Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Trident’s Special Health Shake

I was overjoyed to receive this amazing 1973 McCalls recipe box as a gift, and even more-so when I found a card from my dad’s all-time FAVORITE restaurant, The Trident, in Sausalito, CA. We’ve been going there lately for father’s day (it is now called Horizons, but thankfully the Way-Out interior remains the same) but my parents had been going there since 1965 when they had their wedding rings custom-made by a local artist and needed lunch. Honestly, from the outside it looks like a boat shop, but inside, it is a late 60s psychedelic wonderland!

In the early 70s, my dad (and the nation!) got really into the Health Food thing (which was nothing new to my mom, since her folks had gotten into it in the 40s) and he began making, and experimenting with different versions of, Health Drinks. I loved them, and quickly learned to make them myself, following whatever new adaptation he was using at the time - except I think I skipped the raw-egg phase that arrived courtesy of the whole weight-lifting / macho trend. His original recipe is still something I make today, and I enclose his recipe here as the epitome of what has since become knows as a “smoothie”.

And so in honor of my dad, for father’s day, I made The Trident’s Special Health Shake, and I noticed the massive similarity between the two recipes. Was this coincidence? Had my dad dined at The Trident often enough to memorize the recipe? Or could it perhaps be that everyone and their entire extended family was making these very same things across the nation at that time, while wearing Adidas tack suits and driving Le Cars? Either way, you too can get into the “health food thing” of yester-year (no Kombucha yet, folks!) with a few fruits, some wheat germ and your trusty blender. Vroooooom!

The Trident’s Special Health Shake

1 cup crushed ice
1 cup yogurt
¼ cup honey
2 Tbsp raw sugar
1 Tbsp wheat germ
½ cup fresh strawberries sliced or ½ pkg (10 oz size) frozen sliced strawberries, thawed
½ cup cut up fresh papaya (if available)
1 cup cut up cantaloupe
Fresh mint leaves

1. In blender, combine half of al lingredients and blend until smooth. Turn into chilled pitcher.
2. Blend remainder of ingredients and add to pitcher. To serve, pour into chilled glasses. Garnish with mint.
Makes 8 servings.
Note: If desired, use more strawberries to give a brighter pink color. If fresh strawberries are too tart, add sugar to taste.

Carrie’s Note: I omitted the sugar because it was plenty sweet enough!

Jack’s Health Drink

½ cup frozen berries (est 6 strawberries)
Cover with fruit juice (cranberry preferred)
¼ cup water for 1 cup liquid in all
2 Tbsp vanilla or plain yogurt
1 banana
* blend
2 heaping Tbsp protein powder
1 Tbsp wheat germ
* blend
2 Tbsp honey
* serves 1 or 2


  1. That sounds AND looks awesome! Gonna try it!

  2. Yay! Love that you made good use of the recipe collection.
    Cute pix of you and your dad :) and that ceiling is a trip.

  3. The whole place is a TRIP and a HALF! Thanks again for the box, there are lots of others I want to do. xo

  4. And Eartha, it is TOTALLY GOOD! If you don't dig tropical fruit, use a banana instead of the melon/papaya. :)

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