The founder of View the Vibe has officially entered her 40s, and with knowledge and determination she plans on staying young on both the inside and out. Nicki’s Pick is a weekly beauty column that features Nicki’s favourite beauty products and latest discoveries for women in their 40s. These products are tried and tested by Miss Nicki, and if she lists it here you can trust that this is how she is staying young in mind, body, and spirit…
Okay… so this might not be a direct “beauty” item, but it certainly is vital to leading a healthy diet to stay beautiful once you reach this fourth decade (well, in reality it is always, but once in your 40s, it’s imperative). Last year I discovered a machine that has honestly changed my life: the NutriBullet. It is an easy to use, easy to clean, “blend just about anything” machine that replaces the juicer, blender, and whatever else you may use to make your morning smoothie.
Everyone is on the smoothie tip these days and there are so many ways to combine ingredients. It’s easy to find a recipe that is healthy, filled with nutrients, and a tasty way start to your day. However, the cleaning of the blender or the juicer is a pain. It used to drive me nuts and after 3 days of cleaning the large bulky equipment, I would put it away frustrated and annoyed and say to myself, screw the smoothie. Then I discovered my miracle NutriBullet, which I have since turned onto all my friends and family because it’s just that amazing.
This little machine will turn everything you add to it into liquid. My morning routine is 2 cups of spinach, ½ orange, ½ lemon, ½ apple, 3 strawberries and 10 ounces of filtered water. It’s all the nutrients I need for the day, and while I don’t add any protein, I will munch on sliced turkey or smoked salmon on the side to get my dose. I’ve tried many combinations and for me this works – protein powder is not my thing, and I say if you don’t like something, don’t do it. That said, my best friend Sam adds avocado, nuts, and almond milk, and has even created some pretty awesome cauliflower purees in this miracle machine. Whatever you add liquefies – I swear!
Best part is in the morning when we’re all in a rush, all you do is pour your smoothie into a glass and then wash the container in 30 seconds. If you don’t juice or make smoothies because of all the work after, trust me and get the NutriBullet; you will want to thank me… I promise you.
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