Success At Last!!! With A Food Blender!

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    Aug 22, 2016 2:33 AM GMT
    I bought him this thing for Christmas, so he could not only replace his worn-out food blender, but also have the ability to make healthy smoothies at home. With whatever fresh stuff he wants. Maybe help him lose some weight.

    Well, that went over like a lead balloon. It sits there on the kitchen counter, he's used it a few times for his Italian cooking stuff.

    But tonight he suddenly asks me how he can make a fruit smoothie with it. Gawd knows why, but you think I'm gonna stand in the way? Hell no!

    So he makes it, some strawberry-banana-milk thing. I get to sample, and it's pretty good. He loves it and finishes it.

    OK, maybe we're on to something. I've got a ton of accessories I bought for this gizmo, just for smoothies. I'm gonna dig them out. Maybe a passing fad, who knows. But any chance at making him eat healthy is worth taking. I'm very happy. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Aug 22, 2016 3:38 AM GMT
    He's so silly! I found all the other smoothie cups, with their own mixing blades and covers.

    "You have 3 sizes, small-medium-large, in which you can blend the smoothies and store with their own caps. They have these flaps so you can drink from them, or pour into any glass you like."

    "Wow! That's great! I think I'll start with the medium."

    OK, I'm thinking to myself, I showed all this to you at Christmas. And you weren't much interested. Now 8 months later you are.

    But more importantly it looks like you might finally use them to make healthy smoothies of your own, as I had hoped. That's all that matters. Now if I can only keep you going in that direction. And maybe make some for me, too. Wouldn't hurt, as we'd say back in the NYC area. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 22, 2016 3:59 AM GMT
    BTW, he's actually kinda clever regarding food. Well, more than kinda - very. He knew smoothies are often made with ice. But rather than dilute his drink with ice he instead put in some frozen strawberries he had. Nice!

    Now I've shown him how there's a special programmed button just for smoothies. The machine goes through cycles of slow & fast, maybe even does some sensing, I dunno. I can hardly wait for him to try. If he gets hooked on this he's gonna start losing the weight that his doctors and I are upset about.
  • leanandclean

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    Aug 22, 2016 11:06 PM GMT
    OK, congrats and good luck with it.
  • Farmboy8

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    Aug 23, 2016 2:56 PM GMT
    Like many things, it's all in what you put in them. Too often people load up with juices and just fruit..... LOTS of sugars, albeit less processed sugars. I'd recommend incorporating steamed carrots and beets (or boil and use the water instead of juices), baby spinach and kale raw. I use fresh pineapple quite a bit and add frozen (blueberries, strawberries, mangoes). Sometimes use fresh bananas and if your bananas are getting over ripe just freeze as is and then use as needed, just thaw them a bit in order to peel. I also use Flax Milk, Almond Milk or Coconut milk (usually a blend and unsweetened) as my liquid. Also a juice like product called 'GoodBelly' which has organic juices and Probiotics, but some organic sugar too. I use just a little... Great flavors to jazz things up plus the probiotics without using Yogurt. My protein powder is from Garden of Life "Raw Organic Protein" that is from sprouted plants. Good luck pal!!
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    Aug 23, 2016 3:09 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidI bought him this thing for Christmas, so he could not only replace his worn-out food blender, but also have the ability to make healthy smoothies at home. With whatever fresh stuff he wants. Maybe help him lose some weight.

    Well, that went over like a lead balloon. It sits there on the kitchen counter, he's used it a few times for his Italian cooking stuff.

    But tonight he suddenly asks me how he can make a fruit smoothie with it. Gawd knows why, but you think I'm gonna stand in the way? Hell no!

    So he makes it, some strawberry-banana-milk thing. I get to sample, and it's pretty good. He loves it and finishes it.

    OK, maybe we're on to something. I've got a ton of accessories I bought for this gizmo, just for smoothies. I'm gonna dig them out. Maybe a passing fad, who knows. But any chance at making him eat healthy is worth taking. I'm very happy.

    You attacked me a few weeks ago and said smoothies are not healthy and full of fat and now all of a sudden you write smoothies are healthy. You are crazy.

    Here is what you wrote to attack me: A smoothie? LMAO! A health drink? Full of fat and little nutrition, if you wanna talk about health

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/4230962

    As you know (and conveniently overlook now) several of us were referring to the unhealthy blends found in smoothies you buy in stores, especially fast-food and convenience. I also mentioned you can make your own at home and put whatever you want in them.

    Now go harass someone else here. It's troublemaking malcontents like you that ruin a good site like RJ.
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    Aug 23, 2016 3:57 PM GMT
    Farmboy8 saidLike many things, it's all in what you put in them. Too often people load up with juices and just fruit..... LOTS of sugars, albeit less processed sugars. I'd recommend incorporating steamed carrots and beets (or boil and use the water instead of juices), baby spinach and kale raw. I use fresh pineapple quite a bit and add frozen (blueberries, strawberries, mangoes). Sometimes use fresh bananas and if your bananas are getting over ripe just freeze as is and then use as needed, just thaw them a bit in order to peel. I also use Flax Milk, Almond Milk or Coconut milk (usually a blend and unsweetened) as my liquid. Also a juice like product called 'GoodBelly' which has organic juices and Probiotics, but some organic sugar too. I use just a little... Great flavors to jazz things up plus the probiotics without using Yogurt. My protein powder is from Garden of Life "Raw Organic Protein" that is from sprouted plants. Good luck pal!!

