#whatsonyourplateblogchallenge Ageing Well Health & Wellness Wellness Wednesday

I’m in love – my favourite kitchen appliance that keeps me healthy

June 1, 2022

I love my husband, I love my family but over the last few months a new love has come into my life. It was a gift from Santa We meet every day even though it is only for a few stolen moments, it keeps me healthy and happy!

You’ve probably guessed by now – it is my Nutribullet 600W Series Blender – great for smoothies and blending healthy soups.

It’s never too late to start living a healthy lifestyle. From the age of 30 you can start to lose between 3% – 5% of muscle per decade. Less muscle means less mobility and less strength.

Do you know why Muscle Mass Matters? Having strong bones and muscles

  • Reduces the risk of Falls and Fractures
  • Promotes Bone Health which reduces the risk of Osteoporosis
  • Reduces Chronic Conditions
  • Maintains Your Independence

Staying fit and active to enjoy life, playing with our grandchildren and basically being able to do normal daily activities is vital. It means we need to

MOVE our bodies daily โ€“ exercise including weight bearing exercise 2 – 3 times per week. Exercise is not just for improving our physical health BUT also improves our mental health and well-being. Find some activity you love and just do it!

Consistency is the key.

EAT โ€“ a varied diet of foods especially PROTEIN which helps maintain muscle mass and strength.

So What’s On My Plate when it comes to protein?

Fish, chicken, lean meats, nuts, seeds, eggs, tofu, legumes and beans.

A quick and easy way to add more Protein to your diet

For me, life can get busy and of course, when we are busy we don’t have time and we tend to forget about healthy eating and reach for fast and convenient foods.

After a workout or just as a snack I turn to smoothies to ensure I’m getting the essential protein, nutrients and vitamins I need to maintain a strong and healthy body. The key is to make sure if you use protein powder that is doesn’t have any added sugar. I used a plant-based one which also helps with my digestion.

You can throw anything into the blender and come up with a healthy drink.

You can make them on milk of choice or even water. Adding milk or yogurt will also provide Calcium which helps our bones stay strong.

Some of my favourites include:

Green smoothie – handful of greens such as spinach, rocket, 1/4 avocado, protein powder, teaspoon of minced ginger made on almond milk or water

Berry smoothie – berries of choice, my favourite is a handful of blueberries, protein powder, natural yogurt, almond milk or water

Peanut butter & Banana smoothie – protein powder, tablespoon peanut (or other nut) butter, half banana, cinnamon, almond milk or water

Oats in a smoothie – protein powder, oats (1/4 cup), cinnamon, flax seeds, almond milk or water.

Do you have a favourite smoothie recipe? Share it with me.

Sue Loncaric

I’m joining Donna from Retirement Reflections and Deb, The Widow Badass, for their What’s On Your Plate? Link Up. (although technically it isn’t a plate but a glass – hope they still accept me LOL ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Why not pop over to see what is on their plate for this month?

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11 Comments

  • Reply The Widow Badass June 2, 2022 at 01:26

    I love my Nutribullet too, Sue! In fact I am on my second one, having worn out the first over the yearsโ€ฆhehehe! I bought my first one back in 2013 when my late husband was first diagnosed with cancer – so I could make him some delicious nutritious shakes. Since then, I use it to make myself the same – I add protein powder, spinach, frozen fruit, liquid Vitamin D and sometimes yogurt to some water and whip everything up for a fast and easy breakfast or post-workout fuel. People rave about far more expensive blenders but the simple Nutribullet has never let me down, for shakes or anything else youโ€™d want to blend.

    Deb

  • Reply Toni Pike June 2, 2022 at 18:17

    Looks good, Sue. Toni x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections June 3, 2022 at 01:35

    Awesom! You encouraged me to pull out my nutribullet as soon as i get back home!

  • Reply Jo June 3, 2022 at 10:01

    I’m not keen on smoothies, but Sares has always loved them – hence why we bought her one of these a few years ago. When she moved out we bought her a new one and kept the old one – not because I wanted to make smoothies, but because I make my curry pastes in it & it’s now stained yellow from turmeric!

  • Reply Debbie June 4, 2022 at 15:52

    I’m not a huge smoothie fan either (like Jo) but I am keen to try some new recipes to see if I can learn to like them as they are such an easy way to get more protein into my diet and for all the reasons you say! Thanks for the great ideas Sue ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Erica/Erika June 10, 2022 at 11:34

    Hi Sue, I often see pictures of you with your shakes. Likely one of the reasons you look healthy with glowing skin.๐Ÿ’• I often make smoothies. I used to almost live on them when I was working, since cleaning my teeth after eating is not a time consuming event after a smoothie meal. I find part of an avocado makes a huge difference for staying power. You likely know you can freeze portions of avocado and have them ready. A great post, as always, Sue.๐Ÿ’•

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2022 at 10:02

      Hi Erica! Yes I’m a smoothie fan because they are quick to make and can be very nutritious. I didn’t know you could freeze avocado so thanks for the tip! xx

      • Reply Erica/Erika June 15, 2022 at 09:20

        Hi Sue, My comments were not appearing on your website and I was not sure whether you moderate them – I never know it I am doing something goofy on my end ๐Ÿ˜ŠI read about freezing approx 1/4 or 1/8 of extra avocados on a plate – I throw them in a little bag or container – works great!โค๏ธ

        • Reply Sue Loncaric June 16, 2022 at 05:11

          Hi Erica, sorry for the confusion. For some reason WordPress has changed on my comments and I now have to approve them all even though this isn’t the setting I have. I even have to approve my own! I’m working on it but it hasn’t been a priority at the moment. Thanks for checking.xx

          • Erica/Erika June 16, 2022 at 09:31

            No problem at all, Sue. Sometimes I have issues from my end. Hugs xx

  • Reply Erica/Erika June 11, 2022 at 00:32

    Hi again, Sue (you may have a few comments in cyberspace or spam? – I am trying a different route to comment on your site ๐Ÿ˜€)

    Hi Sue, I often see pictures of you with your shakes. Likely one of the reasons you look healthy with glowing skin.๐Ÿ’• I often make smoothies. I used to almost live on them when I was working, since cleaning my teeth after eating is not a time consuming event after a smoothie meal. I find part of an avocado makes a huge difference for staying power. You likely know you can freeze portions of avocado and have them ready. A great post, as always, Sue! ๐Ÿ’—

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