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Posts Tagged ‘smoothies’

Still Searching For Creamy

Posted by terrepruitt on October 13, 2012

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaAfter subbing with Nia for a Zumba class today, I made a quick stop at the Farmers Market in our corner of San Jose.  I wanted to buy some greens and remembered I could get some pita bread for my hummus.  I finally made hummus with my new blender.  I pretty much followed the hummus recipe I have and I like, but I think I put six teaspoons of the “bean juice” because I was thinking more liquid would make it a little creamier.  I enjoy the creaminess of a specific brand that we used to buy.  As I mentioned in my blender post the last few times I made hummus I ended up with whole-bean hummus which isn’t hummus at all, it is just garbanzo beans.  So I was thinking that with a super blender it would make creamier hummus.  Well, it is not creamier.  So the creaminess is not just from blending.  And there were still a few bean pieces, but not whole beans as in my last batch and not as many.  This batch was also not as grainy, in general, as the last batch.  I like making hummus in this blender as opposed to the other blenders or small chopper I have because it is easier to get it out.  I have been told the best way to do it is in a food processor, but I don’t have one of those.  And I think I have enough appliances at the moment, I will make do with my new super blender.Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba

I made hummus for my niece once and I was talking about how I wanted it creamier so she jumped on the internet and found a website where a woman claimed that the secret to creamy hummus was taking of the HULLS or whatever that “shell” is on the bean.  Do you know what I am talking about?  That odd ectoskeleton that the beans seem to have?  Well, my thought process is that the hull of the bean is part of what give the bean its fiber so I don’t want to remove it.  That and, who wants to sit there and pull, pick, peel, or just make sure that the hull is off all the beans?  Not me.  I want the fiber AND that is one thing I am not willing to spend time on.  The “uncreamy” hummus is not THAT bad.  I think I will experiment with more liquid.  More oil maybe?  Or maybe more been juice?  Maybe that will help it been more creamy.  I don’t want it more watery, I want it more CREAMY.  But it was a good batch.

I think the WildSide container that came with the blender allows for a lot of air to be whipped into the blends.  I believe that is how this blender does not require a tamper as some blenders do.  But it does whip air into things.  I think it whipped a bit of air into the hummus, which is fine.  Made it a little light and fluffy.

So I have been using my blender and I have been using for what I wanted it for.  I use it almost everyday for smoothies and today, I used it for hummus.  I am satisfied with the way it made the hummus.  I am a little disappointed that it is not as creamy as I was hoping, but I have learned (I believe) that the secret to creamy hummus must be in the ingredients.  If it truly is the peeling of the hulls then creamy hummus will not come out of my kitchen.  Ha!  Well, I guess one day I could experiment to see if that really does make a difference, but it will not become the norm.  I don’t need creamy hummus that badly, my new blender does it just fine!

Besides buying it, what is the key to creamy hummus?

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Fruits and Greens and Rainbow Things Smooth As Can Be

Posted by terrepruitt on October 6, 2012

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaOk, I really am not going to turn this blog into a Green Smoothie blog, but . . . I have been making them almost every day and I really would like to share so we will see where it goes.  And, as I have told you in the past, food posts are VERY popular.  So my third ever green smoothie was Pear, Cucumber, Baby Bok Choy, and Rainbow Chard.  It was pretty good.  I don’t usually eat pears.  There is a salad that I make in which I include pears, but beyond that, I don’t eat them.  Cucumber I have almost every night in my salad.  If you have read my blog for a bit you know I am in LOVE with baby bok choy.  And this is my introduction to chard.  I think that cucumber is a great equalizer.  It really helps mellow out flavors.  The pear worked well to sweeten the smoothie.  I am thinking that chard is not that bitter because this was not a bitter smoothie.  It was nice.  It was smooth.  This one goes on my list of likes.  Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaBut right now I am just experimenting and putting whatever I have in the smoothies.  I am not doing it to lose weight, or detox, or cleanse, or any other reason but to get more fruits and vegetables in my diet.  So for now anything goes.  And let me say, that everything does not really go!

Third Green Smoothie
1 C water
1 pear
2 inches of large cucumber
1 SMALL bunch of baby bok choy
2 leaves rainbow chard

 

 

 

 

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With my fourth smoothie I was using watermelon and I thought I had read that if you use a really watery fruit such as watermelon you can skip the water.  Since I was using such a large amount of watermelon I didn’t use any water.  Worked out fine.  It was not a pretty green so I used a dark blue glass, which made it even less pretty.  But it was tasty.  I really like watermelon in the smoothie.

 

 

 

 

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Fourth Green Smoothie
1 1/2 C Watermelon
1/2 apple
1 small bunch baby bok choy
2 leaves rainbow chard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My fifth smoothie I wanted to make very green so I used a HUGE amount of kale.  Four kale leaves equates to a lot of kale.  This was the most bitter of the smoothies that I had at this point.  That was a lot of kale.  You may notice in the recipe I ended up with a lot of fruit.  That is because I ended up adding the banana after I tasted it because it was really bitter.  Since my point of doing this is to get more fruits and veggies and not anything else (as I’ve stated above), I don’t feel I have to suffer through my smoothies.  This is not a torture, it is

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supposed to be an enjoyable way to get some veggies and provide my body with additional nutrition, not make me suffer.  So I added the banana.  I will just use less kale next time.  Because I really do want to be drinking more of a veggie smoothie than a fruit smoothie.

 

 

Fifth Green Smoothie
1.5 C Watermelon
1 apple
3 pieces baby bok choy
4 kale leaves
1 banana

It is really funny because cooking kale in foods and putting it in salad does not taste as bitter to me.  But for some reason, whirred up in a smoothie . . . whew.  Could be I don’t usually have THAT much kale.  That was a lot of kale.

I actually have made more smoothies than I am putting in this post.  So . . . I have learned a lot of things so far.  That will probably be my next post.  “Things I have learned on my smoothie journey so far . . . ”  🙂

Maybe there is a recipe here you might enjoy.  Let me know if you try one.  Or share what you are putting in your blender.

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