Healthy Summer Living – 4 easy steps + GIVEAWAY! #summerstrong

**Congrats to Alicia on winning the giveaway! Check your inbox – Everyone else, if you can get your hands on this protein powder, don’t delay… It is amazing!**

With the 4th of July right around the corner, it is safe to say we are in full summer mode here in the United States! Whether your summer involves copious amount of pool/beach time, ice cream to cool down, or long evening bike rides in the glorious evening sun, summer is most definitely a time for fun.

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With all of the summer fun upon us, it is important to remember to sneak in a little bit of healthy each day ;) Trust me, I love ice cream and popsicles and a cold drink as much as the next girl, but in life we gotta balance our treats to continue living our healthiest lives.

Today I am sharing FOUR easy tips – life hacks if you like, to living a balanced and healthy life in the summer months. Healthy living doesn’t have to be restrictive or boring, a little action goes quite far!

1. Fit movement into each and every day. This is an EASY one to implement in the summer… No snow/ice/cold for us to turn to the sofa rather than moving around outside. Take an evening walk after dinner. Go on a run with your girlfriends. Take a walk on the beach during your vacation. Join a cycle club and join them for a weekly bike ride. Walk to the park (or around the park!) with your kiddos. These small actions add up quickly. Movement is so important to our health – It doesn’t need to be crazy intense, just get out there and move what yo mama gave ya for 30 minutes a day. Your body will thank you for it!

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2. Smile. Don’t you just FEEL better when you smile? Smile at yourself in the mirror. Smile at a stranger walking down the sidewalk. Smile at your fitness instructor (Okay, okay… This is a personal plug – I like smiles in my classes!). Smile at your neighbor… the mailman… the grocery store cashier… Just smile! I guarantee it will make you a happier person and those around you happier as well. As the saying goes, happy wife happy life – Spread the happy love and you’ll be feeling healthier in no time!

3. Relax. Summer can be BUSY. Heck, life can be busy. It is important to take the time to slowwwww down, especially in the summer months. Even if a vacation is not in your future, take a weekend to yourself. Get your nails done, sleep in (HAHAHHAHHAHA <– not in my destiny right now!), make your favorite meal – Do what makes you feel best! Or, as I like to say, treat yourself :) Our mental health is so important to our overall health and it is important to give our bodies and minds time to decompress.

4. Finally – last but most definitely not least – eat well. I’m not saying you have to avoid the fun treats like ice cream and BBQ parties and that glass of wine waiting for you at happy hour. If you make mostly good decisions when it comes to food, you can have those treats without your body retaliating, LOL. Lean protein, fruits and veggies, whole grains and complex carbs… They do a body good! One of my favorite healthy treats the past month has been protein waffles made with Bob’s Red Mill Protein Nutritional Booster.

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1/3 cup Bob’s Red Mill + 1 egg + dash of baking soda + 1/4 cup water… Mix and cook in your waffle maker until done! Over 20 grams of FILLING protein and lotsa fiber in a delicious “treat” :) These nutritional boosters are also vegan AND gluten-free.

I’m excited to announce that I have partnered with Bob’s Red Mill to giveaway one 16 ounce bag of your flavor choice (Chai, Vanilla, Chocolate or the Protein & Fiber Booster), valued at $30!

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You will receive an entry for each of the following options – Just leave a comment below for EACH step completed!

I will randomly select a winner on Tuesday, July 5th. If you just can’t wait to try Bob’s Red Mill, here is a coupon for you to use this holiday weekend!

How are you living your healthiest summer? Any fun health tips you’d like to add to my list?

Big Slice Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins & Giveaway!

We are talking healthy snacking today.

Yes, HEALTHY during the holiday season! Holidays and healthy eats can go hand in hand, especially with some help from flavorful Big Slice apple products.

Today I have an amazingly simple recipe and a deliciously healthy giveaway for y’all… Perfect timing for all of those New Years’ resolutions if ya ask me ;) But first, let’s cover this whole healthy snacking thang.

