Friday, January 25, 2013

A typical day's breakfast

So what you got here are four of those "Cuties" mandarin oranges, plus half the peel from one of the oranges, along with a diced Red Delicious apple. If you want a thicker smoothie, use three oranges instead of four.

In goes a spatula-full glop of Greek yogurt from Costco.

And a handful of washed spinach leaves.

One scoop of vanilla whey protein powder from Target.


Add in some frozen pineapple chunks, again from Costco.

And pile on frozen blueberries.


So after putting on the lid, of course, I  press the "Smoothie" button, which my finger is of course covering. Once that is done running, I hold down the "Pulse" button, which you do see, for about 15 seconds. Those pineapple chunks need it.

Before...

and After.

The yield is one typical glass, and a big blue Tupperware cup.

Cleanup is easy. I rinse out the blender body with hot water, and squirt in some dish soap.

Hit it on "Pulse" for 10 seconds, and it foams up crazy!

The resulting foam is fantastic for cleaning up everything from breakfast. Rinse it out and let it dry in the dish rack.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Pineapple Cherry Power Breakfast

Pineapple Cherry Power Breakfast,
with  Giovanni Cat in background
I really like this; as of late this has been breakfast. Note that this recipe, like most of the ones I put up, uses no water, and no ice. The fresh fruit provides the necessary liquid, and the frozen fruit provides the chill. You will end up with a very thick, intensely-flavored wake-up for your day.

Some folks might wonder what is up with the orange peel. Orange peel in a smoothie drink provides a more intense orange flavor, and there are purported health benefits to orange peel. You can feel free to omit the peels, but I've been using them since the first time I tried them. They add the "Bam!" to any smoothie.

Anyhow, here is the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 3 mandarin oranges ("Cuties"). Wash the outsides first.
  • 1/2 of the peel from one of those mandarin oranges
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1 cup (or big ol' glob) plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla-flavored whey protein
  • 1 cup (or big ol' handful) spinach leaves, washed
  • 1 cup or so of frozen pineapple chunks. Maybe 1-1/2 cup.
  • 1 cup or so of frozen cherries
  • 1 tablespoon Chao Thai coconut cream powder (optional)

Directions

  • Add ingredients in the order listed
  • Using your handy Blendtec Total Blender, run for two cycles on the "Smoothie" setting

Yield

  • If you use the classic Four-Side blender body, it should be filled up pretty much to the top. Three or four glasses, depending on the size of your glass.