I love my NutriBlasts, but I know they're not always the beautiful red or green elixirs photos make them out to be. Honestly, who wants to drink something that looks muddy and brown for breakfast everyday? Looking at an unappetizing cup like that can ruin my morning.
And what about the kiddos? Does a green or brown drink send them running underneath the bed?
While green and brown NutriBlasts can taste delicious, something about the color can put you off. Color, texture, mood, almost anything, actually!
Surprisingly, research shows that more than just the flavor of a food alone affects our taste perception. Use these tree tactics to ensure your Blast experience is the best part of your day!
1. Choose Colors Wisely
A wise NutriBlaster once suggested choosing similar-colored Blast recipe ingredients so you don’t end up with a funky-colored end product. Think light colored greens (spinach, bok choy, or Romaine lettuce) with oranges, pineapple and mango or try a beetroot, blueberry and raspberry combo! Don’t forget your boosts – most won’t affect the color (chia seeds, hemp seeds and nuts and seeds). However, if they do, then pair them accordingly. Try goji with a berry Blast or camu camu with a citrus Blast. For the chocolate lovers out there, I’m afraid brown is the only end result – just think of it as a chocolate shake, but with healthy cacao vs. sugar-laden chocolate syrup!
2. Think about Texture
We get a lot of questions asking how to make Blasts creamier, or thinner, or less applesauce-like, or smoother, etc. I personally can't eat certain foods because of their texture. Raw oysters or tapioca pudding? No way!
- For a creamier Blast, try avocado, oats, almond milk or other non-dairy beverage, banana, mango, or chia seeds.
- Want something a bit thinner? Use more water-based veggies and fruits like cucumber, celery, melon and citrus. Then opt for pure filtered water, chilled tea, or coconut water as your liquid.
- Not smooth enough? After Blasting, try sipping a bit off the top, screwing the blade back on and giving it another 20 seconds. Also, try adding some of those thickening ingredients mentioned above, as those are great binders to help create a smooth consistency.
Some ingredients are a bit tougher than others. Foods like blackberries and raspberries sometimes leave tiny, hard-to-break-down seeds. Starchy veggies like carrots, beets and even fibrous fruits like apples lend their own unique texture (which some folks love).
It may just require a bit of experimenting with different foods until you find ones you like and don’t like based on texture.
3. Sip Serenely
While the NutriBullet is designed so you can Blast and run out the door (you can even drink straight from the cup you made it in!), don’t underestimate the power of a peaceful environment. If you’ve got the time, treat yourself to the best Blast experience. Pour your beautifully colored NutriBlast into your favorite cup, glass or mug, sit down on your favorite chair and enjoy a good book (if that’s your thing!) while sipping slowly. When we associate a happy environment with what we are doing at that time, we tend to enjoy it a bit more!
For those of you who have been hesitant to pull out your NutriBullet from the gift box you received this past holiday or for those of you who just haven’t found the right Blasting groove, try these three tactics and I guarantee you’ll experience the Best Blast Ever!