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If you’re anything like me, you want your snacks to be quick, easy to grab, and packaged to take with you when you’re on-the-go. We all live busy lives – Who has time to spend 30 minutes on prepping a snack?! I definitely don’t! Between running to the gym to teach, responding to emails and chasing after my now on-the-go baby, snacks need to be consumed in 30 seconds or less.

I was so happy when Big Slice sent me a big ol’ package full of goodies a few weeks ago. I’ll be honest, I was not familiar with Big Slice prior to my goodie package so I’m going to give you a few details in case you were in the dark about this amazing brand like I was.

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Big Slice features 17 delicious flavors that are available in glam on-the-go pouches (They are perfect for the gym bag!) that are all approximately 100 calories per pouch. They use all-natural ingredients with no artificial flavors or preservatives and let me tell you, the apple and fruit chunks are juicy, chewy and taste super fresh!

I’ve been snacking on these pouches pre- and post-workout, mixed in with my oatmeal and yogurt at breakfast, and when I’ve craving something sweet but want something on the healthier side. Big Slice has yet to disappoint!

Another thing I love about Big Slice is that a portion of each purchase goes to the Spark Foundation – an organization that supports women and girls in need.

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I decided to try my hand at mixing Big Slice into the most popular recipe here on Olives ‘n Wine… The result? An amazingly moist, perfectly sweetened, chewy and healthy muffin. The recipe is exactly the same with a slight addition… 2 pouches of natural Big Slice. The apple pouches were a total game changer for this recipe, I won’t be making them without them again!

Oh! And I used dried cranberries rather than raisins in the recipe… I like to use what I have on hand and cranberries were in my pantry ;)

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Now, for the fun part – One of YOU are going to win a fun package from Big Slice!

The giveaway consists of:

  • 12 sample pouches, assorted flavors
  • Big Slice tumbler
  • Spork

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment for each of the following for your chance to win!

I will select a winner on Monday, December 28, 2015!

Disclaimer: I was sent Big Slice products in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

Spicy Zucchini-Peanut Noodles & Giveaway!

Disclosure: I was provided with 2 bottles of Mighty Nut as well as compensated for this post. All opinions, the recipe, and my love of peanut butter are my own :) Thanks for your support!

Let’s talk peanut butter.

Peanut butter is by far my FAVORITE nut butter. It’s creamy. It adds a delicious flavor to pretty much anything. And peanut butter + chocolate… Need I say more?

Today, I have a recipe for you that has my favorite peanut butter flavor but instead of being made with regular ol’ peanut butter, a key ingredient is Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter.

Powdered peanut butter? Have you heard of it?

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I’m still fairly new to the powdered peanut butter bandwagon (I know… I’m so behind the times!) so when Peanut Butter & Co offered to send me two bottles of Might Nut, I jumped at the opportunity! Mighty Nut has 85% less fat than regular peanut butter AND it offers up 6g of protein per serving. All of the flavor and ability for recipe creation with only 45 calories per serving… I’m not one to complain about that.

I decided to try my hand at a recipe with the “original” flavored Might Nut Powdered Peanut Butter. And can you believe that it doesn’t involve chocolate?! Be shocked and amazed ;)

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This is a healthy recipe and it packs a punch of protein, a serving of green veggies, and spicy kick all with my favorite peanut butter flavor. Yes, please!

So, without further ado… Spicy Zucchini-Peanut Noodles!

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Spicy Zucchini-Peanut Noodles

Serves 3

Ingredients:

  • 2 large zucchini
  • 3 TBSP Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter, Original flavor
  • 2 TBSP coconut aminos (you can sub soy sauce)
  • 1 TBSP garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp oil (I used sesame)
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 2 TBSP rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp chili hot sauce (more for a spicier recipe!)
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

Directions:

Using a spiralizer or food grater, make your zucchini noodles and place in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth. Pour Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter sauce over zucchini noodles and stir until combined. Serve chilled as a side along side your favorite protein. Enjoy!

These noodles would be delicious served with grilled shrimp or chicken. They add a healthy and flavorful Asian-inspired kick to your favorite meal!

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Now, for the fun part… One of YOU will win a bottle of Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter in a flavor of your choice.

