Hello! Did everyone have a good holiday? Eat too much? Ready to hop on the resolution train? I'm getting there, and happened to recieve this beauty for Christmas:
Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender. It comes with a chopper and a whisk attachment and has become my new favorite kitchen toy. It also has a sort of splatter guard so whatever you're blending doesn't go flying everywhere. This blender is also very quiet. I was shocked when I tried it for the first time at how quiet it was. If you're thinking about purchasing a hand blender in the near future I am very pleased with this model.
Anyway, I've been using it to make smoothies for my breakfast. Saying I'm not a morning person would be a gross understatement. Everything about mornings clashes with me, including food. I'm one of those people that can't eat straight away after waking up, so while I'm getting ready I drink my breakfast smoothie and coffee before moving on to something a bit more substantial.
I've been experimenting with various combinations and so far my favorite is plain old strawberry and banana with plain fat free yogurt. I mix in some Benefiber for the added nutrient and think this would also be a great way to sneak in some other suppliments (like calcium, as I can't stand drinking milk). Real Simple suggests ten different combinations, some I never would have thought of (apple and kale? Am I that brave?) and livewithnature.com suggests seven smoothie combinations to help detox your body and get an extra kick of nutriants.
I think I'm alone in this, but I'm not really a huge fruit lover. I think I lack a proper sweet tooth and I find that I have an easier time drinking my daily fruit rather than eating it.
Now that I'm a hand blender pro I might venture off into the scary world of green smothies. Any thoughts or tried and true combination suggestions as to adding vegitables into the smothie mix? I'm told spinach is a great add-in, but I'm a tad skeptical. What are your favorite blends?