So every once in a while I will stumble upon something that is just too good not to share with all of you. The things I find are usually shown to me by somebody else. They are either on Team MDUSA, a participant in the classes I teach, or a client of mine that I work with one on one.
This latest discovery was shown to me by Tim Rawlings, who also happens to be living with my wife and I at the moment. He is a 105 (231) kilogram lifter and eats a pretty clean diet. This means his diet consists of lots of protein (fish, meat, eggs, etc. ) and lots of fruits and vegetables. The first time he bought groceries I thought that there was no way he would be able eat all of that produce before it went bad. I was wrong; he ate it all and then some. Having a clean (sort of) diet myself, I am always trying to include more produce on my plate, but there is a big problem. I will be the first to admit that I can be lazy when it comes to eating. After a hard training session or just being flat out tired, the last thing I want to do is sit and eat a sweet potato, salad, or any other form of produce. When eating is just as important as training and sleeping and is like a second job, things can get lost in the shuffle. For me the first thing I tend to cut are my veggies and fruit. I will eat eggs, red meat, bacon, rice, etc like there won’t be any left tomorrow. But you put a plate of veggies in front of me and I turn into that little kid that needs to be coaxed to eat them in order to get dessert.
So I was explaining my plight to Tim one day and he told me about the NutriBullet. The NutriBullet is a product made by the same people that made the MagicBullet. The only difference is the MagicBullet is about half the size of the NutriBullet and you can’t fit as much in there. I was given one as a birthday present and I would have to make two little shakes as a time in order to get what I needed from it. This improved model is much more efficient and better use in my opinion. He explained that before joining MDUSA, he was constantly on the go. Eating clean was hard to do but he handled it better than most because of this device. Now before you start with the hippy juicing talk or think it’s just another blender, wait. This thing is legit. You can put just about anything inside, skin and all, and it will blend it up. There are no parts sitting on the bottom as with a regular blender. As long as you add water to it, you can have a shake ready in minutes and still get all the nutrients you need in your diet. Vegetables are loaded with all sorts of vitamins and minerals and most of these are found in the skins and stems of the produce. Whether you steam, fry, buy frozen bags, or peel them, these vitamins and minerals can be lost, therefore giving you little to no nutritional value. The only prep that may be needed with this device is you may need to chop certain items so the blades can blend them up properly.
Now don’t get carried away and start blending all the produce in your fridge. I try to keep the NutriBullet shakes 1:1 to an actual meal. Real food is key and you cannot live off of liquid nourishment alone. I will make a shake consisting of some sort of green and some fruit in the morning and one with a few more greens and other veggies after dinner. I cannot promise you that they will taste great, but you can put all sorts of things in there to make them taste better. Bananas or vanilla protein powder are the best way, in my opinion , to sweeten any shake. Blending up just vegetables may not be the greatest idea if taste is what you are after, but you will have to experiment with all different combinations and see what works for you.
As with all other articles and tips, you need to find what works for you. Spinach, strawberries, and cucumbers all blended together may not be your idea of nutrition, but for me it is easier then sitting eating all of these separate. This is an ideal tool if you are on the run and don’t have a lot of time for sit down meals. The device is small and easy to transport and as long as you have an outlet, you can make a shake. Even if you’re not into fruits and veggies, this thing is great for blending protein shakes as well. There are numerous companies with a similar product in a wide array of prices, so do some research and see if this is a viable option for you. If you want to be at the top of your game, you need to be able to do those extra things. For me, this is one way to get all the vitamins and minerals I need in my diet to recover from hard training keep me feeling ready to go the next day. Give it a shot and see if this can help your training.