In the unending quest to find something I can have for lunch that isn’t going to send me into a semi-coma for 4 hours – and being something of a gadget-hound – I recently bought a Breville Blend-Active Sports Bottle Blender. In an outbreak of tweeness, I’ve just made my first smoothie but, hey, don’t worry, I’ll still talk to you.
This blender is a classic example of designers thinking outside the box – and it works brilliantly. £19.99 from Misco.
And the bottles have a moulded-in groove that, when aligned with the user’s thumb, puts the stubby nozzle in the perfect position for drinking** – ideal for the visually-impaired or the simply gormless. The nozzle, too, is the perfect size for sucking out a smoothie (and you do need to suck, a little, as the bottle isn’t squeezy, for obvious reasons).
What’s that you say? Not obvious? Well, OK – if the bottle was soft enough to be squeezy, the vortex created by the blades might suck in the sides and – possibly – chew up the bottle.
The nozzle cover seals it well and – equally important – locks in the open position. No need to hold it with a finger.
You get a pair of 600ml bottles and – I’ve read – 300ml versions are available. And whatever they’re made of, they are very easy to clean. They appear to rinse clean, but a little detergent and a touch-up with a bottle-brush will ensure they are (the mouldings are free of crap-holding nooks and crannies).
And that was the main attraction. Occasionally, smoothies aside, I get the urge to have a smooth soup (most of my soups are chunky), and it’s very easy to whizz up a portion without having to drag out and set up the heavy blender than goes with my Kenwood Chef – and then dismantle and wash the bugger.
But, getting back to the post-lunch semi-coma, this has been going on for the better part of 20 years, no-one knows why, or can suggest a solution, so for years I’ve just had one meal a day, in the evening.
Thing is, though, I need a high-protein diet, and packing it into one meal is getting difficult, which is why I’ve put meat and fish back into my veggie diet, to the detriment of my bank balance. An often-overlooked virtue of vegetarianism is its cheapness, as long as you avoid veggie convenience foods and, as they’re mostly worse than dog food, that should be no hardship.
So, anyway, I’ve digressed – again! – if I eat lunch my afternoon is gone. But, I thought, could I cobble up a fruit-based smoothie and add, say, cottage cheese, for the protein content?
Got to be worth a try, and that’s why I bought this thing. Will it work? Dunno, but watch this space…