I woke up to a beautiful view every morning for a week. I took advantage of this and sat out on my lanai for coffee and breakfast in the morning. My breakfasts were typically fresh fruit (thanks to a family member and farm), eggs, and sautéed onions and spinach. I found some lau lau (pork, butterfish, pork fat, and spinach wrapped in ti leaves) at the grocery and added that to a few of my breakfasts. It kept me full for a long time.
I could have stayed at my grandmother’s house or shared a room with relatives. I didn’t so I would have a kitchen to myself and not have to worry about gluten getting mixed into my food by accident.
I did not know what small appliances my condo would have since they all differ. Several relatives that live on Moloka`i offered up their blenders to me before I even left. Luckily, the condo came with a blender so I could make my smoothies.
The funny part was not being able to find bananas. I was home! Where were the bananas? My second day, Auntie M and I went into town and I looked for them again at two different stores. THE two stores for groceries. Kaunakakai is a small town. The joke is don’t blink or you’ll miss it. Rural living at its best. An hour after getting back to my grandparent’s house, a relative who works on a farm walked up to me and handed me a bunch of bananas. Fresh. Straight from the farm. He had brought an entire case to the house with him. The next day, he brought a case of papaya straight from the farm. Non-GMO papaya. Oh happy day! A few days later, someone brought a bag full of fresh mangoes to the house. That is what I love about home. You always know several people with fruit trees or gardens and they bring you fresh produce so it doesn’t go to waste. It still kills me when I pay for mango.
The following is just one of my smoothies. Each day the ingredients varied depending on the fruit I had available. I was even taking leftovers with me and sharing it because the bananas are so much bigger than you normally see in a grocery store. My last full day, I used up all the fruits I had left (mangoes and papaya) to make smoothies and shared it with my family.
Banana Papaya Smoothie
1 banana (if it is large, use half)
1/4 – 1/2 non-GMO papaya, seeded
1 tablespoon nut or seed butter
1 tablespoon raw local honey (or favorite sweetener), optional
1 teaspoon maca root powder, optional
non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
Place all ingredients into the blender except milk. Once all ingredients are in the blender, add milk to the 2 cup line. Blend well, about 3 – 5 minutes depending on your blender.