Luckily, Father’s Day falls in the summer, so it’s a great time of year to get outdoors, engage in healthy activity and spend some quality time with the dads in your life (fathers, hubbies, brothers and buddies included!) Dads love nothing more than having fun doing something they love with their families by their side. You can get your dad any number of ties or gadgets, but giving him an experience and memories beats any wrapped gift! So, we’ve whipped up a few dad-approved ideas for activities that might put a smile on his face this year!

  • Water sports enthusiast? – If so, then consider Father’s Day gift ideas such as a boat ride, a day of scuba driving, surfing or a trip down the whitewater in a kayak.
  • Speed guy? – If that’s the case then the way you should go is a day spent driving a rally car or an experience in a unique V8 supercar. If, on the other hand, dad is the type who likes the sky, then consider Father’s Day gifts like paragliding, hot air ballooning or sky diving.
  • Outdoorsman? – How about a family hike or camping trip?
  • Sports Guy? – Get tickets to his favorite team’s game or take him out to play. Shoot some hoops, play some golf, whatever his sports persuasion, gather the family and do it together!
  • Dare devil? – Try rappelling, zip lining or spelunking
  • Foodie – Set up an iron chef competition between the members of your family and let dad be the judge!

Whatever you do, start the day with a healthy Blast, which will be light and filling in Dad’s tummy, while providing him with the energy he needs for the day ahead.

No matter what you do, be sure to make it fun and show dad just how much you appreciate him!

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-Carolyn Scott-Hamilton

What diet do you do? Are you raw? Organic and locally-grown? Gluten-free? Atkins?

We’ll admit, all these diet fads can get a little out of hand sometimes, so here’s a quirky little video to bring us back down to planet earth. Sometimes we need a little reminder that the healthiest diet we can follow is just eating healthy portions and exercising.

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.

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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.