Wheat germ smoothie

I’m trying to come up with balanced smoothies for the days when my nausea is really bad. I just made this one for my hubby. It has an interesting nutty flavour thanks to the wheat germ.

Recipe:

  • 2 tbsp. wheat germ
  • 1 banana
  • 6 strawberries
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • water to the max line (or milk of your choice for a richer taste)

Toss ingredients in Nutribullet and process for a minute or until desired consistency.

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Tahini free hummus

I’ve always found the idea of hummus appealing but I found that the store bought versions were always too strong for my tastes. The following is a recipe that I adapted from this one that I found on MarthaStewart.com.

Recipe: Yields about 1 cup, serving size is 1 tbsp.

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder or cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley

Preparation

  1. Rinse and drain chickpeas.
  2. Place chickpeas and 1/2 cup of water in the Nutribullet.
  3. Add the lemon juice, garlic, cayenne, and curry powder to the Nutribullet and process until smooth.
  4. Stir in the parsley and place in airtight container.

Nutrition data:

  • (total recipe) 300 calories, 77 carbs, 3 fat, 21 protein, 529 sodium, 0 sugar.
  • (per 1 tbsp. serving) 24 calories, 5 carbs, 0 fat, 1 protein, 33 sodium, 0 sugar.

Notes

I suppose its not strictly Middle Eastern but I have trouble eating things that are. As far as I can tell from looking up recipes online, generally you flavour this with cumin and black pepper. I didn’t have cumin on hand but I did have a curry mix with cumin in it, so I tossed it in and crossed my fingers. Luckily my gamble worked out and it was pretty yummy. I’ve found a new flavour that I like. I used significantly less lemon than the original recipe called for because citric acid doesn’t sit too well with my stomach. Also since tahini is both hard to find and expensive I omitted it altogether.

This tasted great with crix crackers and cucumber and carrot sticks.

Another day another blast.

I picked up some spinach yesterday thinking that it would be better than cabbage in my nutriblasts. Cabbage tends to leave a very distinct after taste and some days that can make me rather nauseous. I find that imported spinach has a very bland taste so I’m hoping it will make great smoothies.

Recipe: Yields 2 cups

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes
  • 1 cored apple
  • 1/8 cup almonds

Toss ingredients in your tall cup and process for about 30-40 seconds and enjoy..

Nutrition facts: 398 calories; 82 carbs; 7 fat; 7 protein; 26 sodium; 56 sugar.

Turns out that I was right about the spinach. This nutriblast was pleasantly sweet and very green.

Watermelon nutriblast

Today was yet another holiday I was unprepared for.  Sometimes the amount of holidays can be a real pain. Especially when the fetes end up being all night affairs. Last night there was a fete the went well into the wee hours of the morning. We  finally fell asleep around 3 a.m. utterly exhausted. Thankfully my trusty new Nutribullet meant that making breakfast was a snap.

Recipe:

  • 1-2 handfuls of cabbage
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup watermelon
  • 1/8 cup flaxseed
  • water

Toss ingredients in your tall cup and extract for about 30 seconds.

Nutrition facts: 254 calories; 54 carbs; 4 fat; 5 protein; 15 sodium; 29 sugar

My nutriblast was a bit sour on account of the strawberries, so I think next time I’ll buy fresh strawberries and freeze them.

Beet root nutriblast

I got a Nutribullet today in the hopes that I will finally be able to ingest something that’s healthy. My first NutriBlast involved beet root. Now I really hate beet root, just eating a piece has been known to reduce me to projectile vomit. Why am I eating it then? Because I need the iron and I really don’t want to take any more supplements on top of what I’m already taking.

The recipe; Yields 2 cups

  • 1 small beet root (2 inch dia)
  • 1/2 a medium banana
  • 1 cup almond milk

Toss ingredients in Nutribullet for about 30 seconds and enjoy.

Nutrition facts: 148 calories, 29 carbs, 3 fat, 3 protein, 225 sodium, 20 sugar.

I found that it was too filling to drink the entire thing and it had a bit of a chewy consistency so I’m thinking that I need to allow it to process for a bit longer next time but I didn’t actually mind the consistency. One cup was enough for me, the nutrition facts are for the entire concoction.

Much to my surprise not only was I not nauseous but it was pretty yummy. I wonder if the banana had anything to do with that?