November 30, 2015

Green Smoothies with Nutribullet

Earlier this year I was given the opportunity to review a Nutribullet Pro.  I've been a big fan of a daily green smoothie for a while now so I was keen to really put the Nutribullet Pro through it's paces using a whole range of foods and ingredients to see how it fared.  I decided to take it one step further and share my smoothies on social media also highlighting the nutritional benefits of a different ingredient on each post.  The most common question I was asked was "What do you honestly think of the Nutribullet Pro?"


Honestly - I absolutely love it!  Prior to using the Nutribullet Pro I was using a powerful blender which was really good but the Nutribullet Pro took things to the next level!  It absolutely blitzed through the leafy greens.  A common complaint about green smoothies is the "stringy bits" that the leafy greens that don't seem to process.  Not with the Nutribullet Pro.  It absolutely pulverises them!  And nuts and dates which a lot of blenders struggle with are totally whizzed up in just moments.  That's the other great thing is the Nutribullet Pro takes mere seconds to blitz, whizz and combine all of your ingredients.  I also love it's compact size and how easy it is to wash.  My old blender was fairly sizeable and had heaps of parts that needed to be washed separately.  The Nutribullet Pro has two easy to wash components - the blades and the cup, and takes up only a fraction of bench space.  I truly am impressed by the Nutribullet Pro on all levels.  When you make a smoothie everyday like I do, it has been a real game changer!

So, to recap, here are the green smoothies I featured over on my Instagram and Facebook pages.  Please note that I am not a nutritionist, nor do I have any training in nutrition.  I have jus learnt as I've gone along plus the in house nutritionists at a lot of the brands below have been a wealth of knowledge too.  If you make it all the way to the bottom there are details on a MASSIVE Nutribullet giveaway.  Ok, are you ready...

{LEAFY GREENS} Obviously the key ingredient of green smoothies is a large handful of leafy green vegetables. Leafy greens are very nutrient dense, brimming with fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants - and people simply do not eat enough of them. Ben Warren from Be Pure ideally suggests eating leafy greens three times a day which can seem an overwhelming thing to do. Drinking one serving of them is an easy way to include them in your diet. My favourites include kale, spinach and parsley whose virtues are sung by Dr Libby. I grow all my own leafy greens as they are super easy to care for and grow prolifically. You don't need a great deal of space. I've seen some really successful veggies growing out of a bag of potting mix on high rise balconies. However if growing your own isn't your thing, you can get a really big bunch of spinach or kale for just a few dollars at your local supermarket. A lot of people worry what blitzed leafy greens will taste like. I can hand on heart say that you don't taste them. The Nutribullet whizzes the leafy greens up super fine (no lumps or stringy bits) and your fruit, base liquid plus any boosters are all you will taste. The recipe for the green smoothie shown is a large handful of leafy greens, one orange, 1/8 of a pineapple, one gold kiwifruit, one tablespoon Ceres Organics LSA, two tablespoons Healtheries black chia seeds and topped up with King Island coconut water.

{FRUIT} After you've selected your green leafy vegetables you're going to choose some fruit to add in to your smoothie. Your leafy greens and fruit are packed full of fibre which slows digestion, fills you up and also ensures a slow and steady release of nutrients in to your bloodstream. Each variety of fruit has different nutritional values and health benefits and it's easy to get carried away wanting to add in as much and as many different varieties of fruit as possible to your smoothie. A good rule of thumb which I learnt from That Sugar Film is to only put as much fruit into your smoothie as you would normally eat in a day. It only takes a few minutes to drink an apple, orange and banana when they're all whizzed up where it would normally take you the course of a day to eat that quantity of fruit. Try halving each piece of fruit, using one half in your smoothie and popping the other half in the fridge for the next day. (Check out the special features on the That Sugar Film dvd for more info on smoothies, juicing, fruit and blood sugars - it's fascinating!) Also try experimenting with vegetables in your smoothies. Carrots are great and avocados make the smoothies lovely and creamy! And as always, try to buy local and in season for the freshest and tastiest flavours. The recipe for this green smoothie is a large handful of home grown spinach and kale, half an orange, half a banana, one lime, one tablespoon Ceres Organics LSA, two tablespoons Healtheries white chia seeds and topped up with King Island coconut water.

