his & hers smoothies . sprouted kitchen

We're keeping things simple today. I have been testing for the book and had a few quick-turnaround freelance jobs. There has been so much food I'm passing out tupperwares to anyone who stops by. There were a few food-heavy weeks, followed by drought. I was burnt out and uninterested in cooking unless it could be easily stuffed in a brown rice tortilla or blended up and considered a meal. I left Hugh in charge where I typically have a plan, so we had a solid handful of breakfast burritos and taco meals. No complaints from either side. When thinking food, and writing food, and making food becomes your work, part of its charm is sometimes lost. But only part and only sometimes. I love what I do, but I am not much for excess. I keep a fairly minimal home and prefer to have around the items we actually use as opposed to cling to clutter. So when it's all food all the time, I have to step back for a few days to avoid going completely nuts. 

When needing hardly a meal, more of an in-between, tide-you-over, on the run mini-meal in a cup sort of deal, we make smoothies. Hugh makes his off a memory from his childhood. They'd shop at a health food store and the kids would get a shake at the juice bar on the way out. To his memory, it was a creamy combination of milk, peanut butter, banana, date and a little chocolate. It's delicious, but on the shake side of smoothie. Actually no, it's just a straight up shake. I am ever the fan of frozen mangos because they're creamy themselves and then stuck with the tropical theme. Hugh assured me everyone would like his better. My love, I even like yours better, but someone had to go the slightly lighter route here.  

Sometimes I find smoothie recipes insulting - isn't it all just thrown in a blender? Yes, yes it is. But this is what we're eating 'round here so take your combination however you wish. This looks tasty if you're on the pumpkin train right now, and this looks Fall-ish as well, or something completely unique with sesame milk, and while the fresh are gone, this blueberry basil one could be made with frozen blueberries. Browse through Sarah's tips on smoothie boosters too!

MONKEY FLIP // Makes 1

As told by Hugh Forte


  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 date, pitted
  • 1 scoop chocolate ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • 1 cup milk


Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until completely smooth, adding more milk or ice for desired consistency.



  • handful of crushed ice
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup coconut yogurt or plain yogurt (or coconut sorbet)
  • flesh of half a seeded and peeled papaya
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • squeeze of honey
  • squeeze of fresh lime juice

Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until completely smooth, adding more milk or ice for desired consistency.


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Reader Comments (39)

Not to be crass, but I sure hope I'm not the only one noticing the anatomical hilarity in your his/hers fruit choices. Well done.

October 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Mmm.. both look so yummy! Personally, I love the second option - mango, papaya, and coconut water are my favorites. I will have to recreate both soon.

October 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

Monkey flip for me please! ;)

October 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterthecitygourmand

I like both!! Yum!

How did I know by the pictures which one was going to be whose? Monkey flip for me too please and thanks!

You are too cute! I like the part about how even you like Hugh's better, but someone has to keep things a little lighter around here.

Hey, as my hubby and I scooped our dinner into our favorite blue square bowls tonight, I told him how I am so excited that one of my faaaaaaaaaavorite bloggers is making a beautiful book all about foods to eat from bowls. Can't wait. If I could pre-order right now, I would. :)

Thank you, as always, for your honesty and insights. I always wondered if food could lose a little of its charm if it became work. And I totally agree, sometimes you just don't have the mental bandwidth for anything beyond smoothies or hubby meals or tortillas. Nothing wrong with that, we've all been there and will be there again. Doesn't make you any less fabulous! In fact, it makes me like you more because you are human and gentle on yourself and not a robot and sound a little bit like me even. :) Take it easy and enjoy the process! We will wait patiently, I promise!

October 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

I love smoothies. And I have some ice cream in the fridge...
I've been thinking about you and your bowl book! I'm so excited about this idea, and I'm sending you all kinds of good vibes. I hope your breaks from cooking are restful and inspiring. I recently purchased Nigel Slater's new book (Notes From the Larder) and it's been giving me all kinds of inspiration and ideas. Love to you!

October 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersarah

Very cool shots which nearly convince me to have a smoothie. Lovely post:)

October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoger Stowell

I love your his and hers posts! This time, I'm going to choose Sara's. Maybe I could have Hugh's for dessert?

I wish you both an inspirational weekend (And remember to breathe. Just breathe.),

There are not very many days when I don't have a smoothie for breakfast so I love the sound of this with peanut butter in it. Yum!

