Thursday, September 8, 2011
It's a Crazy, Mixed Up World
I want a blender. Katie and I used to have a blender. We registered for it for our wedding. And like most things that you register for your wedding, we hardly used it. Then we took the blender over to a friend's house for a cocktail party and it burnt up on chopping ice. I was not surprised. The blender was affordable, and therefore not the most durable of things in the world. Nor was I really broken up over it breaking down. Like I said just a second ago we hardly used the thing. We would make the occasional milkshake and maybe a couple of other recipes, but really not too much.
Why now do I want a blender? Simple, because I do not have one. But also I received this recent article from Runner's World about nutritious smoothies. The smoothies sound really good, and sometimes (i.e. right now) I fascinate about being a creator and consumer of delicious, nutritious smoothies. I want to include all manner of antioxidant-loaded, carcinogen-fighting, cholestorol-lowering fruits and vegetables. I want boost my metabolism and lower my fat with greek yogurt and whey protein. I want to be a smoothie kind of guy.
There are just a few problem with this fascination; number one being I am not a smoothie kind of guy. I sit here and think that these concoctions will be nutritious and delicious, but the fact remains that pureed spinach has a tendancy to taste like sand and a pint of heavy cream is about the only thing that can cover it up! Plus I am a cheap bastard. The moment I thought about getting a blender, I questioned if I might be able to find one at the resale store. I am sure I could find a blender there, but not the kind that could whip through a carrot at 10,000 rpm. A real smoothie making machine/blender cost a pretty penny. When you add the cost of the fresh produce my dreams begin to crumble. Don't get me wrong, I buy and eat plenty of fresh fruit and veggies now. But when you emascerate these items within an inch of their lives, it simply takes more of them to reach a satisfying volume. When you add in the cost whey protein and ground flaxseed, you begin to relate to the alcoholics drinking their way into a bankruptcy.
It's a crazy, mixed up world we live in, and sometimes its mixed in a blender. But for now, this guy is going to get his veggies the old-fashioned way, covered in ranch dressing (fat-free, of course)!