Smooth(ie) Operator

It’s no surprise to those who know me. I am not a health nut. Jimmy Buffet said it best: “I’m not much into health food. I am into champagne.” That pretty much sums up my whole worldview on diets and healthy living. But every now and then, I’ll go through phases where I’ll break out the workout DVDs and do all those cardio, yoga, pilates moves — arms, legs flailing — while The Bear watches (and occasionally barks at) me from his crate like I’m some sort of deranged healthy person.

While I’m perfectly satisfied with my weight, I did get to thinking last weekend that I should really try to eat healthier. Not in the sense that I’m going to cut out certain foods from my diet. (Sorry, the food addict in me just isn’t ready for that.) More in the sense of I’m going to add healthier foods to my meals — or rather, a meal. Breakfast. It’s a step. Because I usually eat a granola bar or mini coffee cake for breakfast which does little to nourish and nothing to fill me up. Soooo… I decided to up my fruit and vegetable intake by making smoothies for breakfast every day.

My first thought was, why hadn’t I thought of this before? It’s easy, tasty and satisfying. I don’t have to take time to eat it. I just sip it in the car on the way to work and at my desk while I’m checking emails. And you can put practically everything but the kitchen sink into the blender and somehow it magically creates a glass of deliciousness.

For example, the smoothie pictured below consisted of:

  • 1 banana
  • 5 strawberries
  • A handful of blueberries
  • A handful of raspberries
  • 1 carrot (weird, I know)
  • About a cup of granola
  • About a tablespoon of honey
  • About 2 cups of coconut milk

And what you get is a fruit-tastic blend of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and yadda yadda yadda healthy stuff.

So the blender’s getting exercise. I’m getting healthy. Mikey’s getting hooked. And The Bear gets lucky every time a blueberry rolls off the counter. Cheers to that!


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