Strawberries are so wonderful and easy to use in a variety of recipes that they’re actually one of my favorite fruits. 

Luckily for me, I can usually find strawberries everywhere near my home. Strawberry farms, roadside stands, farmers markets, F&W co-ops, fairs and festivals, as well as the regular grocery stores. Strawberries are everywhere! I have decided to purchase my strawberry preserves, jams, and jellies locally whenever I can. They are delicious without all of the processed additives. There is nothing like some locally-grown strawberry preserves spread over a warm, toasted bagel.

I’m not picky about where I buy my raw strawberries, but I’m definitely picky about buying them. I inspect the color and freshness and watch for mold or rotten spots. I love the berries with the dark, rich, almost burgundy color. They are usually the ones with the sweetest flavor.

Strawberries don’t have a lot of sugar but they have a lot of health benefits. They are known to help with weight-loss, inflammation and contain anti-aging properties.

A NutriBlaster posted a great tip about keeping strawberries fresher longer and it became a great moment of wisdom for me. Every time I purchase strawberries, I make sure that I use this tip: I run some cold water into my kitchen sink and add a tablespoon of white vinegar.  Then, I take all of my strawberries out of the plastic and inspect each one before placing them into the cold vinegar water. I let the strawberries sit in the water for a few minutes, then drain them in a colander and let them air dry on a paper towel. When the sink is empty, I rinse out the plastic container and dry with a paper towel, putting the strawberries back in when they’re dry. There is no smell or taste of vinegar and the color is vibrant and beautiful.

Strawberries are a great option for a NutriBlast or a Strawberry Milkshake. Here is a recipe for a delicious strawberry shake.

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Strawberry Milkshake 

Ingredients

  • 4-5 fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 frozen banana
  • cold almond milk
  • vanilla protein powder
  • almonds
  • a dash of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Extract a few seconds until smooth.

This tastes much better than any milkshake at a fast food place and I know it is much healthier. Enjoy!

-Delores McCarter

It’s true, in our eyes, our mothers are forever young.

Help them look and feel young by serving up this delicious Fountain of Youth Blast first thing this Mother’s Day morning! Packed with heart-healthy and anti-aging nutrients including resveratrol, it’s not only tasty for you and your family, it’s also good for you!

Give it a try and let us know, what are you doing for your mom this Mother’s Day?

(Don’t forget to comment on our Mother’s Day giveaway for a chance to win a NutriBullet  Super Prize Pack!)

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Raw'kin Snack of the Week!

These are so simple to make – just add a few ingredients to your NutriBullet and you have the perfect combination of dates, cinnamon, peanuts, a perfect on-the-go snack that’ll keep you satisfied until your next meal.

Thanks to Anne of Fannetastic Food for the great recipe!

Click here for the full recipe.

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I wasn’t a morning person for many years; getting up at the crack of dawn has always been a chore. I wouldn’t get cranky like most, though, but quiet and reflective. Not until about 10 a.m. did I start taking part in conversations around me. I didn’t understand why the morning news crew was so bubbly and energetic at five thirty in the morning, while I dragged myself out of the bed.

These days, I’m up and at ‘em, raring to go, moving up and moving out. My coworkers tell me that I am energetic and perky enough with my NutriBlasts that I don’t need to drink coffee anymore. (That is probably true.) I’m bubbly, funny, and even a little silly at work. If I make an especially good NutriBlast that morning, I may even do a happy dance – and yes, it sounds just as silly as it looks. Some days, I have no shame!

When I drink my NutriBlasts, a bunch of endorphins are released, giving me that “feel good” tingly feeling all over. It’s the reason I call my NutriBlasts my “happy juice” because they certainly make me happy and full of energy – quite the feat, especially so early in the morning.

I don’t ever recall cutting a rug over a stack of pancakes or dancing a jig from a deliciously prepared omelette. However, my NutriBlasts seem to just enhance that dancing vibe.

I’m so happy to have this natural mood enhancer in my life. How does Blasting make you feel?

-Delores McCarter

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Very Cherry Smoothie from Peanut Butter and Peppers.

There are too many reasons to list why it is important to take good care of your kidneys. As a cancer patient and now survivor, I learned the importance of keeping hydrated and flushing my kidneys of toxins, both during and after my treatment.

In addition to eating well and drinking a lot of water, about once a month for a few days, I make myself what I call my kidney cleansing NutriBlast to just take that extra step in my efforts to maintain healthy kidneys.

I researched which ingredients help with eliminating toxins in the kidneys and created a NutriBlasts that includes:

Cucumber with skin: Made up of 95% water and helps to hydrate the body and flush out toxins. Also known to reduce certain cancer risks and help with kidney stones.

Celery:  Has cleansing properties, hydrates, alkalizing and loaded with vitamins.

Cilantro: I add this to just about everything! Cilantro is well known for having anti-inflammatory properties, promotes healthy liver function and helps to detoxify the body. My all-time favorite ingredient!

Lemon: Flushes out toxins and helps to maintain PH levels

Carrots: Loaded with vitamins and adds flavor to this drink.

Pure, unsweetened coconut water: Great for added hydration and taste.

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My Kidney Detox NutriBlast

  • ½ regular size cucumber with skin (or a whole organic mini Persian cucumber);
  • 1 celery stalk cut up in chunks
  • 1 small handful of cilantro
  • 1/8 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 peeled carrot cut up in chunks
  • ½ cup unsweetened pure coconut water
  • Fill to max line with filtered or spring water

This may not be the prettiest or tastiest NutriBlasts you will drink, but the benefits of these ingredients are wonderful! 

-Shari Pack