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.
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
- 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).
- 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.
- To cup add 2 Oreos and pulse with the cross blade until Oreos are mostly crumbled.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
-  Magic Bullet Blender Tall Cup or Party Mug
-  Magic Bullet Blender Cross Blade
- [1 Cup] water
- [1/2 Cup] blueberries
- [1/2 Cup] fresh spinach
- [1/2] banana
- Squish all of your solids into the cup (they do fit, trust me) then add the water
- Blend for 5 seconds, give it a good shake, blend for another 5 until everything is smooth as silk
- 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!
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
-  Magic Bullet Blender Tall Cup [or party mug.. I only have a tall cup with me at work. I blend at work. Builds character..]
-  Magic Bullet Blender Cross Blade
-  mango, peeled and cubed
- [1/2 Cup] vanilla, nonfat yogurt
- [approx. 4] ice cubes
- Add all ingredients to Magic Bullet Blender Tall Cup
- Blend for ten
- 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:
-  Magic Bullet Blender Tall Cup
-  Magic Bullet Blender Cross Blade
-  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
– 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.
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!
- 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.
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??
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!
- 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
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!
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
- 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
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!
Put the pedal to the metal and KEEP on going …
Guess what today is…..!
It’s ALMOST Friday J !
And I am ALMOST without brain cells.
Lauren here – your Magic Bullet Blender Kitchen Magician – and this is my first week back at work after 2.5 off. LOVING the new job – with that one tiny set back of 4.5 hours in the car PER DAY – until I find a new place.
Now, the reason I am giving you all of this useless information is because I am mentally shot. If having to use your brain for the first time in however long doesn’t do it, then spending all of that time in stop and go traffic will undoubtedly ruin you.
Regardless, anyone who falls under ANY of the following categories: former roommate, co-worker, ex-boyfriend, family member, had a class with me in college, works in one of the Allston toll booths on the MA pike, cashier at Shaws in Dorchester, met me in passing between the hours of 6A and 5P, etc, etc – is WELL, WELL aware that I am a CAFFEINE. FIEND. THE MORE. THE BETTER.
Hey it’s my one vice.
One in the morning.
One mid morning.
Below is my NEWLY added, ‘super early morning until I get TO a coffee joint’ beverage of choice – using what else, but that strapped on my belt, no nonsense, life saving tool of the trade – the Magic Bullet Blender.
ICED COFFEE WITH A KICK
Magic Bullet Blender Parts:
-  Magic Bullet Blender Party Mug
-  Magic Bullet Blender Cross Blade
- [1 Cup] coffee
- [1/4 Cup] skim milk (Use whatever you like here – whole milk, heavy cream – whatever floats your boat)
-  shot of espresso
-  ice cubes
*Note: I get my coffee and espresso shot from my ‘coffee pod’ machine
- Add all ingredients to tall cup
- Blend for ten seconds
- Wake up and get going
Again – use whatever type of milk YOU like. Add the sweetener of YOUR choice. And for those of you who aren’t psychotic about this get after it goodness like me – you have made your OWN iced coffee, at home, and saved yourself a couple of bucks!
Well kiddos – I’m scooting to a meeting. Keep an eye out for me next Tuesday and please, keep it goin.
In the meantime, Happiest Blending my Little Beans – from my big heart in CT – to all of Yours.
Enjoy the weekend!
I’m back from a long weekend away. I’m SURE you must have missed me 😉
You know what I missed? My Magic Bullet!
This is the time of year of hearty roasted vegetables and savory delights! Autumn is by far my favorite season. It’s such a relief to have this crisp air rolling into the city, and everyone looks so cute in sweaters and scarves.
Anywho, obviously, with this colder weather rolling in, I’m going to be making a lot more soups with my little Bullet. Today I want to share with you a sweet potato soup so hearty and delicious, you won’t believe there’s no dairy!
And away we go!!!
Dreamy Vegan Roasted Sweet Potato Soup
- 3 tbs cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
- 2 red onions
- 4 lbs sweet potato
- 8 cups vegetable broth
- 1/2-1 cup raw macadamias, soaked for 4-6 hours
- a few whole macadamias for garnish
- chopped cilantro or coriander
- 1-2 tsp celtic sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Peel the sweet potato and cut into big chunks, and quarter the red onions.
3. Toss the veggies in olive oil and sea salt.
4. Roast in the oven for about 45-60 minutes.
5. Bring the vegetable stock to boill Add roasted veggies and simmer for about 10 minutes.
6. Allow to cool slightly, then, using your tall Magic Bullet cup and Cross Blade, blend in batches with the macadamias.
7. Return to stove and simmer for another 2-3 minutes, adding cilantro/coriander to taste.
8. Garnish with a couple macadamia nuts and devour!
See you next time!