Words simply cannot express the sheer joy I felt the day she arrived. So beautifully packaged, just for me. I almost felt like she knew me already and that I would love her forever the way she fit so securely in my arms the very first time I picked her up. Packaged so perfectly, and oh so sturdy! And the hum. No, she wasn't loud like the others you see. And yes, it is very common for them to get loud, but not my baby. No, she hummed without making all that racket like those others. What you ask, that could fill me with so much joy and glee? A baby? A puppy? No....my very first VITAMIX!!!!
See, you have to understand, I have been wanting one of these babies ever since I saw over 10 years ago how the product rep on TV would throw a rock in this sucker and make sand! If it could do that to a rock, surely goodness and mercy it could make my smoothies smooooooooth as a puree! And it does, it really does!! Super simple to use and clean up- I mean just plug it up, one flip up and a dial for speed and another for extra speed and blending, rinse out thoroughly when you're done. But that's just it, you're not done! You want to use it EVERYDAY....and you can! You should! Ooooh, the possibilities are endless! Recipes from my fresh and garlicky chilled homemade gazpacho, to an anti-inflammatory warm and creamy turmeric spiced tea for your sinuses, all can be made in a matter of seconds with this baby....I mean, Vitamix. But the kicker, the real eye-opener that made me realize that it was more than worth the price after all these years of waiting and contemplating, was the fact that it could beautifully blend wheat grass. WHEAT GRASS!! You know, the super-SUPER food that's juiced and sold for about $8 per ounce in your local well known smoothie shops? I now purchase a bundle of wheat grass myself that runs me anywhere from $4-$7 and I can get about 10X as much for literally a fraction of the price! Now in my opinion, that more than pays for itself.
Now...do you have a Vitamix? Well, what are you waiting for?!? Can't afford to part with that much cash all at once? My foodie lovers, please know that QVC is a beeeeeeeauuuuuutiful place!
If you do have a Vitamix, comment below and let me know your absolute favorite things to make in yours. If you don't have one yet, what are you waiting for? Your body will thank you for it....over, and over, and over again!! Yeeeeeaaaahhh baby!
Fresh Abstract Garlicky Gazpacho (A Summertime Fav of mine!)
Soothing Sinus Healing Turmeric Tea
Now I am always in search of a quick, easy, and nutritious, snack/meal replacement option, just in case I run out of my homemade ones when I'm on the go. And if it's peanut butter, even better! This 'PERFECT Bar' is definitely my top choice when it comes to this. I first saw and sampled this delicious bar at a vendor demo in an Atlanta Costco back in 2016. A young female looked to be running the booth with the help of an older gentleman. I inquired to her about the contents and how the bar derived. She proceeded to tell me of how it was a family recipe that they decided to share with the world. She also went on to share that this was not just any protein packed snack bar- it really eats like a meal in regards to keeping you satiated. And the contents, ooooooooh the contents. I mean these bad boys are loaded with clean, whole foods! There are actual plants hidden inside like kale, spinach, and alfalfa, and more, but all you taste is peanut butter goodness that matches the scrumptiousness(yep, made that up) and density of an all-peanut butter cookie! And because the 'lack-of-crap' and preservatives in its ingredients, these bars have to be refrigerated!! I've seen them sell around the $2/$2.50 mark each which is not bad at all considering what you're putting in your body and that it can keep you satisfied for a couple of hours, I mean, it is a meal after all.
So if you haven't picked one up for yourself, stop by the refrigerated area in the natural food section of your favorite grocery market and grab the absolute most 'PERFECT Bar' and leave a comment below letting me know if you experienced the same delight I did when I took my first bite!
My sister asked me the other day if I thought of her as a foodie. I flat out replied 'no'. Sensing a bit of disdain in her breathing after my response, I begin to explain that although she enjoys a good meal from time to time, chitterlings, pig's feet, yellow rice, hot Cheetos, and an occasional can of Lime-O-Rita, I just don't feel a 'foodie' makes. I wasn't trying to be mean, nor judgemental- although now typing it out on this blog, yep....that's exactly how I sound. But who am I to determine if someone is a foodie or not? What guidelines are there that constitute one as a true food connoisseur? I mean hey, at times I feel that I don't always fit into the grouping of a 'foodie' as I don't always expand my horizons in traveling out to the un-tasted. I also struggle with how to be a foodie when embarking on a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle which ultimately limits the consumption of various delicious vittles.
So how is a 'true foodie' determined? Associations Now feels they've tapped into the basic mindset of this creature of culinary expertise in their 2017 research. Check out the article and the checklist below from Popsugar and let me know if you agree or disagree- this should make for tasty conversation!
Article: Get A Glimpse Inside The Foodie Mindset
Find out if you're a Foodie: Foodie Checklist!
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