but do try to buy a jet flown pineapple where you are)
(1/2) large ripe avocado, or (1) whole small one
(1/4) cup fresh mint leaves
(1) loosely packed cup of fresh spinach leaves
(1) cup fresh orange juice, or enough to facilitate good blending
(5-6) ice cubes
Peel and chop the pineapple into chunks and repeat with the avocado. Combine all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth and creamy - when blending pineapple it is good to run the blender for a little longer to try to smooth out the fibrous parts as much as possible.
Serve in a glass with a sprig or two of fresh mint and enjoy! This recipe makes enough for two delicious servings - or one if you are planning on enjoying it more than once in a day.