{BERRIES} Not to be left out of yesterday's post about fruit, but berries needed a special post all of their own. Berries are amazing! They may be little but they are abundant in antioxidants. Tailor Skincare have written a fabulous article on their blog about free radicals and how antioxidants fight their damage which is well worth reading. While all berries are excellent free radical fighters, blueberries are said to be particularly good at fighting free radical damage. And it was recently discovered that while the high antioxidant levels in blueberries are said to help with your eyesight, cardiovascular system and memory, blueberries do all of those things in even higher doses when they're frozen! Unfortunately the fresh berry season in New Zealand is quite short so we have to rely on frozen berries to get our berry boost for most of the year. One of my favourite brands is Oob Organic which harvest only the best, highest quality organic berries they can find both locally and internationally. Their range includes organic blueberries, organic raspberries and organic mixed which contain blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. Of course this smoothie is technically still a green smoothie but it has changed to a lovely deep red due to a handful of Oob Mixed Berries being added into the mix. The recipe for this green smoothie is a large handful of homegrown spinach and kale, half an orange, half a banana, half a cup of Oob Organic mixed berries, two tablespoons Healtheries white chia seeds and topped up with King Island coconut water.

{COCONUT WATER} Moving on from green leafy veggies and fruit, we're now moving on to liquids which are essential to every green smoothie - without them you'd just have a big pulpy, undrinkable mess. One of my personal favourites is cold coconut water which is low in calories, fat, cholesterol & gluten free, has more potassium than four bananas and is super hydrating. Coconut water is widely available at all supermarkets in a variety of sizes. (My husband takes the small bottles in his lunch to work). Just check that whichever brand you choose is not made from a concentrate and check the sugar content on the nutritional information - some brands are much higher than others. I enjoy using King Island Coconut Water as it is readily available and reasonably priced at my local supermarket but there are heaps of other great brands available. Plain chilled water is also great in a smoothie. The recipe for this green smoothie is a large handful of homegrown kale and parsley, half a banana, one orange, one medjool date, one tablespoon Ceres Organics LSA and topped up with King Island coconut water.

{ALMOND MILK} Another liquid which is great in smoothies is almond milk which is made by soaking raw almonds for 6-8 hours then blending resulting in a liquid the consistency of milk. Almond milk is cholesterol, lactose and gluten free making it a good option for allergy sufferers and those who want to avoid dairy products. It is also low in saturated fats and calories, and is a great source of calcium. I use Blue Diamond Almond Milk which is widely available at supermarkets nationwide. As well as original and unsweetened Almond Milk they also have unsweetened vanilla, unsweetened almond cashew and unsweetened almond coconut in their range which make for some great smoothie options. Coconut milk on its own is also another great option too. The recipe for this green smoothie is a large handful of homegrown kale, half a banana, one orange, eighth of a pineapple, one medjool date, one tablespoon Ceres Organics LSA and topped up with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk.

{LSA} One of my favourite things to add to my smoothies is a dessertspoon of LSA. LSA is ground linseed (also known as flaxseed), sunflower seeds and almonds. It has many health benefits but I want to highlight the magic it works on your bowel. According to Ben Warren from Be Pure you should relieve yourself of 30cm of poo each day - not necessarily all in one go but over the course of the day. Nor should you need to strain yourself to go. LSA is high in protein but also an excellent source of dietary fibre and is amazing at keeping you regular. LSA can be used in almost everything but I find a heaped dessertspoon in my smoothie to be perfect. The recipe for this green smoothie is a a handful of home grown kale, half a banana, half an orange, 1/2 cup @oob.organic mixed berries, a heaped dessertspoon of Ceres Organics LSA and topped up with King Island coconut water.

{NUTS} For those able to eat them, nuts are an excellent heart healthy snack packed with good fats and proteins and are perfect added to your green smoothies. Alison's Pantry is my favourite place to source nuts and dried fruits. The selection is enormous and easily accessible at supermarkets nationwide. Each different type of nut brings different health benefits. Almonds, cashews and walnuts are all excellent in smoothies but I particularly like to add Brazil nuts. It's fairly common knowledge that New Zealand's soil is deficient in the essential trace element selenium which acts as an antioxidant in our bodies. Just two Brazil nuts a day provide you with your daily selenium requirements. Simply pop them in to your smoothie and let your Nutribullet whizz them right up. Too easy! Alison's Pantry also stock goji berries which are a little powerhouse of goodness plus their own Super Smoothie Mix containing protein bites, sunflower seeds, buckwheat, wholegrain oats and goji berries. The recipe for this green smoothie is a handful of home grown kale, half an orange, an eighth of a pineapple, two Brazil nuts, 1/4 cup of goji berries, a heaped dessertspoon of Ceres Organics LSA and topped up with King Island coconut water.

