Sep
4
0

Lean Green Machine

Welcome, Magic Bullet, to my humble abode. I’m so excited for all sorts of multi-purposing in our future together.

But what to start with? Maybe something easy. And healthy. I read lifestyle blogs all day long and easy and healthy seems to be the trend nowadays so why not?

I decided to try out the Lean Green Smoothie featured on Camille Styles blog. I adapted it a little and my ingredients are listed below.

Here are the players:

Pretty healthy looking group right?

Lean Green Machine

Ingredients

  • 1/ 2 pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 ripe pear, peeled, cored and chopped
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1 cup of baby spinach leaves (I was hesitant about this but I did it anyway and couldn’t taste a thing! Which means its negligible flavor-wise, but essential for the healthy ingredients quota.)
  • 10 mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • Crushed ice

Instructions

1. Basically, you want to cut everything up…

2. So that it will comfortably fit in your bullet, like so…

3. Blend until you have a nice smooth… well, smoothie.

I decided on the green party cup because I intended to tote this delicious mix to work. But someone had different plans for this lean green machine.

It never even stood a chance.

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I’m going to go ahead and assume you all know what Jamba Juice is. Is that a safe assumption? No? Well, it’s a smoothie joint. My little brother happens to work there, actually. Anyway, they make smoothies. Dang good ones, if I do say so myself. But honestly, five bucks for some berries in a blender? No thanks. I’d rather make it myself. And I’m not gonna lie to you guys, I make really good smoothies. But they have this one smoothie there that is ridiculous. It shouldn’t be called a smoothie, it should be called a shake, really. It’s ri-donk-ulous. It’s called the Peanut Butter Moo’d. They have it in chocolate, too. But I’m still not willing to fork out the dough for it. Not to mention it’s like  five zillion calories. Seriously. Not that I even care. But. Still.

Enter: Bullet. Also: frozen bananas. I’ve already told you guys how these suckers can make freakin ice cream, yo, and now I’m here to tell you they are clearly the secret to a creamy peanut butter shake. Which you are more than welcome to add chocolate to. I added nutella. Because, why wouldn’t you?

Peanut Butter Smoothie

(inspired by the Moo’d. Created by yours truly.)

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana, 1 non-frozen banana cut into chunks. (Here we have these little mini bananas called apple bananas. They’re the best things ever. But if you don’t have those, and are using regular ol’ cavendash which are ginormous, you could just use half one of each frozen and non frozen)
  • 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter (ps this is one serving size. score for portion control!)
  • a few glugs of milk
  • Nutella, like, however much you want.
  • I also threw in a couple chunks of frozen papaya because a) they were severely freezer burned and needed to go and b) I thought they’d add a bit of sweet that would be nice. you could throw in whatever frozen fruit you have on hand: peaches, mango, whatevs. Maybe not berries because they are a) tart and b) red which means you’d have a nasty color smoothie. Just sayin’.

Instructions

  1. Blend.
  2. Drink.
  3. Smile. 

    And you can bring it to work. And it will make you smile.

Aug
22
2

Virgin Piña Coladas

Do you like piña coladas? And dancing in the rain? If so, it sounds like we could be friends.

Since rum isn’t my favorite liquor, I decided to make some virgin piña coladas to try and beat the heat. These are just as good as alcoholic ones and are totally acceptable to drink at any function.

I got the recipe from Paula Deen who I still love in spite of her diabetes debacle. She has a really interesting life; I would know, I read her autobiography. You should check it out sometime when you feel up for an easy, food-related read.

ANYWAY, cut up some pineapple. This recipe calls for only a ¼ of a cup, but I added more because I like mine with a punch of pineapple.

Then add in your cream of coconut and your coconut milk. Which are indeed two different things and you shouldn’t substitute one for the other. It will taste funny.

Now, I have to warn you that these yield highly sweet, rich drinks. What else would you expect from Paula? To counteract this, I added a ton of ice to a) water it down some and b) make it ice cold—which I think is a necessity for enjoying a drink like this.

I also felt it was necessary to shake it like a Polaroid picture, too.

I swear these were non-alcoholic in spite of this last blurry picture. I wouldn’t lie to you. But feel free to alcohol it up. Just drink responsibly. And don’t email me when everything seems so loud the next morning.

Aug
2
2

Mojito-rito

I have no idea why we decided to name this drink a Mojito-rito. But for some reason, it just happened. My first thought is maybe because it’s somewhere between a mojito and a blended margarita… but I’m not sure if that is really why we came up with it or not. Either way, this drink was a creation that was basically the result of bringing home a bottle of rum and realizing we had no mixers. At all.

I had bought a big ol’ bunch of mint at the farmer’s market and was dreaming of making mojitos with some of it. So, graciously, my boyfriend Brett went out and bought some white rum to bring back to me. Club soda, he forgot. So we improvised. It turned out to be the most delicious improvisation we’ve made yet.

