chocolate peanut butter smoothie & RIP trayvon

IMG_1162i had a post almost all ready to go challenging the low fat culture in society (as well as in the blogosphere) but then something much more important came up. george zimmerman was aquitted in florida. george zimmerman kills a child and gets away with it because trayvon martin was black. this is a tragedy.

however, my feed of food blogs has been completely silent on the issue. i realize i’m just now publishing this post but i’ve been a little busy organizing a rally calling for justice for trayvon that drew almost 1000 people. (more national and portland coverage here.) while i shouldn’t be surprised at the lack of response from food bloggers, i am still disappointed. after the shooting at sandy hook or the tornado in oklahoma i couldn’t escape post after post praying for the victims and expressing condolences. what makes this different is that it wasn’t a white child that was hurt or killed, it was a black child whose lives are not valued in the media and whose families apparently don’t warrant those same sentiments of support and sympathy.

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at the rally that i attended and helped to organize there was a black mother who called the black men in attendance to stand with her. she asked them to tell each other and for the crowd gathered to tell them “your life is important to me.” in this country we have allowed a whole group of people, young black men, to feel that their lives are completely devalued—and this isn’t just a feeling, it is reinforced every time a black man is shot by the police and there is no incitement, every time a black man is stopped and frisked for walking while black, every time a black man is pulled over for a b.s. reason, and every time someone like george zimmerman is acquitted.

the blogging community is largely made up of white females, the same composition of the jury that let zimmerman walk free. it is our duty as people, and especially people who are a part of this demographic to say “not in our name”.

and so i have a smoothie recipe for you today. it tastes more like a milkshake which is why i find it a fitting food to pair with today’s topic. when tragedy strikes, we often turn to food to provide comfort. chocolate is a big source of comfort for many and it has helped me through the deaths of friends, my brother’s stay in the hospital, bad days at work, and horrible cramps when i had my iud put in.

unfortunately, my lactose intolerance often gets in the way of being comforted by ice cream (another popular choice). that why i am so happy i discovered this simple combination which is probably as close to a non-dairy milkshake as i am going to get.

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chocolate peanut butter smoothiemakes about 16 oz.

1 large banana
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons simple syrup or sugar
1/2 cup coconut milk
3 ice cubes
1 teaspoon toasted coconut for garnish (optional)

put all ingredients together in blender. blend until smooth. enjoy outside.

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