Tuesday, March 10, 2009
For a few months now, I have been drinking a smoothie every morning.
I started this tradition because I realized, I don't really eat very much fruit.
I like fruit.
I just don't eat it.
I know I don't eat fruit because I'm a lazy eater.
I didn't use to be a lazy eater, but add four kids to your life, and you quickly realize that feeding them all day takes a lot of work. Kids eat three meals, plus about three thousand snacks a day. I cook dinner every night. Food and feeding people can quickly consume a mom's life. So, my own personal food needs to be EASY and quick during the day.
Fruit takes work.
You have to wash it.
Maybe use a bowl.
You can't change your mind half way into it...once you commit to eating a piece of fruit, you have to be fully invested.
You probably have to wash your hands when you're done because fruit is sticky.
I get tired just thinking about eating fruit.
I'm also a multi-tasker.
RARELY am I ever just doing one thing.
I thrive on multi-tasking.
It's like a secret ongoing game I play.
I love quick foods you can eat while walking around.
This is why most fruit just doesn't work for me.
I'd rather grab a string cheese and be done with it.
So, the smoothie seemed like the perfect way to solve my fruit eating problem.
As a matter of fact, I love smoothies so much that I asked Aaron this question...
"Do you think it's wrong that I wish I could walk around drinking all my food out of a straw? I mean, these smoothies make other food seem so annoying."
He said it is wrong to drink all my food out of jars...that sometimes I need to eat food on a plate like normal people.
That's why I love Aaron. He knows what's normal. He's like a walking Family Feud. I can ask him a question, to see if that's how normal people think, and Aaron replies, "Survey Says...no, most people do not look at a crowd of people and then immediately sort them into color families based upon the shade of shirt they are wearing."
Just the thought of drinking a smoothie makes me feel so cool, healthy, hip and hippy-ish.
In the mornings, I pretend like I'm a quirky, vegetarian, organic lady who has a tattoo and does yoga.
By lunchtime, I'm back to my uncool, meat eating, non-tattoo, running self...but in my mind...in the mornings...I'm eclectic.
I wake up in the morning and drink a cup of coffee.
I'm not ready for my hippy drink until between 10-11.
That's because when I say I drink a cup of coffee, I mean I drink a bowl of coffee.
It's loaded with sugar and creamer.
I'm a slow coffee drinker. My one bowl of coffee sits with me as I read my Bible. It comes along as I get the boys started on school. It sits on the bathroom counter, watching me get ready for the day.
At around 10:30 every morning, I need a new beverage friend.
To make my smoothie, I put some ice in the blender (your blender has to have the ice crush option). Then, I add 1 and a half frozen bananas. My smoothies are always heavy on the banana because bananas are cheap. Other frozen fruit...not so much. Stores are really proud of their frozen fruit. I love that the fruit is frozen. I feel like I used to waste a lot of money on produce that went bad before we ate it. Now, I come home and immediately peel all the bananas and put them in a ziplock bag in the freezer. The kids LOVE to eat frozen bananas. They are like sweet, creamy Popsicles. All of our fruit gets used now, since it doesn't go bad. I love that.
I add a large handful of other frozen fruit. I love pineapple, raspberries, mango and strawberries.
2-3 large spoons of light yogurt (I buy it in the big containers)
Then I pour orange juice (with calcium) on top of all that yummy stuff.
Then, I add orange flavored, powdered fiber.
That's because I have poo issues.
Well, I should say...I did have them.
Yes...I'm really telling you this.
For my whole life, I've had poo problems.
If you have them, you know...poo problems hardly warrant their own talk show, magazine article, celebrity spokesperson, charity fun run, or colorful ribbons, but poo issues are annoying. Who would want to wear a brown ribbon anyway?
I love my doctor, but I would never talk to him about this. No way.
And he's totally onto my hypotheticals.
Now, when I say to Dr. Bacak, "My friend has this problem..."
He says, "My friend? Are we talking about you?"
Prior to morning smoothies, I was a poo camel.
I'm completely, 100% fixed in that department.
The best news is, this monster mason jar of yum takes me a long time to finish.
Once I am finished, I am full.
I don't want to eat anything else until around one or two in the afternoon.
Then, I eat a light lunch, because it's almost dinner time.
Which means, this smoothie is not only delicious, poo-inducing, healthy and hippyish...it's also made me lose a few pounds.
Hooray for smoothies!
Posted by Hendrick Family