{CHIA SEEDS} These teeny little ancient grains are a powerhouse of goodness. Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fibre and essential minerals magnesium and calcium. You can use chia seeds in almost everything but I find them excellent in smoothies as they can hold up to 12 times their weight in liquid meaning you'll stay fuller for longer. I enjoy using Healtheries Chia Seeds which are available in black, white or ground varieties. The Healtheries range also includes 100% Flaxseed Oil which is another great source of omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fibre and is a great alternative to LSA. I like to alternate between flaxseed oil and LSA. The recipe for this green smoothie is a handful of home grown kale, half an orange, 1/2 cup Oob Organic blueberries, one medjool date, two tablespoons of Healtheries white chia seeds, one tablespoon of Healtheries flaxseed oil and topped up with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Serves 2.

{PEA PROTEIN} Having shared some info on the vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and liquids I like to use in my smoothies, now I'll move on to some great boosters which can really help maximize your smoothies. One of the most popular boosters commonly used is pea protein which helps build strength and repair muscles as well as supporting energy levels, weight control and even your mood. Nuzest Clean Lean Protein is made from the highest quality Golden Peas. It's natural, easy to digest and is free of just about every nasty you can think of making it suitable for everyone. Just two scoops in your daily smoothie is all you need for all your essential amino acids. The recipe for this green smoothie is a handful of home grown kale, half a banana, 3 slices of fresh pineapple, a handful of Oob Organic mixed berries, one medjool date, two scoops of Nuzest Clean Lean Protein Powder, a tablespoon of Ceres Organics LSA and topped up with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze unsweetened almond milk. Serves 2.

{SUPER GREENS + REDS} This booster from Nutra Organics is one of my favourites. Super Greens + Reds is designed not to replace the use of fresh leafy greens but is a multivitamin superfood to enhance the natural goodness of your green smoothie. It's loaded with phyto rich greens, nutrient rich reds, fermented pre & probiotics and plant based proteins all in an easily absorbable formulation. There is no unpleasant taste either which is always a plus! Available from Natural Things who are a fantastic NZ online retailer stocking premium products for your health. The recipe for this green smoothie is a handful of home grown kale and parsley, half an orange, 3 slices of fresh pineapple, a handful of Oob Organic mixed berries, a handful of Alison's Pantry walnuts, two teaspoons Nutra Organics super greens + reds, a tablespoon of Ceres Organics LSA and topped up with King Island coconut water. Serves 2.

{MACA & CACAO} Two more superfoods which are fabulous boosters for your green smoothies are Maca Powder and Cacao Powder. Maca is a traditional South American root which has been regarded for centuries as a miracle food to support healthy energy levels, immunity and libido.  Radiance Maca Powder is known as an exhaustion buster and can help our ability to cope with stress. Cacao powder is rich in antioxidants and magnesium plus is a natural source of iron. Radiance Cacao Powder is raw organic chocolate but before all the healthy good stuff is processed out which helps promote healthy energy levels, mood, muscles, heart and stress levels while adding a sweet chocolate flavour.
The recipe for the maca green smoothie is a handful of home grown kale, half banana, half an apple, one medjool date, one teaspoon Radiance maca powder, one teaspoon of Ceres Organics LSA and topped up with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Serves 1.
The recipe for the cacao green smoothie is a handful of home grown kale, an eighth of a fresh pineapple, half a banana, one medjool date, one teaspoon of Radiance organic cacao powder, one teaspoon Ceres Organic LSA and topped up with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze unsweetened almond milk. Serves 1.

{WHEAT GRASS & SPIRULINA POWDERS} My final smoothie boosters to share with you come from Lifestream. Both of these products will super enhance the greenness of your green smoothie - Wheat Grass Leaf Powder which is among the richest sources of chlorophyll and encourages healthy colon, bowel and intestinal health. Lifestream Bio Active Spirulina Powder is rich in unique phytonutrients and iron, and is ideal for people feeling run down, who exercise regularly or who are looking for more energy. Lifestream also make an excellent vitamin c powder to assist healthy immune function. The recipe for this green smoothie is a handful of home grown kale, half a banana, half an apple, a handful of Oob Organic blueberries, 1/4 cup of Alison's Pantry super smoothie mix, one teaspoon Lifestream wheat grass leaf powder, half teaspoon Lifestream spirilina powder and topped up with King Island coconut water. Serves 2.

