One inquisitive omnivore’s journey towards healthier and more compassionate eating…

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(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN) It’s been almost two months now since starting my journey to becoming a healthier and more compassionate eater. I’ve had some missteps along the way (the wine & faux cheese debacle comes to mind), but for the most part I think I’m off to a pretty good start. I’m definitely eating more fruits and vegetables, and my NutriBullet deserves a lot of the credit.

The NutriBullet is a portable, high speed blender/mixer system that pulverizes your fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds into nutritious shakes, soups and dips. Photo credit: NutriBulletblog.com
The NutriBullet is a portable, high speed blender/mixer system that pulverizes your fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds into nutritious shakes, soups and dips. Photo credit: NutriBulletblog.com

According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), I’m supposed to have two cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables per day. Now when you put it that way it doesn’t sound all that difficult, but still, most days I didn’t even come close (Visit the CDC’s website to find out your recommended daily allowance.)

A NutriBullet spinach, kale, blueberry & apple smoothy with protein and flaxseed for an extra power boost of omega-3's./Photo credit: Lisa Singe
A NutriBullet spinach, kale, blueberry & apple smoothy with protein and flaxseed for an extra power boost of omega-3 fatty acids. Photo credit: Lisa Singer

As I’ve explained before, I was never a big fan of fruits and vegetables. Most of my meals usually consisted of proteins and grains.

Even when I was feeling ambitious—I’d buy a bunch of crispy vegetables on Saturday only to discover mushy ones on Thursday when I finally got around to cooking one of my well-intended veggie-filled meals. I’d end up throwing them out and either make due with my proteins and grains or, if all else fails, order take out.

Sound familiar?

If this sounds at all familiar, then you need to try the NutriBullet, too.

Now, instead of throwing out my veggies, I’m actually eating them. I’m also getting ALL of my recommended fruits and vegetables for the day in just one morning smoothie, and I’m not stopping there!

Starting my day healthy not only motivates me to eat better, but I’m even craving more veggies later in the day—similar to Lay’s Potato Chips’ slogan, “You can’t eat just one.” I guess the same holds true for healthy foods. Who knew?!

NutirBullet's healthy, homemade tomato & sweet potato soup simmering on stovetop./Photo credit: Lisa Singer
After simmering for just 15-20 minutes on the stovetop, use your NutriBullet to purée this nutritious mixture into a homemade, vegetarian tomato and sweet potato soup. Photo credit: Lisa Singer

So now I also use my NutriBullet for other meals, too. One of my favorites is their Tomato Soup Recipe. It’s really tasty and so simple to make:

TOMATO SOUP

  • 4 cups or 2 cans plum tomatoes
  • 1 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 1 onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled & chopped
  • 2 handfuls of cashews
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Preparation:

Place tomatoes and broth/water in a pot and bring to a boil. Add onion, sweet potato and garlic. Once the mixture boils, reduce heat to simmer for about 15-20 minutes until potatoes are cooked through. Remove mixture from heat and allow to cool, about 10-15 minutes. Add mixture and cashews to NutriBullet and puree with Extractor Blade until smooth.
 
A healthy tomato soup recipe made with sweet potatoes, garlic, onion and cashews. The NutriBullet blends the ingredients into a healthy & creamy vegetarian meal./Photo credit: Lisa Singer
A healthy tomato soup recipe made with sweet potatoes, garlic, onion, cashews, and garnished with parsley. The NutriBullet blends the ingredients into a healthy and creamy vegetarian meal. Photo credit: Lisa Singer

I never eat soup, but I really like this one. The sweet potato helps to curb the tomatoes’ acidity and give it a slightly sweeter taste. It’s also really satisfying, especially when I pair it with a piece of whole wheat pita bread or multigrain crackers.

I keep it pretty simple, but if you want you can always kick it up a notch with some spicy seasonings.

I know I must sound like a commercial, but I really do love my NutriBullet—I mean I’m making homemade soup! Seriously, I like to cook but that’s something I never thought I’d say. And I’m eating more fruits and vegetables because, compared to a blender (which I’ve tried in the past), it’s so low maintenance.

After making a smoothie there are only two things to clean up: the blending cup and extracting blade (three if you count my apple corer—which I definitely recommend using). I’m always rushed in the morning, so if it wasn’t this easy, I definitely wouldn’t be doing it every day.

Loaded with protein and cancer-fighting antioxidants, the NutriBullet instantly extracts your foods nutrients to make this Berry Yogurt Blast smoothie even healthier.
Loaded with protein and cancer-fighting antioxidants, the NutriBullet instantly extracts your food’s nutrients to make this Berry Yogurt Blast smoothie even healthier. Photo credit: Lisa Singer

BERRY YOGURT BLAST

  • 2 handfuls of kale  
  • 1 med apple (its natural sweetness makes every shake tastier)
  • 1 handful of frozen mixed berries  
  • 4 oz Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp of hemp seeds
  • Water

This smoothie is creamier than the one I’ve linked to above. It’s loaded with protein (23g) and about 354 calories. I usually drink half while I’m getting ready in the morning and bring the rest with me in NutriBullet’s to-go cup for a mid-morning snack or lunch depending on how hungry I am (or how much I indulged the day before).

According to the CDC a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can reduce your risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, lead to better weight control and overall improved health. Well I don’t necessarily know how improved my health is, but I do know I have more energy and I’m more motivated to workout—definitely two good incentives for me to keep eating my vegetables.

If you decide to join me in my journey and try the NutriBullet, let me know what you think. And as always, I’d love to hear any comments or suggestions you might have.

— Lisa Singer, exclusive to Global Animal

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