Wow! We can’t believe that 2017 is almost over. It’s been quite the year!
Will and I are embarking on a new journey and will be driving across the country from California to Pennsylvania! We start driving Christmas Day (yes, today), and hopefully end up in Pennsylvania a few days into the new year.
We hope everyone enjoys the rest of 2017 – we’ll see you in 2018 with more blender fun!
When I think of the holidays, I think of hot chocolate. It’s just so cozy and comforting in the cold winter weather! Granted, Will and I have been living in California for the past three years, so it hasn’t been that cold. On Christmas day, though, we are going to be making our way back to Philadelphia for the long term, which is where we met! And Philadelphia can have some pretttttty cold, wet, and snowy winters!
Once in a while, I do like to enjoy hot chocolate from a packet, but we’ve found that there are many that contain hydrogenated oils, which we personally don’t like having in the foods we eat. Also, I highly prefer hot chocolate made with actual milk or almond milk instead of water. It just tastes so much better to me! Making hot chocolate in your high-powered blender, like a Vitamix or Omniblend, is so easy. The blades spin so quickly that you can heat a drink or soup through friction in 5-7 minutes. There’s no need to stir a pot of milk over the stove, or microwave your mug to the point it will melt your skin off. Maybe you can even reduce holiday stress a bit – just blend and pour!
Today, we’re gonna share with your our basic hot chocolate recipe. We like it strong, so feel free to adjust any measurements according to your own taste. But wait! It’s a festive season! Once you’ve got the perfect recipe for a basic hot chocolate, it’s time to spruce it up a little bit 🙂 Here are some fun holiday flavors as we get ready for the New Year.
*Note*: Not all high-powered blenders are made alike, so always use your appliance safely, according to the instructions included. Machines like Vitamix or OmniBlend can blend hot ingredients without any problems, but others may not be able to. If you cannot safely blend hot ingredients in your blender for long periods of time, blend the ingredients until they are smooth, then simmer it on the stove top set to low for about 10 minutes..
Basic Hot Chocolate Recipe
1 cup milk
2 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
1 tbsp sugar, or to taste
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Blend all ingredients on high speed for 5-7 minutes, or until desired temperature. Double the recipe as needed!
Justine from BlenderBrain here, with a brand new video on how to make vegetable juice in a Nutribullet the easy way! If you like V8 or all-vegetable type smoothies and juices, you’ll really love this recipe Will and I like to call “Wake-up Juice.” I’ll always remember the first time Will handed me a cup of wake-up juice. I drank a sip, and then secretly threw it in the trash. Ha! It’s ok, we’re married now so I can let that particular cat out of the bag.
The great thing about drinking a cup of fresh vegetable juice like this is that you might notice spectacular health benefits like I do. Personally, my skin clears up and glows. My appetite subsides until the next meal time. When I drink our vegetable wake up juice I feel so awake in the morning, which helps me be more productive. And there’s basically no sugar. I know, it sounds almost too good to be true, but try it out and you’ll become a convert just like I did!
Here at BlenderBrain, Will and I have been testing all different blenders for the past several months, and we want to know what brands can make a proper vegetable juice. If I’m being honest, the Nutribullet was never high on our radar. We heard so many horror stories from customers in our Vitamix demonstrator days. Additionally, while working in Nevada last year I purchased a Nutribullet and had a very bad experience. Of my three smoothie attempts, I had two green smoothie EXPLOSIONS. That machine is gone, but I was scarred for life!
While I love using our high powered blenders, I must admit, it’s better to have a medium quality tool than no tool at all. Visiting Austin, Texas recently, I found that precisely to be the case. The house I was staying at had a blender, and low and behold it was a Nutribullet. If you’ve been to Texas, you’ll know that it’s bbq and fried food central! So it became crucial for me to make vegetable juice in the mornings. So I decided to make this great video for you to enjoy!
One thing Will and I also learned in our Vitamix demonstrator days is, despite the imperfections, there are also many people out there who love their Nutribullet. It takes up a minimal amount of space in the kitchen. While the convenient to-go cup style is now also sold by Ninja and Vitamix, as well as other companies, this is a feature the bullet company truly popularized. Incidentally, you may find this video just as useful if you own a Vitamix S30, a regular Magic Bullet, or any of the many Ninja and other machines that now have the personal cup style container. Just know we haven’t tested this recipe in any of them! Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
There are a few things to know before you make vegetable juice in a Nutribullet:
Most of the time, people imagine a glass of green-colored juice. They start thinking of juices made with green ingredients, like granny smith apples, celery, grapes, and kale. Some people will even cringe at the thought of it. Even though green smoothies are a lot more popular these days than say, ten years ago, there are still a lot of people who “eat with their eyes,” and refuse to eat, OR drink, anything green.
One of the beauties of green smoothies, though, is that they don’t necessarily have to look green. Let me repeat that. Green smoothies don’t have to look green. In fact, Will and I make plenty of green smoothies that are chocolatey brown, bright red, or dark purple!
“Well, then that’s not a green smoothie!” some might say. Unbeknownst to them, these smoothies we make still have leafy vegetables hidden away in them. So if you have any picky eaters at home who can’t get past the green color in the glass, here are some recipes for you to try out 🙂