Tuesday, 6 January 2015

The NutriBullet

What is all the fuss about?

I don't tend to set New Year Resolutions . They just make me feel like a failure as I never am able to achieve what I set myself. However, a few general re set goals never hurt anyone and as most people at this time of year I need to sort out some of my eating habits that have fallen by the wayside recently.

Since returning to work full time in January last year a lot of things have become less of a priority to me. I used to think I ran quite a tight ship at home. I like things neat, tidy and clean. I am organised and rarely forget dates. We eat good , home cooked, healthy meals. 

However, bit by bit things have become a little less organised on the food front with myself. Although on the whole I don't think it's a bad thing to realise that when the winds of change come you can't be unbending and you must change and mould with the times.

 BUT the one area that has slipped and I am NOT happy about is my diet.

 I have kept the home cooked meals going, but I am a bit of a grab what you can, when you can kind of girl when I am working. All of my Eat Clean principles have been taken over by my need for sugar and caffeine and it makes me feel sluggish and lacking in energy. Quite the opposite of what I want to achieve! Over the summer whilst my middle child was in and out of hospital regular meals went out of the window and my weight fluctuated up and down with the stress of it all. The first thing that disappears with me when stress occurs is my appetite.

I do love fruit though and the taste of a juice. However, the problem with juicing in the week is that it is time consuming and messy and I just don't have the luxury of time. I am up at 6.15am making a cooked breakfast for my son who is on a weight gaining diet anyway.

So when I saw this Nutribullet blender I was very tempted. I resisted for a while, but after a bit of research have gone ahead and got it. It is very pretty and cordinates beautifully with the kitchen ( yes I am serious here - if you don't understand dont try !). The plan is to use my Nutribullet in the week and the juicer at the weekend when I have more time.

Additional Cups


Large Blender
 As I understand it the difference between juicing and blending is that juicing takes out the fibre and retains just the pure juice of whatever you are juicing. This gives an instantly absorbed energy boost as there is no fibre to slow digestion down. It is great for a boost, but can lead to unstable blood sugar if not used properly. Blending retains the fibre which gives a more sustained release of energy into your system. The argument is that there is a place for both depending on your need. 

I love juicing - I did a 7 day detox and felt fantastic , but long term it is very time consuming and my life does not allow for it on a daily basis anymore . I tend to start the weekend with a juice which is a real treat now.

The NutriBullet is really simple. You blend in a cup, which you can also drink out of. The blender comes with consice instructions and recipes, explaining how to get the most out of your machine. It is so easy to clean. There is some preparation time, but it is minimal. You can either get your fruits ready and leave them in the fridge the night before ready to turn into a smoothie the next morning or use frozen fruits direct from the freezer. I prefer the taste of the fresh fruits, but again time wise, frozen is quicker before work in the mornings! The fantastic element of the Nutribullet is that you can include nuts and seeds in your smoothies and they blend seamlessly - no gritty bits are left like there would be with a normal blender. The cleaning is also a revelation - 2 minutes and it is done.

I haven't been gifted this - I just researched and decided it suited my needs and I love it! A couple of my friends have since got a Nutribullet and are finding the same. 

My favourite recipe is a simple one just with  berries and a banana to thicken it up:

A couple of strawberries

A small handful of blueberries ( fresh taste best)
A small handful of raspberries ( frozen are fine!)
One small banana
A small cup of coconut water ( or filtered water is fine)
A large tablespoon a fat free bio yogurt

You cut all the fruit up roughly and add the other ingredients.

You turn the bender the other way up and attach to the base unit with a simple twist which turns it on.

When it has reached the consistency you like pour and enjoy . 

Not quite the same effect as a pint of Doom Bar , but a lot more healthy!

1 comment:

  1. Happy New Year lovely!
    I juice daily but don't have 3 children....just a dog to run round after!
    Juicing has made a massive difference to my life, literally!
    The Nutribullet looks FAB, xx