Today’s professional has many things to juggle- careers, friends, family, kids, hobbies, and any number of pressing obligations. It can be difficult to find time to eat right and take care of yourself to get the energy you need to do everything you do. But there is a simple gadget that can help you eat right and save you time- the humble blender. Here are some ideas that can help you fit nutrition into your busy schedule:
- When you go to work or just need a snack, a blender can be used to make a quick hummus. Pair that with some veggie sticks or crackers and you’ll have a snack that is both healthy and yummy. In your blender, combine one can of chickpeas, one clove of garlic, a little tahini paste (optional), salt, pepper, and a dash of lemon juice. Blend until you have a smooth consistency, and you have an instantly delicious snack that even kids will love.
- Mornings can be a crazy time- trying to get kids to school, get ready for work, and maybe even fitting in time for a shower. But fruit smoothies are a healthy and nutritious breakfast that is perfect for kids and adults. In your blender pitcher, put fresh fruit (bananas, strawberries, or whatever you have) along with yogurt or silken tofu. Put the blender in the fridge overnight, then in the morning, blend for a few minutes and you have a delicious shake. That’s breakfast in less than five minutes!
- Salsa made in the blender is another great snack that is also a big hit at parties. You can make salsa for pot lucks, school functions, or just as a dinner time treat for your own family. Add one large can of whole tomatoes, one small can of green chilies or two chopped fresh chilies, one bunch of chopped green onions, a tablespoon of minced garlic, and jalapeños to your blender and blend for about one minute or until it looks like “salsa”. The amount of jalapeños you add will determine how spicy the salsa is, so start out slowly.
- Want to make a special breakfast that is so great no one will even realize it’s healthy? You can make whole-wheat waffle batter in the blender in just minutes. Combine 1 cup milk and 1 cup whole uncooked wheat kernels in the blender on high for about four minutes. Add 2 eggs, 2 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp salt, ¼ cup oil, and 2 Tbsp sugar and blend on low until mixed. Pour directly into a waffle iron, and you have a great tasting, healthy breakfast with only the blender pitcher to clean. You can also use the batter to make pancakes. Make a double or triple batch of waffles on the weekend, then freeze. Pop them in the toaster, and you can enjoy waffles that are cheaper, tastier, and healthier than the ones you can buy in the store.
- Do you ever find that just before an important day you find yourself breaking out with pimples? A blender can help solve that problem too! Put half a cucumber in your blender, and add a little rose water to make a paste. Apply the paste to your face (or anywhere else you get pimples!) and leave on for twenty minutes or so. Wash off with lukewarm water, and you will have a fresh glow to your skin that will make you look and feel great.
There are many ways you can use a blender to make healthy food for yourself and your family. Busy women are often guilty of not taking care of themselves, so creating some healthy meals and snacks with your blender is a good way to make sure you have the energy you need to do everything you want to.