Going smoothie crazy with my newest food gadget!

It’s #WellnessWednesday, and I am so excited to share this post with y’all!!

Last Christmas, my boyfriend got me this multi-purpose Nutri Ninja®/Nutri Bowl™ DUO™ with Auto-iQ Boost™ (ooh, fancy, huh?). I finally started using it- three-and-a-half months later, haha!

My new food gadget consists of:

One base and two interchangeable vessels, the 1200-watt DUO™ with Auto-iQ Boost™ easily switches between Nutrient & Vitamin Extraction** and Nutrient Fusion*** in single serve or 4-cup Nutri Bowl. (http://www.ninjakitchen.com/store/)

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Wow! It’s an all-in-one blender and food processor, if you ask me! I can just use this one base to make my drinks and food!

For the past two weeks, I’ve gone crazy making all different kinds of smoothies. The featured image above is a carrot-strawberry smoothie, with the “Essential” flavor Vitamin Water® drink.

Here’s a list of the different (protein) smoothies I’ve made with my new gadget. It’s truly amazing!! It’s so easy to use and I can make multiple batches to last an entire week!

The ingredients in these smoothies are adjusted by your taste buds =D

Apple-banana smoothie:

  • Apples
  • Bananas (frozen ok)
  • “Essential” flavor Vitamin Water® drink
  • Ice (optional. I use ice to make my drinks colder and slushy)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

Strawberry-banana-blueberry smoothie:

  • Strawberries (frozen ok)
  • Bananas (frozen ok)
  • Blueberries (frozen ok)
  • Soy milk and/or regular milk (you can use fruit juice if you prefer)
  • Ice (optional)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

Peanut butter-banana-grape smoothie:

  • Bananas (frozen ok)
  • Grapes (frozen ok)
  • Soy milk and/or regular milk (I use both- I use lactaid milk since I am lactose-intolerant)
  • Peanut butter
  • Ice (optional)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

Carrot-strawberry smoothie (yes, carrots):

  • Fresh carrots (fresh carrots frozen ok)
  • Strawberries (frozen ok)
  • Any kind of orange juice (I used the “Essential” Vitamin Water®)
  • Ice (optional)
  • Fiber powder (optional)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

Carrot-strawberry-banana-blueberry smoothie:

 

  • Fresh carrots (fresh carrots frozen ok)
  • Strawberries (frozen ok)
  • Soy milk and/or regular milk (or fruit juice if you prefer)
  • Ice (optional)
  • Fiber powder (optional)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

Carrot-apple-banana-blueberry smoothie:

  • Fresh carrots (fresh carrots frozen ok)
  • Apples
  • Bananas (frozen ok)
  • Blueberries (frozen ok)
  • Soy milk and/or regular milk (or fruit juice if you prefer)
  • Ice (optional)
  • Fiber powder (optional)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

The blender did a fine job blending the carrots well into the smoothie, with the other ingredients because of the auto-iQ boost™ feature. If you like your smoothies with more texture and “grittiness,” you can turn the feature off.

I can’t wait to incorporate different veggies and fruits together to create more yummy smoothies. It’s not just about the fruits these days! Veggies are included, too!

http://www.ninjakitchen.com/ (you can find yummy recipes here)

Cheers, till next time!

FS~

 

 

It’s time to “Button Up!”

A couple months ago, I took my dear friend out for her bday. We tried Button Up Café in Pearl City. We loved it! I can’t wait to return again soon, so I can try more of their delicious foods.

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Doesn’t this look good? My gf ordered the Portuguese sausage and spam omelette. My gf enjoyed her meal very much.

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I ordered the French toast with bananas. That was very yummy! Mmm!

I loved the atmosphere of this place. It was very cute. This joint is run by Koreans- they have some Korean dishes I would like to try next time. They are famous for their stuffed French toast. Sounds yummy!

Visit: Button Up Café
719 Kamehameha Hwy
Pearl City, HI 96782
https://www.yelp.com/biz/button-up-cafe-pearl-city

Strawberry sunrise & a random book about sand!

The other weekend, my friends and I got together for our annual New Years celebration dinner. After dinner, we chilled at Banán on University Ave., across the University of Hawaii at Mānoa (UHM).We went to their food truck location at 3212 Monsarrat Ave. in Kapahulu earlier last year, which I wrote a posting about: It’s time for Açai reviews!

We really liked their physical location. It had a nice, relaxing vibe. They even had random books, like the one about sand- haha!

I ordered a Strawberry Sunrise smoothie, which consisted of: strawberries, bananas, papayas, and almond milk. It was very light and tasty. I loved it! I’m so glad there was almond milk in this drink, since I’m lactose.

Visit their physical location, where the old Yogurtland used to be, across UHM

Banán
1810 University Ave.; Honolulu, 96822
http://bananbowls.com/

I <3 smoothies!

Smoothies are amazing! I always have a craving for them. They’re my go-to drink and never disapoint! I had a bunch of frozen bananas in my freezer, so I decided to make a smoothie. I added in the “XXX” açai-blueberry-pomegranate Vitamin Water to give it additional flavors, besides the banana.

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Ta-da!!! My masterpiece was very, very simple, and was very tasty! I only added about 1/2 cup of the Vitamin Water. It didn’t take that much to make it super flavorful. Yummy! Refreshing for a hot summer’s day!IMG_6171

Over the weekend, I made more banana smoothies, but instead of using the “XXX,” I used the “Essential”orange-orange Vitamin Water instead. About one cup. That tasted good, too!

Vitamin Water is awesome!!! http://vitaminwater.com/

“XXX” and “Essential” are my top faves!

Cheers!

 

It’s time for Açai reviews!

Last month, I had a craving for açai bowls. I’ve tried the açai sorbet at Nordstrom, and just added honey and granola (see blog posting titled “Sunday Funday with friends.”). It was really good!

I also tried açai bowls from Salted Lemon and Banán.

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From Salted Lemon. I really enjoyed this. What a traditional açai bowl is to me!

Salted Lemon
1723 Liliha St.; Honolulu, 96817
808-538-1291
https://www.facebook.com/lilihasaltedlemon/

That same day, my friends and I tried Banán in Kapahulu. This location is a truck stand.

  • Stairway to Heaven (on the left) includes: greens banáns (soft serve), granola, saved coconut, papaya, pineapple, bananas, and honey.
  • The Amazon (on the right) includes: açai banán (soft serve), granola, quinoa, bananas, strawberries, and honey.

We enjoyed both! I especially enjoyed The Amazon. All of their soft serves have a banana taste to them! Super yummy!

Banán
3212 Monsarrat Ave.; Honolulu, 96815 (truck stand)
1810 University Ave.; Honolulu, 96822
808-392-8862
http://bananbowls.com/

Comments you’d like to share? Would love to hear from ya!