Breakfast of Champions

So, my sister has been doing smoothies for 2 years. Since her diagnosis, she has become a nutritional fount of knowledge, practicing the art of a plate 2/3 full of vegetables and fruit, limiting animal protein and grains, and eliminating anything remotely allergenic to anyone. She is doing well.

Here, weekday breakfasts for spouse-on-the-go, and for me whenever I get around to eating, have usually consisted of plain, live-cultured yogurt, with my soaked-grain, slow-dried granola, and fresh fruit. My alternate meal was most often scrambled backyard eggs and toasted long-ferment, high-hydration sourdough. Always wanting to “get more fruits and vegetables into my diet”, and because my parents gave me this for Christmas, and because of the off-putting marketing materials that came with it, and because I already had a great blender that I wanted to prove was a great blender, I, one day, decided to smoothie. With what I’d gleaned from my NutriGuru sister regarding hemp hearts, quinoa, avocado, flax and chia seeds, I dusted off the Waring Bar Blender and set-to.

Here we go
Here we go

In went chopped kale, raw sweet potato, hemp, flax, avocado, a little parsley, some pear, and berries from the freezer. Some water to make it blendable, and presto-breakfast! I was amazed at how unvegetablely it tasted, and how easy it was to consume anywhere. The greens and seeds were not pronounced. The thick consistency forced mindful eating, it wasn’t possible to guzzle, the mix of flavors a mystery for my tongue to unravel. When I realized, after a few months, that I had felt pretty good, and since this was the primary change I had made to my diet/lifestyle, I began to smoothie for Spouse as well-he needed in on my new practice.

When the bar blender began to chime the toll of burnout, I humbled myself, unpacked the NutriGizmo, read only as much material as needed for the how-to, and kept making smoothies.

The magic bullet of health we've all been looking for!
The magic bullet of health we’ve all been looking for!

So far, the little device is great. The capacity is far smaller than the bar blender but since Spouse leaves home before me, I make our smoothies separately. It is a quieter blender than the Waring, but given the noise-carrying open plan of our house, I leave the base in the laundry room, so a still-sleeping Junior will stay that way.

Pre mix
Pre mix

This morning’s version: celery, carrot, kale, avocado, cooked quinoa, flax seed, hemp hearts, fresh lemon juice, Anjou pear, and water. I regrettably forgot the tiny knob of ginger I’ve grown to love.

Ready for launch
Ready for launch
Partial mix
Partial mix
Done
Done

While I’d rather have a Vitamix, this silly thing was free. A gift, most likely inspired by an infomercial, a thing I’d tried to give away on 2 separate occasions, saved the day and kept me in my new habit. The product is a crass appeal to Seniors for longevity and happiness. This device “extracts” nutrients from the foods it blends! Whatever. It smoothies.

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Annie’s Bourbon Vanilla

At Christmas, I receive beautiful things from my sister and my nieces. Teapots, water pitchers, felted wool patchwork throws, ornate measuring spoons, and custom collage have all been graced to me by these people. This last Christmas, I received this from my niece:

Vanilla
Vanilla beans in bourbon

This is vanilla extract at it’s finest. Infusing vanilla beans in alcohol takes time, so she cautioned me to wait 4 to 6  weeks before using. My jar is now half full so I will bring home more bourbon, more vanilla pods, and start another jar. Alchemists of old were intent on turning ordinary items into gold. My niece has done just that.