Every week, we invest a certain amount of money into our grocery shopping. Most of us are on a budget and we don’t want to end up throwing away food. Luckily, NutriBlasting helped me learn how to store, cook and eat food in a way that helped me get the most out of my money.
I learned that proper food rotation allows me to use food with minimal waste while taking full advantage of my pantry, cabinet space, fridge and freezer.
Each week before I start grocery shopping, I check to see what I need to restock for a recipe. I try to limit my purchases to what I need with an occasional splurge. Since I have a very small kitchen, I don’t have a lot of room to waste on bad decision making at the grocery store. I’ve already paid the price for that …literally!
I also learned that I needed to use my freezer more effectively. It wasn’t just a spot to hold my ice cubes, fish, and ice cream sandwich bars. If I planned it out more efficiently, I could store more food in there and make my grocery budget stretch even further.
I examined my freezer and tossed out the food that I was not going to eat. If anything was freezer burned, I tossed it out. Leftovers were scrutinized and rotated down to the fridge for immediate consumption. Then, I made room for my frozen fruit. That was non-negotiable for me.
After I downsized some of the freezer items, I moved down to the fridge. Condiments that were no long being used were tossed out. I had to make sure that I had plenty of room for my fresh produce – especially my beloved kale!
I used to throw away so much produce that it was ridiculous. Now, I’m making better decisions, not only about my food storage, but about my day-t0-day eating habits.
When I’m diligent about rotating my food, from fridge to freezer to stove and back, I find that I make better use of my food, my time and my money!
When I decided to get healthier, I realized that I would have to step out of my comfort zone and march to the beat of a different drum. Living in the South, also known as The Land of Fried Food, there is always fattening food all around me. They just love to drop things into vats of grease!
I realized that to be successful when it came to healthy eating, I would have to be creative and flexible. This was obvious one summer where there were a series of cookouts and other functions that included food. Event after event, I would approach the foot-long tables filled with food that I didn’t want to eat. There was always a mountain of meat (usually fried), a bunch of bowls and casserole dishes with delicious entrees that were just too heavy for me. For the first time in my life, I knew how vegetarians felt! If anyone complained about the selection of food, someone would say, “Well, we have salad!” That was true. Over in the corner, without fail, would be a bowl of dry lettuce leaves and a bottle of ranch dressing. After a few cookouts, this obligatory salad was little more than boring.
I knew that if I decided to continue on my journey, I had to make things work for myself. I needed to break the status quo. It didn’t have to just be salad or the heavy stuff. I didn’t like this “us” versus “them” mentality when it came to eating good food. I want my vegetarian and clean-eating friends to eat until they’re satisfied with numerous and various food options at the table.
That summer was a wake-up call for me. I realized that I needed to start preparing healthier food that wasn’t just delicious to me, but to the average person. I would love for everyone to salivate over my yummy, healthy food – without even realizing how healthy it is!
I’m still working on some recipes, but it took me stepping outside of my comfort zone and acknowledging that moment to create a passion in me for food that I didn’t know existed. Now, I’m enjoying every minute of it!
Recently, I’ve noticed more people on the nutrition bandwagon in my neighborhood. Several new juice and smoothie bars have opened up all over town. So, since I consider myself a NutriBullet Blasting connoisseur, I thought I would check out the buzz around my hood. Sad to say – it was disappointing. At one of the new places (a big franchise, no less), their idea of a nourishing drink was sports powder (their own brand) dumped into a cup of water and blended. This was their interpretation of nutritional meal replacement. As it turned out, not only was it was disgusting, I was charged $6.00 for it! Sigh, another sugar-dense drink sold under a façade of a healthy alternative to real nutrition.
Surely, there must be a way to drink fruits and veggies without turning them into another nutrition nightmare or a complicated mess! The simplest solution? Make your own! This way, you know exactly what’s going into your drink and can control the amount of sugar and calories. Plus, by using the NutriBullet, you will ensure a perfectly extracted Blast, every time. And, don’t forget – homemade is good for your wallet, too! Homemade Blasts are so much cheaper than store-bought, especially when you take advantage of the produce on sale, buy in bulk and freeze.
Making a Blast is even easier when the ingredients are NutriBullet-ready. Keeping your fruit and veggies frozen allows you to use them instead of ice cubes, packing it a lot more flavor without watering your drink down. It’s one way to ensure preparing your Blast is convenient and economical.
Kim’s Favorite Blast
- 1 banana, frozen
- ½ orange or small clementine, frozen
- ½ small pineapple, frozen
- ½ cup mixed berries, frozen
- big handful of greens
- ¼ cup raw almonds
- water to MAX line
Add all ingredients to your NutriBullet Tall Cup, extract and enjoy.
There are so many more health benefits to making your own NutriBlasts compared to buying something from a juice or smoothie bar. Whether it’s calorie control or other health benefits, you can create the perfect Blast by adding your own ingredients to the mix and extracting. Personally, I feel the benefits of homemade vs. store bought are worth the extra time and taste much better. In the words of my family, “It’s made with love!”
Do you talk to yourself when you NutriBlast? I’m not embarrassed to admit it – I do!
Honestly, it’s pretty funny. I’ve caught myself talking out loud in my office a few times as I sip on my Tall NutriBullet cup. “Oh, that’s good!”
I try to make my NutriBlasts tasty and, most days, I’m successful. In fact, some days, I really knock it out of the ballpark! My breakfast can be absolutely fantastic, from the first sip to the final slurp of the straw! And, as someone who gets bored pretty quickly, I’m surprised I’ve been able to adopt NutriBlasting as a lifestyle choice.
And yes, others talk to me about my Blasts, too! While I’m ooh-ing and ahh-ing, my officemates crack jokes about my “pond scum,” or my “green goo,” but I laugh right on with them and feel confident because I know that I’m doing my body good. After all, they’re entitled to their skepticism and I thoroughly enjoy the benefits of drinking my delicious smoothies every morning.
The cool blend of berries, nuts, almond milk, protein powder, a hint of kale, it tastes more like a milkshake than anything else. Now, my tastebuds crave the delicious flavor and my body enjoys the nutrition. With every sip, I can’t help but smile.
So, it’s no surprise I talk to myself; I love every minute of it!
Try this recipe for a delicious breakfast treat!
Breakfast Gone Bananas!
- 1 handful kale
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup plain, Greek yogurt
- 4-5 strawberries
- 1 Tbsp SuperFood Protein Boost
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- Almond milk to MAX line
Extract in your Tall Cup for 25 seconds, or until smooth.
We’ve all heard of Apple, but have you heard of Carrot?
It’s the latest trending gizmo you shouldn’t wait to own.
With Carrot, simply lift and chew. That’s it. Carrot works with yoru body to do all the hard stuff, so you can get back to doing what you love.
Check it out below.
Carrot is available at your local grocer in the produce section.