Jun
26
2

Frothy Coffee Drink

Sometimes, we all have those days. You know the ones I mean.

umm.. yeah. so that's our pile of junk in the corner of our house.. please ignore it.

You press snooze one too many times. You stub your toe on the way out the door, and realize you forgot to put on deodorant. You rush to work with sleep still in your eyes and your hair matted to the side of your face. It’s not going to be a good day. And then someone says it, why, you have no idea, but it happens every time: “Wow, did you get enough sleep? You look super tired today.” …seriously? Everyone knows that’s code for ‘You look like crap, what the hell happened?’ Ugh. The day just keeps getting better, right?

Well, this is for those days. The days when you need something to make it better. To make your coworkers disappear for a while and create a nice little island of calm where you can sit for a while and wake up. Then you can fix your hair. And punch out your coworker. Or.. whatever. I don’t advocate violence. Just sayin’.

Frothy Coffee Drink 

Sorry guys, no measurements on this one. Use each ingredient according to your taste. If you use hot coffee, use less of it and use more milk and ice. Cold coffee, you can use more coffee and less milk and ice. Or however you like it. I like a ton of milk and sugar. My boyfriend likes a ton of coffee with just a little sugar and milk. To each his or her own!

P.S. You know you can grind coffee in your bullet, right? Just throw a tablespoon or two (or three) into the short cup, pop on the flat blade and pulse a few times. Whoo! Whole bean coffee keeps its freshness much better than pre-ground (it lasts especially long if you keep it in the freezer), so now you can buy whole bean coffee and grind it at home!

You’ll need:

one of those days..

  • coffee (If you want to plan ahead and make this extra yummy, I have a recipe here for cold pressed coffee. It’s fab. Make it and keep it in the fridge and use a bit as you go. If you use this, you don’t need a lot as it’s super strong. Otherwise, just make coffee straight into your bullet party cup. It’ll do.)
  • milk
  • chocolate syrup (or cocoa powder and sugar)
  • ice

Put it all in your party mug and blend-a-rooskies. Difficult, right? If you’re feeling crazy, I think it’d be delish to add some caramel (here’s my own personal fav. recipe) or whatever other flavors you like. Syrups will blend better than powders/granulated sugar if you are using cold pressed coffee. If you start with hot coffee, put the sugar and chocolate powder at the bottom of the cup before you pour in the coffee. It’ll dissolve right away. Drink and Enjoy!!

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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

Jun
13
0

Milk Punch

Milk Punch. Milk. Punch. Punch. With Milk. Milk. That packs a Punch.

Hmmm.. Think about it. Say the words a few times in your head. Mull it over. Mull.. Mulled wine. Game of Thrones. No. Wine. Mmm.. Wine.. Drink. Milk. Punch? Milk Punch? Milk Punch! Does it still sound weird to you? It still sounds weird to me. But to my boyfriend, it just sounded delicious. Right away. No mulling required. So we decided to make it. In fact, we decided to make it for a very special occasion.

I was taking the MCAT. Heard of it? No? It’s just this one test that can decide whether or not a person gets to do the thing they want to do for the rest of their life. No big deal or anything. You know, just the kind of test you study for for four hours a day for three months with no breaks and no fun. Minor stuff, really. So. I was going to take it. And it was going to take all day. And afterward, I was going to need a drink. Stat. Like a doctor needs a stethescope. And a police officer needs your drivers license number. Am I rambling? Let’s have a drink. 

Drained it!

Be forewarned, however. Even though this was supposed to be my celebratory drink, the night I was supposed to have many and more drinks, I drank only this one. Then I, erm.. well I fell asleep. So it’s a good kind of drink. Just not the party kind of drink. Try it. You’ll see what I mean. It packs a punch.

Milk Punch (adapted from Smitten Kitchen)

Ingredients

  •  1/2  cup heavy cream
  • 2  cups milk (you can use 1 cup of half and half and 1 1/2 cups of milk if you like. use whichever you have on hand. but the more creamy the better..)
  • 3/4 cup burbon
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted (or if you’re lazy like me, skip it. Makes no difference and means less dishes! whoo!)
  • nutmeg for garnish

In the large blender attachment for your bullet, mix together all ingredients except nutmeg. Pulse a few times to mix thoroughly. Pop the whole thing in the freezer and let it freeze for several hours or up to one day if you’re a planner and are making this in advance. When you’re ready to serve, take it out of the freezer and give it a few pulses on the bullet. Pour into 2 glasses and sprinkle on some nutmeg for garnish. Note: if you are going to let it freeze all day or overnight, let the blender defrost for 10 minutes before blending. Drink and Enjoy! (And then sleep oh so well…)

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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Hello Magic Bullet Heads!

My name is Kyle. It’s so nice to meet you.

The other day, I was reminiscing about Top Chef Season 1, specifically the episode when the chefs are asked to cook an amuse-bouche (a little hors d’œuvre) using only ingredients found in a gas station. It was seriously nutz! The chefs managed to produce amazing plates of food that looked nothing like the original Funyuns, Doritos and soda pop.

