You’re probably wondering what the title of today’s Blog means.
Well, Frank and I like to play the hidden word game “Boggle” while
having our breakfast of either a vegetable smoothie or a fruit smoothie,
of which we each have a little over two tall glasses. For our vegan
fruit smoothie recipes see:
Or for my vegan vegetable smoothie recipe, see Note below.
“Boggle” has been around a long time, and one look at our set would
confirm that fact! It’s good to know that these games are still being
sold, in case we need a replacement one of these days!
In case you’re not familiar with this game, it consists of “sixteen
letter cubes, a cube tray with dome, and a 3-minute timer. Not included,
but needed by each player, are a pencil and a piece of paper.” We each
search the assortment of letters for words of three letters or more, and
write them down. Longer words earn more points. After each 3-minute
segment, the letter cubes are covered by the dome and shaken for the
next 3-minute game.
Frank and I play until one of us reaches 200 points, then we set the
game aside, and continue the next morning, while having another smoothie
breakfast, until the score of 400 is reached. Besides being lots of fun,
I think that this type of word game (along with the yummy vegan
smoothies!) helps to sharpen the mind.
Note: Vegetable Smoothie
For a vegetable smoothie, I simply throw some fresh and/or frozen
veggie pieces (with an apple or two) into our high-speed blender
(Vita-Mix): for example, apple, onion, garlic, parsley, carrots,
cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, broccoli, celery, beets, etc.--
whatever I happen to have on hand.
I add a little Stevia Extract sweetener, and ginger or a combination
of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and coriander or a prepared curry powder,
to taste, and approx. 1/3 can tomato paste (2 oz.) or fresh tomatoes
when they are in season. I also add 4 tablespoons of brown flaxseeds.
Before turning the blender to high speed, I cover the blender, add a
tall glass of ice water and a glassful of ice cubes through the tamper
opening, and use the tamper to push the apple and veggie pieces down to
the blades. When contents are smoothly blended, I add about a half
glassful of ice water to “wash down” the tamper before removing it and
turning off the blender.