My Nutribullet & Me!

I’m in love with my Nutribullet.

I purchased wonderful little miracle machines for all my kids over the holidays. We all got Nutribullets, and without sounding like an infomercial, I’m in love.  This little powerhouse grinds, blends and emulsifies just about anything you put into it.  I love that we’re enabling our children and grandchildren to do something special for their health every day.  No preaching, no cajoling.  “Here’s a gift . . now go use it.”

The results have been unexpected.  My daughter, who actually gags on veggies, is blending up the most amazing smoothies with greens and colorful fruit.  My daughter-in-law is determined to become the smoothie princess (not the queen – that’s me)!  And my grandchildren have fruit smoothies for dessert!  It’s easier than ever to get your apple a day –  just add it to a smoothie.

We’re constantly sharing recipes, and pictures. And we’ve all gotten pretty courageous in terms of trying interesting ingredients – and then looking them up to learn about their health benefits. Every once in a while we turn out something that looks like grass, or grainy mud! I can’t bring myself to drink those, and we don’t brag about those, much!

Eating raw foods has incredible benefits.  I learned something powerful from my nutrition guru, and author of “The Delicious Revolution”, Joy Houston.  “The healing that is being accomplished with raw, living, and alkaline diets is undeniably compelling.” Joy goes on to explain, “Because raw foods naturally contain all the enzymes needed to break them down (digest them). That means our body does not have to dedicate the finite number of enzymes we have to the mundane task of digesting food.  How do they propose keeping food enzymes intact?  By not heating food over 118 degrees.”

Blending and then drinking raw vegetables and fruits is exactly what Joy is talking about in terms of the healthiest way to get their nutrients.  With the addition of super foods, herbs and other little tweaks, our best health is only a blend away!

Here’s a list of some ingredients that have become standards for all of us including links to other articles describing their benefits. We make sure to include 50% of greens.  What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?  Comment below and share with all of us.  Just remember – there’s only one “smoothie queen”- me!
Apples are antioxidant rich. They play an important role in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disorders, stroke, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Eat the whole apple with the skin for most benefits.

Strawberries are superior for dieting as they have an abundance of fiber; they are loaded with vitamin C and Manganese; they fight against many inflammatory diseases; and may help fight against the onset of many forms of cancer.

Bananas are rich in potassium, fiber and vitamins; they help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan; protect against muscle cramps; help regulate blood sugar; aid in digestion and relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids.
Ginger is a virtual medicine chest as it sparks a dull appetite, improves the absorption of essential nutrients, clears the microcirculatory channels of the body, helps with nausea, cramps and gas, and, heated up in hot water- helps with a sore throat and other cold symptoms.

Goji berries are the most nutritionally dense fruit on the planet.  Goji berries contain all the essential amino acids and have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit.  They contain natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds.
Cacao nibs or raw chocolate provide important benefits to your intestinal regularity, heart and blood vessels and blood sugar level. Cacao is high in dietary fiber and possesses an abundance of polyphenols which may improve the health of your heart and brain arteries by inhibiting blood clots.
Baby chard offers fantastic antioxidant protection in the form of phytonutrients known as carotenoids.  They are high in beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin which may help maintain eye health, boosts immunity, and even fight cancer.

Spinach is dense with fiber, high in flavonoids and neoxanthin, vitamins and antioxidants.  Spinach is known to aid digestion, has been shown to slow down cell division in the human stomach and skin cancer cells. Spinach boosts immunity, protects the eye from cataracts and has been shown to effectively lower blood pressure.
Pineapple soothes digestion, and includes a high amounts of manganese as well as vitamin C. They are packed with many other vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. Pineapples help prevent coughs and colds, strengthen bones, help keep our gums healthy, alleviate arthritis,
Blueberries, according to the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, have more antioxidants than any other fresh fruits or vegetables. Blueberries are a powerhouse disease fighter and strengthen our immune system by neutralizing free radicals.  Blueberries contain manganese, vitamin C, vitamin K are high in fiber, and are renowned for their anti-inflammatory effect.
Coconut milk is an excellent substitute for cow’s milk and is easy to digest.  Coconuts are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system, such as vitamins C, E, and many B vitamins, as well as magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, and iron.  Coconut milk is rich in lauric acid, a fatty acid that is abundant in mother’s milk and is responsible for germ fighting, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.

Great resource for nutrition information on fruits and vegetables:  http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/