How is it already Wednesday? this week has been chilly compared to the weather in Palm Springs last week during my girls’ trip! I’m going through nice weather withdrawal, so this post is a little goofy!
Rembrandt was a very prolific painter and printmaker and some of his most notable scenes were biblical ones. In particular, he painted two versions of scenes featuring a woman getting ready in her bathroom, one of which hangs at the Met. Before I realized what this scene was meant to depict (the biblical story of Bathsheba), I saw this and saw a woman getting pampered in a spa-like setting. Which of course made me think to myself, “what kind of snack could be eaten in the bathtub?” So, here I am, post-run and in need of a quick, convenient snack that can be sipped on while I lounge in the tub. That shouldn’t be too complicated, right?
The story of Bathsheba is not nearly as innocent as my smoothie-in-the-tub plan – it’s a story of betrayal. King David has decided that he wants to marry the already taken Bathsheba, so he has her husband abandoned at war. Bathsheba is shown here getting ready to see the king. She is pampering herself: someone is giving her a pedicure and another attendant is doing her hair. The dark background is suggestive of nighttime, and the idea is that the King is watching her as she gets ready. The version hanging at the Met also has a peacock in the corner of the painting, which symbolizes beauty but an impure heart. Yikes!
No matter how you interpret these works when you see them, I’m sure you won’t regret making this super easy smoothie. Mix and match your favorite ingredients – swap the raspberries here for strawberries or the banana for blueberries! No betrayals necessary to indulge in this spa-friendly snack! Honestly the only thing I’m betraying here is my gym! 🙂
Raspberry Banana Smoothie
1 ½ cup raspberries
1-2 cups of water
1 cup 0% fat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon almond butter
Simply put everything in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more water depending on the glass type you serve it in. So easy, so good!
Featured art: Rembrandt, The Toilet of Bathsheba, 1643, oil on panel (at the Metropolitan Museum)
Rembrandt, Bathsheba at her Bath, 1654, oil on canvas (at the Louvre)