I am a city girl who has gone country. Ten years ago, I wouldn’t believe some of the things that I eat now. Back in the day, I was a grab-food-on-the-go type of person. Every plate was a brown plate. No veggies to speak of, with the exception of a salad every once in a while, a salad topped with tons of cheese and drenched in salad dressing. Today, I won’t go anywhere near that salad!
My cabinets used to be filled with sugary cereals and snacks. I was hooked on Honey Buns for years and ramen noodles went beyond my college days. My fridge was filled with take-out containers. I would usually have some type of processed meat encased in plastic and loaded with salt. The cheese in my fridge wasn’t called cheese, but labeled a “product.”
Ironically, the best food in my house was the food that I ignored. A vegetable was usually rotting away in the crisper, no matter what it was. I’d get tired of wasting food, so I’d stop buying veggies, but I often had a feeling my parents and my grandma were looking down at me, peeping into my fridge from heaven, so I’d buy some vegetables for the crisper (never to eat them) and the process would start all over again. The cycle of life stopped at my refrigerator door in more ways than one. My food selection and I were a hot mess.
Fast forward to today and things are better, brighter and full of hope! Even now, writing this, I can feel my energy change from the last few paragraphs. I look forward to going to the market and buying my produce for the week. I give my strawberries a vinegar-water bath before storing them back inside the plastic container. Just a little cap-full of white vinegar in a clean sink of cold water can make my strawberries last for weeks. Blanching, roasting, and freezing my produce is fun while I plan my recipes for the week.
Today, I eat fresh food three times a day and I couldn’t be happier!
I admit that I have a vivid imagination. I drink two NutriBlasts a day, so it’s in my best interest to keep my taste buds happy.
Sometimes I use silly ideas to get the creative juices flowing. One day, I asked myself, “What if I am given fifty seconds and fifty dollars to gather everything I needed for fifty NutriBlasts?” The name of the game would be Fifty Ways to Fill Your Blast Cup. The final question always remains: Could I pull it off?
Sure I could. I’m a professional NutriBlaster!
I can easily imagine the moment when I would grab that cart and race straight for the produce aisle with my calculator in hand. In a few seconds, I’d toss kale, Savoy cabbage, beets, celery, a bag of apples, carrots, and a large bunch of bananas into the cart. Then, I’d run over to the aisle with the nuts and seeds and grab bags of walnuts, pecans, almonds, and sunflower seeds, tossing them all into the cart. I’d grab a few cartons of shelf stable almond milk, coconut water, and mango juice as I race toward the dairy aisle. I’d grab cartons of almond milk, some cottage cheese, and Greek yogurt and throw them into the cart before making my way over to the frozen food section, where I toss bags of strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, a few boxes of frozen spinach, and a couple bags of green beans and broccoli into the cart. I’d run, pushing the cart as fast as I could (it’s probably rolling on two wheels at this point) to the register before my clock ran out.
With all of the grocery items listed above, I’m sure I could come up with fifty delicious NutriBlast recipes!
Admittedly, it is a pretty silly game, but it demonstrates the variety of wonderful and flavorful NutriBlasts. There is a whole world of flavor out there ready for us to explore!
If anyone is stuck wondering how to switch up their Blast recipes, they should play Fifty Ways to Fill Your Blast Cup. It is a quick way to come up with a lot of recipe ideas.
I’ve wanted to write this article for a long time now.
After many years of struggling to lose weight, I have finally lost my first twenty pounds. For a while now, people have asked me for “the secret” to losing weight. I have learned a few things along the way, but I’m certainly no expert!
The key for me is that there’s no secret; but there are some basic fundamentals to losing weight. These are the same bits of advice that have been given over and over again: eat right and exercise. While this advice rings true, it’s also vague. The diet industry has become so complicated and confusing that it’s frustrating, and no matter what you do, you eventually return to your bad eating habits.
Despite all the experts and diet books out there, I had to learn how to eat for me and nobody else. It was not just about eating tasty food or satisfying hunger. It was about fueling my body.
Today, I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. For breakfast, I’ll start with my delicious NutriBlast and for lunch, I’ll have a delicious salad or meat with vegetables. For dinner, I usually have another NutriBlast.
