I admit that I love fruit. I can eat it in a variety of forms:  fresh, frozen, dried, and pureed. To eat fruit that has been baked in pies, tarts, and cobblers is a fantastic treat! I keep apples and bananas on my table and I have an assortment of fruit in my freezer. I like vegetables, but fruit makes my daily NutriBlasts taste absolutely delicious.

Who can resist the ruby red strawberries, beautiful blueberries, pretty peaches, precious plums and my favorite, those awesome apples? Orchards are located all over the state and I can find local produce all around me. Fruit consumed at the peak of freshness is a precious gift.

However, despite my love of fruit – or maybe because of it – I realized I need to scale back my fruit consumption every week.

I have no issues with blood sugar, but I know many people who are watching their sugar intake. I want to encourage them with my Blast recipes and thus, I decided to revamp some of my recipes with more vegetables. This also gives me an opportunity to learn more about the wide variety of vegetables that are out there. There are many veggies that I have not tried yet and I am committed to trying new vegetables each month and start adding new ones to my NutriBlasts.

I admit it, I am a fruit lover, so limiting the goodness of nature’s bountiful fruit is not easy for me, but as I slowly increase the amount of vegetables in my diet, it is going to make this transition much easier.

-Delores McCarter

Assorted fruit

As I prepared for a seven-hour drive back home, I was a bit nervous. I was still recovering from a head cold and I didn’t want to get sleepy on the way home. To avoid this, I didn’t take any medicine and only had a few cough drops.

So after eating breakfast with the family, I made two large NutriBlasts and a cup of coffee. I added some of my NutriBullet Superfood Energy Boost in each Blast since I could use the extra energy to get me home.

Unfortunately, there was heavy traffic shortly after I got on the highway. For the next two hours, I barely drove more than twenty miles an hour. Fortunately, I didn’t get restless. I just turned on some rocking music and waited out the traffic jam. As the hours slowly passed, I didn’t get tired. I couldn’t credit the coffee for keeping me awake because every time I took a sip of it, I started coughing, so I stopped drinking it. Instead, I sat back and sipped my delicious Blasts and settled in for the drive. I’d make a routine stop every few hours and those pit stops were enough for me to stretch my legs and get back on the road. I’ve never driven so long without getting tired or sleepy. I didn’t need to take a cat nap at a rest stop. I was good to go.

The road trip did have a few drawbacks though. Nine hours of coughing, sneezing and wiping a constantly running nose was nothing to sneeze at, (forgive the pun!) I went through so much facial tissue on this trip, I thought of investing in the tissue company.

It was a very long drive, but in the end, it wasn’t that bad. Instead of feeling drained and miserable, my energy level was high and I stayed alert for the entire drive. Driving so long with a bad head cold and not passing out at the front door was amazing to me. I owe it all to that Superfood Energy Boost!

I’ve been using the Boost occasionally, but this road trip sold me on the advantages of using it every day. I’m making it a part of my daily Blasting routine from now on!

-Delores McCarter

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Q&A CLOSED

We’re hanging out with David Wolfe this weekend at the 12th annual Longevity Now Conference, going down in Orange County, California! With amazing speakers, including Dr. Aubrey de Grey, Joseph Mercola, and David Wolfe himself, the Longevity Conference gives us the unique opportunity to ask David Wolfe anything that’s on your mind.

Send us your questions in the comments below for a chance to see him answer a select few this weekend. We’ll be posting video in the coming days with his answers, direct to you – so send us your questions today!

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Some people love making resolutions every year. They start each year with a list of things to accomplish. Some people have been so discouraged by their yearly resolutions, they have chosen to stop making them entirely.

I don’t like to use the term “resolutions,” especially when it comes to living my life. When I think of “resolutions” I think of something firm, strong, determined – which is fine for describing a legally-binding agreement, but it sounds way too serious to describe a way of planning my life. Instead, I prefer to use the term “goals.” It’s less intimidating and much more fun.

Here are the GOALS I made for the New Year:

  • The goal is to win the game and bring home the championship. Go Tigers!
  • The goal is to buy EVERYTHING on sale.
  • The goal is to rock tonight’s dinner, creating a bunch of full stomachs and empty plates.

Yes, setting goals sound much better than make a bunch of resolutions.

Experts say that we should write down our goals and I believe that. I have become much more successful when I started writing down my goals. I think there is something special that happens when we put our goals down on paper.

Those same experts say that goals should be measurable; basically, make goals with set dates. Some of my goals were accomplished with a five-minute phone call and my checkbook. However, with bigger goals, I gave myself up to a year to achieve them. Some of those goals were finally accomplished in the final weeks of the year, but those were goals checked off my list!

Honestly, I think goals should also be fun. Yes, we should list our serious goals, but adding some fun goals can liven up the entire list.

I made a long list of goals for 2013, covering many areas: financial, educational, health and fitness, transportation, culinary, professional, etc. Some of my goals were achieved, but, being human and all, I missed a few, too.

This yeah, I plan to have a busy 2014 and I’ve already made a new list of goals for the New Year.  I’m hoping to create new, fabulous dinner recipes and spread the great news about consuming fresh and healthy food. Also on my list? Creating a new list of NutriBlast recipes.

Continued Happy New Year!

-Delores McCarter

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Super Bowl Spinach Dip

This year, when my friends and I organized our holiday potluck, my job was to bring all the veggies and dips – a key driver of the socializing that so often takes place at these parties. Now, with the Super Bowl just days away, this recipe is once again out and ready to be enjoyed!

There are so many commercial dips on the market, but most are loaded with calories and are high in fat, not too mention the high price tag! It is easy and more flavorful to make your own. The combination of fresh herbs, colorful vegetables and cheeses make the possibilities endless; plus, you get to control exactly what goes in your dip. No extra preservatives, chemicals, or additives.

Here is a great version of a traditional spinach dip courtesy of Eating Well. It tastes exactly like the fully-loaded version, but with lower calorie and nonfat options!

Spinach Dip

Super Bowl Spinach Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 small shallot, peeled
  • 1 5-oz. can water chestnuts, rinsed
  • ½ cup cream cheese (reduced fat, if preferred)
  • ½ cottage cheese (low-fat, if preferred)
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt or greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • ½ (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives

Directions

  1. Pulse shallot and water chestnuts in the tall NutriBullet cup until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add cream cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper and pulse until just combined. Pour into a bowl and add spinach, chives and mix well. Chill for one hour or until ready to serve. This can be done a day in advance.

This dip is flavorful, super easy to make and will leave your friends begging for more. It’s the perfect addition to every bowl and any Superbowl!

From my family to yours –

Kim Pontius