Trying new recipes can be fun, but for those of us new to healthy eating, it can also be stressful.
It's easy to whip up something delicious in less than minutes, but when you want to expand your horizons, try new foods and satisfy your foodie urges, making the perfect mix can seem daunting.
Not to worry - I've been a Blaster long enough that I've collected a few tips and tricks to help ease any newbie's fears.
Experimenting with Flavors - Tricks of the Trade
1. Buy 1-2 of any new fruit or veggie before commiting to a week's worth.
The last thing you want is to be stuck with a bag full of a new fruit or vegetable you just learned you don't like. When you're in experiment mode, don't buy a bushel of anything! It's not adventurous if it ends up in the trash. Instead, buy one or two of your new piece of produce and combine it with flavors you know you enjoy. It can make your drink more palatable and prevent waste.
2. Avoid monthly produce subscriptions or home delivery programs.
I purchased a monthly produce box service recently, and while the concept is great, it just doesn't work in the life of a new whole foods eater. I felt like I was on an episode of Chopped. I’d open the box, examine some stuff I’ve never seen before - let alone cooked - and was pressured with the task of preparing and storing these before the next box arrived. I thought I'd learn about new flavors, but ultimately felt overwhelmed.
Instead, go to your local co-op or farmers' market and grab a few new items. There, you can talk to local farmers about what's good, where the food comes from, how to prepare it and you can leave feeling confident in your choices.
3. Talk it out.
I'm lucky to know a huge network of fellow Blasters - family, friends, most of whom I've converted to the NutriBullet lifestyle. Along the way, they've been a huge help. If you're new to some foods or don't know much about certain flavor combinations, don't be afraid to ask your friends and loved ones. You'd be surprised at how much they know and how well food combinations can work in smoothie-making. Not sure what to do with tomato? Toss it in with some basil, spinach, carrots and black pepper. New to guava? It's a tropical fruit that combines well with other tropical flavors, like mango, banana and pineapple. Jot down tidbits and give them a try!
4. Herbs are your best friend!
Herbs can greatly enhance the flavor of any Blast. Try things like mint, cilantro, basil, or oregano to provide some new flavors and provide you with a load of antioxidants. But be careful! Try a little at a time - too much, and you can overwhelm your Blast and ruin it.
5. Use your resources.
We have tons of recipes you can browse and an encyclopedia of healing foods, so you can learn about flavor profiles, health benefits and ways to incorporate certain foods into your Blasting rotation, all before leaving for the store!
I like hearing myself say out loud, “Oh, I can use this!” instead of “What in the world...?” Some foods I hated as a kid, I still hate, but Blasting has helped me tolerate foods I never thought I could eat and greatly enjoy others I'd never known about. As I approach these uncharted waters, I'm filled with a little more confidence and boldness and you should be, too! Let the fear go and start experimenting!