I’m often asked where I get my recipe ideas. Well, I get inspired by recipes from my friends and fellow Nutriblasters, but I think my best source of inspiration comes from the wonderful produce that is available around me.

I used to read a lot of books on green juicing, but I found that a lot of the recipes didn’t work for me. Most of them don’t even contain any vegetables. All along, I’ve been looking for tasty veggie-fruit combinations, so I decided to create my own recipes. Creating recipes is a lot of fun for me. It feels great to create something that tastes good and is also healthy for my body.

Five years ago, I would have NEVER imagined loving fruits and vegetables so much. I’m a new foodie and even newer to making smoothies and it’s hilarious see myself getting so excited over smoothies. I feel my body responding positively when I drink my Nutriblasts and it seems to keep my creative wheels turning.

There are several grocery stores and farmers markets near my home, so I shop for fresh fruits and vegetables every week. I used to walk through the produce department to get to the “good stuff,” but today, the produce department houses the “good stuff” and is where a lot of my recipes are born. The grocery stores are great, but usually the farmer’s markets let me taste some of the different produce before I decide to make a purchase, giving me a good idea of what I’m making for the rest of the week.

My very first veggie-fruit Blast was made with kale, a Gala apple, a banana, a swirl of honey and some cold water. It has become one of my staple blasts. I love to add a variety of nuts, seeds, yogurt, and all types of produce. I love flavored teas, and sometimes I add chilled flavored tea in half of the cup and fill the rest with cold water.

Protein shakes are absolutely delicious with my NutriBullet. A frozen banana, a scoop of creamy peanut butter, some protein powder, a few almonds, ½ tsp cacao powder, ½ cup almond milk, and ½ cup water and my Nutriblast protein shake is just as tasty as any milkshake.

My friends and I share recipes anytime and anyplace. We could swap recipes in the elevator with sticky notes or post our recipes online. For those who like to use recipes, there are thousands of recipes available. For those who like to make up their own recipes, the possibilities are endless.

Tell me, where do you get your recipe ideas and inspiration from?

-Delores McCarter

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Just Say Yes!

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I hear these words every time that I visit one of my doctors. So why does he want me to ‘just say yes’? He’s concerned that I’m missing out on life by not just saying yes to a donut or a steak on occasion. I actually don’t see anything wrong with enjoying these foods once in a while. In fact, if that’s something that makes someone happy and they can control their intake, more power to them! I believe it’s our mindset as a society that we believe we’re depriving ourselves if we’re not eating rich, sugary, fatty foods.

But me – I’m the type of person who lacks the ability to do something half way and, when it comes to my diet, it has to be all or nothing. I’m that person who will stand over the left over birthday cake with a spoon until it’s all gone or who eats that delicious box of Girl Scout Thin Mints in one sitting. Surely, I can’t be the only person like this!

It’s probably hard for people to understand that a person can really lose their taste for sugar-ladden foods and red meat. It took a little while, but I actually don’t have the desire for these foods anymore, thanks mostly to the NutriBullet program. Many times, I’ve been out to dinner with people and there they sit with a sad, confused expression on their face when I decline to order a blended cocktail or dessert.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t just eat what I have growing in my backyard 100% of the time, but I do make smart choices when it comes to my diet and I do feel satisfied. This is what I need to do for myself in order to stick with a healthy diet. The benefit to me is that I feel and look better than I have in years. I also have a sense of control over my health, which after being diagnosed with cancer, is priceless to me.

I think that there are good arguments to be heard on this topic. If a person truly does feel deprived in their diet, then maybe they should just say yes on occasion. I like the fact that when that sweet tooth hits, I can say yes to a fruity, dessert-style NutriBlast and feel satisfied and not guilty afterward. Whatever works for you, I hope you’re using your NutriBullet as a resource to help you consume healthier foods.

-Shari Pack

There are two main components to losing weight: eating healthy calories and exercising consistently. I used my NutriBullet every day to make healthy Blasts and I have a pretty good handle on my eating habits, but whenever it came to exercise, I kept making excuses.

I’ve always known that exercise was important, so I was frustrated at myself for not doing enough to get my body in shape. I knew that I needed a concrete goal, clearly stated and measurable, in order for that goal to work. One day, I sat down and made my goal official:  Create an exciting set of exercises that would keep me interested in exercising every day and which would help me stick to the program.

