I’m always learning new ways to make my NutriBlast lifestyle a little easier. Blasting is a quick and easy way to have a nutritious breakfast, but we all know that every second counts, so here are a few of the tips and tricks I’ve racked up over the years to help you save time (and money) when it comes to one of my favorite hobbies!

One of the great tips I learned early on was to use frozen fruit instead of ice. Frozen bananas are a wonderful way to chill a Blast in seconds. I still use ice from time to time, but frozen fruit is more efficient and just as tasty.

Another tip? Check grocery store ads for the best deals. Each week, I check to see which grocery stores have the best deal on produce and then I go shopping. Lately, the challenge has been finding enough room in my freezer to store my fruits and veggies after buying them.

Luckily, kale is very inexpensive. A large 16-ounce bag will last me well over two weeks and it usually costs less than two dollars a bag. Apples and bananas are pretty cheap, too. I pay a bit more with the frozen fruit, but it lasts much longer in the freezer than fresh. There are so many varieties of frozen fruit these days that it also increases the fun factor when I NutriBlast.

And finally, after so long Blasting, I can eyeball where the MAX line is on my cup each time, but I definitely had a harder time of it when I was just starting. If you struggle to find it, take a marker and draw it in a strong color all the way around the cup so you see it, no matter which way it’s facing or which ingredients are in there. This helps avoid spills and actually saves more time than you’d think.

I have been Blasting long enough that I can overfill my cup without much worry – and I’ve had my fair share of spills – but Blasters, be warned: stay at or below the MAX line. Life should be overflowing, not your NutriBullet.

-Delores McCarter

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Drinking your fruits and veggies these days is all the rage. These flavorful concoctions are a nutritious way to up your daily intake of produce, helping your body reap the benefits. Preparing freshly made drinks from fruits and veggies is a terrific way to enrich your diet.

But which drinks should you choose? Juices, pack a nutrient punch, but smoothies can be more filling. Though there’s a time and place when juicing is the right way to go, I’m here to tell you why I prefer extracting with my NutriBullet over any other option!

1. Juice is very concentrated.
The process of juicing removes the pulp from fruits and vegetables, leaving just the liquid. It requires a lot of fruits and veggies to fill one 8oz cup. Four to five apples for one glass of juice? That’s over 350 calories and 85 grams of sugar – YIKES! Juicing just greens? Not only will you need lots of them, be warned: consuming large amounts of greens on a regular basis can have some unpleasant side effects.

2. Juice contains no fiber.
The problem with removing the pulp is you are discarding the valuable part of the produce: the dietary fiber. Even though our bodies do not use fiber for its nutrition, it does play a vital role in proper digestion and elimination. It helps cleanse the digestive tract, removing toxins and improving our bodily functions.

3. Juice alone will not satisfy hunger.
Need another reason to keep the fiber? It helps satiate hunger, leaving you feeling full. While drinking a glass of juice may be tasty, it will go right through you, ultimately leaving you hungry. Fiber is a valuable part of the plant and it’s the part that will fill you up and leave you satisfied. That’s why extracting can be used as a meal replacement.

Benefits to Extracting

Extracting a fresh Blast in your NutriBullet is not only a super easy way to eat lots of fruits and veggies, it’s a great alternative to juicing. It’s much faster and less messy to toss produce into a tall NutriBullet cup and extract than using a complicated and expensive juicer. From start to finish, the entire process takes less than five minutes, including clean up. Plus, you get to keep the fiber that is beneficial to your health. Extracting also gives you the opportunity to use fruits and veggies you wouldn’t normally eat on their own. You can combine them with the ones you like and the drink will take on a whole new flavor. What could be better than tasty nutrition that does a body good?

Whatever you decide to do, the important thing is to add more produce to your diet. In my opinion, the benefits to having a daily NutriBlast far out way any fancy juice. It’s a fabulous meal replacement or snack and can be personalized to target your specific health needs. The drink combinations are only limited to your imagination.

Blast on!

Kim Pontius

 

 

I’ve been Blasting for a couple of years now, but when I first started, I was a bit unsure about carrying my Blast around in public. This was before smoothies and juicing were cool. People didn’t know what I was drinking and, needless to say, they thought it was a bit strange.