Not long ago, carbohydrates were my favorite things to snack on. Carbs were placed on an elevated pedestal in the culinary mantle at my house. But I finally realized that eating so much rice, pasta, potatoes, and all types of junk food on a daily basis just was not working for me. I was getting bigger and bigger.
Don’t get me wrong – I don’t hate carbs. Now, I just choose to eat them differently. I save my favorite carbs for special days, like pancakes during a weekend brunch. The increase of fruits, vegetables, and lean meats in my daily diet has helped me stay fuller longer and stick with a good eating plan.
I have also increased my level of activity. My exercise routines have changed from a blah, lame workout where I watched the clock until my thirty minutes were up to something much more intense and captivating than that. I enjoy giving it my all and working up a sweat.
I still have more weight to lose and more things to accomplish, but now I feel encouraged and I know that I have what it takes to get lean and fit.
Like most people, my life consists of not enough time, too little energy, too much work and a general feeling of being overwhelmed – sound familiar? If you’re struggling with a similar juggling act, it’s easy to forget to eat until you are famished and heading to the closest drive-thru. Well, I have discovered something that has changed my life, the ultimate green NutriBlast. Not only am I getting my daily dose of fruits, veggies and fiber, but it has taken the term “fast food” to a whole new level!
About two years ago, I began a daily routine of starting my mornings with a Blast made of dark leafy greens. It gave me energy and it transformed my body from the inside out. Leafy green Blasts are great way to get your vitamins and detox your body at the same time. Did you know you could use them as a complete meal replacement too? By adding an extra boost of nuts, oats or other healthy proteins to your Blast, it will fill you up and keep you energized all morning. In this simple way, any Blast can be turned into a fast food meal!
A few tips for the newbies: don’t just throw things into the NutriBullet. Chances are it’ll taste nasty and end up in the sink. Start with a simple formula of 60% fruit to 40% leafy greens. Add in your favorite protein boost and some liquid – voilà!
I hope you are hungry – this breakfast Blast will keep you full and energized until lunch.
The Ultimate Green Blast
- 1 banana
- ½ cup blueberries
- ¾ cup mango
- ¼ cup oatmeal
- 1 stalk of celery, chopped
- large handful of spinach
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 3 ice cubes
- water to the line
Add all ingredients to the tall NutriBullet cup and extract.
This Blast provides plenty of calories, protein, vitamins and fiber. It’s perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or lunch. The fruit combination is a wonderful blend to mask the celery and leafy greens. Feel free to substitute any other leafy greens you desire. To save time, I make my Blast the night before and in the morning add ice and extract – “fast food” without the drive-thru!
The questions I get asked the most are usually about recipes. How do I create recipes so easily? Well, it is very easy – I just combine my love for food with a bit of creativity!
Sometimes I look to the past for a new recipe. A picture, an aroma, a flavor, or an event with family and friends could easily inspire a new recipe. I recently thumbed through some old Christmas magazines and when I saw pictures of eggnog, it brought back some great Christmas memories. Though I don’t drink it anymore, I still like the flavor. So one day, I made an eggnog NutriBlast with vanilla almond milk, frozen banana, cinnamon and a dash of vanilla extract. Just playing around in the kitchen resulted in a pretty good replica of this classic Christmas drink.
I had another flash from the past when I remembered an outing with friends – and the lovely strawberry daiquiri I ordered. One hot summer day, I tried to make this popular drink with the NutriBullet with frozen strawberries, lemon and lime juice and a few ice cubes. It hit the spot.
I don’t drink orange juice often, but every now and then I like a cold glass of OJ. Instead of buying it, I peel a juicy, sweet orange or tangerine, add a few carrot chunks and Blast. A natural energy drink that is great as a workout pick me up.
Then, there is the classic chocolate shake. After buying my NutriBullet, making a good chocolate shake was one of my first goals. I started using chocolate syrup, but soon replaced that with some cacao powder, a few walnuts, a little peanut butter, a dash of cinnamon, some almond milk, and just a drop of raw honey. I had a great chocolate shake that I could drink anywhere.
My mom and grandmother have prepared great tasting soups, but I have never been successful in getting those recipes down right. I am starting a soup recipe collection, though, and I am really enjoying this tasty project.
Using inspirations from the past really works for me. How do you come up with great new recipes?