NutriBullet “Fails” and Fixes

NutriBullet “Fails” and Fixes

Have you ever tried making a smoothie for your family only to hear some ewwwww’s and yuck’s? I certainly have. It’s only natural to make some unpleasant-tasting smoothies along the way to better health, especially if you’re new to the NutriBullet. I’d like to think of these NutriBullet “fails” as little bloopers and blunders that we can all laugh about and learn from. I’ve asked my clients to share some of their NutriBullet “fails,” along with tricks to create a delicious and nutritious smoothie!

Fail: Beet Root Smoothie

Beets are high in essential nutrients, but they have a very strong flavor. When making a smoothie, they need to be used in moderation or else your drink will taste very earthy. While some people like this, others simply want to spit it out! To avoid this beetroot blunder, make sure to balance its flavor with the natural sweetness of fruits, such as berries, bananas, grapes, mangoes, or apples. You’ll be glad you did!

Fail: Arugula Smoothie

Green leafy vegetables are daily must-haves in a healthy and balanced diet! They contain numerous vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that your body needs. Arugula happens to be one of my favorite leafy greens. It’s a perfect addition to salads, soups, and sandwiches! It does, however, have a slightly bitter taste so it shouldn’t be the main ingredient in a smoothie. I’ve learned that adding almond milk to an arugula-based smoothie can lessen the bitter flavor of this nutritious vegetable and make it more enjoyable to sip on.

Fail: Very Berry Smoothie

Berries are amazing additions to a high antioxidant diet. They have many health benefits, including improved sports performance, cholesterol management, and weight loss. However, berries have very short shelf-lives. Because of their large surface areas and many groves and crevices, they’re the perfect hosts for fast-growing mold. This is more of a public service announcement: inspect your berries before blending! My favorite very berry smoothie, which contains a delicious mix of strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, was not very well accepted by myself nor my kids when a few of those berries fell prey to mold. Yuck!

Do you have any NutriBullet fails to share? Comment below so that we can all learn from each other when it comes to what to do and what not to do. Plus, we can all have a good laugh about our smoothie-making blunders!

Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, Triathlon Coach

I've had a 'fail' with the Health Protector Nutriblast. It contains kale, which has a dark green colour, and blueberries, which are purple. When the two colours combine, they result in an olive or brown colour. (The colour is a bit off-putting, so it's a bit 'mind over matter'.) However, when you add the celery, the blast becomes more gel-like, which makes 'mind over matter' much more difficult. I've started removing the celery, and now it is much less yuck, with all of the goodness still in it.
Comment by rachitakapoor
September 08, 2016
Hi, I've been using the Nutribullet Lean system for a couple of weeks now and must say I'm already seeing results in terms of weight loss. I've been following the recipes on the app however I have a feeling that maybe I'm doing something wrong while making the macroblasts 'coz. just as a reference, they look nowhere close to the color of the blasts in the recipe pics. Moreover, some of them do taste extremely funny and that kind of puts me off. I'm following the code on the cup but I'm not sure if I'm adding more or less of something since the ingredients do tend to keep going down in the cup as I add the other ingredients. How do I ensure I'm not ruining my blast? Thanks!
NutriLiving Krista Haynes on September 15, 2016
As long as you're following the recipe you should be doing it correctly. Perhaps it's taking a while to get used to lower sugar smoothie recipes? Are you adding the LEAN Boost? This gives it a nice vanilla flavor! We took the pictures after making them according to the recipe. Sometimes fruit will be different if using frozen vs. fresh (both are fine by the way!). I'm happy to hear you're seeing results. Stick to it, follow the lines on the cup, and feel free to adjust the recipes using other "LEAN-friendly" ingredients to suit your taste buds.
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