Or is it because I'm blood type O and so I'm naturally able to digest them at speed but unable to reap the benefit of all that slow sugar? Oh, hang on, O types should be eating meat not bread... (well according to that Kindle book of dubious quality anyway) so maybe carbs are not the thing for me at brekkie.
Anyway, since I've discovered that we should be reducing our carb intake, and even milk is off the list for doing the opposite to what we've been told for years - it depletes bones of calcium so I can't even enjoy a bowl of cornflakes like I used to, I have to get my calcium and brekkie nourishment elsewhere.
Cue the smoothie, or rather the thickie. No reflection on my brain capacity there (quoique...), but a thick smoothie, with green bits. Or is this just an excuse to use my new Omniblend blender?
In December I bought a pressie from me to me - a wannabe Magic Bullet blender by Pradel which I got on Groupon.
|Magic Bullet wannabe blender|
Having got used to a blender, and finding that I needed it, I decided to buy one of much better quality. The Pradel was supposed to be a test to see if I would use one. I didn't expect to be testing it for quite such a short time, but even in the space of three weeks, I used it a lot (overkill?).
On the websites I've been visiting recently in my quest for a healthier diet, all the bloggers have a high speed Vitamix blender. They wax lyrical about it and it's obviously the bees knees of blenders, and so it damn well ought to be at 650 Eur on Amazon!
I didn't want to spend that sort of money on a blender - washing machine yes, blender no - so got my sleuthing brain in action and went on the hunt. I came across a Taiwan-made version of the Vitamix - the Omniblend - that got rave reviews in comparative studies and costs 239 Eur on their website (down from 279 Eur). Free shipping too, plus a free nutbag with every purchase. Bingo!
My Omniblend arrived a lot quicker than the Pradel did, and came with a pdf book of recipes which includes smoothies...
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I've been having a lovely time whizzing up smoothies although the back of my mind has been worrying about the carbon footprint of all the exotic fruit that taste so good in them. I try to eat seasonally. Fat hope with a smoothie! Pineapple tastes so good in them; so does mango, kiwi and lychee.
My Kindle is rapidly filling up with free books on smoothies and all sorts of diets like Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and so on. Often they are rubbish but don't come at a price so I ditch them without scruple. I found one book on making seasonal smoothies. One. And seasonal if you live in California, with access to kale etc... Not much kale in Montpellier... Not much use then.
My boys saw me creating these yummy concoctions and I offered them a taste, and they started wanting more (which was my intention!). I then found the Green Thickie website where you can make a breakfast thickie that'll keep you going until lunchtime. I was actually finding that smoothies did a pretty good job and my mid-morning pangs were a thing of the past, but I wanted to get the balance better, and be able to sneak a more robust smoothie to the boys.
The thickie recipe includes oats (or quinoa, or buckwheat or sweet potato), so a touch of carbs, along with the fruit, liquid, seeds, sweetener and greens (I like baby spinach). It calls for a cup of oats, but I didn't want to scare the boys off with a porridge-tasting smoothie, so have been adding oats little by little, increasing the amount each day.
It seems to be working. I have not heard noises of disgust or complaints to the chef, and they are now going off to school with a better start than just stuffing over-sugared industrial cereal into their bellies. My eldest even wanted to make his own Sunday morning smoothie yesterday - du jamais vu!
So there you have it. The Omniblend* is my new best friend. I am using it to make almond milk - the free bag comes in very handy especially as I wanted one anyway - tomato sauce, and drinks galore, and I want to try lots of the recipes in the book, including peanut butter.
I'm gutted that it doesn't come with a mini grinder but you can't have everything, can you? Perhaps the Pradel is really a BPA paradise...
* this is not a sponsored post. I had to search for and buy everything all by my lil' ol' self so don't worry about me being a hired lackey bought for the price of blender... (although I'll take offers...).