Blend it, Baby.

2013-03-12 18.40.22

I've been known to do a little club dancing to the tune of Daft Punk's Technologic while unleashing the power of my Blendtec blender.  "Blend it.  Whip it.  Mix it.  Stir it.  Swirl it.  Pulse it.  Stop, now drink it."  Note: That's not even remotely humorous unless you know the song.  So either, A) listen to the clip on iTunes then return to the blog, or B) trust that that was funny.

Back to the point.  

For the gabillion people in our country that purchase syrupy, sugary, high-fat iced coffee drinks (AND place the plastic cup inside of a styrofoam one to keep it cool)- please stop.  On both fronts.  The former makes me cringe, the latter makes me cry.  Let's take a moment and upgrade this practice.  

1.  Cut the crap.  I'm not going to sugar coat this, Sweet Pea. (*Cheryl Strayed knows how to Chinese star her column readers in the forehead with the truth while simultaneously making them feel thoroughly loved and understood by using "Sweet Pea."  I love it, and will respectfully adopt this practice.)  Back to the crap-cutting.  Sugar and fat, with a side of caffeine, is super yummy.  Food companies know this and spend millions on product development to ensure you keep coming back for more.  They do not care what happens after you ingest their product.  Example.  The medium Frozen Mocha Coffee Coolatta, a delectable combination of fat and sugar. 560 calories, 7 grams of saturated fat, and 104 grams of sugar.  That is 1 tablespoon of butter + 2.5 cans of Coke.  And that's a medium, Sweet Pea.  Sleepiness, lethargy, irritability and cravings are a few short-term side effects of consuming these sorts of concoctions.  Heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer are the long-term consequences resulting from spikes in insulin and elevated cholesterol.  

But I know all too well that if I ask you to cut the crap, I best have a decent replacement.  Enter the Monday Morning Mocha (Triple M).  At 290 calories, 0.5 g saturated fat, and 12 grams of sugar, it's a collective high five for your waistline, ticker and pancreas.  To boot, it's packed with protein, healthful fats, and whaaat???...fiber?!  Uh huh.  

2.  Save!!!.  1)Save Money. The Triple M recipe costs $2.16 (yes, I have collected receipts and painstakingly done the math for you).  Considering that this can be a meal replacement for most folks, that's pretty doggone good.  The Frozen Mocha Coolatta costs over $3.00.  A bagel or sandwich tends to accompany in this case, bumping the cost up even more.  2)Save Time. I can blend the Triple M in under 2 minutes, at least half the time spent waiting in line with the rest of the caffeine and sugar seekers.  

Always love your thoughts.  Let's hear from ya! integralfuel@mac.com.  

Fuel Well!

Em


* Read Cheryl's "Tiny, Beautiful Things," and "Wild."  Fantastic reads.