February 14th is a day of love for romantic couples and families alike. The traditional festive food for this holiday? Chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate – and not just any chocolate, usually a giant red, heart-shaped box full of chocolate.

Lets face it, creamy chocolate truffles will make anyone feel warm, fuzzy and loved. However, let’s not get carried away by downing the entire box – not exactly romantic.

Here’s my solution to this romantic dilemma:  try pairing up the little chocolate gems with a loving NutriBlast for two – one Tall Cup, two straws!

The perfect Valentine’s Day Blast needs to have the perfect balance of color, flavor and nutrition – this intensifies the romance.  The color should be the right shade of red or pink, The flavor should be combination of energizing and creamy.  But most of all, it should be packed with nutrients.

VD Blast

Valentine’s Day Blast

  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup of pomegranate seeds
  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 3 ice cubes
  • vanilla almond milk to line

Add all ingredients to tall NutriBullet cup and extract.

Add a shot of whip cream, two straws and enjoy the Valentine’s Day love! Not only is this Blast a beautiful color pink, it’s packed with vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. Perfect combination to share with the ones you love. As usual, please feel free to take creative liberties with the recipe.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Kim Pontius

Feb
6
21

Orange Krush!

I love the taste of fresh citrus, especially oranges! They are, after all, the most popular fruit of the citrus family. You can buy them all year round and they are pretty inexpensive. Plus, don’t forget the staying power in the refrigerator. Every part of the orange can be eaten and has nutritional value, including the rind!

Delicious and juicy oranges contain an impressive list of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps fight off all those nasty infectious cold and flu symptoms. They are low in calories, fat free, rich in dietary fiber and naturally sweet. What could be better?

Here’s a recipe I’ve been making for a while and I can’t believe I’ve never posted it. It’s a great nutritional NutriBlast to start the day.

Orange Krush

Orange Krush

  • 2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • 1 cup non-fat Greek vanilla yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon raw, all natural honey
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • almond milk to line

Add all ingredients into a large NutriBullet cup and extract.

This recipe is more of a suggested formula.  Feel free to sub in your favorite. Try a using soy or almond milk. Even a banana is great for flavor and thickening. This is a great blast for a mid day snack as well. It has the right amount of carbs and protein to get me through the balance of my busy day.

Enjoy!

-Kim Pontius

Feb
3
9

Raw Carrot Cake Bites

Raw'kin Snack of the Week

Carrot cake is one of those polarizing foods that people either love or love to hate. Some think it’s sweet and moist; others wonder what a vegetable is doing in a cake. Either way, we won’t judge! (Although we are a little biased – a cake made of carrots, rich in beta-carotene, and walnuts, packed with omega-3s? A sure thing in our book!)

That’s why we decided to find a raw, vegan version of this decadent cake, so you can eat entirely guilt-free. And boy, did we hit the mother lode. Thanks to Sarah of The Sweet Life, who’s clearly on Team Carrot Cake. Check out her other recipes here.

So gather up your ingredients and give this recipe a shot. You can shred the carrots in just seconds in your NutriBullet short cup and whip up the delicious cashew cream frosting in it, too.

raw carrot cake bites

So tell us, are you voting yea or nay on carrot cake?

As if your NutriBlast wasn’t healthy enough, using green tea can add even more health benefits! Green tea has been around for centuries, but it seems to be gaining popularity over the past few years as researchers are discovering more every day about the benefits of drinking it on a regular basis. The list of recently published benefits is long, but here is a brief overview:

  • Helps in reducing the risk of certain cancers
  • Aids in weight loss and weight management
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease
  • Protects cells from damage
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties (my favorite!)

After my cancer treatment, I began drinking 2-3 cups per day to build my immune system and have been hooked ever since. Note:  Not recommended to patients currently treating for cancer as the antioxidants can interfere with the treatment. I have friends that love to use green tea in their NutriBlasts. I just recently began using it as my liquid additive.

While I am a big fan of green tea, it has taken some getting used to as far as using it in my NutriBlasts. I suppose that I am a creature of habit as I like to take my time and sip my hot tea, but it’s never too late to try new ways of enjoying it. I love the idea of combining my vegetables and fruit with the tea. One of my fellow NutriBlasters loves this recipe using green tea and I would like to share it.

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 Extreme Green NutriBlast 

  • ½ to ¾ of a green banana
  • 1 handful of rinsed spinach
  • 5 green grapes
  • 1 small handful of almonds (you can omit if you prefer)
  • 1 cup of cooled decaf green tea

This drink is loaded with health-boosting ingredients. Enjoy!

-Shari Pack

Jan
30
4

Super Bowl Spinach Dip

This year, when my friends and I organized our holiday potluck, my job was to bring all the veggies and dips – a key driver of the socializing that so often takes place at these parties. Now, with the Super Bowl just days away, this recipe is once again out and ready to be enjoyed!

There are so many commercial dips on the market, but most are loaded with calories and are high in fat, not too mention the high price tag! It is easy and more flavorful to make your own. The combination of fresh herbs, colorful vegetables and cheeses make the possibilities endless; plus, you get to control exactly what goes in your dip. No extra preservatives, chemicals, or additives.

Here is a great version of a traditional spinach dip courtesy of Eating Well. It tastes exactly like the fully-loaded version, but with lower calorie and nonfat options!

Spinach Dip

Super Bowl Spinach Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 small shallot, peeled
  • 1 5-oz. can water chestnuts, rinsed
  • ½ cup cream cheese (reduced fat, if preferred)
  • ½ cottage cheese (low-fat, if preferred)
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt or greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • ½ (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives

Directions

  1. Pulse shallot and water chestnuts in the tall NutriBullet cup until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add cream cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper and pulse until just combined. Pour into a bowl and add spinach, chives and mix well. Chill for one hour or until ready to serve. This can be done a day in advance.

This dip is flavorful, super easy to make and will leave your friends begging for more. It’s the perfect addition to every bowl and any Superbowl!

From my family to yours –

Kim Pontius