Seriously, not only does blending mint turn your ‘mojito’ into the most fabulous shade of green, but it makes something so refreshing that it turns an ordinary Sunday afternoon into a mini vacation. It’s not too sweet, it’s just strong enough that you don’t forget what it is you’re drinking, and, people, look at how green it is! Brett even went so far as to say it was his favorite cocktail he’s ever had. So if that doesn’t convince you, well gee, I just don’t know what will.

 

You can tell it’s delicious (and has rum!) by how happy I am!

Mojito-rito

Ingredients

(for two drinks)

  • 1 big handful fresh mint leaves
  • 1 lime
  • 3 oz white rum
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Get out two party cups (or tall cups), and fill each one about 2/3- 3/4 of the way full with ice. Pour 1 1/2 oz of rum into each cup, and then squeeze the juice of a half a lime into each. top with 1/2 handful of fresh mint and 1 tbsp of sugar.
  2. Pop on your cross blade and blend until you don’t hear big chunks of ice whirling around anymore. Pour into a glass (or just screw on the party cup lid if you prefer), top with a sprig of fresh mint, and enjoy!

Variation: We made these again and added a few big chunks of fresh coconut that our landlord had given us from his tree. It was delicious in flavor, but fresh coconut made the texture off. I think this would be absolutely awesome with a splash of coconut milk. You could also throw in a couple chunks of mango if you’re feeling crazy. Oooh, that sounds good.. Excuse me.. it seems I need to do some more… uh… ‘taste testing’…

Jul
30
0

Take A Hike Smoothie

Magic Bullet Brothers and Sisters,

In your hour of need, I come to you with an amazing smoothie recipe! Yesterday morning, before embarking on a vigorous hike, I decided to make a fruity concoction to get myself energized and motivated. For the smoothie, I used some of my favorite fruits and even added a little raspberry sorbet, because I was feeling just that crazy.

This is a picture of me on a hike. Stretching my limbs or really exhausted? You be the judge.

Take a Hike Smoothie

 Magic Bullet Parts

  • Magic Bullet tall cup with cross blades

 Ingredients

  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup raspberry sorbet
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup chopped ripe strawberries
  • ½ cup fresh mango
* Just a note– this smoothie is on the thicker side and fruit heavy. Feel free to add more orange juice for a frothier version.

 Instructions

  1. Cut strawberries into halves and cut mango into small cubes.

*Cutting a fresh mango can be challenging. If you’re not up for the task, you can always get pre-cut mango at your local grocery store.

2. Add to tall cup, ¼ cup scoopable raspberry sorbet, ½ cup blueberries, ½ cup chopped ripe strawberries, ½ cup fresh cut mango and ¼ cup orange juice.

3. Blend until smooth.
4. Drink your smoothie and go take a hike. Get out of here! I mean it!
This smoothie, jam-packed with fresh fruit, really helped me power through my hike. I felt like such a professional up in those hills. The next time I decide to take a nice long hike, I will definitely be making myself this drink. Hope you enjoy!
Love,
Kyle
Jun
22
1

Coconut What?

Hello friends,

You may have noted from my bio that I’m extremely fond of tropical fruit smoothies.  Well, the rumors are true!

Although my obsession with blended fruit beverages is a fairly recent development, I can’t imagine how I ever lived without them. I must have been so depressed.

If there’s one thing you can expect from me– during my time as your Magic Bullet advisor, it’s that I’ll be making A LOT of tasty smoothies, which hopefully you’ll be dying to try. So let’s begin our smoothie journey together with this delicious and easy-to make coco-nutty concoction…

 

Coconut What? Smoothie

Magic Bullet Parts

Magic Bullet tall cup with cross blades

Ingredients

  • ½ banana
  • ¾ cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • *2 leaves of fresh basil

Chef Prep

  1. Please prepare yourself by putting on your favorite Hawaiian shirt.
  2. Wow, you look great! That shirt really brings out the color of your eyes and I’m not just saying that.
  3.  Guess what? Now you’re ready to make your very own Coconut What? smoothie.

Instructions

  1. To tall cup, add ¾ cup of fresh pineapple chunks, ¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk, ½ banana, 3-4 ice cubes and 1 teaspoon of honey. *Make sure to add the honey last so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of your tall cup.
  2. Blend ingredients until smooth.

At this point, you might be wondering why I have listed 2 leaves of fresh basil. Well, during one of my first attempts at making this smoothie, I realized that I had used too much coconut milk. While the smoothie’s texture was perfect, it had a weird coconut milk after taste. If you find yourself in a similar situation, don’t fret! And don’t throw your smoothie out just yet! Try adding 2 fresh basil leaves into your tall cup with the finished product and blend until leaves are fully incorporated or appear as little green specks. The basil leaves really help to cut down the flavor of the coconut milk and also, add a nice fresh flavor to your smoothie.

(Okay, okay, I don’t own a Hawaiian shirt. But the t-shirt I’m wearing has a flower on it. Doesn’t that count?)

I hope you enjoy making this smoothie and feel as though you’ve been transported to a dreamy Hawaiian island!

