Have Blender, Will Travel

19 07 2012

Some might say I’ve turned in to a fanatic. I would say that I just love what I eat and I want to eat what I want to eat no matter where I am! Hank and Kate Sanford gave me a darling, sturdy Navy blue and gold canvas bag. It’s a great carry-on and the perfect size for my Blendtec blender. My blender is well-traveled having been to Seattle, Sun Valley, Idaho, Honolulu, Hawaii, and San Diego, California, so far this year. It’s getting ready to go with me again to Nashville and Seattle next week! I take it to these places because I know I’ll have a fridge to store all my ingredients.

Why do I take my blender with me?

Well, as you know, I’ve changed my diet – especially what I eat for breakfast. No more milk and cereal – it’s either oatmeal and grapefruit or my delicious smoothies. (Actually, I’ll fry a couple eggs in coconut oil on the weekend.) I believe these smoothies are a big part of my weight loss and have taken me and Cutler down the road to good health – I don’t like to get too out of sync while I’m gone from home. Most airports just let it on through, but a few want to check out the motor – I haven’t been apprehended yet! Once I get to my destination, I hit the local grocery store on the way in, and I’m set.

My latest smoothie recipe:

1 banana, a big handful of spinach, a handful of baby carrots, a few strawberries (or any leftover fruit), a cup of frozen wild blueberries, pomegranate juice, a splash of kefir, a half scoop of whey protein, a teaspoon of chia seeds, a tablespoon of coconut oil, and a handful of ice cubes. Hit the “smoothie” button and voila – a delicious, satisfying smoothie. I fixed one down at the beach for Tom Church’s 10 year old daughter and she loved it. After she had about half of her glass, I said, “And you can’t even taste the spinach and the carrots, can you?” You should have seen her face!

Other diet bits and pieces:

• Cutler and I have eaten no meat at home since I saw “Forks Over Knives”! I thought it would be really hard, but actually I’ve just substituted fish for chicken, don’t miss steak at all, and we love pasta dishes. We’ve discovered veggie burgers and black bean burgers – it’s all good. I don’t think any of our guests have even noticed!! Cheese is still in the diet so that keeps menus pretty flexible. I make killer fish tacos!

• Quesadillas used to be a quick and easy  lunch and I now I eat a piece of fruit (oranges are filling) and some whole wheat whole grain bread with natural peanut butter. It’s more about having food stick to the sides than enjoying a delicious, satisfying meal. It’s the philosophy of eat to live, not live to eat.

• Raw almonds and walnuts are handy snacks.

• Coconut oil is delicious drizzled on corn on the cob. Excellent on asparagus with garlic salt baked in the oven, too.

• When we are at friends’ houses and meat is the main dish, I will eat it. I control the portion, I enjoy it (I don’t freak out), and I just eat more of the veggies and salad. (Remember, I changed my diet because I went off the statins. I’m not philosophically against meat, it’s all about the LDL/HDL.)

• Basically, breakfast and lunch are minimalist and dinner with the main course, a couple veggies, salad, and fruit is very satisfying. Sometimes we’ll add whole grain breads. Tonight’s menu? Wild-caught cod (marinated in olive oil, lime juice, red onion, cilantro, spices), roasted garlic quinoa, corn on the cob (with drizzled coconut oil), fresh green beans, and salad (with a whole avocado). To be completely truthful, this will be the first time I’ve served quinoa – saw it in the commissary (after my Superfoods posting) and decided to try it. Be careful opening the package – those little grain buggers will fly all over the place! Notice all the Superfoods in this menu? 🙂

• Recent meat experiences: 1) We were on the golf course a few months ago in San Diego, and a hot dog with ketchup, mustard, relish, and onions sounded yummy so I had a bite of Cutler’s – believe it or not, it did not taste as good as I thought it would, and 2) I recently ordered a shredded beef taco at Taqueria Poblano – an old favorite; it was delicious, but it didn’t satisfy to the core – I think I can live without it. My point is, I think that once you let go of some of those animal fats, they truly lose their power of taste and satisfaction.

• At restaurants, I have no trouble finding something satisfying on the menu. Just the other night at Fairfax Army Navy CC, I had the Spinach Salad with 5 shrimp. The shrimp were grilled and delicious and the spinach salad was excellent. I didn’t feel like I missed anything (such as french fries, mashed potatoes, steak, etc.) – I didn’t feel denied.

Do you have any menu/diet stories to share?

Look for my next posting soon: Coconut Oil – it’s amazing!


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7 responses

20 07 2012
Karen Netting

Kendra just bought me a NINJA and I am creating some amazing smoothies! Whoever thought kale in the morning would taste good?

20 07 2012
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Would appreciate your thoughts on my breakfast for the last decade:
9 oz cup of low-fat granola with raisins ,32 grams of whey protein with low cal soy milk.

Thanks Debbie!

20 07 2012
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I would say it’s pretty darn good!

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