Archive for May, 2008

From the Bluth Banana Stand

Oh….yummers.  Get those cacao nibs out again.  This time, blend your greens with 2 Tbs nibs, 1 frozen banana, a shot of agave nectar, enough soymilk (or milk of your choice) to blend, and a hit o’ protein.  Oh my.  Chocolate covered banana, hold the stick.  Seriously.

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New discovery!

Oh people, I’ve discovered cacao nibs!  They’re some sort of superfood, all full of antioxidants and flavinoids or kryptonite, or something.  Dunno.  But look what you can do:

pile o’ greens (I used spinach)

10 mint leaves

Tbs. cacao nibs

vanilla rice protein powder (I have new powders to share with you…later)

an apple

water needed to blend

Cranked the ol’ VitaMix up to High (it has no 11) and YUM.  Mint chocolate goodness. AND it was kinda pretty.  A shamrock green.

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This just in….

I got a Vita-Mix this weekend. My dear ol’ KitchenAid broke AGAIN, in the same way (the gear that turns the blades lost all of it’s teeth) within about 18 mos. I think the smoothie habit killed it. I started researching the mega-blenders like Vita-Mix and BlendTec, reading all the reviews and comparisons. It’s nearly impossible to make a clear choice as they both cause rapturous testimonials and about even numbers of people that have tried both prefer one or the other. Price was the deciding factor for me. I’m just not buying a 400 dollar blender. I found mine on Craigslist for $175, brand new, a 5000 model. Last night for dinner we had black bean burritos with super-smooth bean filling and then had oh, so yummy blueberry icecream made in the blender. This morning, I made my first smoothie in it. I love that I can just toss a whole carrot in and have it smooth. I blended a pear and an apple with about 1/4 c apple juice to get it going. Then I added the 2 carrots and 1/2 lb of spinach. It’s too thick. So tomorrow I’ll have to maybe add more water or something. It’ll take some playing around, but initial reviews are positive!

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