2016 has been the year for healthy changes for my husband and I. Time flies by so fast and before you know it you’re 40 something and carrying an extra few kilograms because you’re not taking the time to look after yourself. But I’m here to tell you that once you get into the swing it really doesn’t take that much extra time to eat right. The trick is to be prepared and stocked with healthy food to eat, otherwise it’s all too easy to grab something unhealthy.
At a recent Bloggers Brunch I put my hand up to receive a Breville – The Boss To Go Plus blender to try out and review. We’d already started on our healthy journey and I could see this small but powerful personal blender with a 1000 watt motor was going to make things so much easier.
Not only can you blend yummy healthy smoothies, but you can grind nuts and grains to add to them and increase the nutritional value of your drinks. Here you can see how fine it can grind some almonds and sunflower seeds.
We’re lucky here in Australia at the moment. Since the weather has been great, the price of fruit and vegetables is pretty cheap. Why not take advantage of that and start getting more of the good stuff in your tummy?
Every day I start with a healthy “green” juice or smoothie. If you’re just starting out with green drinks, I’d suggest having 30% vegetables to 70% fruit and slowly increasing the vegetables and reducing the fruit so that it is 70% vegetables once your taste buds are used to it. If you’re feeling extra hungry or need some energy an avocado in your smoothie fills you up and helps give me energy to burn for my personal training session.
I’ve been doing my training for a while and whilst I was building some muscle I wasn’t losing any weight. Then I realised (after I read it somewhere), that when it comes to relative importance of exercise versus eating in helping you lose weight, eating wins hands down. You can do all the exercise in the world, but if you’re still late night snacking, having large portions, and finishing off your kids dinner, then you won’t see great results.
We’ve been eating well and drinking at least one vegetable juice a day since the beginning of May. I’m so proud of our efforts so far and I’ve lost 3kgs while my husband has lost over 6!
I wake up in the morning feeling fresh and alive instead of struggling with my snooze button.
Blitzing up a quick smoothie is a great way to get some goodness inside you quickly. I just add the ingredients to the cup, place the blade lid on top and then put it on top of the Greville Boss to Go before pressing down on the top so that the Kinetix blending action liquifies the ingredients. The blade is very powerful and pulverises the ingredients so that the particle size is really small, making a lovely smooth textured drink. Another bonus is the cup. Even though it screws into the blade base, it has a nice smooth drinking edge to it, so it’s very easy to sip from. Plus the cups come with lids so you can have your smoothie to go on the way to work or while dropping the kids off at school.
There are 3 glasses with the blender, 2 medium sizes and 1 larger cup (shown above) plus the stainless steel grinding cup.
Our kids see us eating healthy and drinking smoothies and are always keen to give them a try. It will be interesting to see how all this helps our immune systems this winter and I’m hoping our new health change will keep a few winter sicknesses away.
It is all very easy to clean up afterwards too, which is the great bonus of a personal blender compared to a juicer.
Our kids do drink some green ones, but love a healthy milk smoothie the best. Maybe you will too, so here is my recipe.
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 tablespoon of ground almonds
- 1 1/2 cups of frozen berries (still frozen)
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 over-ripe banana
- teaspoon of honey
Blend it all in the large cup with your Breville and then it’s ready to drink straight from the cup you blended it in!
I think he loved the blueberry smoothie!
Do you have a personal blender? What is your favourite recipe? The Breville blender also came with a great 60 page booklet Nurture Via Nature with so many recipes to try that you’ll never get bored with drinking smoothies.