While I’m far from a “Top Chef” (I frequently use a microwave), I felt inspired to make my own tasty treat: a milkshake. And I attempted using only ingredients found in my local convenience store, a charming 7-Eleven, in addition to some vanilla extract which I found in my cupboard. I cheated, alright! But I figured most people have that lying around somewhere. Right?! Okay. Below are the instructions for this frosty delight.

 

THE 7-ELEVEN MILKSHAKE

(Note: The Whoppers are not a part of the recipe. I kind of just felt like eating Whoppers.)

Magic Blender Parts

  • Magic Bullet tall cup with cross blades

 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup reduced fat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Oreo cookies
  • 1 cup packed vanilla ice cream
  • *2 Slurpee straws (which are totally free at 7-Eleven if you ask the cashier nicely).

 

Instructions

  1. Chill tall cup and lid in freezer for 30 minutes or until container has a frosty look. *If you’re feeling extra crazy, chill a glass for your milkshake concoction.
  2. To cup add 2 Oreos and pulse with the cross blade until Oreos are mostly crumbled.
  3. Unscrew the blade, and add add 1/4 cup reduced fat milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 cup of scoopable (soft enough to scoop) ice cream to the tall cup.
  4. Re-attach the cross blade and blend ingredients, while checking to make sure that the ice cream is getting its fair share of blender action.
  5. Pour into a frosty glass, insert a red straw and enjoy your very own 7-11 milkshake.

 

My friend took a sip of his 7-Eleven milkshake and exclaimed, “That’s dope.” Although I very rarely use the word “dope,” preferring to use words like “cool” and “awesome,” this milkshake is dope and you should definitely make it. And it’s easy, just head over to your local convenience store (in your pajamas if you feel like it) and create some magic.

 

XO,

Kyle

 

That is me.

That is me pointing at my heart.

And that is my Blueberry Booster Breakfast Smoothie, made with what else – but your Magic Bullet Blender.

Lauren, your Kitchen Magician – and I am back and on full blast with a kick in the tush of a detox of sorts. Everything has temporarily quieted down a LITTLE bit, and my body is still recuperating. I think it’s the whole age thing. I’m almost.. hmm.. 28.5? And I will tell ya, one weekend of ‘friends and fun’ and I am SET BACK… and no, not like the card game.

Below is a recipe for a boost ya energy, boost ya confidence breakfast smoothie that I use as a GO TO. Fills you up with good stuff – including a kick of antioxidants which never hurt anyone.

MAGIC BULLET BLENDER PARTS

  • [1] Magic Bullet Blender Tall Cup or Party Mug
  • [1] Magic Bullet Blender Cross Blade

INGREDIENTS

  • [1 Cup] water
  • [1/2 Cup] blueberries
  • [1/2 Cup] fresh spinach
  • [1/2] banana

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Squish all of your solids into the cup (they do fit, trust me) then add the water
  2. Blend for 5 seconds, give it a good shake, blend for another 5 until everything is smooth as silk
  3. You are done

Take that baby on the road as I did on this fine February morning, or demolish it while watching Al Roker try to be as cool as Jim Cantore on Good Morning America. You want a good weather forecast, you follow @JimCantore on Twitter. The guy is a genius.

Oh! And today is Valentines Day! Valentines Day for me —- is the same as New Years Eve. Brutal. And this was the case EVEN when I was with man in the past. REGARDLESS..

1.       IF you are celebrating with a loved one, liked one, some random kid you met at the bar last week – I hope you have a FABULOUS evening.

2.       IF you are going out to dinner – I hope the service is good, the food is better, and there are no awkward moments.

3.       IF you are hanging out on the couch by yourself – please see my ‘Lets Talk Sauce’ video from this past summer and crush the cheese based one. In sweatpants. In the dark. And watch a KILLER 80s movie.

Alrighty, back to work. I’ll be checking in with you Thursday my little Sugar Babiesss!

Until next time, Happiest Blending, from my Big Heart, to ALL of Yours J!

XXOOXXOX

Lauren

Friday, bloody Friday.
Lauren here, your Magic Bullet Blender Kitchen Magician and U2 enthusiast.. and damn … I’d like to know what is going on today in YOUR world, because mine is beyond comical. One of those days where everyone is just yelling stuff and losing their minds – but can’t stop laughing. It’s crunch time and there are air sealed pieces of compressed meat stuck to the outside of my cubicle wall that signify absolutely nothing [I’m not kidding, see photo.. don’t judge..].


On that note – this kid’s been burning the midnight oil for a while now and in an attempt at replenishment and treating my body right in at least one way – see today’s recipe. I told you I would give you a healthy one. Haven’t lied to you yet [partially because I don’t really know how to. Get all awkward and speak really quickly. Brutal.]
Lets Tango. With Mango.

