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

Chicken fingers get a bad rap. They’re considered junk food and are typically served in fast food restaurants, sold in the frozen section or on the greasy kid’s menus. All of this for good reason! They’re historically chicken fillers and biproducts, breaded and fried in hydrogenated oil. While there are some brands whose labels claim “less fat,” “no trans fat,” or “whole grain breading,” we need to be smarter.

Did you know that they can claim “no trans fats” as long as the product contains less than 1 gram of hydrogenated fat? Did you know that a company can claim “whole grain” as long as there is some whole grain flour in the product? These definitions are a little loose for me. While it appears that food companies are trying, I get a feeling that they’re trying to fool us into purchasing more of their fake food products. I’m sticking with homemade and whole ingredients. It may take a little longer than opening a package and turning the oven on, but I’ve chosen to make the time. Here’s my version of the child-friendly classic: Chicken Fingers.

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless chicken breasts (organic/grass fed)

Wet ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼  red onion

Breading

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp flax seed meal
  • ½ cup shelled pistachios
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano

Directions

  1. Slice chicken into strips.
  2. Place mustard, yogurt, and garlic clove into NutriBullet and Blast. Pour into shallow dish.
  3. Using a separate NutriBullet Cup, blast the rolled oats, flax seeds, salt, paprika, dried oregano and pistachios. Place is a separate shallow dish.
  4. Dip each strip of chicken first into mustard mixture and then roll in the breading mixture.
  5. Place on cookie sheet that has been sprayed with olive oil.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, turn the strips and bake for another 15 minutes (or until chicken is cooked through and breading is slightly browned and crispy.
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Mindful Memorial Day

Summer is pretty much here and that means more sun, less clothes and lighter fare. The heat will bring about loungey poolside days, less time in the kitchen and more time outdoors enjoying the summer fun.

But, while Memorial Day is synonymous with grilling and booze, it’s important to nourish your body with the right nutrients, especially if you want to fit into that swimsuit through September! Here are some easy tips to keep you healthy this summer holiday weekend.

  • Make sure you wear sunscreen! You don’t want to spend your first weeks of summer battling nasty peeling and pain, along with a lifetime fear of the big “C.”
  • Sunglasses are key to keeping your eyes protected. Sure, be stylish, but make sure they have the proper UV protection. Do your homework and you’ll see that you can be chic and safe, all at the same time.
  • Eat lighter foods, like fresh fruit and salads. They taste great on hot summer days and also contain a high water content to keep you hydrated.
  • Be sure to have water with you at all times. Staying hydrated during the hottest months of the year will keep you healthy and fresh, inside and out. It’s also a great way to curb hunger.
  • Drink responsibly! Over-drinking causes dehydration, which is especially dangerous when it’s hot out and you’re baking in the sun. Not to mention the dangerous stuff that can happen near grills and piers!

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And be sure to try this delicious, all fruit Blast to keep you cool, hydrated and healthy!

Patriotic Punch

  • 1 cup fresh blackberries, or more to taste
  • 5 large strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1 large banana
  • 1/3 cup organic, fresh orange juice
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • Fresh blueberries, for garnish

Place blackberries, strawberries, banana, orange juice and ice into your NutriBullet and extract until smooth.

Pour into glasses and top each with blueberries for garnish.

Have a very happy and safe Memorial Day!

-Carolyn Scott-Hamilton