October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

"I love what I do, but I am not much for excess." I'm also a professional recipe developer, and these are my thoughts exactly. The ONE complaint I ever have about my work is that sometimes, there's just too much food!

October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarygrace Taylor

Mm I love dates and will have to try them in my next smoothie, such a great source of natural sweetness!

October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlexe @ Keys to the Cucina

I'm so distracted I can't decide which one I'd want...
Hugh's chocolate ice cream wins!

October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCoco in the Kitchen

Hi! Just a suggestion for you and Hugh, which you have likely heard about already. My husband makes chocolate/pb/banana smoothies that are insanely delicious - yet not too heavy. In addition to using almond milk, and a mix of frozen bananas his smoothies are a creamy delight! Cacao nibs also give it a nice crunch, if you're into that. :)
Have a good weekend!

October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCassy

Sara ... ahhh, I am SO relating to this post right now. I am in the depths of my first cookbook, and I after a few failed recipes tests yesterday, I almost had a breakdown, but instead I did the dishes and made a smoothie and everything was ok. It was such a relief to read your words today, you couldn't have written it more perfectly. Good luck with the book, I cannot wait to read it.

October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Love smoothies. Can't wait to try both recipes!

October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSherri McNary

I hear you on the food burnout. Sometimes I threaten to stop food-blogging for good, but then I eventually get hungry again and start jotting down all the dishes I want to make. These smoothies look like a great break from chewing! I love those skinny glasses by the way, where'dya find 'em?

October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrooklyn Salt

I'm with you Sara, Tropical Cooler. Also, I have cooked EVERY recipe out of your cookbook and always come back to your book as my favorite recipe source. Cannot wait for the next edition!

October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarsen

I love the flavors in both smoothies! Cheers!!

October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKiran @

Monkey Flip - could never forget it! No date though, Hugh. No way was there date... :)

October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMollie

Both sound good to me! This post reminds me so much of the Lucky Peach gender issue—have you seen the dual covers? I think you'd get a kick out of it:

October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIrina @ wandercrush

"But only part and only sometimes" - yes to this! I think you're doing the right thing to give yourself a break when you need to. Smoothies and things-in-tortillas are perfectly suitable meals when that's what you crave (and/or all you can manage). I also love these side-by-side recipes. I'd drink either one, but - as you know - our lives and homes bear many similarities, and I often find myself saying some variation on, "Of course I love [insert name of decadent food here], but today I'll have a big-ass salad/square of dark chocolate/glass of almond milk instead."

October 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

Looks fantastic - especially the tropical one. I'm a big fan of green smoothies, AKA sneaking in as many greens and veggies into my diet as possible. I'll look forward to trying this one as a change-up! Thanks for sharing!

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

This looks amazing! Well done!

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Smoothies are so great, quick, and easy- I'm obviously a huge fan if you've come across my site or instagram. Your recipes sound divine!

I think your picture depicting his and hers is inspired

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHalogen Oven

Smoothies are my absolute favourite thing to make, part of the reason is because it's fast and easy & great for mornings when I'm in a rush. Both smoothies sound super 'Delish' & I'm going to give the recipe a try tomorrow morning! <3 Thanks guys!

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October 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Vainer

Where do you live to get such small papayas? All the ones I've seen here in utah are at least as big as a cantaloupe if not bigger.
Maybe i need to look for baby papayas?

October 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMidas

@midas - we live in so cal but all the papayas are imported. May just depend what your grocer brings in.

October 21, 2013 | Registered CommenterSara

That looks absolutely delish!! Going to try this very soon…your food photography is superb :)

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterclara

Love reading your posts. Is his Monkey Flip inspired by the shake shack in newport beach? that is my favorite shake! I'm hoping so!

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBronwen

We love smoothies. They are so good and a great way to get your vitamins and nutrients in one drink.

October 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterReCaFo

Yayyyy!!!! What an awesome day of food! I love it! Can't wait for this weekend!

November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Stafford

I think this was a great post! congrats on your baby!

November 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMAD

Such an awesome recipe! I am definitely going to try this recipe for my husband and for me. Just loved the concept of his and her here!! :)

November 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia Dewy


November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimply Life

I love smoothies and are always looking for new recipe to try, these look delicious!

February 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Wow Just found this article and:
1. loved the smoothies
2. the fact that the ingredients kinda look like the respective anatomical parts made me LOL

April 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Martin

Mangos, bananas, ice cream! What a recipe!! Thanks for sharing can't wait to try these out!

May 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJimmy

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