A little more about Mighty Nut:

Peanut Butter & Co just launched Mighty Nut, their new powdered peanut butter! Each batch of Mighty Nut is created from quality USA grown peanuts. The peanuts are roasted, then pressed, to remove most of the fat.  What remains is protein, fiber and delicious peanut buttery taste.  Mighty Nut powdered peanut butter can be rehydrated and used as a spread or dip, or as an ingredient in baking, cooking or smoothies and it is available in four delightful varieties:

  • Original
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Flax & Chia

Giveaway entry methods: 

  • Leave a comment below on what recipe you would make if you won a bottle of Mighty Nut.
  • Follow @GoMightyNut and @olivesanwine on Twitter
  • Follow @GoMightyNut and @beckyklap on Instagram
  • Tweet about the giveaway. Sample tweet: I would LOVE to create recipes with @GoMightyNut! #EatMighty @fitapproach #sweatpink mightynut.com
  • Pin a picture from MightyNut.com

U.S. only. One prize per person. If you win this giveaway, and have already won another prize from Mighty Nut through another blog, please disclose that you have already won so we can choose another winner. 

I will randomly select a winner on Wednesday (10/28/15) morning!

Title Nine Review & Giveaway

Disclaimer: I was sent one sports bra in exchange for a review and giveaway. All opinions (and sweaty running selfies, LOL) are my own :)

Well hey there! I’m super excited today because I have a fun review and giveaway for y’all!

I’ve been lusting after sports bras on the Title Nine website for the past 6 months or so – ever since I first heard of the store, so when they reached out to see if I’d be interested in reviewing one of their bras, I jumped at the chance.

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At first, I was bummed to realize that there are no Title Nine stores in SW Florida, but after perusing their site, testing out the Bra Genie, and speaking to one of their bravangelists on the phone, not having a store nearby was definitely not a problem. In fact, it may have actually actually made things easier for me… No hauling Dean to the fitting room so mama could try on multiple sports bras ;) LOL!

But let’s start at the beginning…

Find Your Perfect Bra >

To get an idea of what type of sports bra I needed for the activities I participate in frequently (running, SPINNING, BODYPUMP), I decided to test out their online Bra Genie. The online genie asks you multiple questions before making a recommendation including the areas of: needed support, regular bra size, support preference, sweat level, wire likes/dislikes, and modesty level.

My responses went something like this… LOTSA support for high impact activities, lock ’em down (hehe!), super sweat machine, no wires please, and cover ’em up! I knew what I wanted in a sports bra, I just didn’t know how to narrow down their huge selection – Thank goodness the Bra Genie came to my rescue. After the 30 second questionnaire, the genie gave me a few recommendations including the 7 Wonders Bra, the Booby Trap, and the Tech Athena Bra.

After looking at my bra options online, I spoke with Title Nine Bravangelist (<– can I get this job title on my resume, please?), Marsha, on the phone. Marsha was SO incredibly helpful and informative in the world of sports bras, something that I know almost nothing about. She recommended a few great options  – one for breastfeeding (the 7 Wonders bra actually unhooks in the front so you can make the straps tighter, but it also makes it easy to feed your kiddo too!) and one for the type of style that I like (I prefer a criss-cross back to a 2-strap back) and then told me I should size up for the bra that I decided to try out.

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My first sweaty, Florida run with my Title Nine 7 Wonders Bra! I was super sweaty and there was no chafing nor bounce – woohoo!

If you are ordering a bra via the Title Nine website, I definitely suggest you make a call to a bravangelist! The call was super quick and Marsha gave me sizing/fit suggestions I wouldn’t have thought of if I had just ordered online. Plus, she was able to place the order for me over the phone, provide me with a shipping estimate, and send an email confirmation. She gets 2 thumbs up from me for making the fit and ordering process comfortable and easy!

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It fits perfectly under my favorite tanks – No random straps sticking out!

After speaking with Marsha, I decided to go with the 7 Wonders Bra in black (I laughed as I told her on the phone that I like “boring” bra colors, haha!). I sized up to a 36DD per her recommendation and knowing that the cups can easily be resized by just adjusting the straps – Cool, right?

