Raw'kin Snack of the Week!
This beautiful recipe comes to us from The Rawtarian. With sweet dates and amazing, raw cacao, this frosting will hit the spot, whether you’re making a decadent cake or just want to lick the spoon!
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I had the privilege of attending the Los Angeles Marathon on March 9th. It was one of the most exciting sporting events I have ever seen. I’ve been going to baseball, hockey and basketball games for years, and, sure, they’re a lot of fun (eating hotdogs, drinking beer and don’t forget the seventh inning stretch) – but nothing compares to the energy that rushes through during a marathon. I’m not talking about your typical hype, but real emotional and physical energy flooding the streets of LA!
I parked myself at the NutriBullet booth, located at mile marker 15 of the marathon. When the first half of the runners starting passing by our section, I was so impressed by their stamina. Most of them looked like they were on a casual run through the park, barely breaking a sweat. They ran by us NutriBullet lovers waving and shouting with enthusiasm, all while locked in competitive marathon mode. It made me realize I don’t know the first thing about training or eating for a marathon!
Luckily, NutriBlasts contain the necessary needed balance of carbs, protein and so much more. By extracting your own Blast, your recovery can be customized to fit your nutritional needs. Here’s a recovery Blast that is not only a good source of carbs and protein, but low in fat.
Banana Kiwi Recovery Blast
- 1 banana
- 1 kiwi, peeled and cut
- large handful of spinach
- ¼ cup of raw almonds
- almond milk to the max line
- 3 ice cubes
Add all ingredients to your Tall NutriBullet cup, extract until smooth and enjoy. Almond milk has half the calories of low-fat milk and twice the amount of calcium. Raw almonds have protein and add heart-healthy monounsaturated fats to the drink. Spinach has about seven calories per cup and is a rich source of iron. Kiwis are high in vitamin C and bananas are great source of potassium. No doubt, this is a winning combination!
Whether it’s a long run or interval training, giving your body what it needs will result in better performance.
It seems that everywhere I go, I hear about the importance of consuming more fruits and vegetables. Recently, I received a newsletter from my dentist with a lengthy section on increasing the amount of produce we consume each day, especially as we get older.
It’s actually a lot easier to get in additional fruits and veggies by being a daily NutriBlaster. In fact, I call my NutriBlasts the ultimate fast food option because they give me nutrition quickly while I’m on the go. I’m still amazed that I can walk into my kitchen, prepare a fabulous tasting NutriBlast and walk out within ten minutes. I can carry my NutriBlast in my tote bag to drink it when I get to the office or sip on it while I’m driving to work.
I’ve taken my NutriBlasts with me on the hottest summer days and on the days when the streets are covered with snow and ice. On a hot day, I keep the consistency thick and cold with frozen produce. On a cold day, I keep my frozen ingredients out, using fridge or room temperature items instead, like bananas, oranges and apples.
This morning, I made a banana Blast and I’m happy to share my recipe with you.
Banana Apple Blast
- 1/3 frozen banana
- a Gala apple
- protein powder
- unsweetened almond milk
- cold water
- sprinkle of chia seeds
- a few almonds
- a dash of cinnamon
- raw honey
It was simply delicious. A well-made NutriBlast will beat fast food any day of the week! It is the ultimate convenience food.
Whether you’re an exercise enthusiast or just trying to lose weight, we know protein helps the body. We hear so much about it and we know we need it, but just what is protein?
Protein is made up of long chains of amino acids. There are about 22 different types of amino acids and the body needs all of them to function. They are broken down into 14 non-essential and 8 essential amino acids. The body can manufacture the non-essentials, but the essentials cannot be produced and therefore must be derived from food we eat. Simply put, protein is a major component of all muscles, tissues and organs. It produces antibodies, which fight against infections and keep us healthy. It also aids in the recovery and growth of muscles.
Many people, especially vegetarians and vegans, struggle with a protein deficiency. Protein powders are a good way to supplement the extra boost of protein in our daily diet. Adding them to your NutriBlast can help you get the right amount to stay healthy.
Here’s a protein powerhouse Blast to get you through the morning. It’s perfect for breakfast or after a workout at the gym.
Chocolate Banana Protein Shake
- 1 banana, peeled
- 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder
- 3 ice cubes
- milk alternative (almond milk, coconut milk, etc.) to the MAX line
Add all ingredients to the tall NutriBullet cup, extract until smooth and enjoy!
It taste like a creamy chocolate banana milkshake, but is so much better for you! For something different, pop this Blast into the freezer and turn it into an icy dessert. As always, please feel free to take creative liberties.
I just discovered the most unusual fruit at the farmer’s market called a Cherimoya. This weird looking fruit has an irregular oval shape and features a leathery green rind wrapped in overlapping scales. Doesn’t that sound appealing? Well, guess what – it really is delicious!
Cherimoyas are native to South and Central America. They have been around for thousands of years and can be traced back to the pre-Incan people as far as 2,500 B.C.
They have a soft and juicy, creamy white flesh loaded with large black seeds. The seeds and skin are inedible. The flavor is a delicate blend of tropical apple, banana and papaya all rolled into one fruit. The consistency of the flesh is very similar to custard and has earned it the nickname “custard apple.”
Cherimoyas are incredibly delicious and nutritious. Just one peeled and deseeded fruit has about 115 calories and an impressive list of essential nutrients: vitamins C, B, potassium, copper, magnesium, antioxidants and fiber. Also, they have no saturated fat and are cholesterol free. But make note, the seeds are toxic and must be removed.
To eat a cherimoya, peel the tough skin away from the flesh, cut into cubes and deseed. There are a lot of seeds and it’s kind of a pain to dig them out, but it’s worth it. The fruit is a tasty addition to any NutriBlast. They blend well with bananas, papayas, berries and apples. As for the greens, I like to use mild greens like spinach or leaf lettuce. Here is a wonderful Blast to introduce you to the flavor of cherimoya.
Cherimoya Berry Blast
- 1 cherimoya peeled, cubed and deseeded
- ½ cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
- ½ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
- large handful of spinach
- almond milk to the max line
- 2 – 3 ice cubes
Add all ingredients to your NutriBullet Tall Cup and extract until smooth.
Selecting the perfect cherimoya is easy. Choose large fruits that are uniformly green. Avoid the ones with cracks, soft spots or mostly brown skin. They ripen at room temperature and are ready when they yield to gentle pressure. Once ripe, they can be kept in the refrigerator.