We all make New Year’s resolutions but here’s one I might actually keep. It’s to get this neat little gadget to make me healthy smoothies each morning and keep me away from the coffee pot. And the reason I think I will actually keep this resolution: there’s barely any washing up. I’ve tried juicing in the past, and loved the results, but the prospect of scraping out all the pulp then scrubbing numerous bits of kit sadly means the juicer rarely comes out of the cupboard. I don’t mind preparing fruit and veg to sling into it, but the washing up is one task too many.
Having heard all the hype I decided to bite the Nutribullet. I got mine from Lakeland, where it retails for £99.99. The Nutribullet is not actually a juicer but a very powerful liquidiser. So it’s better for fruit, nuts and seeds than for veg, although thin vegetable leaves like spinach work well. Equipped with an impressive 600W motor it does its work in an amazing 10 seconds. I love the fact that you drink out of the machine, as the transparent cover turns into a mug. You can screw a lid on it and take it with you to work, and sip away throughout the day.
I’m currently experimenting with different recipes, but one trick I’ve learned is to include avocados, coconut oil and oil-rich nuts and seeds in smoothies so as to actually fill yourself up – the supermodels and celebrities know this one. Otherwise, after half an hour of drinking your healthy smoothie you’re reaching for the breadbin. A nice recipe to try is this one by Emma Whitnall, a wonderful nutritionist whom I met on Results with Lucy detox retreat. (Don’t worry if you don’t have, or can’t get hold of, the pea protein and maca powder). You can find more recipes, and info about Emma, on her Facebook page
1/2 cup frozen berries
200ml almond milk
1 tbs ground flaxseed
2 tsp maca powder
1 scoop Pea Protein Plus (optional)
1 handful kale
Top up with water for desired consistency
I’m a Nutribullet nut now. Or should it be a Bullet babe? Let me know YOUR favourite recipes!