Petra R wrote:
I have developed a huge craving for fresh / raw stuff recently and getting up to that icey / smooth / super tangerine-ey thing's been wonderful. I also don't feel hungry right through to dinner after that.
Somehow super low carb currently doesn't work for me at all, (it used to be my winter go to", but this year it's doing nothing...) so I'm trying to not worry and eat nice but healthy stuff. I'll also try making my own almond milk and stuff like that. I've never had a proper (not handheld) blender - lots of discovering to do. Soups, Pesto, nut butter and so on......
Yeah, the ultra low carb thing has to be something you like or I think you won't stick to it.
Do you have a crock pot? I can't cook to save my life, but the one thing I've found I can do is crock pot recipes. It's no hassle cooking which is good for me. You can make soups in them, and that's what I do especially now since it's cold.
Sure, a Vitamix is expensive. But it will make short work of fruits, vegetables, frozen foods, and old electronics that need to be broken down for recycling! =P
I hope the blender you ordered is a Vita-Mix. They are the bomb! I've been having a smoothie for breakfast since 2006 when I bought my Vita-Mix.
I like the Vita-Mix because you can put the fruit or veggie in almost whole. No need to seed them. For example, when I add citrus, I just pull off the peel. If I am using it to make a marinade, I just leave the peel on. A Vita-Mix and purify a lemon, lime, or orange.
The best smoothies have a bit of banana for mouthfeel and I always add just a bit of oatmeal, flaxseed or wheat germ for fiber.
This morning's smoothie was yogurt, apple, carrot, 1/2 banana, strawberries, spinach, oatmeal and instead of ice I use frozen blueberries. Almost every week I buy some sort of fruit and toss it in the freezer to be my ice.
Smoothies are an addiction, but can be a healthy one.
Your tangerine tree has strengthened my resolve to try growing citrus fruits. My next-door neighbors (much more accomplished gardeners than I) grow limes, lemons and kumquats.
My favorite breakfast smoothie has kefir (or equivalent yogurt & milk), frozen fruit, a tsp or two of oatmeal (rolled, not steel-cut), a tsp or so of slivered almonds (not whole, my blender just polishes those), and sometimes a scoop of protein powder (if I anticipate a late lunch). I buy whole pineapples and papayas when they're in season, cube and freeze them. (Freezing cubes on a baking sheet and then dumping them in a ziplock bag was the game changer.)
For smoothies, I use an inexpensive Oster Blend N Go because it's super-easy and quick to wash and I'm lazy. (But I already had a regular blender for other stuff.)
My small appliance experiment this year was a yogurt maker and it's been well worth it. I live in a rural area where it's usually impossible to find plain, low-fat yogurt. Making my own is way better.
Petra, almost any fruit will work perfectly fine for smoothies. As well as combinations of ones you like.
Avocados work as well. And cold soups - veggie based. I make gazpacho all the time - both regular and almond/garlic version. Chilled broccoli soup also.
My food preferences are similar to yours - and my blender didn't cost anywhere near $600.
Wendy, you sent me googling, that almond-garlic gazpacho sounds delicious!
One of my summertime go-to recipes for the blender is cold cantaloupe soup: 3 lb melon, peeled and chunked, 3/4 tsp sambal oelek, 3 T fresh lime juice, 1/4 tsp coarse salt. I have always sub'd sriracha because couldn't find sambal oelek until last fall. Looking forward to melon season when I can try it as written.
Also, pineapple-cucumer gazpacho.
Can't wait for summer produce!
Petra R wrote:
OK, so maybe I've lived under a rock but somehow the whole smoothie thing had bypassed me until now. I didn't even really know they were "a thing"
The other day, faced with all the tangerines (small but super intense flavour) on the tree in the garden and the shameful memory of so many of them going to waste last year, I thought I had better do "something" with them before they all start falling off the tree again.
Frozen segments of three small tangerines
3 fresh small tangerines straight from the tree
little bit of water
blitzed until it becomes a semi-frozen smooth, frothy yummy drinkable slush
I AM ADDICTED
Ordered a proper blender from Amazon (My handheld one struggles with the frozen fruit) and looking forward to experimenting with other fruit and "stuff"
I just realized that you got yourself a slushy, not a smoothie. The slushy is the half-frozen kind. The smoothie is liquid. I do smoothie every morning, the base is banana + orange juice, add anything from kiwi, peach, red beets, plums, spinach, whatever is handy. Best secret ingredient: radish greens. You will never throw them away again, you will use the greens and throw away the radishes... They puree very well and have a fine sweetish taste.
The next good thing is fresh ginger, pureed with lemon juice, put through a sieve, and use for anything from the above smoothie, chinese food, or with plain water. Very healthy!
Martina P wrote:
I just realized that you got yourself a slushy, not a smoothie. The slushy is the half-frozen kind. The smoothie is liquid. I do smoothie every morning, the base is banana + orange juice, add anything from kiwi, peach, red beets, plums, spinach, whatever is handy. Best secret ingredient: radish greens.
I like the slightly frozen kind I call it a smoothie but yes, "slushy" is probably correct.
I so can't wait for the blender... A world of possibilities ahead!