Jul
24
18

Go, Go, Goji Blast!

Nowadays, superfood is the latest catchword. What exactly is a superfood? I always thought chocolate chip cookies fell into this category. Boy, was I wrong! The definition of a superfood is a food with high concentrations of crucial nutrients and antioxidants and which is also low in calories. Foods containing these nutrients help prevent the effects of aging, including hypertension, high cholesterol and certain cancers.

Goji berries are considered one of the best superfoods out on the market. Some people claim they’re the next fountain of youth. The goji berry is also known as the the wolfberry. It’s a bright red-orange color and grows on shrubs native to China. They’re packed with powerful antioxidants and are rich in vitamin A.

Goji berries are compact and low in calories. Just 1/8 cup contains 112 calories and 4 grams of sugar. For these reasons, they’re basically the perfect addition to any Blast you may want to super pack with nutrients.

Goji Berry Blast

Goji Berry Chocolate Banana Blast

  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup goji berries
  • ½ cup red seedless grapes
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 T honey
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • water to MAX line

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

Kiss your morning cup of java goodbye. This Blast is packed with energy and vitamins. It is sure to give you the power you need to start your busy day.

-Kim Pontius

Anyone who knows me, knows that I use my NutriBullet multiple times a day. I use it before my workout to mix my sports drinks, I use it after my workout to replenish and repair, I use it to make the kids’ afternoon smoothies, and I am constantly experimenting with dressings, marinades and sauces. I even use it to teach clients how to implement Blasting into their healthy lifestyles. Needless to say, my NutriBullet gets a TON of use! So it didn’t surprise anyone that I packed it in my suitcase and took it to New York City for the NYC half marathon. It was instinctual. In fact, I pack it for every business trip or vacation I take! I usually pack it before my cosmetic bag or running sneakers!

If you don’t know me, you might ask why? Let me  explain…

There is not a day when I don’t want to feel my best. I have never heard anyone say, “I don’t care if I feel good today.” And I most especially want to feel good when traveling to participate in a race. It’s often hard to maintain healthy eating while on the road, on vacation or at a race. Traveling with the NutriBullet ensures that I have a tool that will help me maintain my healthy lifestyle. While racing – I specifically use my NutriBullet to make my pre-race NutriBlast – I fuel my body for the race at hand. It ensures optimal race performance. Every athlete searches for that magical combination of pre-race fuel. The contents of the meal differ for each athlete and depend on many factors, such as past race history, past GI issues, blood sugar and energy fluctuations, predisposition to cramping and many more. Once an athlete understands what he/she needs and compares that to the distance and intensity of each particular race, a pre-race meal can be created!

Here is one of my personal favorite Pre-Race Blasts. It’s designed for a race that lasts approximately 2-3 hours at a moderate-high intensity. This Blast will support a sustained balance of blood sugar and enough calories to produce the energy needed to race fast and hard!

Running shoes on road

Pre-Race NutriBlast

Ingredients

  • ½ cup soy milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • ½ cup plain non fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter

Directions

Combine all ingredients and Blast! Consume approximately 2 hours before the start of the race. Consume with adequate water in order to maintain optimal pre-race hydration.

-Jen Giles, R.D., C.S.S.D

Jul
17
27

Pineapple Blast

When you hear the word pineapple, do you think of cooling, tropical summer drinks? Well, I do! Pineapples add a great tropical flavor to your NutriBlast. They are an excellent source of vitamins and fiber and have special anti-inflammatory properties.

Fun fact: Pineapples were first discovered by Christopher Columbus. They are enjoyed all over the world for their juicy taste and sweet aroma. Although the flesh of the fruit is most commonly consumed, the core of the pineapple contains valuable vitamins and fiber, as well. The core is actually packed with anti-inflammatory enzymes called bromelain and can be easily added to any NutriBlast for a wonderful NutriBonus.

