I love the holiday season, especially all the elegant food and drinks that come with this time of year! When most people think of pumpkins, it’s usually for carving during Halloween or in the form of Thanksgiving pie. This year, I’m getting a little fancy with pumpkin; no ordinary pumpkin dessert, here! I’m talking something healthier, but still festive and decadent to go with the season – Pumpkin Nog.
Pumpkin is part of the squash family and is grown throughout the United States. It has a variety of uses for cooking and baking. It’s low in calories and fat, but rich in vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. Pumpkin helps boost the immune system and helps reduce the risk cardiovascular disease.
(with vegan option)
- 1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
- ¾ cup of evaporated milk, or milk alternative (almond or coconut milk make a great vegan option)
- 1 tablespoon of raw honey
- 1 scoop dairy-free coconut milk ice cream
- dash ground nutmeg
- dash ground cinnamon
- 1 ounce of white rum – optional
- whipped cream – optional
- Add all ingredients except whipped topping to the tall NutriBullet cup and extract until smooth. Top off with whipped cream and sprinkle of cinnamon.
This drink is the perfect alternative to the traditional artery-clogging egg nog. It tastes just like Thanksgiving and Christmas wrapped into one creamy, spiced drink. Entertaining? Your guests will love this, too!
Want to turn this into a nutritional breakfast? Replace the ice cream with a frozen banana and one scoop of non-fat plain Greek yogurt (don’t forget the spinach!) I like to mix in some pumpkin spice granola for crunch, as well. As always, please feel free to take creative liberties.
The holidays are approaching and the cold weather is perfect for snuggling up on the couch under a warm blanket with a warm drink and a good book! We’ve totally got the drink covered!
Try this Super Apple Cider, full of all natural ingredients, natural sweetness and no artificial flavors or preservatives like you’d find in store-bought ciders, which, frankly, don’t taste all that good anyway. You’ll love it and your cold night will turn into a beautiful night in.
Super Apple Cider
- 3 apples
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
- coconut water to the MAX Line
Add all ingredients to the SouperBlast Pitcher in your NutriBullet Rx and extract on the 7-minute heating cycle. Pour into a serving cup and enjoy!
If you don’t have the NutriBullet Rx, extract in your NutriBullet and heat over the stovetop until warm.
Carrots are one of the most popular vegetables in the world and especially around this time of year! They’re packed with nutrition, they’re tasty and are they’re perfect cooked, steamed, baked, or eaten entirely raw. They’re available all year round, but what’s better in the fall than a sweet, orange tuber?
Carrots are very rich in vitamin A, great for vision and the immune and reproductive systems. With this crunchy, orange powerfood, you get 204 percent of your daily dose of vitamin A, plus a dose of vitamins C, B3, B6, E and K. They’re also great for skin health and are low in calories.
But you know the best way to enjoy a good carrot this season? In your next NutriBlast! The delicate flavor compliments almost any fruit or veggie. Despite the hard fibrous texture, carrots extract nicely in the NutriBullet.
Here’s one of my favorite carrot Blasts – now you have no excuse for not eating your carrots!
- 1 medium carrot with skin washed and chunked
- ½ cup frozen pineapple
- ½ cup of frozen mango
- large handful of spinach or other leafy greens
- 1 cup of non-fat plain Greek yogurt
- coconut water to the max line
- Add all ingredients to the tall NutriBullet cup and extract until smooth.
For variety, try adding other fruits and leafy greens with carrots. An orange-lemon-lime combination is a good mixture, too. The possibilities are endless!
A side note: the average American eats 12 pounds of carrots a year. That’s about one cup per week. That figure can easily be doubled with the addition of a carrot NutriBlast!
Raw'kin Snack of the Week
This raw salsa is one for the books! With beautiful, vibrant colors, a short prep time, and flavors that are sweet, a little spicy, and wonderfully juicy, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t made this salsa before!
It’ll also warm you up, despite the quickly approaching cold front – can you tell we miss summer?
Green NutriBlasts make delicious and healthy snacks, but they can be used as meal replacements, too. They’re a perfect way of consuming your daily allowance of fruits and veggies, plus a few extra antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins that your body is probably isn’t accustomed to. Plus, both fruits and veggies are a great way to help your body detox from those pesky toxins you ingest on a daily basis. Recently, they’ve become very popular, especially with people trying to lose weight or lead a healthier life style.
Have you ever used apples in your Blast? It’s apple season and they happen to be one of the most popular fruits in the world. They make a good base and will compliment any type of Blast, the greener the better! My apple of choice is sweet and tart – the lovely Granny Smith. A medium size apple contains only 80 calories, a ton of vitamins and a lot of natural fiber. I love to use this little green guy for pies, muffins and especially in my Blast.
Green Apple Blast
- 1 Granny Smith apple with skin, sliced and cored
- 1 cup of green grapes
- 1 carrot with skin, diced
- Large handful of spinach
- 3 ice cubes
- Water to line
- Add all ingredients to the NutriBullet cup and extract until smooth.
No need to peel the apple or carrot! Their skin actually contains a lot of nutrients and fiber; just be sure to scrub thoroughly before using.
This drink is a gorgeous shade of green. It’s also the freshest, fastest way to eat your fruits and veggies – in the form of a NutriBlast. Don’t forget the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”