A few days after my phone order, my new sports bra arrived in my mail box. SWEET! I was so excited to try it out that I went on a run that evening ;) And, OH MY GOODNESS, I was sold after 2 minutes of running. BEST. Sports bra. EVER.

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Passed my “stretch test” – No sliding around when I stretched my body!

No shaking. No bouncing. No movement, at all! I have obviously been running in the wrong sports bras my entire life. Plus it delivered on everything that was promised – High support and modesty levels, sweat wicking, and true to its sizing.

The 7 Wonders Bra could not have arrived at a better time either as I was “training” for my first post-baby 5k. While some may disagree, I personally believe – that in addition to lotsa hard work, your fitness gear plays a HUGE role in your performance. Bad shoes, chafing clothes, and an lackluster sports bra would only distract you during a race… So while it wasn’t the Title Nine bra alone that helped me achieve my 5k PR, it definitely positively impacted my performance on race day.

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Keeps me covered even when Dean pulls down my tank ;) AND it’s also comfortable enough/wicks all of the sweat away to not have to change out of right after a race!

Quick moral to this post… Ya gotta get your next sports bra from Title Nine! Obviously the bras rock, but the service sets the Title Nine experience far above the rest.

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Post-run shots (I was sweaty and tired!) – Love the back, the coverage in the front and the adjustable straps <– you can kind of see one sticking out as I was playing around with it right before I took the photos. 

Throughout this experience (my first real sports bra “fitting” – only took me 30 years!) I learned quite a few things about sports bras from the Title Nine experts. Did you know…

  • Just like running shoes, your bras should be replaced when they begin to wear out. After a year, the elastic and fabrics of your bra just aren’t what they used to be. It’s time to get a new one. No bra should celebrate a birthday.
  • Larger-breasted women, CAN wear just one sports bra. No doubling up necessary.
  • If chafing is a problem with your sports bra, you may need to go down a band size and up a cup size.
  • Many women quit exercising after having a baby because they can’t find the right bras/exercise clothes. <– WHATTTT! I never knew this little tidbit! Don’t let this deter you, there is a size and fit for everyone!

And you wanna know the best part? One of YOU is going to receive one for FREE (via a gift card to Title Nine)!!

Here’s how to enter:

  • Mandatory: Try the Bra Genie and leave a comment below on which bra you would choose, based on the genie’s results.

All others are optional, just leave an additional comment for each entry for extra chances to win!

I will randomly select a winner on Wednesday, September 30th!

Chevron Creations – Giveaway!

Happy Wednesday! I have lots of exciting things happening today… baby appointment, home buying, and a GIVEAWAY for all of you :)

Life has been going so well for us lately that I felt the need to share the love with my fabulous readers. So, when Danielle of Chevron Creations reached out and asked if I wanted to offer my readers a $15 shop credit to her super cute store, I jumped at the opportunity.

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Back in January, Danielle sent me one of her non-slip headbands and coffee cozy to review. With items like headbands, I like to have a few week test period to make sure I like ’em and they live up to their expectations. The headbands from Chevron Creations do NOT disappoint! Not only are they super cute (check out the designs here!), but they actually stay in place. One of my biggest pet peeves is having a headband shift around my head while I’m teaching BODYPUMP or sweating my booty off in Spinning. Thankfully, Danielle’s headband kept my hair back and it didn’t go flying across the room in any of my group fitness classes :)

Coffee Cozy Collage

And while I don’t drink coffee that often anymore, I used the “coffee” cozy for condensation on my water cup and it was perfect for my Florida weather! The cozy is reversible and she has a ton of cute designs for the cozies as well.

Danielle also offers some super cute planner accessories (I know y’all LOVE your planners!) on her Etsy site as well.

Now, for the fun! A giveaway!

One lucky reader has the chance to win a $15 shop credit to Chevron Creations!

Please leave a comment for each option you complete below.

  1. Leave a comment – Which item would you purchase with a $15 credit?
  2. Like Chevron Creations & ONW on Facebook
  3. Follow Chevron Creations & ONW on Twitter
  4. Follow Chevron Creations & ONW on Instagram

I’ll pick a winner on Friday at 12noon EST! Stay tuned :)

WINning {Review + Giveaway!}

Admit it, your bathroom (or laundry room if you have one…) often looks something like this.

