Friday, July 04, 2014
Working Smoothly So Far
You know how every once in a while you can be surprised at how very well something works? Well, that's what I'm experiencing these days.
I've always liked having fruit smoothies for breakfast in the summertime, as does Miss C. Our blender is rather erratic, so I started researching juicers and smoothie makers and was getting a bit overwhelmed by the options and price ranges (those Vitamix things look good but it hardly seems worth $400 to me.) And while I was in that research mode, I happened upon an infomercial for the NutriBullet "Superfood Nutrition Extractor"!!! (Those exclamation points are so that you hear the voice of the infomercial announcer loudly exclaiming the wonder of this thing.)
I'm very good at resisting informercials. I don't even watch them and if I stumble upon them, I click over to something else. But I paused, because this was the very thing I was researching. I watched. Then got online and compared and researched. This Nutribullet item seemed like it would do everything I wanted it to do, and the price was reasonable, and the reviews from users were very positive. So there came a moment where I said "what the heck, let's just try it" and I sent off my order.
It came about a week ago. And since then, I've made a smoothie a day for me and Miss C, and I am loving this thing. The photo up top is the smoothie I made this morning. It has spinach, fresh pineapple, strawberries, blackberries, and vanilla yogurt. And its delicious. The benefit of this (over some others or over a regular blender) is that it is supposed to blend some of the bits you'd normally leave out -- the seeds in grapes, or certain peels. It claims to grind up healthy nuts and seeds so you can incorporate those, too. Me, I'm starting with baby steps and basic fruits. But I can report that it chewed up the blackberries completely and there aren't any of those teeny berry seeds that can ruin a silky, creamy texture. It also handled the core of the fresh pineapple without any problem.
I consider myself rather brave for throwing in the spinach. I actually love the taste of spinach, but I'm wary of drinks that look like brown sludge. I'm thinking that I need to get an opaque cup so that if I do create a brown sludge, I won't mind so much.
So I'm rather pleased with myself. I found just what I was looking for and it's working as advertised. I'm waiting for the magic energy they claim will follow from drinking a smoothie a day, but hey, it could kick in at any minute. Meanwhile, I'm liking these midmorning drinks. Here's to a smooth summer!
* By the way, in case you think I've been sounding like I'm one big advertisement because I've been reviewing stuff, rest assured that I'm just trying to get back to blogging more regularly and so I'm starting with talking about stuff that's on my mind and I want to share. So yep, I'll get back to what I'm making and doing but I thought I'd talk about the good things I've been discovering, too.