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Buying A Blender for Migraine (Plus, Yummy Recipes)

Migraine is a lot of things...including very odd. Figuring out what helps mitigate the pain, or what exacerbates and triggers migraine attacks can feel like a full-time job, except instead of getting paid for a job well done, you spend money trying to find answers, and those answers sometimes feel more confusing than the questions you started with. You also can’t really put in a two-weeks notice with migraine. If only.

Navigating food triggers with migraine

One particularly taxing aspect of dealing with migraine disease is navigating food triggers. Eating right and well for your own specific migraine management routine can be hard to do...which is why I recently bought a blender. That may sound odd, but it has made a tremendous difference in my migraine management, especially as I’ve struggled to eat well due to the toll the disease has taken. What seems like a simple consideration about a kitchen appliance can actually be a huge consideration for those of us who can’t always cook, or go out to eat due to migraine.

Hydration and a well-balanced diet

Many in the community know all too well how important having a well balanced, and migraine-attentive diet can be. From avoiding identified food triggers to getting enough water and the right nutrition, our diets can play a huge role in our overall health and well-being. Blenders are great assets to any kitchen looking for balance. There are so many recipes that blenders can assist in making in a matter of minutes, and quick is the feature I am looking for when I am dealing with postdrome (aka a migraine hangover), or when I am too ill to cook.

Ease and accessibility of using a blender

For me, having a well-balanced diet is only possible if I have the time, energy, and ability to invest in one. Blenders have made pursuing this much more possible, and it has been helpful far beyond the great health benefits. It has simplified my eating routine and has also helped me prepare food for those times I am not well enough to cook or go out to get anything to eat. I can make smoothies in a flash in the blender, and I can also make nut butters, soups, and spreads like hummus.

Simple recipes for the blender

Here are a few easy recipes I have made in my new blender that have seriously cut down on the time I spend thinking about, preparing, and cooking food. When dealing with migraine, there is often little room left for extensive conversations about food, and I am quite sick of groggily eating crackers and granola bars out of the cabinet. Having a blender may be old news to some in the community, but as a young, twenty-something I am still kind of newly navigating home-on-my-own, so this is new to me.

Easing migraine management

With all of the considerations migraine brings into our lives, lessening the burden of eating can make migraine management easier overall. I love these simple recipes, because since they only call for a few ingredients, I know I can easily avoid triggers or find substitutes if I need to. Note: I am one of those people who reads instructions poorly (see: skims), and then goes completely rogue anyway. I like to make adjustments to my personal taste, so these recipes are a few that I’ve tried in different arrangements. Adjust to taste!

Pre-mixed vegan pancake batter

This is a simple vegan recipe that I came up with after years of vegan eats. It only uses a few ingredients and can be saved in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days.

Ingredients

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup of cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon of sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1 cup of milk (I use non-dairy oat milk)
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

The ingredients listed make 4, large pancakes. To make more batter, simply double the recipe.

Directions

  1. I add all of the dry ingredients into a bowl and give it a quick whisk.
  2. I toss all the wet ingredients directly into the blender first and give it a quick pulse.
  3. Then I dump in the dry ingredients and blend.
  4. Once blended, I put into a container and place in the fridge.

Whenever I am ready to make pancakes, the batter is ready to go. Sometimes I crave hot foods after a migraine attack, and having this batter ready makes that easy to achieve.

Vegan blueberry almond butter smoothieThis one is pretty simple. DirectionsTo a blender, I add 1 cup of almond milk, ½ cup of frozen blueberries, 1 tablespoon of almond butter, sweetener to taste, and a few ice cubes.Once blended, I pour into a cup and enjoy.I love this recipe because I get a good boost of healthy fat, some fruit, and a satiated sweet tooth in a matter of minutes.Easy hummusI eat hummus with bread or carrots.DirectionsFor hummus, I... Add 1 can of chickpeas, 1 tablespoon of tahini, 1/2 cup of water, and 1 tablespoon of oil into the blender, with seasoning to taste.I gradually add in oil little by little as I am blending until it is as smooth (or as chunky as I like).That’s it! I can keep this in the fridge as an easy snack, and it’s super cheap to make.Benefit of using a blenderOne additional, amazing feature of the blender is that it’s ‘self-cleaning.’ If I didn’t feel well enough to cook, I probably don’t feel well enough to clean. With my blender, I just quickly rinse, pop in some soap and water, and press the clean button. When I come back, all I have to do is rinse.Do you have special tools that make managing your migraine-attentive diet easier? Let’s discuss in the comments!

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