Writers need to stay healthy, right? While some are able to determine their days and schedules, the whens of
getting to work
many, like me, work 8 - 5 gigs that have requirements out of our control like when we have to:
get to work
eat in order to get up/get to work.
And the times we can exercise must somehow fit within those other external musts.
So, as part of my ever-increasing efforts to keep healthy, I decided to buy a good blender during the holiday season. I had heady images of making my own soy and almond milks, mixing extraordinary concoctions that would burn fat, give me energy and take off 20 years from my wonderful -- but older -- body.
I didn’t want a juicer because I feel like the fiber in foods is healthy for us and should be consumed, but I wanted a way to incorporate more fresh veggies into my life without having to eat more salads. (I bring large salads to work almost every day for my lunch.)
At first I looked at the Kitchen Ninja and VitaMix blenders. From the packaging, I got the impression that these machines -- if purchased -- would probably massage their owners after a hard day’s work and burp them after overeating at that Super Duper Tapas buffet. In addition to the off-putting price tags, I felt uncomfortable beginning a relationship with machines that promised so much.
Who wants to be disappointed?
With my 20 percent off coupon in hand, I walked the store’s aisle envisioning my life with each powerful tool. After too much consideration of too many choices, I decided to buy a five-speed (including “ice crusher”), dependable, plain old KitchenAid. Nothing fancy. A blender that would basically pulverize the food I wanted in the way I wanted it to be done.
Now I’m inventing odd recipes. Today’s breakfast was a concoction of frozen berries and cherries with fresh apple, cucumber, celery, avocado and chia seeds . . . and soy milk. Yeah, I know. It sounds weird and tasted a bit different than a chocolate milkshake, but I liked it. My kids even tried it, though they added sugar to the mix.
The main thing is my $85 purchase is, indeed, living up to its promise. And I’m pleased rather than remorseful with the purchase.
So today’s questions are:
- Do you have any wonderfully healthy -- and tasty -- recipes for blended drinks or treats?
- Do you have a kitchen appliance that you adore?