I bought a new toy again.
Well, not exactly a toy, because it is a rather practical kitchen appliance. I wouldn’t call it a must have or an essential, I would call it a good-to-have. Hence the word, toy.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present you with, The Blender!
I bought this handy fella from SenQ last weekend. The selling price was RM 109, but I did not pay a dime for it. Just like how I purchased my water heater and electric mixer, this fella was paid for using my credit card’s rewards points.
With this toy, I can bring my quest for simple and healthy dinner to the next level. I can now alternate between baking chicken/fish and fruit smoothies.
Yes, you read it right. I can have fruit smoothies for dinner.
F-R-U-I-T fruit, S-M-O-O-T-H-I-E-S smoothies. For dinner. D-I-N-N-E-R dinner.
Everyone says fruit smoothies are very good to boost your health and especially effective for people who wants to lose weight, including my mom. Especially my mom. However, everyone that I have come across who drinks fruit smoothies, drinks them for breakfast. Most health experts say morning is the best time to have this healthy beverage. My mom says morning is the best time to have a big glass of fruit juice. Every time I go back for a visit, she will literally force a glass down my throat every morning.
I know fruits and vegetables are great for health. The thing is, I hate having fruits and raw vegetables in the morning. Actually, I hate having raw vegetables as a general rule, regardless of the time. I don’t know about most people, but having fruits and raw vegetables in the morning makes my tummy feel extremely uncomfortable. That discomfort would last all the way till lunch time when I put some warm food into my system.
I want to have fruit smoothies, but I also want to avoid the rumbly tummy effect, so I decided to have them for dinner instead. And that’s what I did over the week. For the past 7 days, 3 of my dinners have been fruit smoothies.
Have I mentioned that I hate having raw vegetables as a general rule, regardless of the time of day? I can tolerate them if someone placed a plate of whatever salad in front of me, but the only salad that I would willingly order in a restaurant are fruit salad, potato salad and caesar salad (with iceberg lettuce as the only raw vegetable). Don’t ask me why, I don’t know why, just like I don’t know why I was born to this world.
My mom loves raw vegetables in her smoothie. She especially loves celery, onions, ginger, and an assortment of herbs and leaves that I can never identify in her smoothie. Drinking my mom’s smoothie is NOT one of my most favorite moments when going home for a visit. Now that I am making my own smoothie, it is time to say, fuck the raw vegetables, I’ll stick to fruits.
Now, with the blender, a smoothie is a really simple meal to prepare. There’s no oil involved, no holding a spatula involved, and no tedious aftermath cleaning up involved. Basically all you need to do is peel and cut the fruits into bite size pieces,
add a bit of water, cover up, hit the ON button, and wait for the magic to happen. It basically takes 20 to 30 seconds for the pile of fruits to turn themselves into a smoothie.
The aftermath washing? You know there’s no oil involved here, right? You don’t even need to use any dishwashing liquid. Just rinse the container with water a couple of times, wipe clean with a kitchen towel, and you’re all set! The entire washing process would probably be… 30 seconds, okay maybe 1 minute, max?
And the best part about making smoothies is that there is no recipe! You basically add whatever that you like into the blender and let the magic happen. For example, for my second smoothie, I did not have strawberries, so I replaced it with something else.
Your next questions might be: Can you really have just fruits for dinner? Can you really last the entire night? Won’t you go hungry before you are ready to sleep?
My answer is: Yes, you can. You can really have just fruits for dinner!
Let me elaborate a bit. Okay, maybe more than a bit..
- (Quotes my mom’s numerous health books) The human body is actually not designed to take heavy food for dinner. It is late in the evening and the body is supposed to be ready to wind down and go into self-healing mode. If you take on a heavy dinner, then you are basically just forcing your body to work overtime. It will be detrimental in the long run.
- You know how those Buddhist monks have that 过午不食 (no eating after noon) practice? At least the 南传 (Southern Sect) ones, the original Indian Buddhism ones. If you do not know, I am telling you now. I know because I went for a 1 week meditation camp once as a teenager, we spent the entire week having only liquids for dinner, and instead of falling sick, it was the healthiest week I ever felt.
- When I started working in Penang, living alone and feeding myself, I discovered that the only times that I would feel hungry at late night were when I had rather heavy dinners. The times that I had light dinners, I have never felt the pang of hunger at 11 PM. The more I eat for dinner, the hungrier I get at late nights. Ironic, but true! Am I the only one, or any of you have similar experiences? A fruit smoothie definitely falls under the light food category.
So, you see now?
Okay, maybe I should tell you the full story. There is a bit of thought that I made with regards to being full with a smoothie. The reason I had a banana in both the smoothies is precisely for that. A banana is a high energy fruit, something that people will sometimes have before hitting the gym. It might not be a very accurate representation, but I would describe the banana as a healthier alternative to potatoes or rice: something that gives your tummy the feeling of being full.
For my third smoothie of the week, I ran out of bananas. Actually I ran out of carrots as well. The only fruits I have left are apples and a bit of blueberries.
But I have something else as substitutes.
The yogurt was my brother’s suggestion. He said adding yogurt would make the smoothie, well, smoother. I got this Greek yogurt because, well, it sounded exotic when I saw it in the supermarket. The peanut butter, is something that I saw in a smoothie blog post by Agness. The very same Agness who also co-runs eTramping.com. She has another blog that is niched on healthy eating and lifestyle now. I was actually skeptical at first when I read that she add peanut butter into her smoothies. But she managed to convince me otherwise.
So I bought that little jar of peanut butter as well. And what a great choice it was! I didn’t even add a lot, just a big tablespoon of it, about the same quantity as when you want to slap them over a slice of bread.
The peanut butter to me, served 3 purposes here:
- It gave the smoothie a more exciting peanut buttery flavor (obviously).
- It made the smoothie feels thicker, like it has more character to it.
- It is a good banana substitute in that it makes you get the being full feeling.
Thanks, Agness, for this great peanut butter tip!
So, will I be doing this continuously? Absolutely! I do not plan to have smoothies for dinner every day from now, but I plan on having them on a very frequent basis. Hopefully it will help me reduce even more weight. That would be great..