Our youngest stumbled upon his first four-leaf clover when he was barely six years old.
We were getting out of the car and walking across a stretch of indecipherable greens when he looked down and said, “Mommy, look, it’s a four-leaf clover.”
Just like that.
Now having spent countless hours looking for four-leaf clovers in my youth (and tearing the third leaf in two to create the fourth), I knew a little something about the likelihood of this nonchalant discovery. I smiled in that motherly kind of way thinking how sweet, he thinks he found a four-leaf clover. But before I could complete my dismissive thought, he had plucked it from the ground to reveal its perfection.
He went on to find two other four-leaf clovers, as accidentally as the first, over the next couple of years.
It’s estimated that there is a one in 10,000 chance of finding a four-leaf clover when actively searching (I never met one I didn’t make myself).
So whether our son’s accidental discoveries are attributable to the luck of the Irish, early pattern recognition or the spirit of his Irish Grandfather cheering him on, we’re not sure. But we’ll take a little Leprechaun dust wherever we can find it.
Have you ever found a four-leaf clover?
No matter, today we’re all Irish — and lucky too — because I’ve got a gorgeously green, creamy delicious soft serve that you can pull together (are you ready for this?) in less than 10 minutes! No fancy equipment required. That’s right, just using chilled whole ingredients in your every day blender.
I have to say I’m a little in love with this refreshing delight and it may have played a small part in my desire to make it every day this past week to get it just right for you. My sacrifices are truly boundless.
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to try the antioxidant-rich Japanese jewel matcha (green tea powder) with its unparalleled taste, this might be the one for you! It seems to hit all the right notes and dovetails nicely with the arrival of spring and the sun shining warm upon our faces. Our whole family welcomed this one.
Cheers to the Irish in all of us ~
- 2 frozen bananas (peel the ripe bananas before freezing them for ease of use)
- 1 large ripe avocado, chilled in the fridge overnight
- 1 + ⅓ cup full fat coconut milk, chilled in the fridge overnight
- 2 tsp matcha green tea powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- Place frozen bananas, avocado, coconut milk, matcha powder, vanilla and maple syrup in a blender or food processor.
- Blend the ingredients until smooth, stopping the machine to scrape down the sides as necessary.
- Serve immediately in individual bowls or cups.
2. Storing Bananas if you're anything like us, overripe bananas accumulate quickly in your kitchen. Before they reach that stage, peel the bananas and pop them into a airtight freezer bag and store in the freezer for later use -- loaves, smoothies, soft serves, etc. They preserve nicely.
3. Matcha tea is made from green tea leaves that have been finely milled into a silky, radiant green powder. When you drink matcha you are benefiting from the entire green tea leaf, not just the brewed water from the leaf. Matcha is considered amongst the highest quality green teas with one of most concentrated antioxidant contents. You can find matcha at any specialty tea shop and you can also order it online.
4. Avocado not only tastes delicious, it is also endowed with gorgeous, nutritive properties. An excellent source of heart healthy monounsaturated fat, avocado is also rich in lutein, a carotenoid that operates to help protect our eyes from disease. Other health supporters found in the avocado include: fibre, folate, vitamin K, vitamin E, and vitamin B5.