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Friday, 1 August 2014

Blend Your Way to Health!

Less than a week ago I got myself, or rather my family, a blender. I've been eyeing a blender forever but just didn't get down to buying it. I was lusting over a workhorse like the Vitamix that can do almost anything any kitchen equipment can do but decided against it because it is so expensive in Singapore. But I still wanted to get one that is reliable enough for heavy usage and be able to crush ice and make a good smoothie because that's one of the main purposes of getting a blender.

What finally catalyse the buying of the blender was when I found out that I had a week to use my Robinsons voucher before they expire! So I made it my mission to get something from Robinsons real quick. It didn't take me long to decide on a blender since it's been on my mind. The model I finally got was the Philips Avance Collection Blender (HR2095/31). I must say that the blender is one of the best investment I've ever made! I can finally make those healthy and yummy treats I drooled over on Pinterest.

But what really bowled me over was how the blender "healed" me in ONE day. Four days ago I brought Princess and The Rock to the Asian Civilisation Museum and I suddenly had a really bad runny nose; it was leaking non-stop and I must have used at least five packs of tissue paper. I don't usually medicate but it was so bad I just wanted to stop the runny nose, so I took a pill for it but it didn't seem to help and I went to sleep all sedated and drowsy.

The next day I was so low on energy that I could not eat anything so I thought to myself, "Why not have a smoothie meal? It takes only a few minutes to prepare and it's easier to drink than to chew." Hence I made myself green smoothies for breakfast and lunch and had a fruit-based one for dinner. I was still feeling slightly weak but I managed to fetch Princess to her Chinese class. When I went to bed I was still feeling slightly feverish, but yesterday, my muscus and phlegm were cleared totally when I woke up.

I suspect it's the "magic" of the smoothies and I did include ingredients in my smoothies that are supposed good for you. All the liquid did help flush my system too as I was making more trips to the loo definitely! The smoothies I had aren't cure-all but they tasted yummy for sure!

Here are the recipes:

1. Avo-Bananas Green Smoothie

by Felicia Tan
Keywords: blender vegan avocado banana mesclun mix flax seeds
  • 2 handfuls of mesclun mix (If you are not used to green smoothie, you can use less and increase the amount gradually.)
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 small avocado
  • 3 dates (Use less if your dates are bigger.)
  • 1 teaspoon ground flax seeds
  • 5 - 6 cubes ice
  • Water to thin down to preferred consistency.
1. Put everything into the blender and blend till smooth.
2. Drink up!

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2. Tropical Smoothie

by Felicia Tan
Keywords: blender banana jackfruit coconut pineapple

Ingredients (about 850ml)
  • Flesh from 2 coconuts
  • Juice from 1.5 coconuts
  • 7-8 bulbs of jackfruit, deseeded
  • 1/3 honey pineapple, chopped into chunks
  • 1 medium banana
  • 10 ice cubes
1. Put everything into the blender and blend till smooth. Add more ice-cubes or water if you find it too sweet.
2. Enjoy as a smoothie or freeze them into ice pops!

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I'm loving my smoothies and I have at least one everyday, so I'm excited to try new recipes! What is your favourite smoothie recipe or blender recipe? Do share it with me in the comments!

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