In Hong Kong, it is so hot that the fresh catch of the day are already pre-steamed in the ocean. The elderly men are sheltering themselves from the sun with their wives’ pink and purple Gucci umbrellas. I saw a line up of red taxis in Wanchai all on the same side of the street and they started to sink into the asphalt. The 5 minute ride from Central to TST on the Star Ferry is now shortened to 2 minutes as the ocean has evaporated.
I know it is hot everywhere and that is exactly why you need something cool and healthy to get you through your day that you can make in less than 5 minutes. I am completely addicted to these little wonders.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies are delicately sweet, smooth and has a rich chocolate ending without any of the guilt. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies are frozen and it is just what you body craves when the heat index rises. These shakes are thick, creamy and frozen but still perfect to be able to drink them with a regular straw.
There is no added sugar in these smoothies. I like just the delicate sweetness from the banana and the natural sweetness from the natural peanut butter. Sometimes I like to use almond butter in my smoothie and this is a great alternative for those with peanut allergies. I use Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder in my mix but if you like your smoothie sweeter you could add Hershey syrup or add a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream if you need a sugar rush.
I know that if my Chinese Medicine teacher is reading this right now she is cringing. Eating ice, according to Chinese Medicine, is not good for your spleen qi. In Chinese medicine it is believed that you should drink fluids at room temperature to stay healthy.
I know and do believe this and adhere to this most generally but sometimes when the temperatures soar high I need to just cool off and room temperature drinks don’t quite cut it. My only warning to you is that if you decide to add some ice to your smoothly to get it that nice thick and frozen texture just beware of brain freeze. Sip it slowly.
When the temperatures soar in Hong Kong, activities in the aircon (air-conditioning) are a welcome reprieve from the heat. I am happy to report that they run the aircon at full blast up on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre (ICC). The ICC is the tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong with 118 floors.
Stunning views and I even figured out how to take panoramic pictures with my iPhone. As an added bonus there is even a lounge at the top. Above is the view looking over to the Hong Kong Side at the Sheung wan and Western District.
Above is a classic picture looking over on the Hong Kong side at the Central and Admirality.
Above is a picture looking over on the Kowloon Side.
How are you staying cool this summer?
Stay cool and take care.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies are delicately sweet, smooth and has a rich chocolate ending without any of the guilt.
- banana - 1 peeled
- almond milk - 1 cup unsweetened (can substitute with regular skim milk or soy milk)
- peanut butter - 1 heaping tablespoon creamy (substitute natural almond butter or any nut butter you like)
- unsweetened cocoa powder - 1.5 teaspoons
- ice cubes - about 6 cubes (omit if you have a weak spleen qi)
Step 1: Place in the blender banana, almond milk, peanut butter (or nut butter substitute) unsweetened cocoa powder and ice cubes. First put it on the ice crush mode and then when the ice is chopped well turn to the blend/smoothie function on your blender until smooth and creamy.
Step 2: Pour Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies into tall glasses and grab a straw and enjoy.