Well, putting together an exciting exercise routine didn’t happen overnight. In fact, it took a long time to change my mindset toward exercise. I went through all of the exercises that I did in the past and one by one, I crossed them off my list.

Running was off the list for several reasons, mainly medical reasons. Walking in the park was better, but it would get boring after just a few minutes. Using the treadmill made me feel like a hamster on a wheel. I made plenty of excuses for not going to the gym, not a single one of them valid. In exercise class, I was always going in the wrong direction as the rest of the group. At home, I would end up sitting on the couch and watching the video instead of exercising. Yoga was just an accident waiting to happen.

I decided that there would be no more excuses, I would just work things out. I started with dance, my favorite exercise. I attended Zumba class and met new friends in my community. If I happened to be dancing in the wrong direction, it was no big deal, I’d just smile, turn around and continue dancing. Working out at home was much better after buying creative new workout videos that kept me dancing and off the couch.

Then, I started adding the rest of the exercises back into my schedule. No longer did I feel like a hamster on the wheel when I used the treadmill. Walking in the park was now an empowering stroll in the fresh air. The gym provided a variety of machines to use. So far, I’ve even done a few basic yoga moves without incident.

At the end of each day, I started to log my exercise routine into a workout calendar. I would list the exercise, the time spent and the calories burned, trying to keep things simple. My goal was to do some form of exercise every day for at least five days a week and, so far, that’s exactly what I’m doing. Now, I love working out. I’m glad I’ve finally found something that works for me. I’m finally getting my groove on.

-Delores McCarter

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Did you know that your morning cup of Joe was full of antioxidants? Well, it is! What’s more interesting is that Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than any other source. Although fruits and veggies contain numerous beneficial protective qualities, American’s still aren’t consuming enough of them. We must admit, however, Nutribullet users are way ahead with their vegetable and fruit consumption than the average person!

Most of us do drink coffee (and plenty of it!), so we get lots of these necessary antioxidants. Coffee packs a lot for its serving size: one to two cups is beneficial. A medium or grande coffee contains 16 fl. oz of coffee, which equals 2 cups.

New research has shown that coffee can help prevent type 2 diabetes, liver cancer, colon cancer, and Parkinson’s disease. It is still however a controversial food. Keep in mind that drinking too much coffee can have some unwanted side effects like restlessness, anxiety and sleeplessness. Adding sugar, sugar substitutions, milk, or other sweeteners can reverse the positive health effects and actually worsen inflammation pain. As they say – everything in moderation!

Drink decaf? Good news, the benefits are the same in regular and decaf coffee!

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Want to add coffee to your morning Blast? Try this recipe!

Fill your Tall Cup up with:

  • ¾ cup cooled coffee
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 banana

Extract for 30 seconds. Add some almonds or walnuts for a nutty spin!

You may already be familiar with NutriBullet RD Krista, who’s been with us for months now answering your questions and writing incredible customized articles about the topics you’re most interested in. Well, we’re happy to introduce the newest member of our NutriBullet family, NutriBullet RD Sarah!

Sarah-RD2Sarah Lefkowitz, R.D. is a dietitian living in Los Angeles, California. Raised in an “Organic Food Only” home taught her the importance of a healthy diet and helped her develop her passion for cooking, farmer’s markets, yoga, nutrition education and living a healthy lifestyle.

Earning her Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University in Nutritional Science and later interning with the UCLA Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program, Sarah has worked with Aids Project LA, WICC, Headstart, Sherman Oaks Burn Center and the Providence Holy Cross Medical Center Intensive Care Unit.

She’s also worked as a Lead Clinical Dietitian, counseling patients in an acute care hospital, a digestive disease clinic, a wound care clinic and a center for geriatric health. She’s also worked with the SOSmetor program as a consultant dietitian writing manuals, developing education materials and giving presentations to high schools and elementary schools.

Sarah’s philosophy revolves around the idea of food as medicine; looking at the properties of individual foods and harnessing them into life-long health and vitality.

You’ll be seeing new content written by Sarah, so feel free to ask her any questions; she’s here to help! Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FearlessFig

Welcome to the family, Sarah!

-NutriBullet Team