People have different goals with their NutriBullet. Some want to lose weight, others want to build their immune systems, reduce their blood pressure or cholesterol levels, or simply use it as a tool to help to change poor eating habits. Many of us, including myself, have multiple health goals. The good news is that combining certain ingredients and using the NutriBullet on a regular basis has been shown to address a number of health concerns. We read about and share our success stories every day. I try to multitask when making my NutriBlasts by combining specific ingredients that will help me accomplish many of my goals at the same time. I’m always researching the best food combinations to help me with this process.

Several of my friends who have lost weight and lowered their cholesterol have been using green tea in their NutriBlasts. While I do drink two cups of green tea daily, up until now, I had never used green tea in my NutriBlasts. I’m really not sure why this never dawned on me since my primary goal has always been to improve my immune system. Okay, so I admit I might be a little slow, but when I finally get there, I make the most out of it!

A lot of information has been provided on the NutriBullet sites with regard to the benefits of Green Tea. I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate this information and share what I consider a delicious multitasking recipe that packs a powerful antioxidant punch. First, just a very brief summary of what research has shown with regard to the benefits of Green Tea:

  • Increases the metabolism
  • Helps reduce bad cholesterol
  • Boosts immunity
  • Reduces the risk of many cancers
  • Helps reduce the risk of high blood pressure

And this is just a sampling of the many benefits of Green Tea!

Taking it one step further and combining Green Tea with citrus has shown to boost the power of both of these immune-boosting ingredients and can help us achieve multiple goals.

Try this recipe:

  • 1 small handful of rinsed spinach
  • ½ peeled and cut up orange
  • ½ banana
  • 5 green grapes
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

Fill to max line with either regular or decaf green tea (or you can even use Green Tea Powder with spring water as directed on the package.) + Ice cubes after blending, if desired.

The light consistency of this recipe will help you feel as light on the outside as you do on the inside!

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I love salads. I never grow tired of the endless combinations. I can eat them either as a side dish or as the main event, I can eat them vegan, vegetarian or with grilled chicken.  I am always in search of new fascinating ways to use fresh fruits and veggies.

I just came across this fabulous fresh strawberry salad that’s accompanied by a fantastic strawberry vinaigrette, courtesy of Rachael Ray.  It’s so quick and easy.

strawberry salad

Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 2 tsp. strawberry jam or preserve
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 3 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. water

Green Salad

  • 4 – 5 cups chopped mixed greens of any kind
  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced
  • 1 T red onion finely chopped
  • 2 T crumbled goat cheese or feta
  • 2 T toasted sunflower seeds

Place all dressing ingredients in the small NutriBullet cup and blend. Add salad ingredients, except for cheese, to a bowl and toss with dressing. Top with cheese.

Wow, who knew that a teaspoon of strawberry jam could make such a difference? This is such an easy and awesome recipe. Try mixing up the variety of veggies for a twist. It’s wonderful served with sliced grilled chicken on top. It’s perfect for a main course, brunch or potluck party. You can change the salad dressing depending on the fresh fruit you use in the salad. I also use fresh raspberries and change the jam to raspberry. The possibilities are endless!

-Kim Pontius

Green smoothies are a tough sell in my house. That’s why I love St Patrick’s Day. It gives me an excuse to serve green food and the kids just think I put food coloring in! I served a green food every day leading up to St Patty’s day: Green Eggs and Ham, green turkey meatballs, green hummus (made with spinach), celery with green veggie dip (made with Greek yogurt, arugula and garlic) and a Green Honeydew Shamrock Shake.

Two important thing happened  during my week-long experiment:

  1. The kids had fun
  2. They ate their veggies!

My husband and I had a good laugh witnessing them intake vitamins, minerals and fiber and actually enjoy it!! We confessed to our mastermind plan and, to our surprise, they all agreed to liking the green dishes. Yay! We won!

Although my favorite holiday has passed, I keep serving up this family favorite. All four of my green-food-phobic children think the leprechaun made it for them. Shhhhh! Don’t tell! ;)

I love this Blast because it contains three fruits and three veggies. That is more fruits and veggies than most kids get in a week!