    Thanks, and agreed. It's why I also got him a smoothie guide, that gives a hundred different ways you can make them. Often for different health effects, as well as different tastes. But he's already a very knowledgeable cook (chef, really), this is easy & natural for him. As always, what I do is provide him the tools & equipment, he creates the magic.

    The kitchen is his hobby and recreation room. But I will admit I'm trying to veer him into more healthy directions. I've gotten him away from doing almost anything fried, which he did a lot before, and reducing the carbs he gets from bread and pasta, Italian standards in his family background, which have been contributing to his weight problem.

    His doctors have read him the riot act more than once about this, and having to go into his heart to fix all the blockages his diet was causing him did get his attention. But not enough, nor for long enough. I found the best way is not to forbid or threaten him, he's too stubborn an Italian for that to work. Except, interestingly, for women with the men in his family. Husbands will obey their wives while they'll ignore anything another man tells them, doctor or otherwise. Maybe I should wear a dress more often... icon_wink.gif

    But short of doing drag full time and speaking in a permanent falsetto, you offer him enjoyable alternative things he can do instead. Like making smoothies. Fruit at present, he'll experiment with a greater vegetable content before long. And I also try to direct him into better directions by talking about my own diet, not about his.

    And surprise, the things I recoil in horror at eating are the same as those that HE shouldn't eat, either. And I try to eat the stuff that he should. Yah know, it works. I refuse to touch anything fried, for instance, and now he's finally avoiding those things, too. In the Army we called it "leading by example", rather than by bullying, or by nagging in a domestic setting. A nice side benefit is shifting to a diet that's likewise healthier for me, too. At 67 I've also gotta watch what I eat, anyway, and like him lose some weight, too.
  • leanandclean

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    Aug 23, 2016 9:26 PM GMT
    I am too lazy to clean it, would rather just eat fruit.
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    Aug 24, 2016 2:26 AM GMT
    Awww....forget the blender.

    We know you'd rather visit HRC and pig out on junk food for fat, pompous liberals.

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    Aug 24, 2016 5:19 AM GMT
    One word for this time of year: Gazpacho.

    More words: Gazpacho with a Cuban sandwich. Or maybe a pork-chop & goat cheese sandwich like they make in Andalusia (lomo de la plancheta?)
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    Aug 29, 2016 1:20 AM GMT
    Update: he's still making his smoothies every day. Continues to use tropical fruits, hasn't gone to vegetables yet. And instead of using ice to get a slushy effect, he freezes some of the fruit. Adding milk to dilute the mix a bit to make it more drinkable. Very tasty, I must say.

    Of course when we were kids we already had a ready-made vegetable blend, we called it V-8. He just doesn't like tomato drinks, kinda strange for an Italian who makes tomato sauces and uses tomatoes in about 100 Italian dishes. But he hates tomato soup and juice.

    So I don't think his vegetable smoothies, when he starts making them, will have many tomatoes in them. Be curious to see what vegetables he does come up with.
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    Aug 29, 2016 1:34 AM GMT
    leanandclean said
    I am too lazy to clean it, would rather just eat fruit.

    I would be, too, if we didn't have a dishwasher. And ours sanitizes, which is even better. Yet safe on plastic.

    Also why I got him double the smoothie attachments. He can have a smoothie every day, but the dishwasher doesn't have to be run every day, which we usually don't with only the 2 us getting kitchen stuff dirty. I planned ahead for that, as well. icon_wink.gif

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  • kew1

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    Aug 29, 2016 8:09 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidUpdate: he's still making his smoothies every day. Continues to use tropical fruits, hasn't gone to vegetables yet. And instead of using ice to get a slushy effect, he freezes some of the fruit. Adding milk to dilute the mix a bit to make it more drinkable. Very tasty, I must say.

    Of course when we were kids we already had a ready-made vegetable blend, we called it V-8. He just doesn't like tomato drinks, kinda strange for an Italian who makes tomato sauces and uses tomatoes in about 100 Italian dishes. But he hates tomato soup and juice.

    So I don't think his vegetable smoothies, when he starts making them, will have many tomatoes in them. Be curious to see what vegetables he does come up with.

    V8 is still available, https://www.campbells.com/v8/
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    Aug 29, 2016 9:27 PM GMT
    kew1 said
    V8 is still available, https://www.campbells.com/v8/

    Oh, of course. I still drink it today. I also use it as a base for my Bloody Marys when we have friends over who like them. (Sometimes called a "bloody eight" or an "eight ball") I never use a mix, but I do cheat with a tomato juice base of some kind, before I start doctoring it into a Bloody Mary. Beware, it'll toast your tonsils!

    I meant V-8 goes all the way back to when I was a kid, 1950s, and I suppose even earlier. Good stuff, I like it still. But my husband won't touch it. Predominately a tomato juice, which he doesn't like. Even if it has 7 other vegetables in it. Hence my prediction that tomatoes will be scarce in any vegetable smoothies he makes.

    Which gives me an idea: I could make the Bloody Mary base myself with this blender, with tomatoes and whatever other vegetables I want. Too much trouble for myself, and I don't even like Bloody Marys that much. But maybe a good way to impress guests. I'll hafta look up some recipes. Certainly better than using some store-bought mix.

    Just gotta find out how to produce a liquid, and not a tomato paste. May have to remove the skin, and screen out the seeds. But still, for guests I might consider that.
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    Aug 29, 2016 10:05 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Now go harass someone else here. It's troublemaking malcontents like you that ruin a good site like RJ.


    He still hasn't explained why his face pic appears (the right way around) on over 100 other websites.

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