Homemade NutriBullet Recipes
It's fairly easy to come up with NutriBullet recipes on your own, although the user manual does have a lot of great suggestions. However, I like to decide what fruits and vegetables to use, it's part of the fun! There are certain combinations that do taste better than others, but it's hard to make a drink that actually tastes bad. Below are some NutriBullet recipes that I've found to be especially enjoyable.
When to Drink NutriBlasts
NutriBlast is the name given to drinks and smoothies that were made by using the NutriBullet (affiliate link). It centers around the concept that the NutriBullet extracts all of the nutrients and vitamins from the foods that may have otherwise been lost by inadequate chewing or possible digestion issues. Before I get to the recipes, a common question is when is the ideal time to drink a NutriBlast? In general, it really doesn't matter. You're obviously going to get the same nutrients no matter what time of day you have a smoothie. I've had one first thing in the morning, with my lunch, as an afternoon snack or as dessert after dinner. They taste great at any time. If I were to choose only one, I'd recommend have a NutriBlast in the morning, either as your breakfast or with your breakfast. It really is a great way to start out your day and part of it is your state of mind. You're starting off your day with a healthy choice, getting a number of nutrients from the fruits and vegetables in the drink, and you have a good nutritionl foundation for the rest of your day. It can also be an energy booster, without all of the caffeine and added sugars.
These are some of my favorite NutriBullet recipes, which I came up with by just mixing and matching different ingredients. It's recommended that you try and make the smoothie using 50% vegetables and 50% fruit, with the option of topping it off with a few nuts, seeds, or powders. I include leafy greens as the base to all of my NutriBlasts, because they're one of the most healthy foods, and you really can't taste them in the drink. I've found that the fruit you use normally takes over, in terms of taste. There is also a max line on the cup used to make the NutriBlasts; you're not supposed to go over that line with ingredients. These recipes can be scaled back if they go over the max line. As you can tell, I've also creatively named each recipe.
NutriBullet Recipe #1
*1-2 handfuls of baby spinach, rinsed
*1 cup of mixed berries
*1 cup of chopped peaches
*2 tablespoons of flaxseed
*1/2 cup almond or soy Milk
One of the best items I've found at the grocery store are the bags of frozen berries, which include blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries. They're under $3.00 for the generic brand, which taste the exact same as the more expensive name brands. It's also a good alternative to fresh fruit, since that can be more expensive; just make sure there are not any added sugars with your frozen fruit and thaw them out before using. The almond or soy milk both give the smoothie a creamy texture, but water can also be used instead.
NutriBullet Recipe #2
*1-2 handfuls of chopped lettuce
*1 scoop of chocolate whey protein powder
*5 almonds, not salted
*1/2 cup water
This recipe is higher in protein, with the whey protein powder and almonds. I realize that a lot of people probably don't have protein powder or use it on a regular basis, so it isn't absolutely necessary in this recipe. It will still taste great without the protein powder, but for those looking for some extra protein in their diet, adding powder to a smoothie is a great option. Also, almonds are very nutrient-dense, but are high in calories, which is why I limited them to only 5 in this recipe.
NutriBullet Recipe #3
*1-2 handfuls of baby spinach, rinsed
*1 apple, cored
*1 pear, cored
*1/8 cup chopped walnuts
*1/2 cup almond or soy milk
I think the apple and pear really taste great together, and the almond or soy milk makes it a little more thick, like a milkshake. Again, water can be substituted for milk if necessary.
It's very easy to make your own NutriBlast recipes. Simply take fruits and vegetables that you like and think will taste good together and give them a try. The only vegetable I wouldn't recommend using is celery, or use it in small doses. It usually doesn't get chopped up completely, so the little celery strings can get caught in your teeth. That's probably why the user manual recommends using leafy green vegetables. Once you have some NutriBlast recipes that you like, remember to write them down so they can be used again later.
Purchasing a NutriBullet
As you can probalby tell, I'm a big fan of the NutriBullet. If you are interested in buying one, they're available at retail stores such as Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target, and Walmart. You can also buy it online at Amazon.com (affiliate link). Please feel free to leave any questions that you have in the Comments section and I'd be happy to answer them.