A Blender, A Banana, and a Coffee Can Walk Into Your House

I rarely want ice cream and when I do, I never want to embark on an odyssey to the grocery store.

Lucky for me, The Internet knows a lot. One thing The Internet told me is that you can make (vegan) ice cream out of bananas. I can hear you already: “But I don’t want banana flavored ice cream!” “It won’t have the same texture!” “Healthy food tastes like crap!”

If that’s you, I want you to sit there quietly in your wrongness. You’ll never know until you try and I have tried for you. And now I have ‘ice cream’ way more often than before. Slice up a banana per person (2 if this is your dinner), set on a plate, put in the freezer for an hour, stick in food processor, and don’t lick the blades when it is all done. They are sharp.

Food processor or blender, it will take about 5 minutes and some scraping. But it will magically turn from frozen crumbles to creamy goodness right quick. The flavor is so mild. If you are worried about having the banana flavor ruin everything add a few drops of vanilla extract. Toss in some fresh fruit. Add some cocoa powder. The sky is the limit!

Now that you have ice cream, cleaning up sounds like a waste of time. Before it melts, you can have that blender of food processor cleaned up. Simply squirt a drop of soap in, fill half way with water, and run on the highest setting for 30 seconds. Take apart, rinse, and there should be nothing left to scrub!

What to do with those banana peels leftover? Stick ’em in your composter! I have no compost at home, I have to take it to a friend’s house and drop it over her fence. No biggie, but where to store the smelly stuff? I took a plastic coffee can – the kind with the ‘sealed’ top – drilled a few small holes in the top and hot glued a carbon filter to the inside of the lid. Make sure the filter covers the holes. I got my filter at a pet store, people use them for kitty litter boxes. Shake it every other day and empty it when it is full or weekly.

There you have it, an easy Saturday project with a sweet reward when you are done. 🙂

Cheap, easy, green.

Guess I Just Have to Be Even Lazier

It has been over two weeks since my last post. I wanted to make it a post a week. To me that is the perfect amount of lazy-yet-committed.

Unfortunately, I hurt my back working out last week (good form is imperative!) and I haven’t been able to focus well lately. This is just a super short shout out to remind you and me and the internet that I’m still alive. I don’t have to tell the NSA because they already knew.

I’ll be back next week with a cleaning tip, a fast recipe, and the easiest DIY compost container you can have in your house. Short tidbits seem manageable.

Stay healthy, my broke-lazy-green friends!

A BLBG Workout

I’ll admit it: I pay money to exercise.

Not all of my exercise requires money. I don’t own a car so I walk and bike everywhere, saving so much money in the meantime. If it is less than a mile (12 standard city blocks is pretty close to a mile), why drive? I make it a point to pick up a manageable amount of groceries once a week – saving more money by planning ahead – and walk there and back. If you hate carrying heavy stuff in those reusable canvas bags I’m sure you are using, try bringing a backpack along.

Since I’m obviously so fit from all my walking and biking and eating well, why would I pay to workout? Motivation helps me establish a routine.

It’s one thing to be active, it’s another thing to work out. I am active, but for the longest time I hated working out. Paying for miserable, smelly gyms that I ended up ignoring was never an option. I don’t throw money away. And I was lazy and never got that far anyway.

Then, a friend introduced me to her new workout routine, boot camp. It was relatively cheap, outdoors, involved almost no equipment, and actually gave my friend results she was proud of. She never worked out before. Now? I’m trying to keep up with her.

While it may not be for everyone, I think more people ought to give high intensity interval training (HIIT) a try. Don’t be put off by the name.

We do warm ups (each move for 30 seconds, do two rounds for a total of 6 minutes): jog in place, high knees, butt kicks, side to side heisman, 1-2-3 shuffle knee up, and high mountain climbers – which are high knees and clawing at the sky.

We do 10 moves total – 40 seconds on, 20 seconds off. 1 minute 20 second break after move #5,  2 minute 20 second break after #10. Then we repeat twice more. Here are some suggestions. Follow these up with some stretches and you will feel quite good about getting fit without buying exercise equipment or inhaling the lingering desperation and self-loathing often found clogging a gym’s atmosphere.

Feel free to add any more moves you want, change it up. What moves really work for you?