Nectarine, Basil & Goat Yogurt Smoothie

September 19th, 2013 at 6:06 am

  Nectarine, Basil & Goat Yogurt Smoothie

Enlighten me: What do most 22 year olds do on Friday nights? Dinner and a movie with friends? The bar scene? Clubs? Other stuff that take my mind to the gutter so I won’t write them here?

I honestly don’t know that many people in their early twenties. Most of my friends are in their late twenties, early thirties, and beyond. Some of the people who know me best are in their fifties and sixties. I get that it’s “fun to be young” and that we who are in our early twenties should have stores of energy to burn. So is it weird that my idea of a perfect Friday night is parking it on my comfy couch in the living room to work on a knitting project and listen to The Hunger Games trilogy on CD?

Alright, seeing those words written out does make it sound kind of lame. But that’s what I was doing last Friday night and I enjoyed every minute of it. I’ve since done it again a few times, too.

I’m all about honesty here, so I’m going to let you in on a little secret: Sometimes it’s hard to be who I am.

While the majority of my peer group socializes with alcohol (which I don’t drink) and food (much of which I can’t eat), I’d rather be enjoying a homemade meal in the cozy light of someone’s kitchen (maybe with some kombucha on the side).

While others spend the night partying and returning home (to their own or someone else’s…) in the wee hours of the morning, I’m much happier asleep in my bed for a solid 8+ hours.

While other women my age obsess over image and makeup and fashion and celebrities, I wear jeans and yoga pants and stay away from gossip headlines.

When I hear about the crazy dating scene that women subject themselves to—the ups and downs of one uncommitted relationship after the next—I often feel glad and a bit relieved that I’ve chosen not to put myself through that. While couples pair up all around me just as quickly as they break up a few months later, I wait patiently and keep my heart whole and undamaged, saving it for the one who I know will someday treasure it. And every moment spent waiting will be worth it.

Nectarine, Basil & Goat Yogurt Smoothie

See? Sometimes I feel like a fish out of water. Granted, I have a wonderfully supportive family and small network of close friends who mean a lot to me, but in the grand scheme of our culture, I feel out of place.

I like kale more than martinis.

I read books—long, old, classic ones—more than headlines.

I enjoy experiences more than things.

I seek pleasure in long walks and watching the sunrise, not in the arms of a stranger.

I spend more time striving to manage my stress than manage my money.

I find strength in the day’s quiet moments, not in its flurry.

I strive not to find myself, but to create myself.

And oddly enough, while I feel so different and what our culture might even term “weird” or “old fashioned,” it works for me. When I remain true to who I am at the core, I find so much freedom. Everything gets easier when I take away the “shoulds” and just do what feels right to me as a unique, wonderfully created person.

So while a 22 year old woman like me—an entrepreneur-in-training who loves to knit, cook, read about plants, craft, walk, and spend her nights at home—may look like a profile from the 1800’s in the eyes of this culture, I say that’s a load of you know what. You can be domestically bent and still have style, class, and a whole lot of heart.

I choose to be who I am because everything about it—while it may seem as out of place in our world as a fish on dry land—works for me.

When I am me—completely, uniquely, weirdly, wonderfully, undeniably me—I am whole.

Nectarine, Basil & Goat Yogurt Smoothie

Which brings me to this Nectarine, Basil & Goat Yogurt Smoothie. At first glance, the ingredients might be a bit surprising, a bit of a head scratcher. Fruit, basil, and goat’s milk yogurt all in one smoothie? Maybe it’s a little unconventional, but it’s delicious and unique in a very cool and unexpected way.

I don’t tolerate dairy very well, but I find that goat’s milk yogurt sets pretty well with me so I’ve been eating it every once in a while lately.

This is a fun one. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Nectarine, Basil & Goat Yogurt Smoothie

Yield: Serves 1

The unique smoothie uses tangy goat's milk yogurt as an alternative to cow's milk. Basil adds a subtle but refreshing herb flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the fruit.


1/2 medium frozen banana

1/2 ripe nectarine, pitted (freeze the rest for another time)

3-4 ice cubes

1 (6 ounce) carton plain unsweetened goat's milk yogurt

1/4 cup unsweetened almond or hemp milk

2-3 teaspoons ground flaxseed

2-3 large basil leaves


Place all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until creamy and smoothie.


  1. I know exactly how you feel – I’m a 50 year old in a 32 year old body!

    I was never into partying either; my free time was spent doing things like language classes, running and cycling, reading, etc. I am much more comfortable hiking in the forest than I am getting dressed up to go to some stupid fancy event. Clubbing/drinking is just too expensive, and not worth how it makes you feel the next day! I also hate eating out. Restaurants are loud, cold, and I could make the same thing for much less – and it would taste a million times better ;) A good homemade meal at home with friends or my partner is waaaaay better.

    So keep doing things that make you happy – I’m sure you have a more fulfilling life than the people who are only concerned with things and image.

  2. Hallie, you know I’m right there with you! I was a “late bloomer” by anyone’s definition (my first boyfriend at 22, didn’t get married till 30) and always loved domestic stuff even though I ALSO obsessed over celebrities and makeup when I was younger! The older I get, the more I see that being true to who you really are is the only real way to find happiness. You are a wonderful, generous, creative, intelligent, caring, successful woman–sorry, can’t find anything “weird” or negative about that at all. I’m always amazed an inspired by what you do and hope you continue to do it for along time, with the style and grace you already have! xoxo

  3. This sounds delicious and very healthy. I have never tried goat yogurt, but this recipe has me heading to the market to pick some up. Thanks.

