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My name is Rachele and I miss my blender.
For those of you who don’t already know, I have left everything I know in my hometown just outside of Toronto, Canada to embark on a journey of self-discovery this year (you can read more about this by clicking here).
I think the things I am missing most about home during my travels is my kitchen, specifically my blender. If you’re a blender addict like me, you use your blender on an almost daily basis. As you have seen on my Instagram Stories, I used to make smoothies on a daily basis. Smoothies are one of the best ways to whip up (literally) a quick, healthy meal to sip on the go; on the way to the gym, to work, or to pick up the kids. What I love most blenders is that they’re so versatile! Your blender is good for more than whipping up smoothies! This appliance can be used to make batters, sauces, and soups.
So let’s first talk about blenders. There are so many blenders out there so how do you choose the right one? I look for 3 things: value, durability (for home use), and ease of use. The thing I love most about my Hamilton Beach blender is that it’s affordable, does the job (no chunky bits left behind), and is easy to use (only 5 buttons). I also love my blender because it’s made out of a dishwasher safe glass jar (most blenders are made out of plastic) which is more sturdy in my opinion and is safe to use with ALL ingredients, even the smelly ones (curry soup) and the ones that stain (blueberries, turmeric, beets, etc.). Here are the blenders I recommend in order of value, durability for home use, and ease of use:
I recently stayed at The Entaneer Poshtel in Chiang Mai which had the most well-equipped kitchen I have used at a hostel, hotel, or Airbnb. They had every appliance, utensil, and kitchen tool you could think of in their huge kitchen space. Even a blender! YAY! Spacious, well-equipped cooking areas make me so happy as a self-proclaimed cook, baker, and well, foodie! Do well-stocked kitchens make you happy too? Let me know in the comments at the end of this post!
Knowing me, I had to use Entaneer’s cooking facility more than once during my stay and I of course had to make a blender recipe. I made my 6-Ingredient Blender Banana Bread during my stay at Entaneer Poshtel and it was a hit. Using a blender again got me thinking that I needed to share more of my healthy blender recipes.
So here they are! Three of my go-to blender recipes! Click each recipe card below to get your FREE copy of my blender recipes instantly.
7-Ingredient Blueberry Blender Pancakes
Starting off the weekend with pancakes makes everything better, don’t you agree?
Despite using only 7 ingredients, this blueberry pancake recipe packs in all of the nutrients. This pancake batter takes just 5 minutes to prepare and is flourless, gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free. Instead of cooking this recipe in a pan, you can put the batter in a waffle iron to change things up. So the real question is… are you team pancake, or team waffle?
I chose blueberries to be the star of this pancake recipe because of their rich colour, but also because they are a nutrient-rich superfood. Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants. Blueberries, like other berries, are low in calories, high in fibre, and have moderate amounts of sugar compared to other fruits, which doesn’t spike insulin levels. Blueberries are also known to reduce inflammation in the body and to prevent aging.
Not only do blueberries help maintain our youth they also help our brains to function better by increasing it’s capacity to learn and to retain information. So, this pancake recipe will essentially allow you to have the best start to your day; giving you all the energy you need to crush your goals.
Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie
Can a smoothie actually taste like a cake? Yes, yes it can. And if you love cake, which I am sure we all do, then this recipe is for you. Strawberry Shortcake reminds me of birthdays, family gatherings, and the warm summer months. This recipe literally tastes like summer and is so refreshing. I particularly like to drink this pre or post workout, as it’s a meal in itself.
Strawberries are low in calories, high in fibre, and moderate in sugar just like blueberries. Strawberries are also known to ward off and prevent colds because just 5 large strawberries are packed with 98% of our daily value of Vitamin C. These potent, heart-shaped fruits are also known to protect our hearts because they increase good cholesterol in the body and lower blood pressure. These small but mighty fruits are also loaded with antioxidants and packed with vitamins.
One of my favourite superfoods to use along with berries in my recipes are chia seeds. They are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, calcium and iron making them a great addition to any lower calorie meal to keep hunger at bay.
I use ALLMAX Nutrition ISOFLEX 100% Pure Whey Protein Isolate in vanilla flavour in this recipe. It is my favourite type of protein powder because it contains a whopping 27g of protein per 30g scoop. It also dissolves completely in any liquid and tastes great even just shaken with water.
Vegan Mac n Cheese SAUCE
Coming up with healthier alternatives of my favourite meals is the reason I started my Instagram Page, developed my Smart Cookie E-Book (see how you can get your FREE copy at the end of this post), and created this blog. I love developing healthier versions of traditional recipes, without compromising on the texture and flavour of the original. In order to meet my health and wellness goals, I modify traditional recipes so I can eat and actually enjoy the food that I LOVE.
And who doesn’t like Mac N Cheese or a good “queso” sauce? If you don’t, we can’t be friends! #sorrynotsorry
This Healthy Mac N Cheese Sauce is vegan (say whaaattt?!), flourless, gluten-free, and nut-free. When I realized that almost all of the vegan “cheese” sauce recipes had cashews as their base I felt like I needed to create a Mac N Cheese recipe that everyone can enjoy, especially those with nut allergies.
The base of the this recipe is cauliflower. I chose cauliflower because it is mild in flavour and is loaded with fibre and low in carbohydrates. To get that “cheese” flavour I used Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast Seasoning, which is a species of yeast known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae (the same type of yeast used to bake bread and brew beer). It is 100% gluten free and has all the health benefits; it is a complete protein (contains all 9 essential amino acids), it contains B vitamins, and is loaded with antioxidants and trace minerals. Nutritional yeast is known to boost immunity and well, make things taste cheesy! Don’t forget to add an extra sprinkle on top of your Mac N Cheese for more health benefits and cheesy-goodness.
I hope you enjoy making and eating these super easy blender recipes with your family and friends. I truly believe that food brings people together in mind, body, and soul. I also believe that a meal using natural, wholesome, and delicious ingredients enhances these experiences with our loved ones even more.
Let me know when you make any of these blender recipes by tagging me on Instagram and use the hashtag #intheNO. While you’re on my IG Page don’t forget to check out my other posts and Recipes Highlights to see my other healthy recipes.
As always, I look forward to feedback. What did you want more or less of? Do you want more blender recipes? More recipes with superfoods? More recipes that use 10 ingredients or less? Let me know in the comments below.
Yours in missing my blender,
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