Lately, I have been trying to expand my “green horizons.” Sometimes, when I go too green with my NutriBlasts, they have the potential to taste like dirt. In my search for the perfect green Blast, I found something so simple that I always keep on hand for cooking, but never thought of Blasting – parsley. It’s a pretty little herb that lends a sprinkling of color to dinner plates and makes a lovely garnish. Though traditionally thought of as just a trimming, it ranks up there with other herbs in terms of health benefits.
Parsley is a Mediterranean herb that has been around for more than 2000 years. It has a wonderful fragrance and mild taste that’s popular in the culinary arena. It also contains a ton of medicinal properties, too! It contains no cholesterol and is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. In small daily doses, studies show it can help control blood pressure and relieve joint pain, as well. My Italian grandmother used to swear parsley prevented bad breath. She ate it daily after every meal!
Here’s a recipe I found, courtesy of Bon Appétit. Please feel free to measure the ingredients based on your own taste buds.
Parsley Berry Blast
- ½ cup parsley, leaves and stems
- 1 cup kale or spinach
- 1 banana
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
- Water to line
- 2-3 Ice cubes
Add all ingredients to the tall NutriBullet cup and extract. This drink has a subtle earthy berry flavor. It makes a good morning Blast because it’s not too sweet. I like to use a combination of berries with mine: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.
So here’s to expanding your green horizons! Not only will parsley add flavor to your meals, it’s healthy for your body, too. Play around with different combinations of greens – the mixtures are endless!
Some of my food recipes simply do not turn out as expected – life throws you curveballs, sometimes. I have recipes that I’ve been trying to perfect and some recipes I’m still experimenting with. I’m still trying to make a good tomato basil soup.
Like food, sometimes a NutriBlast does not turn out like I had hoped. Luckily, unlike many of my food recipes, it is pretty east to change a mediocre Blast into something spectacular.
Bananas, peaches, strawberries, and apples can give a NutriBlast a great, thick consistency, so if my Blast is a little watery, I’ll add some fruit and the consistency can be transformed. If the Blast is too thick, I’ll pour some of the contents into an airtight container, add some liquid and extract it again.
Not sweet enough? Add some raw honey and if I still need a flavor adjustment, I’ll add some of my favorite fruit, like an apple, to save the day!
Unlike cooking, I don’t generally follow other folks’ Blast recipes. No offense, it’s just not my style! In fact, I think it’s much more fun to create my own recipes. I created a delicious drink from a readjustment, actually. I Blasted a few chopped carrots and a little water and although it was a beautiful color, (and call me crazy,) but I didn’t like the flavor of carrot water. However, I simply added a sweet, naval orange and the result was absolutely incredible. The flavor and consistency resulted in a drink that could be easily sold in a restaurant! All it took was the addition of one ingredient and it turned my Blast from earthy carrot juice to a pow-wow tasty energy booster.
Tweaking the flavor takes time, but with a little practice, the number of unfavorable NutriBlast recipes should go down very quickly. Sometimes a Blast just needs a simple readjustment.
Raw'kin Snack of the Week!
Ok – so the original title of this delicious recipe was “Carrot Cake Protein SMOOTHIE,” …but that’s because blogger Brittany Mullins from Eating Bird Food has yet to discover the NutriBullet! A quick spin in your NutriBullet and you’ll Blast off with this raw recipe, perfect as a meal replacement or midday snack.
Quick and easy with minimal ingredients, you’ll wonder why you never thought of it yourself!
Ginger, ginger, ginger! Everyone in my family is a huge ginger fan. From gingerbread houses to tea, they love it in everything, especially this time of year. What would the holiday season have been without it?
Ginger root has been used for centuries in many ways. It was first used medicinally for calming an upset stomach and relieving arthritis. It may help with lowering cholesterol, as well.
Today, ginger is still used for its health benefits, but more often as a culinary spice – and a tasty one at that! Ginger is pretty inexpensive and will last wrapped in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. It can also be frozen for future use. It little goes a long way.
Recently, my son, being the mischievous trickster he is, decided it would be funny to throw a chunk of fresh ginger into my morning Blast, claiming it would “awaken my senses.” To both of our surprise, I loved the new concoction! I ended up making more Blasts for the entire family.
- 1 banana
- 1 cup vanilla non-fat Greek yogurt
- ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon of honey or agave
- 2 – 3 ice cubes
- Water to line
Combine banana yogurt, honey, ice cubes, water, and ginger in the large NutriBullet cup. Extract until well blended.
The combination of creamy banana and the hint of spice is perfect to awaken your morning senses. I’m so glad I discovered this fabulous root and my son decided to sneak it into my morning Blast! I started using it in my stir-fry recipes, too. I encourage everyone to try the same and spice up your life!
Raw'kin Snack of the Week
Once in a while, you need to indulge. But indulging doesn’t mean you have to reach for the nearest fried or artificially-covered piece of junk food you can find!
We found this recipe for amazing raw, vegan caramel apples – just whizz up a few ingredients in your NutriBullet and you’ve got a gooey caramel topping perfect for a healthy, decadent dessert or snack.
Thanks to Emily from This Rawesome Vegan Life for the recipe!
Click here for the full recipe. You’ll love it. It’s pretty much guaranteed.