Monday, December 10, 2012
So I went shopping last night. I got most of the good stuff I like. No spinach, they were out. All the stuff I got requires the application of heat to render it somewhat edible. Later today, I'll be tossing bunches of it in a big round thingie that I plug into the wall, pouring in some water, sprinkling some pretty colored and strongly smelling powders on top, turning the switch, and --in 8 to 10 hours-- hoping for the best. At the very least, my apartment won't smell like dirty socks for a while and I'll have something to put in these plastic containers my girlfriend gave me. Should be fun.
Also, today, I'll be making some smoothies. This is something I can do. I'll be using a friend's recipe sans protein powder (too expensive at the moment), wheat germ (don't have any, will be on the shopping list next pay check), and sherbet. I don't like sherbet. In fact, I hate the stuff. Unless it's in a smoothie. My bud's recipe calls for 1 scoop of raspberry sherbet. The first time I made a smoothie following his instructions, I was dubious at best and almost left the sherbet out. But my bud is a past state cx champ, so, what the hell? I'm glad I made it as directed. It knocked my socks off. I have worn out blenders because of that recipe. Here it is: add skim milk, non fat yogurt, a banana, frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries, 1 scoop of raspberry sherbet, wheat germ, and protein powder to a blender. Toss in some ice if there's room. Blend. If you notice, there are no quantities listed. My bud gave me quantities. I just go by sight. With the protein powder and wheat germ, though, I go by the package instructions. As far as the ingredients go, sometimes I toss in blackberries instead of blueberries. Sometimes I toss them both in. Some day, I'll try frozen raspberries. A variation on this is to add some honey.The honey variation has a few other tweaks and comes from a friend in California that rides with ex pros and is crazy fast. He also started my team before moving. Another variation involves only 3 ingredients: 1 quart of french vanilla icecream, a bottle of Hershey's chocolate syrup, and 'nilla wafers. I haven't tried that one... yet. It also comes from a past state cx champ.
I know some people put orange juice and pineapple in their smoothies. I love o.j. I like pineapple. But in my little universe, they have no place in smoothies. None. Zip. Don't even suggest it. Someday, I may put green stuff in my smoothies.
Anyhow, in the 5 years that I've made smoothies, I've been through 6 blenders. Most of them have just stopped working. One, however, started smoking mid smoothie. That was pretty neat.
Gotta go pick up my daughter. Bye.