Pineapple Blast

Pineapple Mango Orange Blast

  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 orange
  • ½ cup of frozen mango
  • large handful of spinach
  • ¼ raw pumpkin seeds
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • Water to line

Add all ingredients to your Tall NutriBullet Cup and extract.

Enjoy this refreshing tropical drink on a hot summer day relaxing by the pool. Let it take you away to a bit of tropical paradise. If you’re over 21, this is a fabulous drink to enjoy with a splash of rum.  Enjoy responsibly!

-Kim Pontius

I used to eat a lot of salad with a lot of salad dressing. I started buying salad dressing in bulk just to make sure I never ran out of it. I didn’t even realize that I had so many bottles until recently;  there were bottles in the fridge, in the kitchen cabinets, on the pantry shelves, and even in the fridge at work and in my desk drawer at the office. Did I really need this much salad dressing? Does anyone?

After I started using my NutriBullet, I took a little break from salad. I finally noticed the bottles of salad dressing because they were taking up so much room in the fridge. When I’d move things things back and forth, the bottles of salad dressing danced around like musical chairs.

I checked the nutrition label on one of the bottles and was far from impressed. One of my favorite bottles of salad dressing had a long list of ingredients that I couldn’t pronounce. Even the pre-made dressing mix had a lot of additives in it. There were only four things that I recognized: buttermilk, garlic, onion, and parsley. Everything else could have been written in a different language because I didn’t understand any of it.

I realized that I didn’t want to go as far as eating healthy, delicious salads and then adding that stuff on top of them anymore. It didn’t matter if I had four bottles or forty; I wasn’t going to be using them anymore. I decided to start making my own dressing.

It wasn’t hard to find the ingredients because most of them were already in my house:  yogurt, oranges, vinegar, lemons, garlic, mustard seed, nut butters, and a variety of seasonings.

One day, I took the slices of a juicy orange and placed them in the NutriBullet. Then, I added  some peanut butter, vinegar, fresh parsley and minced garlic. Ten seconds later, I had a freshly made salad dressing. Another day, I took some plain yogurt, apple cider vinegar, fresh parmesan cheese, and fresh herbs and it made an entirely different but equally delicious dressing.

Since then, I’ve never looked back.

-Delores McCarter

Salad Dressing

Jul
9
18

Oat Flour Brownie

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when hear the word “oats”? Is it breakfast oatmeal? Or a healthier version of flour to bake yummy treats? Usually, oatmeal is the first thing that comes to mind. Well, after this recipe, it won’t be! Oat flour is just a fancy name for ground oats. The health benefits of eating oats are very well known; not only do they stabilize blood sugar, they promote weight loss and can help lower cholesterol. Also, the antioxidants in oats help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Did you know oat flour can easily be substituted for white flour? It’s only 120 calories per one-third cup and it’s gluten free. It’s a lot more nutritional than white flour, which is processed and bleached, and adds a sweet, nutty flavor to baked goods. Please note, since oat flour does not contain gluten, baked goods will not rise as much, may be more dense or not hold together as well. However, the added benefits oats have to give outweigh the minor inconveniences. It’s best to mix oat flour with another flour or gluten so it will hold together.

If you want to make your own oat flour, it’s very easy and inexpensive. All you have to do is add oats to the NutriBullet and extract. The whole process takes less than ten seconds! Unused oat flour can be conveniently stored in a sealed container in the freezer for up to six months.

Here is a terrific brownie recipe to try out your very own oat flour! This recipe is for true chocolate lovers!

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Oat flour brownies

Oat Flour Brownies

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup oat flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 T unsweetened cacao powder
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips – divided in ½
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee granules – optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Mix together oat flour, salt, cocao powder and baking powder and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, melt ½ cup of chocolate chips with butter in the microwave. Let cool.
  4. Beat in eggs, sugar, vanilla, water and instant coffee granules.
  5. Add dry ingredients and mix completely.
  6. Pour into a greased 8”x8” baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips. Gently press into batter.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting.

Enjoy!

Kim Pontius