The Great Ones knew how to blend it!
The title of this post is misleading but I really didn't know what else to title it. I don't have any recipes. I don't even believe in recipes, only concepts. Maybe it's a result of speaking the Navajo language, but I just can't see the world as a rigid, static place.
In the English language we describe things as being here or there, pretty much giving a place to everything. There are grammar rules that must be learned and conformed to in order to speak "good" English.When we speak in Navajo, everything is in motion and we describe the type of motion. It is very free flowing without a lot of grammar rules. In fact there really aren't even words in Navajo in the way there are in English.
In Navajo there are segments of meaning that are combined as one speaks to form words. No wonder Navajos are so creative and artistic. The Navajo language can only be used with creative thought.
Well, anyway, that is my approach to preparing food (And writing training programs for that matter). It's not a cup of this and a teaspoon of that and then bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.... It's more like let's throw in some of this and add some of that and mix it or cook it until it's ready. It's a concept, not a recipe.
So it here goes with some of my favorite blender drinks. I like fresh fruit. I like to get bananas when they are really ripe and marked down at the store. I get all of them and throw them into the freezer. When I am ready to make a shake I take a couple frozen ripe bananas and hold them under hot water for a few seconds and then the peels slide right off. I break the bananas into a few pieces and then put them into the blender. I also like to add apples to most of my shakes. They add pectin, fiber, and some sweetness. I usually just core a large apple or a couple of small ones and throw them in skin and all.
Then I take whatever fruit is in season and available. It could be strawberries, peaches, pineapple, grapes, oranges, mangoes, or anything else I may have available. I may use them stand alone or in combination. Often I freeze the fruit when it is in season and use it later. Frozen fruit blends well and gives the shake an ice cream like texture.
For protein I often add cottage cheese, maybe some Greek yogurt that matches flavor wise with the fruit, and some whey protein. I like to use vanilla flavor whey protein for the fruit shakes. I usually add some non-fat milk, but whole milk or half and half can be used for weight gainers. Soy or almond milk can be used for the lactose intolerant.
Another great variation that I really like is bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate whey protein. Cottage cheese and apples can also be added to this. If my fruit isn't frozen I add a few ice cubes to give it a cold ice cream-like texture.
I may never be the next FoodNetwork Star, but take these concepts, adapt them to your resources, tastes, and needs; and give your diet a real boost. Who knows maybe I could be a FoodNetwork Star. How does "Blend It Like Whaley" sound? Probably not!!