A healthy start for 2013 actually had its roots months ago. Getting my life on track with exercise and learning where I was failing in my nutritional choices headed me in the right direction. The roots branched and grew stronger and stronger.
When asked what I wanted for Christmas, almost all my choices were health related. I asked for a slow cooker and a quality blender.
My manager ponied up the Ninja Master Prep Blender, which by the way, Consumer Reports rates as second to the very pricey Vitamix. My son-in-law picked out a nice Cuisinart slow-cooker, and my daughter decided that I need to grow things.
She gave me the lovely gift of growing my own micro-greens in a window-sill garden and growing my own oyster mushrooms with a mushroom grow-kit!
I've been using the Ninja Blender for several weeks now, as it was given at the company Holiday Party in early December. I love that the blender blades are multi-level. Yah. For the tall blender jar, there are three tiers of blades on the cutter/stirrer insert. For the shorter jars, there are two tiers. I've never had a blender with a top motor before, so I was a bit nervous about whether I'd like it. Well, I love it!
Mine came two pitchers and two of the smaller jars like the one on the left. One of my pitchers is just like the one in the photo, the other is a bit smaller. I'm very, very happy with the performance and definitely recommend this item to anyone lusting after - yet not able to afford - a Vitamix.
The slow cooker was inaugurated today. Black-eyed peas & greens is a traditional southern USA dish to eat on New Year's Day. Supposedly, black-eyed peas are supposed to bring luck in the coming year. That's the dish I made in the slow-cooker. It was lovely to put the legumes on to simmer then leave the house for a long 30+ minute walk with the dogs!
Now, I need to find a good vegetarian or vegan slow-cooker recipe book! Any suggestions, dear SparkFriends?
I didn't start growing the growables yet. It was a crazy week at work last week, culminating in "The Final Numbers" on December 31. Work should be back to normal, so it's my intention to get the micro-greens and mushrooms started this coming weekend.
To go along with my healthy eating in 2013, I'm also participating in SparkPeople's January JumpStart. It's not too late to join the exercise fun & competition. Come on and play with me. Here's the link: www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
Cheers, I say, raising my cup of decaf green-mango tea! Let's make it a Happy and Healthy 2013!