For one, I am a backslider. Over the past few weeks I have intermittently not used my Vita Mix and it shows. I've gained a few pounds and enough for my wife to ask if I am putting weight back on.
I am not sure why since I still enjoy the smoothies but I think it was because I slipped back into the "quickie". I grabbed a quick bite in the morning, quick one for lunch and still ate a full dinner.
I tend to also snack when I am not feeling well and my lipid doctor wanted me to try a new statin drug, which historically has made me achy. Maybe it is time to stop that experiment.
My cholesterol was much lower than I had been but it was not what HE wanted to see. My triglycerides were lower too, but again, not what the target levels are suggesting. But I recently got a good report from my heart doctor and I was feeling better, so what am I doing?
Anyway, I also was thinking about a few tidbits while making my smoothie this morning. As long as I stay with raw,natural products that have not been refined, I am going to make the smoothie any way I darn please.
I don't mind nuts in my smoothie but I like to eat them even more, so most of those will probably not be in my future smoothies. Some of the grains like flax seed are not a favorite to eat so they will still be a smoothie ingredient.
I like eating celery and may try to grow it, but unless I want a V-8 like drink, most veggies will be eaten, not drunk. The only exception so far might be spinach or carrots. Beets add nice color and are not too bad in moderation so... it might make the list of inclusions.
I have not found a good way to extract pomegranates but kiwi are now quartered and scooped out of the skin with a thin blade spoon or an orange peeler. I tried doing it in halves but kept picking up the outside skin and peeling it quickly became a pain.
It is funny how making a smoothie from natural ingredients makes simple things like that matter. Who would normally worry about the best way to skin a kiwi?
Now for that pomegranate.