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.
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.
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.
- 6 boneless chicken breasts (organic/grass fed)
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 garlic clove
- ¼ red onion
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 2 tbsp flax seed meal
- ½ cup shelled pistachios
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1tsp paprika
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- Slice chicken into strips.
- Place mustard, yogurt, and garlic clove into NutriBullet and Blast. Pour into shallow dish.
- Using a separate NutriBullet Cup, blast the rolled oats, flax seeds, salt, paprika, dried oregano and pistachios. Place is a separate shallow dish.
- Dip each strip of chicken first into mustard mixture and then roll in the breading mixture.
- Place on cookie sheet that has been sprayed with olive oil.
- 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.
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!
And be sure to try this delicious, all fruit Blast to keep you cool, hydrated and healthy!
- 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!
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?
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.