I initially wanted to title this post, “Drinks That Can Be a Pain in the Ass to Make Without the NutriBullet.” but my better judgement said not to. However, for all intents and purposes, that is precisely what this is.
I always feel silly making NutriBullet recipe posts, because they are super easy and not very precise. But, I love to read about what other people are making, so I’m hoping you do too. I am often asked if I still use my NutriBullet as much as I did when I first got it. The answer is yes. I have previously shared some of my favourite uses for it here including what I use the milling blade for, ice cream, and soup ideas.
So, back to the pain-in-the-booty drinks. I am lazy with a capital L when it comes to anything in the kitchen. I like quick and easy, which is why tools like the NutraBullet and I are basically best friends. Here are three easy peasy drinks that I make often in my trusty, that I am quite certain I wouldn’t have the patience for otherwise.
Matcha Green Tea
I love me some green tea. Matcha is much more beneficial than regular green tea brewed from a bag or leaves. In fact, one cup of matcha green tea is the nutritional equivalent to ten cups of regularly brewed green tea as it has 137 times the antioxidants!
Matcha Source lists the following benefits of matcha green tea:
Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
Boosts metabolism and burns calories
Detoxifies effectively and naturally
Calms the mind and relaxes the body
Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
Enhances mood and aids in concentration
Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
Part of the reason matcha is so beneficial is because matcha powder consists of green tea leaves ground up in their entirety. So, when you consume it, you are ingesting one hundred percent of the leaf, rather than just steeping it. While this is great, it can make it a bit trickier to make a cup.
Traditionally, matcha is prepared using a bamboo whisk and tea bowl. These are readily available online and at tea outlets like David’s and Teavana. These work great, but they can be time consuming and pricey. This Matcha Essentials Kit from David’s Tea is $35.
I found a shortcut.
I add a spoonful of matcha powder to a cup of hot water and then blast it for a couple of seconds in the NutriBullet.
The result is a frothy creamy hot cup of matcha tea, ready to go in seconds.
Why wheatgrass? Well, for starters it contains vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, l and K. It is extremely rich in protein, and contains 17 amino acids. 3. Wheatgrass juice contains up to 70% of blood building chlorophyll. In addition, just two ounces of wheatgrass juice is the nutritional equivalent to five pounds of organic veggies!
Wheatgrass shots can be pricey and difficult to find. So, I started making my own.
I’m going to tell you right off the bat that a shot of wheatgrass juice isn’t pretty. Once, I had a jellybean that was “lawn clippings” flavour and it tasted much better than real wheatgrass. It’s not tasty, but its super good for you.
I have been to juice bars where they offer pineapple and other flavored chasers for wheatgrass shots because the taste can be so foul. You can totally do that at home, or just add other tasty fruits to the mix and make a juice rather than a shot.
But, this is how I go about things.
I keep my wheatgrass in the freezer. That way I can buy a good amount without worrying that it will go bad quickly. I also think freezing the wheatgrass makes the shot extra cold and frosty which definitely helps to get ‘er down.
I add a bunch (There is not going to be any precision here, folks.) of wheatgrass to my NutriBullet cup with two ounces of cold water. I also add some lemon juice and a touch of agave for taste.
Boom. Cold wheatgrass shot…down the hatch.
Butter or bulletproof coffee has received a great deal of attention in recent years. There are opposing opinions on whether or not it is beneficial and how it needs to be prepared. I am sharing my method and not claiming that is the “right” way. It’s just my way. What I will say is that I have been having my version of bulletproof coffee for well over a year now and I absolutely feel that it helps me with mental clarity and focus as well as keeps me full on busy mornings so I’m not reaching for junky snacks.
The idea is that grass fed butter contains conjugated linoleic acid which helps to burn fat. Healthy fat from coconut oil provides energy and increases cognitive function. So, by combining these with coffee, you can create an energizing breakfast replacement that will keep you full and positively affect your performance.
It is important to note that I use grass fed butter only for my coffee. Regular butter is made from cows that are fed corn, soy and other fillers that can sometimes cause digestion issues in both the cows and humans. Grass fed butter is a bit more expensive, but one stick lasts me ages as you just need to use a tiny bit each day.
My oil of choice is MCT, or medium chain triglycerides. About 65 percent of the fatty acids in coconut oil are MCTs. MCT oil can improve blood sugar regulation, appetitive regulation, cognitive function and metabolism.
I start by brewing a cup of coffee. Hard core bulletproof coffee sites and message boards say that it has to be a very specific kind of high quality, organic coffee but I don’t worry too much about that.
I add a knob of grass-fed butter and about three spoons full of MCT oil to freshly brewed coffee. As you can imagine, the oil settles on top of the coffee and it isn’t very appetizing.
A few seconds blasted in the NutriBullet makes the coffee mixture creamy and mixed, with no oil to be seen.
It tastes delicious, like a frothy latte.
I should mention that I’ve read about some people having trouble digesting bulletproof or butter coffee. So, you may want to start with just a touch of butter an oil and work your way up. Apparently taking some kind of digestive enzyme with the coffee will eliminate any issues. I haven’t had a problem, but be warned. I recently watched some videos where the coffee made someone nauseous their first time drinking it.
So there you have it. Super simple and easy, right? I have been preparing these three drinks in my NutriBullet with ease and would love to hear about it if you decide to give them a try too!