Phew!  Are you still with me?  And that's such the tip of the iceberg of ingredients, products and smoothie combinations!


To conclude this series of Nutribullet inspired green smoothies we have a HUGE giveaway for one lucky reader.  All of the brands in the picture above have contributed to an amazing green smoothie giveaway valued at well over $600!  The prize pack includes:

A Nutribullet Pro (valued at $229.95) plus Maca Powder and Cacao Powder from Radiance, Clean Lean Protein from NuZest, Super Greens + Reds by Nutra Organics from Natural Things, a range of Almond Milk from Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, three varieties of Chia Seeds and Flax Seed Oil from Healtheries, Spirilina Powder, Wheat Grass Powder and Vitamin C Powder from Lifestream, a selection of nuts and super smoothie mix from Alison's Pantry and vouchers to purchase organic frozen berries from Oob Organic.

To enter simply head over to the Little Housewife Facebook Page, find the Nutribullet giveaway post and complete both of the following tasks:

COMMENT which product from our Nutribullet Smoothie blog post (above) you'd like to try and why
TAG two friends who you think would like to win this amazing prize pack

You don't have to share but we'd absolutely love it if you did.

For an extra entry comment below on this blog post with which product from our Nutribullet Smoothie blog post you'd like to try and why.

Entries close on Monday 7 December at 8.00pm.  Winner will be announced on our Facebook page so make sure you "like" us to see if you are the lucky winner.  Giveaway open to NZ residents only.  Good luck and happy blending.

39 comments:

  1. I really want to start 2016 right by shifting to a healthier lifestyle and having a variety of smoothie will be a great start...:)

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  2. I would love to try the wheat grass and spirulina powders, I am always out of energy and hoping these would help also with my low iron levels that I am constantly battling with.

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  3. I would love to try the Spiraling powders please
    Regards
    Melissa Rankin Barns-Graham

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  4. Would love to try the super greens and reds booster!!! I love eating as many different coloured veges as possible, but with a busy life its not always possible! Would be so lucky to try a nutribullet! Our family love smoothies, would be awesome to create healthier ones

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  5. The Lifestream Vitamin C powder! I hate the chewable Vitamin C tablets i feel like they make my teeth fluffy! this would be a great way to still get vitamin c in a powder form, perfect for smoothies!

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  6. I'd love to try the Super Greens + Reds. Sound so good and super delicious!!

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  7. I'd LOVE to try to Radiance Maca Powder, defintiely will need the natural energy boost with 2 kids under 2

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  8. I'd love to try the Lifestream wheat grass and spirulina powders. im expecting my second baby and with a toddler my energy levels are LOOOOW.

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  9. I have tried a lot of different things in smoothies (including broccoli - don't recommend it!), but there were a good few things you mentioned that I would love to try, especially the Chia seeds and maca powder, because I could do with the extra nutrients and an exhaustion buster. And if I had a Nutribullet Pro, I would love to try the kale stalks, nuts and dates again, because my blender was not so successful with those.

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  10. I have spent a lifetime, of eating whatever I wanted,and as my body has aged...I am now more than ever aware...I'm needing to eat more healthy, and make better lifestyle changes. The nutritional.. Benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables, the Nutribullet Pro - combined with the lovely healthery products....its fantastic and to good to miss. I can't wait to try the spirilina powder, wheatgrass powder, and vitamin c powder from lifestream...for increased energy, healthy colon, bowel and intestinal healthy, also creating better immune system health (lifestream) along with many other wonderful products yay...thanks Little Housewife for the opportunity to win....

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  11. I soooo want one of these. My friends have all bought one and can't say enough good things about them. I haven't bought one yet as just have not had the money. It would be so fantastic as my two favourite healthy snacks are s potholes and bliss balls, both of which I could do in a Nutibullet. Most of the ingredients you spoke about in your blog are theonesI have sucked in my cupboard. You gave me some extra ideas for them. Thank you

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  12. Hehe, potholes...that is auto correct gold! :)

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  13. I would like to try the almond milk as I've heard great things, and I have slight lactose intolerance issues so it would be a great substitute to normal milk

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  14. I'd love to try the Maca powder, I have a busy 2.5 year old that I am a stay at home Mum to and it sounds like this would be a great energy boost!