 

Xo,

Kyle

So I’ve mentioned how much I like smoothies for breakfast. But generally, a smoothie alone just doesn’t quite cut it. Sure, it makes a nice dent, but it isn’t going to be enough to keep you full until lunch. This is where the genius of the bowl comes in.

You’ve seen them. C’mon now, don’t be shy. You’ve walked past the hippe “health bar” where the guy with dreds flashes you a peace sign as he digs in to something purple and drippy and covered in fruit. You think, “Man, that looks good.” So you’ve even gone in. You’ve looked at the menu. You know it’s covered in organic granola, bananas and, wait.. bee pollen? Then you’ve seen the price tag. “Eleven dollars?!? For a bowl of smoothie?!” And you’ve walked away. Or maybe you’ve forked out the cash and you didn’t exactly regret it because yeah, it was downright tasty, but you’ve certainly mentally scolded yourself for spending so much on something that melts.

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Apr
26
8

Green Berry Smoothie

Hey everyone! Erin here. Smoothies are, well, delicious. They also happen to be nutritious, or at least, they can be. Sure, Juice it up has the best white peach smoothie I’ve ever had in my life. But that’s because it’s made with ice cream. Duh. And even though we’re “grown ups” now and we technically can eat ice cream for breakfast, because y’know what, ma, I do what I want! ahem. We really have become our parents and “know better now” or at least, have to make it through 8 to 12 to 14 hour work days (plus school and studying and oi vey), so ice cream generally isn’t going to cut it for breakfast. 

But smoothies still can. Especially when paired with something like an english muffin or an egg-inside-tortilla, which is my personal favorite thing to pair a smoothie or juice with. And smoothies actually can do a very good job of not only keeping you a bit fuller and keeping your energy up, but you can sneak in a whole bunch of good stuff that you otherwise might not want to eat all that much. Which is what we do. Green powder, which I’m pretty sure you can buy anywhere they sell strange health-food items, is one of my boyfriend’s obsessions and we put a couple scoops in every smoothie we make. And I don’t even complain because I can’t taste it. But the nutrition label says I am being nice to my body when I eat it. go fig.

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Hey hey hey! Happy Hump Day!

It’s the middle of the week. Everything is crazy! It’s like everything is going 100 miles per hour! The city lights are swirling around you as you run to catch the train! You burst through JUST as the doors are closing, getting stuck there for a moment between the doors until they open again to let you in. Yeah, that’ll be a bruise.

All this hustle and bustle…when do I get time to myself? I really need some time to sit and soak up the autumn flavors…but there IS no time!

Unlesssssss you have your Magic Bullet, and THIS awesome recipe for a Pump It Up Pumpkin Smoothie!

And awayyyy we go!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup rice or soy milk
  • 1 whole banana
  • a few ice cubes
  • 1-2 table spoons agave nectar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions:

Throw all this stuff into a Magic Bullet party cup, give it a spin with the cross blade attached, and shazaam!!!

Now you can savor those autumn flavors in no time!

Hopefully this will bring a little sweet treat to your mid-week! Drink up!

~Lizzie

Hey everyone! Happy Friday!!

 

If you’ve been keeping up with me, I’ve been attempting to eat a little more healthily…aaannnndddd falling off the wagon…and getting back on the wagon again!!!

 

Well this time, I’m hoping to stay on the wagon…at least until the holidays, when I will happily take a standing leap and do a filp midair will disembarking from the wagon into a swimming pool filled with gravy.

 

But until then, I’m using all my willpower to try and stay on the wagon, limiting fatty/fried foods and alcohol.

 

The problem with dieting is that it can be hard to find foods that are low in fat and FILLING, especially when your body is used to metabolizing junk.

 

I have been playing around with alternative sweeteners in this process, and I finally bought my first bottle of Organic Raw Blue Agave Nectar last night. Now it’s debated whether or not this is a healthy sweetener, but I’ve never been much of a sweets person, and I think that just might be because I haven’t expanded my palate for those flavors. Besides, how could it be all that bad if it comes from the same plant as TEQUILA 😉

 

Anyway, agave nectar comes in light and dark varieties. The lighter has a, well, lighter flavor, while the darker is a bit more caramel-tasting. Now, how can I argue with a sweetener that tastes like candy? So that’s what I’m using in today’s recipe, a Berry Necessary morning boost that will keep you full until lunch!

 

 

Berry Necessary Smoothie

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup non-fat plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1 whole banana
  • 1/3 cup frozen or raw blueberries
  • 1-2 tsp organic raw agave nectar

 

Directions:

1. Throw everything in your tall Magic Bullet cup, blend for 10 seconds.

2. Drink up!

 

I didn’t even use a party mug or transfer this to a glass. I drank the whole thing out of my Bullet Cup, anticipating every last drop! I’m good to go until lunch!

 

That’s all for now, folks. I’ll be back on Monday with another recipe for my young Bulleteers!

 

Stay safe!

 

~Lizzie