I have so many people coming to me and stating “I have bought a blender but I am not sure what to do with it!” That I thought maybe a supportive article and pointers on what is to be made with your fabulous ‘Nutri thingy m jig’ could help.
I seriously could not be without my Nutri ninja, it is really quite old in terms of technology(2 years +), but I have used it pretty much every single day and it is still going strong (although I did purchase some new cups a few months ago). I even packed it to Cornwall this summer so I could make smoothies every day. Do not get hung up on ‘nutri ninja’ or ‘nutri bullet’, they are much of a muchness so just go for the best deal in terms of price.
Smoothies are not the only benefit that comes from having a blender. I use mine to make soups, sorbets, nice cream, nut or seed milks, nut butter and even blend oats into flour and make biscuit mixes or energy bites with dates, cocoa, oats and nut butter. You will find lots of recipes on this site where your blender will play a super star role.
Smoothies are a perfect way to get nutrients including the fibre into your body, and of course, children love smoothies. I often get people saying but aren’t smoothies bad for you? A result of media misconceptions. If you are making your own and combining some good fats, fruits, vegetables, and protein, then you are balancing your smoothie, ensuring you are taking in a lot of nutrients, having a slow release of sugars and they are very filling too. My midweek breakfast is more often than not a version of a green smoothie.
Here is a combination list to help you, but don’t be frightened to experiment and you will have some failures and lots of success too. Keep going and have fun!
choose a base:
approximately 150mls of cashew, almond, rice, oat or coconut milk, green tea, peppermint tea, ice and or water
choose at least one healing/cleansing ingredient:
thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, a wedge of lemon or lime, mint leaves or fresh coriander
choose 1 or 2 handful of fruits:
for example banana, berries, pineapple, cherries (pain relieving), kiwi, apple, pear, rhubarb, melon, frozen mango and or frozen banana…
choose at least one vegetable:
carrots, spinach, kale, collard greens cucumber, medicinal mushrooms e.g. reishi, butternut squash, fennel, courgette
make sure to add some green for anti-ageing and longevity:
handful of spinach, kale, collard greens, tsp of spirulina, chlorella or a green powder , fresh mint or coriander
choose a tablespoon of one or more of the following for creaminess and good fats to absorb fat soluble nutrients:
avocado, tinned coconut (avoid if green tea base), sugar and oil free peanut,almond or cashew nut butter
be sure to add at least 1 tsp of the following seeds for protein, good fats and nourishing minerals
chia seeds, hulled hemp seeds, linseeds/flax
add a tsp of the following for healing and or flavouring:
cinnamon (preferably Ceylon), turmeric, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, cacao powder or nibs
sunflower and or pumpkin seeds, walnuts, soaked cashews, pecans, goji berries, cacao nibs
my favourite superfood options for a pick me up, extra energy and hormone balancing:
maca powder (a Peruvian root vegetable, tastes malty – check my shop to buy), spirulina, chlorella, Siberian ginseng, ashwagandha
This is certainly not an exclusive list and you will find other fruits and vegetables, superfoods etc. that you will enjoy. This list will however, give you a few pointers as to how you make your smoothie the longevity, super powered, nutritious fuel to support an amazing healthy body.
lots of love and health,