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Raw Fig Newtons

Raw'kin Snack of the Week!

It’s no secret. Some people really love Fig Newtons. Really. But Fig Newtons are processed and sugary and not very good for you. Our mouths started to water when we saw this raw version by Maggie from Rawified, which uses 5 simple ingredients, including real, fresh, sweet and tasty figs.

Need we say more?

Check out the full recipe here – your NutriBullet will make it easy and quick.

raw fig newtons

Enjoy!

 

Many people who are trying to lose weight avoid foods with a high fat content, especially peanut butter. However, the fat in peanut butter is a heart healthy fat rich in protein and vitamins that should be eaten in moderation. Incorporating nut butter into your daily diet is a good way to get the nutritional benefits of nuts and can actually assist with weight loss..

Peanuts have an interesting history that dates back as far as 950 B.C., originating in South America. The ancient Incas made their own peanut-butter like paste and the early Spanish explorers traded them in the American colonies. The first commercial crops of peanuts were grown in Virginia in the early 1840’s.  In 1895, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patented the “Nut Meal” process and, by 1904, peanut butter was invented – hooray!

Luckily, they provide tons of vitamins, protein and fiber. Just two tablespoons of peanut butter has 190 calories, 8 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber and 16 grams of monounsaturated fats. Personally, I think homemade or natural peanut butter is the best and is also lower in sugar.

Here’s a fabulous NutriBlast that uses one of my favorite ingredients: peanut butter!

Green Peanut Butter Blast

Green Peanut Butter Blast

  • 1 banana
  • large handful of kale
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 3 ice cubes
  • almond milk to the max line

Add all ingredients to the large NutriBullet cup and extract until smooth.

I love the subtle savory quality the kale adds to this classic peanut butter-banana combo. The protein provides me with the extra energy I need to get me through the mornings. It’s also great with spinach!

Enjoy!

Kim Pontius

Raw'kin Snack of the Week!

If you’ve never tried chia pudding, you’ll fall in love with it after trying this recipe! What are you waiting for??

Sweetened with all natural dates and salted just a bit with organic peanut or almond butter, this raw, vegan, gluten-free snack will become your new go-to, perfect for breakfast or when that afternoon craving hits.

Thanks to Deryn of Running on Real Food for the incredible recipe.

Check out her blog and the full recipe here.

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Blackberries and raspberries are powerful superfoods. They may be little, but they are big on antioxidants! Delicious and full of vitamins, they are the perfect breakfast solution for my morning Blast and they work great as a snack, too.

Antioxidants are the nutrients in foods that prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. When our body’s cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals, which can cause damage. Antioxidants act as free radical scavengers, preventing and repairing damage done by these free radicals. They also enhance your immune system and reduce risk of infections.

In addition to the antioxidants, berries are considered “juicy foods,” which means they contain mostly water. Both blackberries and raspberries contain 85% water, plus a hefty dose of fiber. They are great for those looking to lose weight because they fill you up quickly. The high water content bumps up the volume, while driving down the calories. One cup of berries contains less than 60 calories and 8 grams of fiber per serving.

blackberry raspberry blast

Blackberry Raspberry Blast

  • ¾ cup of raspberries
  • ¾ cup of blackberries
  • 1 cup of non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. of honey
  • 1 – 1½ tbsp. grated peeled fresh ginger
  • non-fat milk or milk alternative to the line

Add all ingredients to the NutriBullet tall cup, extract and enjoy.

Start your morning right with a healthy blackberry raspberry Blast. The ginger gives it a touch of warmth and flavor to mix in with the berries.  A sweet healthy drink, perfect for breakfast or as an on-the-go snack. This Blast packs fruit, non-fat milk, Greek yogurt, and ginger into one convenient winning combination. Remember, if you can’t find fresh berries, frozen berries will do and are just as nutritious. As always, please feel free to take creative liberties.

Enjoy!

Kim Pontius

I just celebrated my second anniversary with my NutriBullet. Where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday I was opening up the NutriBullet box. I was inexperienced with Blasting, I had no idea what to do or where to start.  I did not believe that this extractor could make such a difference in my life.

Flash back to 2011 – My energy levels started drop. By mid-day I was in desperate need of coffee to get me through the balance of the day. Bedtime was awful. I had a hard time sleeping and, when I did, I would wake up several times a night from horrible hot flashes. I’m pretty healthy, I exercised and ate healthily, so I didn’t know why this was happening. I went to see the doctor and I got the terrible news – hormonally imbalanced due to menopause. It was such a heavy blow to hear those words. I started to take hormone replacements. They didn’t do much. Needless to say, I was miserable. Until the day I received my beautiful NutriBullet box.

I opened the box and couldn’t wait to start. My first week with the NutriBullet was like a science experiment. I extracted every fruit and veggie I could think of! I have to admit, some were terrible, but then I got the hang of it. I only used fruits and veggies I liked and there are enough of them out there. Now I’m a super Blaster and I look forward every day to my morning Blast. I even got my family hooked on them, too!

Here’s one I found that is not only delicious, but actually really helped ease my hot flashes.

blueberry cheesecake blast (1)

Blueberry Cheesecake Blast

  • ¾ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • ½ tall cup fat-free milk or milk alternative (soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, etc.)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon of wheat germ
  • water to line
  • 2 -3 ice cubes

I loosely measured my ingredients to fill the tall NutriBullet cup. Combine all the above, extract until smooth and enjoy.

Flash forward to 2014 – after discovering different combinations of fruits and veggies, I feel like a new woman. I turned 50 a few months ago and I feel better now than I did when I was 48! Best of all, I stopped taking hormone replacements. I owe this to my new eating lifestyle and to the NutriBullet – Thank you!

Enjoy!

Kim Pontius