Three Ways I’m Minimising in May

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About a month ago I purchased a bullet. A bullet is a small blender which can be used for a variety of purposes, but is most commonly used for making smoothies. Unlike a juicer, all the pulp stays in the drink, so it’s like someone already did the chewing for you. There are a number of different brands and types at different price points on the market, but I’m not going to tell you exactly which one I got, because this is not a review, nor is it a sponsored post.

As I’ve mentioned before, I have lost the desire to cook over the last few years. It’s probably fair to assume I am lacking in certain nutrients because I don’t consume the same variety of foods that I used to. A recent blood test confirmed I need to start putting more effort into what I eat. I realised I needed to be more mindful about eating to create energy in my body, rather than just to create mouth pleasure ( ❤ u 4eva, cheese).

The bullet purchase is part two of my lazy eating plan. I call it ‘Lazy Eating: The Smartening’. The plan was to set up a daily smoothie routine to increase the number of nutrients I consume. When I first purchased the bullet, I experimented with a variety of ingredients, and with time I narrowed them down. This is my current weekday bullet formula:

  • A cup of baby spinach
  • A handful of almonds or walnuts
  • ⅓ – ½ a raw carrot
  • Most of an apple or orange
  • ¾ cup coconut water
  • A spoonful of miscellaneous super green supplement

During the weekends I get a little more experimental, because I have the time to play around with different ingredients. Sometimes I make a hummus or a ‘vegan mousse’ (a combination of random fruit, nuts and cocoa nibs with coconut cream).

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Yes, the rumours are true, I eat more fruit now.

 

To work smoothies into my morning routine, I had to be able to fit the smoothie making process into a ten minute slot. I chop up the fruit and veg in the evenings when I am preparing other food and place it in some tupperware for morning use. Rinsing of spinach, assemblage of ingredients and wash up fits into less than ten minutes, right before I leave for work. I then consume the smoothie while at work.

I considered the bullet for quite some time before I got it. I was concerned it was probably going to add more effort and expense to my life. In the end, the effort and expense has been a lot less than I expected, and definitely worth the additional energy I have felt since.

The bullet has added more fruits, nut and veg to my life, but how has it minimised things for me?

  1. Reducing the number of appliances. As always, when I purchase something new, I remove something old from my life. I had a hand mixer that I used specifically to make hummus. I am now able to use the bullet to do this. Also, the bullet purchase was what spurred me to minimise my baking supplies.
  2. Bringing less food to work. Because my daily smoothie is quite filling, I do not need to have as many snacks on hand as I used to. In the past I would be starving by 11. Now a small snack will satisfy me. By increasing the number of fruit, nut and veg I consume in the morning, I have reduced the number of delicious filling processed carbs I need to eat.
  3. Reducing the number of supplements I take. Part of getting my bullet was investing in a super greens supplement. This means that I can simplify my morning routine by cutting out other supplements that I swallowed in the morning. Also, I am consuming a greater variety of foods, so I probably need those supplements less.

 


15 thoughts on “Three Ways I’m Minimising in May

  1. A bullet blender is a good idea, I’m going to consider this now! My favorite “easy food” purchase as a medium-sized slow cooker. If I take the time to cut up some vegetables and open cans of (low-sodium) beans on a Sunday morning, I can usually make myself a great chili that will last for several meals through the week. I also make lots of soup in it. I am the kind of person who doesn’t mind eating the same thing a few days in a row (which I know is not the case for many people), so the slow cooker made sense for me.

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  2. I like your blog! I had a bullet too but gave it to one of my daughters. I still prefer my blender but would love a Vitamix! I don’t like to cook anymore either. I went Raw/Vegan a while back so I don’t do much cooking anymore. The most I do is oatmeal, rice, quinoa, couscous things like that. 😀

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  3. Cheese love always!…. A bullet is a great idea. I’ve kept a bulky blender around to make salsa and the rubber gasket/seal is getting brittle and leaking. Time to replace and I like this idea for breakfast. I have always been just a coffee for breakfast girl, but having the same nutrient issue 😦 Think I’ll give this a go.

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  4. Love that you’re minimizing supplements, this is something I need to do. It’s one of the last frontiers of clutter in my house! I’ve been experimenting with this new multivitamin for women as a way to do that. Not packed with too many vitamins, just has a few essentials in it.

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  5. I have a smoothie and granola bar for breakfast every morning. Some frozen banana, a handful of frozen berries, a big handful of raw spinach, plain Greek yogurt, and whatever juice I want to mix with it. I’m racing the sell-by date on some blueberry lemonade at the moment.

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  6. now that my children are grown and only one even at home, so that makes three of us, (husband, me, son), i find i pretty much only do either smoothies or stirfry! we usually have beef (our home raised grassfed beef) for at least one meal. Oh, and pastured eggs used to make ‘bread’ with seeds and nuts whirred up in the bullet. we eat very healthy, simply, and inexpensively. So glad someone invented the bullet!

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  7. I recently starting juicing for similar reasons and it’s worked wonders for my health. It somehow also radiates out into different areas of my life. For example, I feel less inclined to drink alcohol or coffee since. It’s a nice side-effect and makes me feel twice as good about it.

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