Thanks, everyone, for the sweet and supportive commentary you gave Hannah yesterday. From dining hall tips to appliance recommendations, I thought that you all had wonderful advice to share about college dining, and I hope that young CR readers found it useful!
So, speaking of kitchen appliances that would work nicely in a dorm setting: let’s talk about my Tribest blender. It’s October, right? Season of root veggies, stews, and roasted stuff. Normally, this is the time of year when my beloved morning oatmeal re-enters my breakfast rotation. Not this autumn. For some reason, though, all I want in the morning lately are smoothies. Weird and unseasonal, yes, but hardly the first time my cravings are out of step with the weather!
The thing is, I don’t have an appetite for breakfast till after my morning gym jaunt, and the thought of carrying a premade smoothie to work with me and letting it sit for my subway commute is beyond foul to me. This would be a recipe for over-expenditure at Jamba Juice, except for the lifesaving awesomeness that is my Tribest blender. I’ve blogged about this little contraption before, but I really can’t tell you how easy it’s making my work life lately – especially since I’m busier nowadays than usual. With my Tribest tucked away under my desk, I can make smoothies in an instant, as well as some of my favorite raw soups for lunch (like my carrot and avocado bisque). It’s a lifesaver, and I’m starting to think that anyone who works long hours or travels on the reg ought to own one. Just check out the stuff I’ve made for breakfast this week.
Exhibit A: Banana, carob, hemp protein, and almond milk:
Exhibit B: Yet another b-nut squash smoothie (to die for):
And today, when I found a box of fresh raspberries at the farmer’s market (raspberries in October?? Too good to be true!), a banana, raspberry, almond milk smoothie, made with a Vega smoothie infusion:
If you’re wondering how easy it is, just observe: you fill the container up with almond milk, banana, ice, etc:
And then you use the bottom dock to blend it up. It’s a bit noisy, but thankfully, my coworkers are tolerant. And for a breakfast like this:
…in a matter of moments—and at the office, no less—a little grinding noise is worth it.
If you spend any amount of time behind a desk, or if you’re a college kid, a traveler, or basically anyone who doesn’t have 24/7 access to a VitaMix, you should seriously consider checking the Tribest out. It makes healthy living on the go as easy as a twist of the wrist. And if it’s added incentive, the little guys come with fresh glass jars from which to sip—though I’m usually too hungry to transfer my smoothie 🙂
Back tomorrow with a restaurant review. Happy weekend!