Banana in a smoothie? Sure.

Coconut? Done that.

But Dates?! Could it be?

I’ve never really had dates, but I tried them and I liked them. Then I made the Sprouted Kitchen’s Coconut Banana Date Shake and now I think I might love dates.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 4 large pitted Medjool dates, chopped up
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein of choice (optional)
  • one small banana, preferably frozen
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1-2 cups crushed ice
  • splash of orange juice

1. Throw all said items into your Magic Bullet. It’s really that easy.

2. Pulse until it’s reached your desired consistency.

And then take it and enjoy it anywhere you go!

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Apr
10
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Cucumber Limeade

As I sit in wooly socks and hoodies, I dream of the spring. In NYC, April is the most ridiculous of months. One moment, it’s 65 degrees and sunny, and you shave your legs and put on sandals and sunglasses and smile because the sun has finally, FINALLY come out. The next day it snows.

And here I am making Little Inspiration’s Cucumber Limeade and watching reality TV to forget the dreariness outside. This drink will make you believe you’re in a spa where people bring you little sandwiches and you get hand massages all day.

You’ll need:

  • 2 cucumbers (peeled and sliced)
  • ½ cup of water
  • 4 key limes
  • 3 tablespoons of pure cane sugar or your favorite natural low-cal sweetener
  • 1 liter of water

Directions

1. Cut up your cucumbers and pour in the 1/2 cup of water into your Magic Bullet.

2. Add your lime juice.

3. And blend away!

4. You’ll want to pour this through a sieve to separate the pulp.

5. Add in the rest of the water and stir in the sugar.

6. Pour into your favorite glass and drink cold.

Apr
8
2

Kale Berry Smoothie

 

If you’re looking for a great energy boost in the mornings or at lunchtime, this kale smoothie will surely do the trick! I have to admit, I completely despise eating kale. I’ve tried it in a few different recipes and did not like any of them. I know kale is incredibly healthy, but even when I buy it at the grocery store, I cringe at the thought of incorporating it into a meal each day it sits in my fridge. I know there are some people out there who love kale, even in the raw, but the only way I found I can incorporate it into my diet is smoothies. I created this delicious berry kale smoothie because it allows me to eat (drink?) kale raw, which preserves the nutrients as opposed to cooking it. I can barely tell I’m eating 1/2 cup raw kale in just one 8 oz smoothie. The yummy strawberries and raspberries hide the taste and with the Magic Bullet, you don’t notice a difference in texture.

Makes 1 large smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup frozen organic strawberries
  • ¼ cup frozen organic raspberries
  • 1 cup organic kale

Instructions

  1. Rinse and strain kale.
  2. Add all ingredients to the Magic Bullet cup and blend.

Mar
27
0

Nutella Banana Smoothie

In a previous post, I made some homemade Nutella, so I thought I would put it to good use and blend it into a smoothie. Then I could take it with me!

Or so that someone else could drink it too…

I used a recipe from Mother Thyme, but you could really just use your favorite items for a smoothie.

 You’ll need:

  • 1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/3 cup Nutella
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup ice

Throw all said ingredients into your Magic Bullet and blend until your desired consistency has been reached. 
Feb
27
0

Frozen Mocha

Whether you’re looking for a delicious afternoon pick-me-up or something nice and cold to chill a hot day, this frozen mocha will do the trick. Quick and simple in your Magic Bullet, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t tried this sweet burst of energy sooner.

From Yummly.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coffee (brewed, cooled)
  • 2 tbsps chocolate syrup (or cocoa powder)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsps sugar (optional)
  • 1 cup ice

Directions

  1. Add ingredients to your Magic Bullet and blend until smooth.

Try saying that three times fast! Kitchen Magician Lauren DeMaio brings us another amazing Magic Bullet recipe – a breakfast shake that’s delicious and easy to make.

Snooze Button Berry Blend Breakfast Shake
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup carrot juice
  • 1 banana
  • 3/4 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseeds
  • 1 handful blueberries
  • almond milk
Directions
  1. Blend for 10 seconds. Seriously. That’s it.

I headed back to California for the holidays and was able to avoid most of the sleet action happening in NYC. And while my comrades were battling slush, cold winds, and rain to get anywhere, I was lucky enough to be enjoying the sunshine and eats of southern Cali.

This smoothie is quintessential California to me–save the wheatgrass shot.

Grab your favorite tropical and summer fruits. I saved some strawberries and froze them for an occasion such as this. Sometimes, you just need summer in the winter.