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Honey Dew Shamrock Shake

Combine the following in you NutriBullet and Blast!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup baby spinach leaves
  • ½ large cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ cup ripe honeydew melon
  • 1 kiwi (peeled)
  • 1 green apple (cored)

 

*Garnish:1 slice of cucumber and one thin slice of honeydew melon. You may also choose to serve it with a mint leaf if you are feeling festive!

*To make this smoothie a creamy consistency, add 1 tbsp non fat vanilla Greek yogurt.

* You may also want to try freezing Greek yogurt in ice cube trays and using frozen yogurt cubes. This will make the smoothie more of an ice cream consistency.

battling the bulge

Trying to lose weight is a humbling experience. It’s something that I’ve struggled with for most of my life and the fact that it’s still an issue for me is not very empowering. However, this time, I feel I have the tools to win the battle for good.

I was so tired of looking like the “before” photo; I want to look like the “after” photo and I know I’m on my way. I’m learning more about eating healthy, modifying regular recipes to lighter versions that are still full of flavor. As far as exercising goes, I have recently r

evamped my exercise program, so I continue to be interested in working out, and I have the stiff and sore muscles to prove it! But, most importantly, I’m determined to keep it up.

To keep myself focused on positive results, I decided not to use the scale for a while. I’m not the type to drop twenty pounds at a time and I accept that. Instead, I weigh myself maybe every two weeks.

For a while, I wasn’t doing nearly enough to be active and I realized I needed to add more cardio to my workout. I needed to get my body moving and I had to get serious about it. Once I made myself an action plan and found some exercises that I really liked, I started exercising more each day.

I can see my face getting slimmer, but others can see the overall progress more than I can. It’s exciting to skip down to the last notch on my belt. Even now, I look forward to the day I take all of my belts to get new holes punched in them, a milestone in my life I’ve never reached before.

Although the road to fitness is a long one for me, I’m actually looking forward to the journey. No longer am I sitting on the sidelines wishing for a healthier body, I’m doing the things I need to to make it happen. I hope to be an inspiration to others enduring a similar struggle. I know there are people where I was six months ago, living a life of quiet desperation experiencing little or no results.

But I’m also thankful to have a great support network to help me. Being a part of an encouraging community is vital when striving toward an important goal, like getting healthier, especially when it’s for medical reasons. I no longer need to feel alone because there are many people out there willing to help – not to mention your fellow Blasters, always there to lend a hand and advice when you need it.

So continued luck and success to everyone out there battling the bulge!

-Delores McCarter

My NutriBullet rarely gets a break, and why should it? My benefits in using it on a consistent basis include better immune function, increased energy, weight control and looking and feeling better. If I’m not preparing a NutriBlast for myself, I’m making something tasty and healthy for my husband or for company. I travel with it whenever possible and I even get asked to bring it with me when I am an invited guest to someone’s house.

Like so many people, I’ve purchased household gadgets that end up either collecting dust somewhere or on a shelf in a cupboard until I have a garage sale or decide to re-gift. Dare I mention that I have a family member who literally begged me to buy her a NutriBullet because she is suffering from stress and weight-related health issues and, after 6 months, she hasn’t even taken it out of the box? Yet she continues to complain about her health. I’m sorry to report that the one thing the NutriBullet cannot do is go shopping and place the ingredients in the extractor cup for you. If you want to try and feel better, there is some effort required on your part. I am glad that I did make the effort because I’m now reaping the rewards of a healthier lifestyle which is probably why I always sound like I’m holding pom poms and standing at the NutriBullet goal line.

NB Fruits and Nuts

In addition to being an amazing product, I believe that the NutriBullet distinguishes itself from others by taking a personal interest in each customers well-being after purchase. Really! They truly want their customers to be healthier and provide them with access to new recipes, the latest information on diet and nutrition by health experts, suggestions on how to address specific health issues, and a social networking site allowing NutriBullet owners to interact and share challenges and successes with one another. Other products that are in the same category do not offer what I feel is this extra special advantage.

I have learned a great deal about nutrition from the NutriBullet social networking site. I now understand how certain foods aid in reducing or eliminating symptoms and even some controllable medical conditions.

So, NutriBullet community, I encourage you to continue your efforts in reaching your health goals and to certainly take advantage of the additional benefits that extend past just the use of your product. It’s right there and available to you and a wonderful resource for many of our health-related concerns.

-Shari Pack