Here at QVC HQ we know Monday is the most popular day of the week for making (and breaking) healthy eating pledges. It seems like the perfect time to forget the excesses of the weekend, and begin the day with good intentions to choose the healthy options … but then 11am comes around, and the biscuit cravings set in (at QVC Towers at least!).
This Monday 19th October you can help to end the unhealthy cycle with a little help from our Today’s Special Value – the Nutri Ninja Auto IQ Nutritional Blender! We caught up with guest Caroline Sandry in our backstage kitchen to find out what she loves about the blender, and to get the details on some of her most delicious recipes.
Hi everyone, it’s Caroline here!
Most of us know that we should be eating at least five fruit and veg a day, but how many of us actually do? With the Nutri Ninja AUto IQ this goal actually becomes very easy! My favourite Green Goddess smoothie (pictures and recipe below) has five different fruit and veg, along with lots of other healthy goodies, so drinking this before, or as your breakfast means you are already way ahead of the game!
I rely on the Nutri Ninja to ensure that I get as many vitamins and minerals as possible to maintain my energy levels and help me cope with a demanding lifestyle – including training clients, writing articles and presenting on QVC, whilst being Mum to a very energetic two year old! I also recommend it to my clients. I’ve always maintained that you are what you eat, so give your body and brain the best that you can afford. (After all, we only get one body in this life!)
If you are a serial cereal eater (!) or you just grab a coffee and biscuit each morning, then you are missing a vital opportunity to stock up on goodness for the day. Many packaged breakfast cereals and bars are full of salt, sugars and other processed elements. With the Nutri Ninja you can see exactly what is going into your body!
For example, you can simply open the fridge; then throw in some leftover kale with some rapidly-going-out-of-date celery, an apple, some cucumber, a handful of frozen blueberries, and fresh mint from the garden. Blend with water (or coconut water for extra goodness if you fancy!) and there you have a delicious, energy-boosting, vitamin-packed drink to get you going for the day! Add avocado for creaminess and essential fats, banana for sweetness and texture, oats to fill you up for breakfast or literally anything else that you fancy!
If you are struggling with your diet, are bored with your food or know that you need to increase your daily nutrients, then please, do your body a favour and give it a try!
Ninja are a family based US company who are dedicated to helping people become healthier. This new Nutri Ninja removes the guesswork; you simply press a button and within one minute your perfectly blended, delicious and nutritious smoothie will be ready. The recipe guide that comes with it is packed with great ideas for delicious drinks, soups and dips that will inspire you to take better care of your health.
Read on for a sampling of Caroline’s favourite recipes. Simply chuck all of the ingredients into your Nutri Ninja Auto IQ for a perfect result every time!
– A simple, delicious treat for all the family. Packed with vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants
1 small banana
240ml low-fat milk (240ml)
1 tablespoon agave
130g frozen strawberries
Tropical Fresh Fruit Ice Pops
– A great, healthy treat for the kids! Only 80 calories per lollypop with all the goodness of fruit)
30g agave nectar
Pour and freeze overnight
– A delicious naughty tasting treat which is actually really healthy!
1/2 ripe avocado quartered
1 ripe banana
2 large medjool dates
Small handful fresh mint
250 ml coconut or almond milk
1 dessertspoon cacao powder
– Enjoy freshly prepared, homemade houmous that is super-healthy and tasty. A great protein-rich snack that kids also love
1 can cooked chick peas (liquid reserved for next ingredient)
90ml chick pea liquid
60ml lemon juice
60ml olive oil
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
Green Goddess: Caroline’s Recipe
– My daily multi-vitamin! Rich in iron, essential fats, potassium and antioxidants. A filling meal replacement or a nutrient rich snack for any time of day
1/2 banana (cut into chunks)
1/ 4 avocado
1/2 a ripe pear quartered
2 inches cucumber (cut into chunks)
1 dessertspoon Tiana Raw Coconut Goodness
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
2 balls of frozen spinach
And this is just the beginning of the recipes you can create with a Nutri Ninja Auto IQ! Tune in on Monday 19th October at Midnight and again at 1pm and 4pm to see Caroline work her magic with this fantastic kitchen accessory.
In the meantime browse our full Home & Kitchen range for more inspiration