Add vanilla ice cream and some fruit juice–I had mango juice–but you could do it with OJ, apple juice or anything that sounds good to you.

Place in your Magic Bullet and blend!

It’s really that easy.

And then give it to the nearest person because they will enjoy it. And it’s always nice to share.

In this case, it was my niece’s cousin, Amy, she loved it. Obviously.

Dec
19
0

Cinnamon Horchata

One of my favorite recent discoveries is Horchata. I had never had it before, but I tell you, there’s almost nothing better than sitting in the sun sipping on a giant glass of horchata.

Proof positive here:

And now I can make my own! My quality of life just got so much better.

And it’s really easy.

Just note, you have to start this recipe three hours before you want it, because there’s a wait time!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon (to taste)
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

 

Directions

1. Pour the rice into the Magic Bullet cup and fill most of the way with water.

2. Blend until the rice begins to break up.

3. Mix with the rest of the water in a large pitcher.

4. LET THE MIXTURE SIT FOR THREE HOURS.

5. Strain the rice water into a pitcher and discard the rice.

6. Add the milk, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla extract.

7. Stir well and chill before enjoying!

Dec
3
2

Booster Juice

BOOSTER. JUICE. More like, I’m gonna boost ya’ WITH this juice.

No, I won’t be stealing your car again.
Yes, I will be making your life better, your body happier.
And yes, this sure as heck will help get your tush in gear.
Fire up that Magic Bullet Blender, baby.

We got fruits. We got veggies. We got almond milk.
All natural. No preservatives. No nonsense.
Toss some brown rice powder for added PROTEIN.
It’s a no-brainer.

The boyfriend Aaron and I made this concoction for the first time while I was up in Canada in October, hence the added brown rice powder for additional protein. We used raw, plant-based protein powder – the brand was Sunwarrior. Google it. (No I am not promoting products – it’s just legit and very good for you).

I wanted to explain that added protein, because I know if I read that note above and then saw a picture of a broad like me. who openly talks about how she wishes they made camel packs for melted cheese, I’d be judgmental, too.

On that note, Thanksgiving has left me resembling a bloated, hybrid version of Antonio Banderas and Frida Kahlo, so you can bet your bullhorn that I whipped out that Magic Bullet Blender this morning and toted some of this liquid gold to work.

See below, babes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup carrot juice (or cranberry, apple or orange juice)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, no sugar added, frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, no sugar added, frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup julienne carrots
  • 3 large kale leaves
  • 2 tbsp brown rice protein (optional)
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cocoa

Directions
1. Add all your ingredients to the blender pitcher.


2. Add water and fill to about to about ¾” from the rim.

3. Blend for 10 seconds. Check. Blend a bit more if you’d like. You’re done.

Talk about covering all your nutritional bases in one shot, eh?

Ever hear that song by Crystal Waters? 100% Pure Love?
No? I pasted the link below for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQX2q6WCrbE

Because that is:
A. What you are drinking. One hundred percent PURE love.
B. An unbelievable song.

Until next time, my little protein pioneers – do yourself a favor and get’cha Magic Bullet on.

Sending all my love, from my big heart in Connecticut, to all of yours —

xo
@LdeMao

Ugghhhhhhhh don’t you just love fall? I wouldn’t know. I’ve never experienced the season. I suppose that’s not entirely true. But I kind of live in Hawaii, which is kind of summer all the time. I’m not complaining. But I love the idea of fall. Mostly I love the idea of pumpkin. So let’s talk about it.

Everyone loves pumpkin, apparently. Although I really wish it were spelled ‘punkin’ like how your aunt mildred or someone probably used to call you growing up. And you totally hated it, but now you totally say it like that all the time. And when you become an aunt [or an uncle], you know you’re totally going to call your nieces and nephews ‘punkin.’ This has nothing to do with anything. Have a drink.

Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino [adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie, whose blog you should probably check out because this is only one of a bajillion awesome looking things she has on there..]

  • 4-6 coffee ice cubes [meaning make a strong cup of coffee, and then freeze it in your ice cube tray. Genius right? I didn’t think of it. But I totally wish I did.]
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1-2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg and a teeeeennyyy pinch of ground ginger

Dump it all in your Tall Cup and blend the heck out of it with your cross blade. It’s the best thing ever. And there’s no ice to water it down because your ice is coffee. GENIUS, I tell you!