So I have been wanting to sit down and blog for quite some time now, anyone who knows me knows that I think a lot (more often than not too much), I figured this would be the perfect outlet to get my thoughts, rants and raves out there. I am not sure which direction thing will go but I hope that it is worth your while. With that being said….
Lately I have been RIDICULOUSLY obsessed with my new food gadgets (I realized just now that my blog’s name really isn’t the most appealing when it comes to writing about food… bare with me on that one). I recently bought myself a the Ninja blender… I am getting ahead of myself. The girls at work decided that we wanted to shed a few extra pounds by doing a biggest loser style competition, so I decided to participate, in my mind though this competition is more than just losing the extra weight I wanted to create habits that last and make my body as healthy and happy as it can be. With all the drama that my body went through the tail end of last year I decided that it was time. I did my research and decided that I wanted to adopt a whole foods diet more or less. I watched the Forks over Knives documentary and picked up The Green Smoothie Revolution (Victoria Boutenko) book, with a little bit of information in hand I decided this is what I wanted to do, BUT I needed a fun, new, efficient gadget to help me out. In comes the Ninja blender. It is awesome to say the least, it blends, chops and purees; honestly it probably does more than I need it to.
I have been doing this juice/smoothie thing for about a week now and at the risk of sounding like an infomercial, I can honestly say that I haven’t felt this good in a long time. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE knowing what EXACTLY is going into my food. Although sometimes it is a little daunting to come home from work and still have to make dinner, but I have been finding it to the most worthwhile experience AND I am way to excited to do it. I find myself always online looking for new recipes to try, today I found one for spinach ice cream that I am looking forward to mixing up this weekend.
But back to what I was saying… I considered for a while doing juicing, but then learned that juicing really isn’t all that it is cracked up to be, because you are not getting all parts of the fruit and veggies, this is why I turned to smoothie-ing??
so far this is my favorite recipe (from The Green Smoothie Revolution)
2 cups spinach
1 cup strawberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup orange juice
I find that freezing some of my fruit gives it a better end result texture and gives it that thick smoothie feel without the adding of ice. In the book she recommends not adding anything else to them but I went to the vitamin shoppe and picked up some plant based (hemp) protein to make sure I am getting that extra amount since I have been trying to cut out the animal based proteins.
Being that I am not someone who really has an easy time fitting in all my fruits and veggies this has been a super convenient and tasty way to do it, the fruits tone down the bitterness of some of the greens and most importantly it keeps me full so I keep from snacking.
As I try more recipes I will definitley share them, I can’t promise that what I like you will like but you can’t knock it til you try it. Until next time…