This week I decided to switch things up this week based on the comments I received on last week’s post. Instead of focusing solely on smoothie preparation I decided to include my weekly smoothie and meal prep process for the week using this week’s must-have resource: Nutri Ninja® Nutri Bowl™ DUO™ with Auto-iQ Boost.
I am going to go over my entire meal prep process and share some tips to help you guys started on the right track.
When I started my health and wellness journey, six years ago, Pinterest was only accepting beta users. So I would search the internet and print paper copies of the recipes I liked and kept them in a large binder, old school. When Pinterest launched finding great recipes was much easier. Each week, usually Thursdays, I select recipes that I’ve already pinned from my “What Vegetarians Eat” board. I create my shopping list on Fridays, cross check my pantry and I shop for my food on Saturday and Sunday.
Does that seem like a lot of work? Honestly, it can be at times depending on how detailed the recipes are. I don’t always feel like going through this process. Especially when I have a lot going on. On those weeks I make a one pot meal for dinner i.e. spaghetti, soup or chili. When I am lazy I always default to salad in the jar for my lunch. No recipes needed.
I’ve been meal prepping my food for the past three years. Initially, I was going crazy and buying everything from Whole Foods spending over a $100 every week. Buying organic meats, seafood and vegetables were killing my shopping budget. I was enjoying cooking my meals weekly but spending all that money was giving me the blues.
To cut back on my spending I did some research and I found a local farmer’s market in my area. Instead of making a beeline for Whole Foods I started getting my produce from my farmers market reducing my grocery bill by a ⅓. To further increase my savings I split the rest of my grocery shopping between Publix and lastly WholeFoods.
Meal Prep Tip: Most grocery stores carry organic and non-GMO options. Don’t feel obligated to shop at designer supermarkets. I shop at Publix, Whole Foods, and Aldi to get the best deals.
I usually cook my food on Sunday’s. I spend the day in my apartment listening to podcasts and cooking. Depending on the complexity of my meals I might start prepping on Saturday so I won’t be consumed all day on Sunday. I whipped up these weeks meals pretty quickly using my Nutri Ninja® Nutri Bowl™ DUO™ with Auto-iQ Boost.
After everything is cooled to room temperature I place everything in my containers for the week.
Prior to going to bed I prep my smoothie for the next morning. I load up my Nutri Ninja Duo 24oz blending cup and seal it with the blade assembly. Prepping my smoothie the night before is a lifesaver. After the gym, I blend my smoothie, seal it with a lid, grab a straw and I am out the door. The Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ technology blended my smoothies perfectly. With my old Ninja blender, I had to occasionally shake up the blending cup. The Auto-iQ pauses and pulses for a perfectly smooth blend.
Smoothie Prep Tip: I use these amazing glass bottles when I prepare multiple smoothies. They are great for keeping your preserving your smoothies and fresh juices.
This Week’s Menu:
- Breakfast – Green Smoothie (Banana, Frozen Mango, Baby Spinach, Ground Flax, Spirulina, Aloe Juice, and Coconut water)
- Snack – Almond Joy Energy Balls
- Lunch – Vegan Cauliflower Tacos
- Snack – KIND Caramel Almond Sea Salt Bar
- Dinner – Black Bean Burger Bowl
I used my new Nutri Ninja® Nutri Bowl™ DUO™ with Auto-iQ Boost to make everything except for the granola bars. Having a dual purpose appliance is space saver and time saver. I recently purchased a 12-cup food processor and I hate it! I attempted to make the almond joy energy bites two weeks ago and it was too large and cumbersome. The 4-cup food processing bowl on the Nutri Ninja is perfect!
Side note: I had no idea I needed to remove the pits from the dates, for the energy balls, before I blended them. Guess what, Nutri Ninja had no problem blending those rock hard pits.
The Nutri Ninja® Nutri Bowl™ DUO™ with Auto-iQ Boost includes:
- (1) 1200-Watt Motor Base with Auto-iQ Boost™
- 4-cup Nutri Bowl™
- Precision Prep Blade Assembly
- Dough Blade Assembly
- (2) 24 oz. Tritan™ Nutri Ninja® Cups
- (2) Spout Lids
- (1) Pro Extractor Blades® Assembly
- 75-Recipe Book
I love this blender! It’s an amazing upgrade from my older Ninja professional blender. Guess what, I am gifting a The Nutri Ninja® Nutri Bowl™ DUO™ with Auto-iQ Boost and a copy of JJ Smith’s 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse to one lucky reader. Details below:
Shark Ninja provided the Nutri Ninja® Nutri Bowl™ DUO™ with Auto-iQ Boost for view purposes all opinions are my own. Shark Ninja is not affiliated with the giveaway. Curves and Confidence is sponsoring the giveaway.