MAGIC BULLET BLENDER PARTS

  • [1] Magic Bullet Blender Tall Cup [or party mug.. I only have a tall cup with me at work. I blend at work. Builds character..]
  • [1] Magic Bullet Blender Cross Blade

INGREDIENTS

  • [1] mango, peeled and cubed
  • [1/2 Cup] vanilla, nonfat yogurt
  • [approx. 4] ice cubes

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to Magic Bullet Blender Tall Cup
  2. Blend for ten
  3. There ya go

So I mean yes, in an ideal world today’s lunch would probably be some salmon, while sitting at an Oceanside table catching rays and chatting it up with the likes of John Candy, Andy Garcia and Sammy Hagar – but hey, I’m being realistic. For once.

Okay… back to work…. with an occasional surfing o’ youtube updating my bangin playlist of the day.

I’ll hit ya up next week but in the meantime, and as always, happiest blending – from my big heart – to all of yours, you little lovebugs you.

Cam’ron – down and OUT –

Xo @LdeMao [ #love #twitter… ]

Ah.. have the holidays set you back a few days…? I don’t know about you but on this forefront the kiddo was STRUGGLING. Party after party after party after gathering after family thing after New Years Eve.. which by the happens to be my least favorite holiday of the year.

Hands down, by far. I’d rather be forced to hang out alone in an 82 degree room wearing a floor length down jacket, solely with David Hasselhoff, a handle of whiskey and 14 undercooked hamburgers then go out on New Years Eve.

Lauren here, your Magic Bullet Blender Kitchen Magician, and this year I DID go out on New Years Eve to Shrine, the nightclub at Foxwoods. And until last night, I was unsure if I would ever be the same..

By the time Monday night rolled around – I would say ‘misery’ was an appropriate term. Not only did I miss the Winter Classic because we had to work [which is fine.. it’s busy.. hi Bosses :)] but I just wasn’t bouncing back. 28 is the new 63 in my book and I was searching high and low for a life saver.

My mother, the ever infamous and often mentioned ‘Debbie the Demolisher’ was telling me about how tomatoes are great to get your tush back in gear – absolutely loaded with vitamins and nutrients that clearly my body was completely deprived of.

So what did she do? She got after it. Per usual. Man handled that Magic Bullet Blender like it was Chris Santos after an intense ‘Chopped’ judging round and got me BACK to normal.

** Disclaimer: this does not remove the bags from under your eyes, as you can tell by the photograph that goes along with this. I know, it looks like I just climbed out from under a rock and I apologize.

See below and get back on your A game. It’s a new year – enough of this nonsense.

MAGIC BULLET BLENDER PARTS:

  • [1] Magic Bullet Blender Tall Cup
  • [1] Magic Bullet Blender Cross Blade

INGREDIENTS:

  • [2] small / medium plum tomatoes, halved & seeded
  • [1 1/3 Cups] tomato juice
  • [2 T] lemon juice
  • [2 tsp] Tabasco sauce
  • [2 tsp] honey
  • [1/2 tsp] cayenne pepper *Optional: I like my stuff with a kick but you do not need this if it doesn’t appeal

INSTRUCTIONS:

–          This is quite basic. You take everything listed above, put that liquid life preserver into a tall cup, blend with your cross blade for about 10 seconds until smooth and chug.

If that doesn’t help, try you-tubeing some old school WWF wrestling match clips. Last night I was watching ‘Razor Ramon’ crush this dude with his finishing move, ‘the Razor’s Edge’ [he is so creative… ] and if nothing else it put a smile on my mug.

Alright kiddos – like I said earlier. Busy. Season. Which means I’ll be stopping by Thursday with something that will help make your life a little bit easier… but then again, when using the Magic Bullet Blender, everything seems a little bit easier – right 😉 ?

Until next time and as always, Happiest Blending – from my big Heart – to all of yours. Oh – and Happy New Year! Oh hay, 2012.

Xo Lauren

Hey folks! It seems this week we’re on a bit of a cranberry kick as we gear up for Thanksgiving!

 

So I thought I’d continue on with that thread and offer up a quick and easy smoothie for when you’re on the go! And believe me, this week has been ALL about being on the go.

 

However, just because you have a busy schedule, doesn’t mean you can’t savor some autumnal flavor!

 

So throw these four things in your tall Magic Bullet cup, and run out the door with this antioxidant-packed boost!

Cranberry Boost

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 whole ripe banana
  • 1 cup lowfat milk
  • a few ice cubes

 

Give this all a quick whiz with your cross blade, it might take a good 20 seconds or so to get all those cranberries chopped up.

 

Voila! Amazing!

 

If you’d like, you can substitute the milk with a non-dairy alternative. You can also leave out the ice  (it’s chilly in November!). And, as I always recommend, try to get organic ingredients if you can.

 

6 days until Thanksgiving! What ingredients would you like to see used next week??

 

Tata!

Lizzie