If you are on my Instagram, Facebook page or Twitter you will know that I am constantly raving about how yummy my smoothies are! But what do I actually put in them?

To start with, I always use USANA Nutrimeal as my base. They come in three flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla and are completely dairy and gluten free. If you’ve never had them before they are a low glycemic, balanced meal- replacement drink that has quality proteins, carbs, dietary fibre ( which is super important for digestive health) and tons of other micronutrients. Sometimes I use the Nutrifree which doesn’t have a flavor but gives my shake bulk and then I flavor it with veggies and fruit.

 

What I LOVE about them: 

– The creamy rich flavor that you get from simply adding WATER. You do not need to add milk to Nutrimeal for it to taste good.

– It fills me up. This is no lie. It’s not a protein shake that you have after a workout and need to eat 10 minutes later ( although, depending on what your goals are you can most definitely use it as a post work out drink).

– My bank account loves them! A shake works out to be about $3 which is the cheapest lunch I’ve ever come across. I spend more than that when I go out for coffee!!

– It helped me to MAINTAIN the weight I lost after having Franklin. When I incorporate it with a sensible diet I don’t need to do anything crazy like wake up at 5am to go for a 10k run, then a swim and weights in the evening as well as doing the lemon detox.

– I can have CHOCOLATE for breakfast and it’s good for me 🙂

– I can add massive amounts of greens like spinach, kale and broccoli to my chocolate shakes and get the full benefit of the veggies without having to actually taste them. That’s right. Add a gigantic serving of spinach to your chocolate shake, add a bit of peanut butter in there and you can’t even tell your drinking veggies.

– It’s convenient and easy. When I’m out on the go with Franklin, or in the mornings when I am often so busy I forget to feed myself, I just pop my Nutrimeal into a shaker bottle or the blender and I have an instant breakfast/lunch

– Nutrimeal can be used as more than a meal replacement shake. Yip, i’ve used it to make healthy pancakes, desserts and even raw chocolate! ( See recipes below).

 

Here are some of my favorite Nutrimeal Smoothie combinations:

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate 

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2 scoops Dutch Chocolate Nutrimeal
1/2 Frozen Banana
1Tablespoon Organic Peanut Butter
Massive handful of spinach
2 cups of water

 

Berry Delight

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2 scoops Vanilla Nutrimeal Or Nutrimeal free
1/2 Frozen banana
2 dates
Handful of frozen berries
Massive bunch of spinach or kale
Pinch of cinnamon
2 cups water

 

Mint Choc Chip

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2 scoops Dutch Chocolate Nutrimeal
Mint extract or a few mint leaves
Handful of Cacao nibs
2 cups of almond milk

You can also use Nutrimeal in baking. Check out these two delicious recipes from Viola Hug

Chocolate Nanimo Bars 

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Base
1/2 cup Almonds (soaked min. 30 min)
1/2 cup Desiccated coconut
1/4 cup Cacao powder
4 Medjool dates
Blend in food processor until well combined & place in large bowl

1/2 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil (in liquid form)
2 tbsp toasted buckwheat
Add to bowl and stir in thoroughly. Mixture should be moist. Firmly press into standard slice tin and place in freezer (min. 15 minutes) as you make the middle layer.

Middle Layer
1/2 cup coconut cream (the thicker the better)
1/2 tsp vanilla paste
2 scoops Vanilla Nutrimeal (or 2 scoops Nutrimeal Free + extra 1/4 tsp vanilla paste)
1/2 tsp almond butter (optional)
Add ingredients into bowl and whisk until smooth

2 tbsp coconut oil (in liquid form)
Slowly add to mixture while stirring. Once well combined, remove base from freezer and evenly spread the middle layer over the base, and freeze (min 20 min).

Topping
1/4 cup cacao butter
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp maple syrup
Melt in saucepan over low heat until smooth.
1 tbsp cacao nibs
Remove slice from freezer and sprinkle with cacao nibs for extra crunch. Quickly pour the melted ingredients from the saucepan over the slice and then rotate the slice tin to evenly distribute the topping. Freeze. After slice is set, remove from freezer, slice and store in fridge.

 

Nutrimeal Pancakes ( This was made for me on mothers day by my hubby! )

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1  Egg
2  Banana
1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
2 scoops Nutrimeal (your choice of vanilla, chocolate, or Nutrimeal Free)

Mash banana and thoroughly mix in egg and cinnamon. Add Nutrimeal slowly and mix well. Add:
1/4 tsp baking powder
1tbs apple cider vinegar (Will add”fluff” to the pancakes)
Heat a pan with fry in coconut oil, until cooked on both sides.

Have you used Nutrimeal before? Share with me your favorite combination!

 

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