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Fitness clothes, we love ’em but they take over our homes on laundry day and, after a while, they start to get that all too familiar smell.

You know the one I’m talking about? The “I sweat one time too many in my favorite black tank” stench.

When we moved to Florida, I was convinced that I was going to have throw away all of my fitness gear and spend a good chunk of money refreshing my wardrobe. I mean, that wouldn’t have been the most awful thing in the world – LOL, but I didn’t want to fork up $1,000 if I could solve the smelly problem for less.

Thankfully, through my partnership with Fit Approach, I was given the opportunity to review Win Detergent. Win Detergent promised to remove that sweaty smell from my clothes and, you guessed it, I was a major skeptic.

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Yeah, right. I’ve heard that before and it didn’t do a darn thing!

Well, my friends, Win Detergent is different. IT ACTUALLY WORKS – Hallelujah! I most definitely looked like a crazy person smelling my laundry as soon as I removed it from the washer and I was shocked when I couldn’t detect the faintest smell of sweat!

My lulu’s were saved! Yay!

Today, I am offering up TWO bottles to one lucky winner. And if you’re anxious and need WIN Detergent now (It is definitely worth buying right away!), you can use the following coupon code to save $1 on your next bottle of WIN Detergent: WINGIVE1 

Please leave a comment for each of the entries below. I’ll select a winner on Sunday (11/9/2014).

  • Leave a blog post comment about how you get the sweaty smell out of your workout gear {mandatory}
  • Like WIN on Facebook
  • Like Olives ‘n Wine on Facebook
  • Follow WIN on Twitter
  • Follow Olives ‘n Wine on Twitter
  • Follow WIN on Instagram
  • Follow Olives ‘n Wine on Instagram

Disclaimer: I was sent 2 bottles of WIN Detergent for review via my partnership with Fit Approach. All opinions are my own.

These are a few of my favorite things!

It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to…

Nope, no crying today because it’s my birthday!! :)

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Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday smile you’re 29… Happy birthday to ME!

As Kyle so kindly told me yesterday, I am the most annoying birthday person EVER. I mean, c’mon, I was only bouncing around the apartment changing the lyrics of every song I heard to something about my birthday… “It’s my birthday so you should do what I tell you, do what I tell you, do what I tell you….” <– Yeah, that’s me ;)

To make up for this annoying behavior, how about a GIVEAWAY?!

Yep, it’s my birthday and I’m celebrating with chocolate cake and mimosas and brunch and mimosas and presents and mimosas. Did I mention mimosas? Oh, and I’m also celebrating by giving something to you because I’m just that awesome ;)

The truth is that I just love y’all so much. Seriously, you are amazing and I don’t thank you enough for your continued love and support throughout my life and ONW.

So I decided to do a little giveaway for you to spread the birthday love <3

The package is going to include all (okay, not all… there’s no wine…) of my favorite things! What’s even better is that I’m opening it up to my international friends with one caveat – you are required to walk me through the international shipping process if you win ;)

Favorite Things Giveaway

  1. Nutella – Don’t tell me you’re surprised with this one! I even found cute individual packs to prevent the dreadful “I just ate the entire jar in 5 minutes” feeling… Wait, that’s just me? ;)
  2. Island Coconut Candle – Two words: This winter. We could all use a little island in our lives.
  3. Baby Lips – I expressed my love for this lip balm last week. It has quickly become my favorite lip item and I promise you will love it.
  4. Peanut Butter M&M’s – Mmmm…. yeah…. Try not to eat the entire bag in one sitting ;)
  5. Polka Dot Notebook – Thoughts come and go, especially when you’re drinking wine, so I like to keep a notebook nearby at all times to jot down that next great blog topic or shopping list. Mostly the latter…
  6. Argyle Socks – Who doesn’t love fun socks? I bought these a few weeks ago and looooove them! The design is great and they’re soft on my tootsies :)

As a side note, if you’re allergic to the nuts of the pea variety and happen to win, I could be convinced to keep the M&Ms and trade it for something more allergy-friendly. I mean, you might have to twist my arm but I’ll probably give in ;)

Please enter using the Rafflecopter below! I’ll select a winner on Wednesday.

