This month, I have two favorite food things. These food things came into my life because I hate deciding what to eat. I dread the trip to the grocery store every week. Thing 1 and thing 2 have made eating simpler, a bit more fun, and still healthy!
Vitamix – This kitchen tool has completely changed my life in just a week. I am very lazy in the kitchen. When I decide I am hungry, I want to be eating within 10 minutes. If it takes more than 10 minutes to prepare, I don’t really want it by the time it is ready (and I usually mess it up or I make SO much I end up throwing most of it away. Things just don’t taste as good after they are frozen so I don’t freeze.) I also happen to be the only person in NYC who does not order in, ever. I have this vision of lukewarm, unhealthy, expensive food showing up at my door. So I just don’t do it. This summer, I found myself eating snacks for dinner most nights. Mostly healthy snacks (popcorn, crackers and Tzatziki), but still snacks. Not enough nutrition. I decided it was time to jump on the smoothie train. (I had considered a juicer because I actually prefer the consistency of juice, but juicers are a huge pain and not for someone who is lazy in the kitchen.)
I jumped WAY in paying over $500 for the Vitamix Professional Series 300. When it arrived and I set it up in my kitchen, it looked HUGE! My kitchen is super tiny with only ONE plug on a very small counter next to my sink. This plug is already supporting a microwave, a fridge, a toaster oven, and a coffee maker. Could my kitchen support another appliance? I almost sent it back for a smaller version but I had already purchased a ton of fruits and veggies and was dying for a smoothie! The first one was delicious and SO easy. Pineapple, banana, and kale. The next day I made cashew nut milk. 10 minutes from start to finish INCLUDING clean-up. I had purchased WAY more than I could eat before it went bad, but I learned that I can freeze fruit or use frozen fruit! You actually SHOULD use frozen fruit if you want a cold smoothie. I can stock up on Saturday to last the whole week. Amazing. Trader Joe’s power greens, some berries, almond milk, and yogurt and I have a full meal. After a couple of days of super yummy smoothies, I had a bit too much confidence and went off recipe and ended up with something really disgusting that tasted like an avocado kale mousse. I couldn’t drink it. Everything else has been really delicious and healthy. In the winter, I can use it to make soup! Definitely a very good investment (with a 7-year warranty!)
Naturebox – Another favorite food thing, a magical box of healthy snacks that arrives in the mail every month. I do love to snack. Naturebox donates meals to the hungry for every box I buy, no artificial anything, delivered right to my door. $20 a month for 5 snacks packages is not super cheap, but I pay for convenience and health, so I am their target market. For the first few months, Naturebox picked my snacks for me. I hate deciding what to eat so I was happy to let the mystery box appear every month. I liked most of the snacks, but there were always a couple I was not wild about. Then I finally got my act together to take advantage of their select your own snacks option! There are so many delicious options to pick from. Here are a few of my favorites: Sourdough Cheddar Pretzels, Whole Wheat Apple Pie Figgy Bars, Lemon Tea Biscuits, Banana Bread Granola, and Everything Bagel Sticks (so this is what I was eating for dinner before I got my Vitamix). If you are thinking about trying it, hit me up. I can get you one free box when you sign up for a subscription (that you can of course cancel if you don’t love it as much as I do.) I can not, unfortunately, get you a discount on a Vitamix.