Raw'kin Snack of the Week

This delicious recipe from the Queen of Quinoa is absolutely simple to make and easy to carry around – meaning you have a healthy, raw, vegan snack to carry around with you everywhere you go. You’ll need a dehydrator; an essential tool in any vegan’s repertoire. Don’t have one? Try our Apple and Blueberry Spiced Pie NutriBlast recipe here.

According to Alyssa, Queen of Quinoa herself, these chips are sweet, cinnamony and totally delicious, so make them today! Click here for the recipe!

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It’s about that time of year to break out the grills and coolers and unravel those flags to display proudly! But amid the fireworks and food, partying on the 4th of July tends to be a bit harmful to the planet while celebrating our country. Want to add a little green to your red, white and blue this year? Here’s how!

  • Plan ahead on where you will be spending the 4th and see if you can carpool with friends. Check online for the nearest fireworks site and either take a romantic stroll or bike there to save gas, parking frustration and to burn off the days grub!
  • Say no to home fireworks and sparklers and opt for other colorful decorations like ribbon streamers (maybe even home-made recycled newspaper ones!) And maybe even have a chat with your local fireworks authorities – they might be willing to look into using Sekon biodegradable fireworks next year (the gunpowder-free “air launch” technology that Disney now uses).
  • If hosting a party, opt for reusable dishware. You can even ask guests to bring their own plates, utensils and glasses! But if you’re not in the dish washing mood and want to conserve water, opt for eco-friendly, 100% compostable dishes, napkins and utensils instead.
  • Buy local, organic produce for your salads, snacks and grillin’!
  • Recycle! Water bottles, cans, etc. – be wise and have a well-labeled recycle bin placed in a convenient location at your party.
  • Grill green! A solar powered grill is the most eco-friendly way to grill, but if that’s not an option for, opt for a natural gas grill instead of a charcoal one as it burns cleaner. And if you don’t have an outdoor space, invest in an indoor grill or a nice grill pan!
  • Be sun smart and wear sunscreen! Buy an organic, vegan and all natural brand for optimum results!
  • Make healthy dishes for the festivities. Pre-packaged sides and snacks are full of preservatives and unpronounceable ingredients as well as yucky plastic packaging that fills up our landfills. If you can’t cook, bring organic bagged lettuce, organic dressing, a big bowl and you’ve brought a healthy side everyone will appreciate.

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By Carolyn Scott-Hamilton from www.HealthyVoyager.com

This year, I challenged myself to participate in a five-mile walk for heart disease awareness. I’ve done this walk several times, but I’ve had some obstacles to overcome since then. I just didn’t realize that I would have to overcome some of my own negative thoughts.

When I participated in 2011, I wasn’t in good shape. In fact, I was the very last person that finished that walk. I saw the police officers rolling up the tape and removing the barriers that blocked off traffic. Last year, I stayed home.

Shortly after signing up for the walk, I started having second thoughts about the whole thing. What if I wasn’t as strong as I thought I was? What if I couldn’t cross the finish line? No, I was determined not to quit.  I needed to prove to myself that I could do it.

I trained for a few months and, the next thing I knew, it was the day before the event. I made myself a fruit-veggie Blast for breakfast and later, I had a protein shake after dinner. I went to bed early so I could be well-rested. The next morning, it started raining and I started to have second thoughts again. As the rain hit against the roof, those negative thoughts creeped back up on me.  My hair would get wet or I’d slip and fall. I stopped thinking, grabbed a ball cap, placed it on my head and walked out the door.

I looked for my friend, but that wasn’t possible in the large crowd of people. I tried to catch up to her and I actually ran for about a quarter mile before slowing to a walking pace. At mile three, I was well into a good stride.

The next thing I knew, I was facing the final hill. The finish line was directly ahead of me. I took a deep breath and ran down that hill like Forrest Gump. As I crossed the finish line, someone congratulated me and handed me a long-stemmed rose.

I finally caught up with my friend after the event and she said that I was only five minutes behind her. She reminded me that, despite being the last person in 2011, this year, hundreds of people were behind me.

It felt great to see how far I’ve come and that accomplishment felt incredible.

-Delores McCarter

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Body by NutriBullet

What is a body by NutriBullet? To me, it’s a body that is not only leaner, but less toxic and more balanced. It’s very exciting to read all of the stories from people who have turned to the NutriBullet as a resource to help them transform their bodies and to help them and their families make healthier lifestyle choices.

Now, as we enter the summer months, for many of us maybe it won’t be so terrifying. In the past as the warmer months approached, I would become anxious about my wardrobe because I don’t exactly have the same shape that I did in my twenties and, quite frankly, the older you become, the more body parts you consider covering up. I haven’t even been in a bathing suit since the late 80’s. Thanks to the NutriBullet program, this is actually the first summer in over 20 years that I don’t feel as self-conscious about my body and am willing to expose more than just my ankles and forearms.

What is it about this slender, powerful machine that has such an impact on people? It still amazes me! Those who use it on a consistent basis have noticed a difference in appearance, symptom relief and also positive changes in their overall well-being. This can be a motivating factor in making even more healthy changes in lifestyle. Just when I thought that I had pretty much benefited as much as possible from eating healthier, increasing my physical activity and using my NutriBullet daily, I just had blood work and learned that my cholesterol total is 153! This is the first time in my life that my cholesterol has been less than 180.

What results have you experienced after using the NutriBullet?

-Shari Pack

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It’s a question we get a lot here at NutriBullet, so we thought we’d share one user’s inventive ideas when it comes to how she uses her milling blade. From a nut and seed mix to amazing marinades and seasonings, blogger Ash has gotten milling down to an art form. Check out her ideas at The Neon Leopard!

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