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A Very Veggie Giveaway!

Today is a very special day, it’s my friend Kelly’s one-year blogiversary!

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To celebrate this milestone, Kelly is hosting a “Hidden Fruits ‘n’ Veggies”  giveaway :)

Some of the goodies include Bob’s Red Mill (One set for the main winner, plus extra for a 2nd prize), Nasoya (veganaise and coupons for free tofu), Amy’s (coupons for free Amy’s products), $40 worth of chocolate from Theo, liquid smoke from Stubb’s, a tofu press and Happy Herbivore’s newest cookbook (Light and Lean).

Head on over to Kelly’s blog to wish her a happy blogiversary, enter her giveaway and to check out her amazing, veggie-filled recipes! Trust me, you will definitely leave Hidden Fruits and Veggies hungry and ready for a vegetarian treat ;)

Winner, winner NINJA BLENDER!

Happy Sunday y’all!

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I’m in the middle of an awesome weekend with Carly, Katie, Sara and Alisha but wanted to pop in to announce the giveaway WINNER of the new Ninja Ultima Blender!

Drum roll, please…

The winner is Jessie!

Jessie, please send me your mailing address – becky {at} olivesnwine {dot} com :)

Butternut-Walnut Soup + Ninja Ultima Blender GIVEAWAY!

As the title of this post might elude, today I’m writing more about my new Ninja Ultima blender than a recipe… Although, the squash recipe at the end of this post is amazing and you should definitely make it once you have your Ninja ;)

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While I was at HLS in September, I won a new Ninja Ultima blender via an Instagram contest held by Ninja! I was crazy excited because, well, it’s a NINJA BLENDER and also because my blender died before I moved to Chicago. Over a month without healthy breakfast smoothies is about enough to drive anyone crazy…

Once my new blender arrived, I could not wait to get working on new recipes. I made smoothies and soups and purees – basically anything that can be made with a blender was made in my tiny Chicago kitchen!

And let me tell you, Ninja’s new Ultima blender does not disappoint. It comes with a large blender option but also with individual smoothie cup attachments that allow for quick, on-the-go smoothies and health (or unhealthy… margarita, anyone?!) drinks. All pieces are dishwasher safe (KEY to anything living in my kitchen!) and are easy to disassemble as well as put together on the blender base.

The blender also blends anything and everything with ease! My last blender would start smoking while pureeing bananas (no joke…), the Ninja Ultima could grind up rocks if you wanted it to. (As a side note, don’t do this – I’m sure it might dull the blades a bit PLUS who wants rocks in their blender??! ;) )

One design function that I particularly love is the fact that there is a spout for an easy pouring option. I hate making messes when pouring things out of blenders and this prevents any spillage – yay!

The only thing that I have found that I don’t like is that the bottom edges of the blender seem to catch food/debris while in the dishwasher. It doesn’t impact the function of the Ninja, I just have to remember to take it out of the dishwasher immediately after the cycle is complete and rinse the bottom of it to remove the food pieces. It’s definitely something that’s easy to live with ;)

Lucky for y’all, I’m giving away one of these fabulous blenders today! See the bottom of this post for additional details.

And, for the recipe of the day, I have a delicious and healthy recipe that you can make with your new Ninja!

This soup combines everyone’s favorite fall flavors – SQUASH! – and has only three ingredients. And did I mention it was vegan? Yep – quick, healthy, easy and fabulous as a main course or as a side dish for a group.

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Butternut-Walnut Soup

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 large butternut squash, roasted and peeled
  • 3 cups almond milk (or your favorite milk)
  • 3/4 cup walnuts

Directions:

Combine all ingredients into a blender, give it a whirl and voila – soup! Spoon into bowls and enjoy!

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Yes, you better believe it, this soup is just that easy! You could roast the squash beforehand and blend chilled and then reheat on your stove top as well.

If you’re looking for a few other recipes to make in the Ninja, check out these:

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I will announce the winner on Saturday!

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