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  15. I'd love to try the pea protein, I have afternoon lows where I often end up grabbing something sweet to boost my energy. I think it's often from not having enough protein at lunch, I'd like to change that!

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  16. I would love to try super greens and reds powder as it sounds great and am yet to find a superfood enhancer without an unpleasant after taste. Plus I'm a poor student and this would be a great way to help me achieve my healthier summer goals

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  17. I would love to try the Nuzest Clean Lean Protein in my smoothies with my fruit and and green leaves, If it's something that is going to give me more energy, substitute my coffee addiction and help with weight and mood control, then this sounds perfect for me

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  18. I would love to try the chia seeds because they are high in omega-3 fatty acids and and essential minerals magnesium and calcium. which hubby really should have in his diet because he doesnt like fish much nor milk and they sound fantastic to mix into smoothies

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  19. i spent alot of times with coughs and colds this winter id love to try vit c boosting smoothies with chia seeds as i dont eat much fish and they are high in omega 3 as well thank you good luck all

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  20. I would love to try it with Almond Milk at least then both my daughter and I can have, because she is dairy free, it's a great way to stay healthy for us both 😊

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  21. I would love to try the Maca Powder by Radiance because energy, immunity and vitality sounds like an unbeatable combo!

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  22. I would love to try the pea protein as s dairy free alternative for my hubby

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  23. Would love to try the super greens and reds booster! To be fair they all sound pretty amazing and all to make me feel good!!

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  24. I would really love to try tie coconut water. I've always just used cold water in my smoothies. I live the alisons pantry smoothie mix but I broke my good bullet and am using a smoothie maker that just can't process the seeds and nuts as well ....

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  25. After a year of getting healthier/fitter, I would like to continue into 2016 doing the same, the Coconut water would help, especially with the green smoothies, as sometimes I feel in my diet that I am lacking in the essential greens.

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  26. I'd like to give the Nutra Organics Super Greens + Reds in my smoothies for a change as I've given most of the others a try and I'm a regular smoothie consumer so a bit of a change would be nice.

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  27. I really need to be looking after myself more with a navy on the way, what better way to start than with a green smoothie everyday! I need to try the nutra-organicss super greens + reds and also the blue diamond almond milk. I need more green goodness in my life and an alternative to dairy would be good to try too.

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  28. I have just reat this again for the second time. Such great products that i have now added to my health journal to try thanks for such a great read!!oh and now time to make a note to Santa that I would like a nutri bullet for christmas this year. Perfect addition to next year's fitness/health goals and plus my wee cub love's his smoothies

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  29. I would really love to try the vitamin c powder. As a new mum energy levels run low and I find myself getting sick often. I feel like a few simple additions to my smoothies could make them a whole lot healthier!

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  30. Wow great info.... Thanks! Hard to narrow it down to just one I'd really like to try, so here is two: the pea protein and the super greens and reds. Thanks - Nadine L

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  31. Michelle ThinnasagarenDecember 2, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    I would love to try the maca powder

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  32. Really keen on the lifestream wheatgrass powder having several members of my family die from bowel cancer this one spoke to me the most

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  33. I would love the Radiance Maca powder! I have heard amazing things about this superfood and would love to incorporate it into my smoothies and diets for a superfood kick! I am trying to be super healthy since having my first baby so this would be an incredible prize. Everything looks amazing!!

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  34. I would love to trySuper Greens + Reds

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  35. I love all your suggestions. I have loads of food allergies so smoothies are a great way to make my eating more exciting although my current little smoothie maker doesn't do a great job of chopping up greens (what's in your teeth Mum?) Would love to try the Maca powder as that looks really interesting!

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  36. Awww what a great prize. Would love to get a healthy and beneficial chocolatey flavourful so would love to try the cacao powder. And all this would be great for boosting energy levels with a very very active toddler and then a newborn soon. Need keep healthy!

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  37. The products I think I need most are the Macca and Cacao powders because I am so tired all the time despite eating pretty well. Needless to say this entire prize package is phenominal!

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  38. I'd like to put LSA in mine... When I had a gastric bypass 10 years ago it was something they suggested I incorporate into my day every day... And something I haven't been doing the past 9 years!! Would be great to win this pack and get me back on track!

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