  4. I loved reading this post!!! I can completely relate to you! My version of a fun Friday night is cooking at home, relaxing, and spending time with friends…not going out and partying! I don’t drink either so it’s harder for me to relate to people my age (in their 20s). I love that you posted this! It’s so refreshing to know we aren’t alone! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Hallie,
    Thank you for this post! I also make “unconventional” choices in how I choose to live my life. My husband and I have 6 kids. We choose to eat organic, whole foods that I cook from ‘scratch.’ We don’t watch TV. We homeschool. We grow a lot of our food which I preserve. I grind my grain for breads. Sometimes it is hard especially when someone looks at me like I have two heads!
    God always sends encouragement when and where it is needed, so thank you for being His vessel today. I applaud you for being thoughtful about who you are and waiting for the one who will treasure your heart. It is so worth the wait! And just think…you will have no unwanted baggage to deal with when you find him.

  6. You are wise beyond your years and such a precious soul. I so enjoy reading your blog. You are a breath of fresh air!!!
    Thank you for being you.

  7. I wish I could have had some of your wisdom at age 22. And good for you, for sticking to your guns, and waiting on the right guy. He’ll come around. I was 29 before I was married and during my 20’s it seemed old, but looking back it was the best that way.

  8. Diane Fuchs said on September 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Reading your post has brought tears of joy to my eyes! You have it so right! I had no idea you were only 22… consider yourself blessed that you have figured all this out so early in your life (I’m sure you already do!) Sometimes it is a little hard to be “different” from your peers, but you can always take comfort in the fact that you are doing things the right way. You have blessed so many people, I’m sure, with your blog, your recipes, and your cookbooks. You have so many accomplishments already! (I guess that’s why I thought you were older than 22!) I hope that someday my 23-year-old son will meet someone as put-together as you are. What a blessing you will be as a wife, mother, and daughter-in-law! Keep up the good work!

    • Diane: Thank you so much for the encouragement! It means a lot. I’m tucking your comment away to read when on those days when I think “what am I doing with my life?!” :)

  9. Well I AM 53, and I have just learned how to crochet. I also have been listening to the Hunger games, some when I crochet, some driving on vacation with my husband. Just had to let you know, I had to smile when I read that. I do consider myself a young 53 if that helps. :)

    I enjoy your blog and trying your recipes. It’s how I try to eat. Thank you.

    • Marilyn: I have found a new love for books on CD! It’s what I do many nights now. If you have any other good book recommendations for me to listen to, let me know. :)

  10. Good for you, Hallie! I am impressed with people who have an idea of who they are and stay true to themselves. That’s the best thing you can do for yourself, and I believe that you will be rewarded for it. I am especially impressed by one as young as you who can keep themselves out of the usual rat race. This is coming from one in her late 60s who did not avoid that rat race, but did eventually – 5 years ago – end up finding someone special. You have great hobbies to get you through. :-)

  11. I loved this post. Thank you for your honesty! I am in my mid-thirties and am still finding myself. It’s taken me a long time to remove the “shoulds” as you say and I am much happier for it. Hooray to you for working on creating the person and life you want.

    • Jessica: Thanks! It is hard to be different sometimes, but so worth it in the end. I’m glad you have found some happiness in removing the “shoulds.” That’s something I think everyone can benefit from! :)

  12. Hallie, you’re not alone in your “traditional, old-fashioned” ways. I also prefer quiet nights at home, yoga pants, cooking from scratch, and long books :) While I married early (at 20), neither my husband and I are party-goers. The quiet is so nice, especially since he’s a military man. Good for you for sticking to what makes your life fulfilling. Continue pursuing your dreams and goals and don’t let anyone get you down about it. So often, naysayers are envious of the things you have already learned, things they may never learn because their focus is elsewhere. Good luck!

  13. Great post, Hallie. I started following your blog a few months ago and appreciate learning more about you. It takes courage to share such personal information with your readers. It makes me feel like I can trust you, your recommendations, recipes, and overall knowledge even more because you aren’t trying to be trendy or someone you’re not.

  14. Hallie,
    Still catching up on reading your blog this morning….and I really enjoyed learning more about you through this post! Our oldest daughter is 20 and has also chosen to save her heart for the one the Lord has for her, and we homeschool all of our children as well. We also eat exactly like you do, and do not live very far away!! If you ever need a vacation with likeminded folks – we would enjoy getting to meet you and sharing our organic farm life with you!!

  15. Made this smoothie today, great flavor combination! Never would have thought nectarine and basil were so great together. Thanks Hallie

  16. This post is late in coming, true, but I felt an inclination to reply anyway :). I’ve been following your blog for a short while now and it’s been great learning more about you and your wonderful recipes!

    I also relate to your “traditional” way of living (and I don’t think it’s weird or unique or “out there” either – it’s fun and cool and different and real). I am in my mid-20’s and still at this age, a lot of people are into partying/bars/the club scene and are way too concerned in my humble opinion about their image, gossip, status, and materialism. I’d rather sit at home with a good book in comfortable clothes with a delicious home-cooked meal too instead :). Heck, I even collect antiques and artifacts – I don’t how more old-fashioned then that you can get!

    Anyway, thank you for sharing the real you with the world and for enjoying who you are. It’s something I’m learning to do and you’ve inspired me to keep persisting and ever-more creating who I am ;).

    – Erika

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