People used to stare at the green goodness and frown at my delicious breakfast, but not so anymore! It’s so popular, I’ll rarely get more than a glance and I enjoy answering questions about what I’m drinking. Today, as I dropped off my car for an oil change, the manager looked at me and asked, “What are you drinking?” Luckily, I don’t have to start by defining the word smoothie anymore! I said, “I’ve got kale, banana, strawberries and pineapple in here.” He smiled. “And the green?” I knew it. The color green. It’s the only thing that stops folks right in their tracks. “Oh, that’s the kale, but you don’t even taste it.”

Another employee heard us and joined in, talking about about the benefits of drinking your fruits and veggies. It was neat to know I wasn’t the only one drinking a delicious breakfast and, in my own little way, I feel like I’m creating a movement based on nutrition, helping others discover how delicious eating well can taste.

When it comes to the world of NutriBlasting, there is no shame in my game!

Green smoothie

My Morning Breakfast Blast
Ingredients
  • 1 handful kale
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • a few sprinkles of cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • Coconut water to the MAX line
Directions
  1.  Add ingredients to your Tall Cup and extract for 30 seconds, or until smooth.

Delores McCarter

 

Every week, we invest a certain amount of money into our grocery shopping. Most of us are on a budget and we don’t want to end up throwing away food. Luckily, NutriBlasting helped me learn how to store, cook and eat food in a way that helped me get the most out of my money.

I learned that proper food rotation allows me to use food with minimal waste while taking full advantage of my pantry, cabinet space, fridge and freezer.

Each week before I start grocery shopping, I check to see what I need to restock for a recipe. I try to limit my purchases to what I need with an occasional splurge. Since I have a very small kitchen, I don’t have a lot of room to waste on bad decision making at the grocery store. I’ve already paid the price for that …literally!

I also learned that I needed to use my freezer more effectively. It wasn’t just a spot to hold my ice cubes, fish, and ice cream sandwich bars. If I planned it out more efficiently, I could store more food in there and make my grocery budget stretch even further.

I examined my freezer and tossed out the food that I was not going to eat. If anything was freezer burned, I tossed it out. Leftovers were scrutinized and rotated down to the fridge for immediate consumption. Then, I made room for my frozen fruit. That was non-negotiable for me.

After I downsized some of the freezer items, I moved down to the fridge. Condiments that were no long being used were tossed out. I had to make sure that I had plenty of room for my fresh produce – especially my beloved kale!

I used to throw away so much produce that it was ridiculous. Now, I’m making better decisions, not only about my food storage, but about my day-t0-day eating habits.

When I’m diligent about rotating my food, from fridge to freezer to stove and back, I find that I make better use of my food, my time and my money!

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-Delores McCarter

 

When I decided to get healthier, I realized that I would have to step out of my comfort zone and march to the beat of a different drum. Living in the South, also known as The Land of Fried Food, there is always fattening food all around me. They just love to drop things into vats of grease!

I realized that to be successful when it came to healthy eating, I would have to be creative and flexible. This was obvious one summer where there were a series of cookouts and other functions that included food. Event after event, I would approach the foot-long tables filled with food that I didn’t want to eat. There was always a mountain of meat (usually fried), a bunch of bowls and casserole dishes with delicious entrees that were just too heavy for me. For the first time in my life, I knew how vegetarians felt! If anyone complained about the selection of food, someone would say, “Well, we have salad!” That was true. Over in the corner, without fail, would be a bowl of dry lettuce leaves and a bottle of ranch dressing. After a few cookouts, this obligatory salad was little more than boring.

I knew that if I decided to continue on my journey, I had to make things work for myself. I needed to break the status quo. It didn’t have to just be salad or the heavy stuff. I didn’t like this “us” versus “them” mentality when it came to eating good food. I want my vegetarian and clean-eating friends to eat until they’re satisfied with numerous and various food options at the table.

That summer was a wake-up call for me. I realized that I needed to start preparing healthier food that wasn’t just delicious to me, but to the average person. I would love for everyone to salivate over my yummy, healthy food – without even realizing how healthy it is!

I’m still working on some recipes, but it took me stepping outside of my comfort zone and acknowledging that moment to create a passion in me for food that I didn’t know existed. Now, I’m enjoying every minute of it!

-Delores McCarter

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