The smoothie bandwagon

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Scepticism and distrust are two typical feelings I’d say the majority of people feel toward infomercial products, myself included.

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Gluten Free Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup

But as the hype and positive reinforcement of the Magic Bullet and NutriBullet grew exponentially in the past year or so, I found myself willing to ignore the doubt in my mind, and order one.

Quite possibly, this has been the best food decision of my life.

Whether or not I’m getting extra nutrients and extraordinary health benefits from the “extractor blade,” is entirely irrelevant because the NutriBullet has forever changed the way I think about breakfast.

The commercials don’t lie when they say the motor packs a punch because I’ve put everything from walnuts to chia seeds to semi-cooked pumpkin in there, which all gets blitzed in seconds.

Strangely though, sultanas are the only food that seems to remain in slightly larger chunks, no matter how long I blitz the smoothies for.

As an avid breakfast enthusiast, the endless juice, smoothie or ice-crush options that are now available to me, makes getting up at 6am every weekday much more bearable!

The recipe book that comes with the NutriBullet is a great resource for people wanting to know more about the benefits of what they consume. Each section is divided into what kind of health benefits those particular smoothies will provide.

With options for a better metabolism, diabetics, improving your muscular system or immune boosting options, if you lack creativity in the kitchen, you’ll still never be short of ideas.

If you’re worried that a juice won’t be a filling enough meal, don’t be. My handy hint is to always have a stockpile of bananas, broken into chunks, in the freezer. Adding these to your smoothies will give them a thicker consistency, which will fill you up more and replace the need to add ice.

You can also add rolled oats to the mixture for additional energy and carbohydrates, making it a more substantial meal. This is what I did for my Berry Oat Smoothie Bowl! Juliana nutri2

INGREDIENTS

  • 25g rolled oats
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Handful blueberries
  • 4 large strawberries
  • 250mL unsweetened almond milk

If you’re more of a savoury/dinner person, don’t dismiss the NutriBullet either because lo and behold, it can also make soup! Creamy soups like pumpkin, sweet potato, cauliflower and pea will come out smoother than ever, just make sure your liquid-to-vegetable ratios are correct.

There’s the tiny flaw that your ingredients have to be cold before you blitz them but if you cook them in the morning, it should only take about 10 minutes to whip the soup together and re-heat for dinner.

There are thousands of flavour combinations you can try with the NutriBullet and if you don’t want to stick to anything absurdly healthy and you simply can’t convince yourself to put spinach in your smoothies, my recipe for a Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie will be right up your alley!

That recipe, and more can be found on www.peaches-pushups.tumblr.com or you can follow @juliimare on Instagram.

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