I am not a morning person. Never have been, never will be. I have a difficult time waking up, and if I miss my morning cup of joe, I feel groggy the entire day. That was until I discovered adding one little extra ingredient to my morning NutriBlast— ginger!
Unlike coffee, ginger does not contain caffeine. Nevertheless, the heat that is packed into this little root is sure to rub the sleep out of your eyes and prepare you for your day. It just so happens, ginger is healthful in so many other ways – it improves the absorption of essential nutrients by the body. It also can help relieve nausea and ease a sore throat and congestion. On top of all this, ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that can help bring relief to joint pain, so if you wake up full of aches and pains, this is another huge plus.
I came up with this recipe one morning when we were all out of coffee. I had a spare piece of ginger root leftover from the stir-fry I made for dinner the previous night, and decided to add it to my morning Blast to see what would happen. The drink was delicious! It had the perfect amount of zing to wake me up, with just a little kick!
- 1 inch piece of ginger peeled
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of pineapple
- 1 cup of coconut water
- 2 handfuls of spinach or other greens
- 3 ice cubes
Add all ingredients into the large NutriBullet cup, extract until smooth and enjoy!
Ginger is now a regular part of my morning routine. It allows me to wake up and get ready to go, without any caffeine. Now, if I skip my morning cup of coffee, no big deal. I know I can rely on my favorite root to do the trick just fine. As usual, feel free to take creative liberties.
I’m amazed at the amount of energy I have lately. Since I’m finally getting back into exercising regularly, being able to put in a good work out has been a dream come true.
Not long ago, I was so out of shape that my workout sessions didn’t last long. I rarely made it to fifteen minutes. It was boring, and instead of enjoying the experience, I felt extremely uncomfortable. I didn’t get much out of going to the gym and soon discovered that it was a waste of my money. How did people get through this? Even yoga was too weird for me.
I remember once a guy stepped on the treadmill beside me. About fifteen minutes into his workout, he was covered in sweat, while I was more than ready to step off the machine and go home to eat dinner. I remember thinking to myself, “One day, I’ll work up a sweat like that.” I didn’t know it then, but what I really should have wished for was the energy to work out consistently without throwing in the towel.
Fast forward to today – I drink my NutriBlast every morning and I’m ready to go. I have a fun, high-paced job and in the morning, I hit the ground running like I have premium fuel in my body…because I do!
Now, I see working out with a different perspective. I exercise for about an hour, five to six days a week. Years ago, working out for two hours would have been too radical, but now, it’s something I love to do. I love putting all my energy into exercising so I can work up a great sweat. To me, that’s a great accomplishment. My parents would be so proud!
A friend of mine told me the other day that I had tons of energy. I couldn’t help but laugh and feel very grateful!
Energy Boosting Blast
- 1 handful spinach
- 1 banana
- 1 cup mixed berries, frozen
- 1 clementine
- 1 Tbsp SuperFood Energy Boost
- Coconut water to the MAX line
- Add ingredients to your Tall Cup and extract for 30 seconds, or until smooth.
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Summertime is nearing its end – but that doesn’t mean we have to eat like it! Let’s keep the fresh, crunchy, bright colors of summer around for as long as we can. But let’s ditch the unhealthy, bottled dressings of yester-year and make our own healthy version, just like summer would like.
We all know that the oils and sugar in many salad dressings can pack on the fat and calories. Homemade salad dressing is not only delicious, but it’s healthier than the store-bought kind and surprisingly, very easy to make. A zesty salad dressing can help you use your calories wisely, while adding that extra flavor kick.
Here’s a quick salad dressing makeover. It gets most of its flavor from the applesauce and mustard. Both are low in calories and fat- but your tastebuds won’t know it!
Salad Dressing Makeover
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tablespoons of water
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 4 teaspoons of regular or dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon of salt, or to taste
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
- Add all ingredients to the short NutriBullet cup and extract until smooth. Chill for 30 minutes. Give a quick mix and serve over your favorite green salad.
This dressing works well with your favorite salad and tastes especially good over spinach. It also dresses up a chicken salad.
For an extra pop, add just a touch of red pepper flakes. As usual, please feel free to adjust to your own taste buds.
Now, go forth and eat salad!
The words summer and watermelon are inseparable. When summer rolls around, my family loves to get their hands on sweet, juicy watermelon! It’s the sweetest season after all, and now is when watermelon is at the peak of flavor and freshness. But, it turns out watermelon does a lot more than quench your thirst on a hot summer day.
Watermelon is naturally hydrating with a ton of vitamins and minerals. It’s got lots of lycopene, the pigment that gives watermelon and tomatoes their red color, which is an important phytonutrient for cardiovascular health.
I didn’t want to make a regular NutriBlast, so I found this recipe on My Recipes – it’s a refreshing Watermelon Lime Soda that’s perfect for cooling you down on a hot day.
Watermelon Lime Soda
- 1/3 cup of sugar
- ¼ cup water
- 2 tablespoons peeled chopped fresh ginger
- 5 cups of diced watermelon
- ¼ cup of fresh lime juice
- 2 cups of club soda
- sprigs of fresh mint for garnish
- Combine sugar, water and ginger in small saucepan. Cook until sugar is dissolved, stirring with a whisk.
- Remove from heat and cool for 15 minutes.
- In 2 – 3 batches, add watermelon and lime juice to your tall NutriBullet cup and extract until smooth.
- In a large pitcher, combine sugar syrup, watermelon mixture and club soda. Serve over ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.
This is very thirst-quenching summertime drink. Perfect for BBQs and pool parties, the combination of watermelon and infused ginger syrup adds a little sweet and spice to the beverage. Want to make this the perfect adult cocktail? Try adding a shot of white rum for flavor.
A lot of people ask me how to make NutriBlasts taste good. Well, it’s easy for me since I already enjoy plenty of fruits and vegetables. I recently made a transition from processed food to whole, natural foods and my taste buds have been delighted by the change.
Since there are farms nearby, there is plenty of fresh produce to sample. Generally, I stick to what I know and it takes a lot of the guesswork out of trying something new – after all, if you know how your ingredients taste, you’ll know how your Blast will taste. But I will say, a slight twist can change the taste completely.
A sprinkle of cacao powder can give a Blast an earthy sweetness that can make me forget all about those store-bought shakes, which also happen to be full of added preservatives. A ripe peach, mango, or pineapple can add a tropical touch to a Blast, reminiscent of a those sun-bathing afternoons on the sandy shore. I was not a fan of beets for a long time, but I admit, they have grown on me and I love that beautiful red color!
Kale is a favorite in my Blasts, but occasionally I add spinach, savoy cabbage, Swiss chard, and broccoli. Recently, I have even added some green leaf lettuce to my Blasts for a fresh and delicious flavor.
There’s even some fruit I don’t particularly enjoy in whole form that I absolutely love in NutriBlasts, including cantaloupe and honeydew melon. Frozen red seedless grapes are wonderful to add as well, and freezing them actually makes all the difference!
I can usually come up with many recipes off the top of my head because it’s so much fun to get in the kitchen and experiment. Don’t be afraid to mix things up, buy produce you’ve never heard of, and try some things you never thought you’d like. You might be surprised by the results!