After ten years of eating a near optimal, whole foods, plant-based 4Leaf kind of diet, I have made some significant improvements for 2013. It all began when I saw Joanne Irwin conduct a “PCRM Cancer Project class and cooking demo” on Cape Cod back in October.
I saw how easy it was for Joanne to prepare that fresh home-made hummus; she also inspired me to start including smoothies as a routine in my life. Up until then, I had been consuming store-bought hummus that contains way too much olive oil, tahini and fat—and with enough preservatives to make it last as long as a Twinkie.
So when I got back home, I dug around in my basement for a “mini food processor” someone had given me a few years ago. After discovering that it was missing the top, I ordered a new mini-Cuisinart for less than $50.
Then, during a visit to my daughter’s house in Georgia in early December, she showed me her brand new Ninja processor. She said that it had great consumer reviews (about the same as Vitamix) but at a fraction of the cost. So I ordered one and have started making hummus and smoothies on a regular basis.
This is the unit that I bought. Just checked and it can be purchased on Amazon for $45 delivered (if you have Prime). Click here if you’d like to purchase this unit on Amazon.
Fresh Hummus. Not being a big recipe guy, I just play around with the ingredients that I like until I settle on what works for me. For hummus, I start with fresh chickpeas in a bag. After soaking them overnight, I simmer them for about 45 minutes the next day. I then put half the batch in the freezer and make fresh hummus with the other half.
Yesterday, I put my chickpeas and about a half cup of water in the bottom of the pitcher. Then I added five collard leaves followed by some Braggs Liquid Aminos, lime juice, one plum tomato, and five olives. Less than one-half minute later, I had enough fresh hummus for two days. I find that it tastes better when fresh, so I keep my batches small.
Healthy Smoothies. When I first started eating a superior diet in 2003, I bought a Jack LaLanne Juicer and used it for several years. Ultimately, I got tired of wasting all that fiber and cleaning the juicer—so I retired it to my basement. Now, with my new Ninja, I find that I don’t waste the fiber, I can combine fruits and veggies and the clean-up is nothing but a quick rinse with warm water.
Yesterday, my smoothie of the day included one cup of frozen blueberries, one frozen banana, four large collard leaves, and one pear—mixed in one half cup of water and one half cup of unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk. Very tasty, very easy and super healthy anytime of day. Both my hummus and my smoothies are high in the 4Leaf range with well over 90% of the calories from whole, raw plants.
The Bottom Line. Great value, great nutrition, lots of fiber and hassle-free. But it’s not a Vitamix. My son said that my hummus and smoothies were not quite as “smooth” as the ones he makes on his Vitamix—but he said that my little Ninja did a very nice job—at a fraction of the price of his processor.
Still using canned beans and chickpeas in your recipes? You will probably shift to the much “greener,” cheaper and healthier dry bags of beans after reading this first blog.
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