Lately, I have been in a mood for shakes and smoothies. Not the kind with ice cream, syrups, and a lot of fat. I want something healthy and nourishing that adds to my fruit and vegetable intake each day. I find myself getting bored with breakfast and I want a way to liven it up a bit.
We have been experimenting with different flavors and textures. Our experiments have shown me that our regular name-brand blender just isn't cutting the mustard any longer (or in this case, chopping the nuts/seeds/berries/etc). Sure, it is pretty with a silver base, but I need more than looks. I want something that will chop up ice without throwing a fit and scaring the dog. I want a blender than can handle turning seeds or nuts into a flour. I want to have a smoothie or shake without unpleasant chunks.
So, we find ourselves contemplating the Vita-Mix. It is way too pricey for a blender, but I have seen the magic that it can create and I want in! This is, after all, our health that we are investing in. BUT...it is still a lot of money to throw down for a small kitchen appliance. I'll save this debate for another day.
Even though we do not yet own a Vita-Mix, I have been making due with our current blender. This is a recent that I made that proved to be a satisfying and delicious breakfast. I enjoyed drinking a beautiful purple shake. It was delicious to boot!
- 1 c raw almonds
- 4 dates
- 2 Tbsp raw sun flower seeds
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cold water (used ice cubes to cool the water)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 quart of frozen or fresh blueberries (fresh are ok if you use ice)