The freezer is a great way to keep produce; it adds a nice chill to your NutriBlast and keeps much longer than storing it in the refrigerator. When I go to the grocery store, I already have a good idea of what I’m putting in the freezer the minute I get home!

For instance, I know exactly what I have to do when I buy beets. Wash, peel, cut (into chunks), and freeze. I like the taste of pineapple and after wasting so much by leaving them to rot in the fridge, I learned to buy a whole pineapple and cut it into bite-sized chunks and throw them straight into the freezer. Bananas, mangos, peaches, you  name it! All save perfectly in frozen chunks and make an excellent addition to your NutriBlasts. It all depends on how much room you save in your freezer!

Since I rarely use ice cubes in the winter, I took out an ice cube tray from the freezer and used the empty space for additional frozen produce. Currently, I have a bag of sliced, frozen red grapes and a cup of sliced banana chunks where that ice tray would be. The space comes in handy and since I have a small refrigerator, this is a tip I use quite often.

In the warmer months, I like to reduce the amount of regular food items in the rest of the freezer area to make room for additional produce. Just think – a little cleaning and you get fresh, deliciously frozen fruit and vegetables for a quick Blast. It couldn’t be easier!

I’ve learned that buying produce on sale and using my freezer to store my bounty helps to stretch my spending dollars throughout the year and that’s a great thing.

-Delores McCarter

freezer food

 

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I’m always learning new ways to make my NutriBlast lifestyle a little easier. Blasting is a quick and easy way to have a nutritious breakfast, but we all know that every second counts, so here are a few of the tips and tricks I’ve racked up over the years to help you save time (and money) when it comes to one of my favorite hobbies!

One of the great tips I learned early on was to use frozen fruit instead of ice. Frozen bananas are a wonderful way to chill a Blast in seconds. I still use ice from time to time, but frozen fruit is more efficient and just as tasty.

Another tip? Check grocery store ads for the best deals. Each week, I check to see which grocery stores have the best deal on produce and then I go shopping. Lately, the challenge has been finding enough room in my freezer to store my fruits and veggies after buying them.

Luckily, kale is very inexpensive. A large 16-ounce bag will last me well over two weeks and it usually costs less than two dollars a bag. Apples and bananas are pretty cheap, too. I pay a bit more with the frozen fruit, but it lasts much longer in the freezer than fresh. There are so many varieties of frozen fruit these days that it also increases the fun factor when I NutriBlast.

And finally, after so long Blasting, I can eyeball where the MAX line is on my cup each time, but I definitely had a harder time of it when I was just starting. If you struggle to find it, take a marker and draw it in a strong color all the way around the cup so you see it, no matter which way it’s facing or which ingredients are in there. This helps avoid spills and actually saves more time than you’d think.

I have been Blasting long enough that I can overfill my cup without much worry – and I’ve had my fair share of spills – but Blasters, be warned: stay at or below the MAX line. Life should be overflowing, not your NutriBullet.

-Delores McCarter

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Drinking your fruits and veggies these days is all the rage. These flavorful concoctions are a nutritious way to up your daily intake of produce, helping your body reap the benefits. Preparing freshly made drinks from fruits and veggies is a terrific way to enrich your diet.

But which drinks should you choose? Juices, pack a nutrient punch, but smoothies can be more filling. Though there’s a time and place when juicing is the right way to go, I’m here to tell you why I prefer extracting with my NutriBullet over any other option!

1. Juice is very concentrated.
The process of juicing removes the pulp from fruits and vegetables, leaving just the liquid. It requires a lot of fruits and veggies to fill one 8oz cup. Four to five apples for one glass of juice? That’s over 350 calories and 85 grams of sugar – YIKES! Juicing just greens? Not only will you need lots of them, be warned: consuming large amounts of greens on a regular basis can have some unpleasant side effects.

2. Juice contains no fiber.
The problem with removing the pulp is you are discarding the valuable part of the produce: the dietary fiber. Even though our bodies do not use fiber for its nutrition, it does play a vital role in proper digestion and elimination. It helps cleanse the digestive tract, removing toxins and improving our bodily functions.

3. Juice alone will not satisfy hunger.
Need another reason to keep the fiber? It helps satiate hunger, leaving you feeling full. While drinking a glass of juice may be tasty, it will go right through you, ultimately leaving you hungry. Fiber is a valuable part of the plant and it’s the part that will fill you up and leave you satisfied. That’s why extracting can be used as a meal replacement.

Benefits to Extracting

Extracting a fresh Blast in your NutriBullet is not only a super easy way to eat lots of fruits and veggies, it’s a great alternative to juicing. It’s much faster and less messy to toss produce into a tall NutriBullet cup and extract than using a complicated and expensive juicer. From start to finish, the entire process takes less than five minutes, including clean up. Plus, you get to keep the fiber that is beneficial to your health. Extracting also gives you the opportunity to use fruits and veggies you wouldn’t normally eat on their own. You can combine them with the ones you like and the drink will take on a whole new flavor. What could be better than tasty nutrition that does a body good?

Whatever you decide to do, the important thing is to add more produce to your diet. In my opinion, the benefits to having a daily NutriBlast far out way any fancy juice. It’s a fabulous meal replacement or snack and can be personalized to target your specific health needs. The drink combinations are only limited to your imagination.

Blast on!

Kim Pontius

 

 

I’ve been Blasting for a couple of years now, but when I first started, I was a bit unsure about carrying my Blast around in public. This was before smoothies and juicing were cool. People didn’t know what I was drinking and, needless to say, they thought it was a bit strange.

People used to stare at the green goodness and frown at my delicious breakfast, but not so anymore! It’s so popular, I’ll rarely get more than a glance and I enjoy answering questions about what I’m drinking. Today, as I dropped off my car for an oil change, the manager looked at me and asked, “What are you drinking?” Luckily, I don’t have to start by defining the word smoothie anymore! I said, “I’ve got kale, banana, strawberries and pineapple in here.” He smiled. “And the green?” I knew it. The color green. It’s the only thing that stops folks right in their tracks. “Oh, that’s the kale, but you don’t even taste it.”

Another employee heard us and joined in, talking about about the benefits of drinking your fruits and veggies. It was neat to know I wasn’t the only one drinking a delicious breakfast and, in my own little way, I feel like I’m creating a movement based on nutrition, helping others discover how delicious eating well can taste.

When it comes to the world of NutriBlasting, there is no shame in my game!

Green smoothie

My Morning Breakfast Blast
Ingredients
  • 1 handful kale
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • a few sprinkles of cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • Coconut water to the MAX line
Directions
  1.  Add ingredients to your Tall Cup and extract for 30 seconds, or until smooth.

Delores McCarter