keeping it clean with a spirulina smoothie bowl / by lee tilghman

Cooking is my creative outlet, it’s not just a way to feed myself anymore. I’ve always loved cooking, ever since I was a little girl. I get that love of cooking from my father, who is the best cook I know, and from my aunt, Didi Emmons, author, restaurant owner, and forager based in Boston, MA.

I grew up in a very clean home, where each family member was responsible for doing their own dishes. Dirty dishes never sat in the sink for more than 20 minutes. I realized that messy dishes and rooms created messy minds and were a huge source of anxiety. It was pretty nuts, but it taught me to be responsible for my own things, and for that I am grateful. (Thanks mom!)

Now that cooking and food are my career path, I know how important it is to keep the kitchen, and my dishes, squeaky clean.

My father and I used to cook many meals together. We'd leave the house around 10 am to go grocery shopping at specialty markets Saturday morning, and then proceed to take over the kitchen into the afternoon, spreading our workspace onto every counter, table, and island available. Chopping carrots, peeling onions, crushing tomatoes. We would create our own sort of methodical mess, a mess with purpose. It became a dance, one that I will always remember. 

And during these days, we had one rule: to wait until the end of our cooking session to clean up. This restraint helped our creative process, a symphony of pots and pans banging together, wooden spoons dipping below the surface of a boiling soup for those sneaky taste tests. 

To this day, I still carry that rule with me. When I am cooking, I wait to do the dishes and wipe the counters until after I have enjoyed the food (or photographed it, in my case).

If I clean as I go, it takes me out of my zone.

In creating this recipe, I let it all go and made a mess- but a mess with purpose. A mess not to be feared!

And inevitably, after the eating and fun is over and done, it's time to clean. And when you're using clean ingredients, you want to use clean products. Think about it - you wouldn't knowingly eat toxic chemicals, so why would you clean your home with them? method is one of my favorite soaps- they smell amazing and they get all the grit out of my dishes. Also, they are vegan, gluten free and do not test on animals! (huge plus). Check out the recipe below and make your own clean cool spirulina smoothie bowl. Stay cool, everyone!

Ingredients

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  • 1 frozen banana

  • ½ frozen avocado

  • 2 tsp spirulina

  • ½ green apple

  • 1 tbsp oats

  • ½ cup almond milk

  • ¼ organic cucumber

Toppings:

  • Chia seed

  • Bee pollen

  • Almonds

  • Hemp seeds

  • Raisins

  • Goji berries

  • Flax seeds

  • Granola

  • Coconut chips

  • Strawberries

  • Kiwi

  • Blueberries

  • Apricots

instructions

  1. Blend your base ingredients in a high speed blender such as a Nutribullet. You want a nice thick consistency here! Pour into a bowl. 
  2. Top with toppings and enjoy!
  3. Clean up!

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