I have a new favourite kitchen gadget, and I’m strongly suggesting you put it to the top of your Christmas wish list. It’s the amazing NutriBullet (buy here). I’ve always been a fan of smoothies and fresh juices, but recently my wand-like smoothie maker gave up the ghost. I did have a proper juicing machine in days gone by but frankly, it was such a faff to clean, that it pretty soon made its way to the charity shop box. So I came across the NutriBullet late one night on one of those awful shopping channels, with David ‘Avocado’ Wolfe (yes, really he does call himself that!) and I was definitely intrigued. Then one of my clients said her nutritionist had recommended she buy one, so I was convinced and did the same.
I’m so glad I did – it’s fabulous. I’m not great at eating a big breakfast first thing in the morning, but I definitely can’t start the day on an empty stomach and often don’t finish with my morning clients until 1.30pm so I need something to keep me going. I whip up a ‘NutriBlast’ (the fancy name for the juice/smoothie liquid that you produce) every morning for breakfast. I can pack lots of fruit (banana, berries, mango, pineapple) and veg (spinach, kale, carrot, celery) into it as well as protein in the form of nuts and seeds, and slow releasing energy in the form of oats. Then I can sup away while maintaining the busy morning routine of making packed lunches, plaiting hair, retrieving a lost swimming suit from the laundry pile, finding homework books, etc. Mornings are often a little frenetic in our house so I often end up drinking it on the way to work as it has a handy beaker with handle.
The NutriBullet couldn’t be easier to clean. It’s all dishwasher safe or you can just give the blades a rinse under the tap straight after use. It comes with recipe suggestions too, all of which are delicious, or you can invent your own. Try adding live yoghurt, or almond milk for a creamier drink, or just water. It comes out very smooth due to the powerful motor and blades, so no lumpy bits which keeps my children happy. They love it in fact. I also make ice lollies with it. Little does my daughter know hers contain the superfood kale, and she can be a little faddy with food so it’s a winner in that sense!
The first juicing book I bought several years ago was ‘SuperJuice: Juicing for Health & Healing’ by Michael van Straten (buy here). It was rereleased a couple of years ago and I think it goes really well with the NutriBullet. It’s packed full of recipe ideas for specific ailments and there’s a really handy reference table at the back listing the condition, the superjuice to try, the effect and the dose. This Women’s Wonder juice is great for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and also brings relief from PMS and menopausal symptoms.
Start making NutriBlasts on a regular basis and I really think you will notice a difference in your health, energy levels, sleeping patterns and overall well-being. Here’s a short clip from David ‘Avocado’ Wolfe extoling the virtues of the NutriBullet, and although it’s a bit American and his chirpiness is over the top, I have to say I do agree with him! So get these two brilliant products – the NutriBullet and the Superjuice book – on to your Christmas wish lists and get going with your Christmas shopping. 40 days to go!
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