So I have an addiction: to smoothies and self-made beverages. I’ve tried it all. I’ve even added Apple Cider Vinegar to Almond Milk (ummm…don’t go there). I know this is gonna sound strange, as I post recipes daily and cook constantly…but I honestly hate having to take the time to eat. I’m not much of a pleasure eater. Meaning, I don’t eat when I’m bored, I eat for nutrients. (And I do rather like photographing food). Chewing is time consuming…but smoothies…ahhhhh…bliss. Just chug it and go!
This morning, I went with:
- a lime and coconut probiotic base (Kevita)
- ground flax seed
Flax is easier to breakdown when ground. A coffee grinder is great for such a task.
It wasn’t fabulous, but it was ‘necessary’. If you’re a ‘necessary eater’, you’ll know what I mean by ‘necessary’.
And I’m not big on sugar sweets either, but I love to make them. My heart belongs to mushrooms, tomatoes and garlic. A small frying pan and all the latter….I’m in heaven!
So what is a necessary eater? Well….it’s exactly what it says. Somebody who eats for need…period. They’re in tune with what their bodies require and don’t go beyond that. Actually, to go beyond that makes them sluggish, rundown and uncomfortable. For instance, in the winter, being bottled up indoors, takes a tole on vitamin D stores. So that’s when I’ll add more milk to my smoothies. Or if there’s a bug going around…in go the oranges.
Necessary eaters aren’t actually picky…it’s more of a lack of ‘hunger pains. We generally have to ‘remember’ to eat. I know…I cook constantly….and I love it! But it’s for my family. I’m not big on meat either, but they are. I’m more into the artistic aspect of cooking. The creation, so to speak. I could be in the kitchen cooking for 3 hours and forget to actually eat the food.
How’s my health? Just dandy. Last year I had a full…and I mean FULL work up. I had a chest MRI, heart echo, tons of blood work, sono of my thyroid etc…. It all started because I have a low ‘baseline’ blood pressure. I kept trying to get the doc to understand that…he said …’man…that’s really low’…’and you’re 39 and you haven’t had the‘ inevitable weight jump?‘ and bam…3 day hospital admit. His first thought was thyroid….nope…he said ‘runs like you’re 18’. Then he thought maybe a hidden cancer….MRI all clear. Maybe it was my heart? An echo later (and the tech FYI was a PILL! she kept crushing the lady parts on my chest)….all clear there. Maybe a vitamin deficiency? I mean why else would someone run on an average of 4-5 hours of sleep….nope….all clear. Actually, EVERY SINGLE TEST, was fabulous. I’ve never seen so much blood work. The sheet with all my numbers was 3 pages long. In the end, the doc through his arms up in defeat and said “Keep Doing What You’re Doing”.
As a teenager, my mother would fuss over my weight. Always assumed I had some sort of eating problem. Nope…I just ate when I was hungry and stopped when I wasn’t. The irony of this hasn’t been lost on me. In my generation, it was all about people being too skinny. Now it’s all about people being too big. We’re never quite happy are we? I’ve actually seen extremely ill folks in BOTH categories…and I’ve seen extremely fit folks in BOTH categories. If we eat for need, how could that fail? Our bodies tell our minds what is needed.
For my ‘necessary eater’ friends, if you’ve discovered the joy of throwing a bunch of stuff in a blender or nutribullet or whatever…I’d love to hear your recipes. I’ve got a few I rather enjoy.
Anything…coconut!!! Man, I really l-o-v-e coconut! I use coconut oil in almost all of my cooking and coconut water is awesome in a smoothie. I’m also prone to chia seeds. Grinding the seeds is easier with a coffee grinder.
- chobani vanilla yogurt
- almond milk
Avocados, Lemons, Limes, Pineapple, Banana, Strawberry, Papaya, Almond Milk, Chobani ….oh….I LOVE Chobani, preferably vanilla…Regular 2% Milk (mainly in the winter).
- chobani vanilla yogurt
- topped with whipped cream
Cucumbers, Apple Cider Vinegar (I do a shot daily…however, best to do it in the morning. It’s acidic and we wouldn’t want heartburn. Leeks, Garlic, Star Fruit, Mangoes, Kale, Swiss Chard….To be honest, around 75% of the food budget, goes to fruits and veggies. And it wasn’t something I forced...it was something I craved. I learned early on, ‘what’ made ‘what’ tick. I learned to listen….There are times, as women, we may crave iron rich foods. Or maybe, we need a sugar boost…fruit is great for that. And eating out of boredom was never an option. The foods that don’t require a ton of fuel to breakdown, combined with foods that provide a ton of energy, have always kept the boredom at bay. There’s always something to do and the right foods have always made total recall possible. It goes like this: Bored?….oh wait…I just thought of a cool project….
I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting smoothie ideas…
A big one this month, is the use of green tea. This is less a smoothie and more a cool beverage.
- Green Tea
- Lemon Grass
I’ve also developed a rather fun hot tea addiction……
I grow a massive amount of herbs every summer. I prefer my own. I know what goes into them. Gardening has been both a blessing and a curse. All those lovelies in the spring, followed by a miserable depression with their fall breakdown.
If you’re a ‘necessary eater’ and you have a recipe to share, shoot me off a message on my contact page or post it in the comments below. If you’ve got a blog dedicated to healthy grub, feel free to post it. I’ll add it to the links. In the meantime….all this talk of smoothies and what not…I think I need a drink….