Top 10 Blasting Mistakes

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It’s such a simple machine, how can you go wrong? Believe me, I’ve been fielding questions and comments from fellow NutriBlasters about health and usage for over a year now; mistakes happen! The next time you Blast, be sure to get the most out of it by avoiding these common mistakes.

1. Not Using Greens

Not only are greens nutritional superstars, these fibrous leafies help blunt sugar spikes that may occur due to fruit sugar or other added natural sweeteners like honey, dates, figs, etc. Greens and green vegetables are full of beneficial nutrients like vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, chlorophyll, potassium, and antioxidants. Can’t stand vegetables? You won’t be able to taste them! Start small with a few spinach leaves with your favorite fruits and boosts and then build up to include more and more varieties. Your taste buds will adjust and soon you’ll be craving Brussels sprouts! (Okay - maybe I'm jumping ahead too quickly!)

2. Overfilling the Cup

I feel ya - I too want to include any and every healthy ingredient in my daily Blast so I know that I’m getting a variety of nutrients. However, there is only so much room! If I overfill the cup, then it may leak, cause a mess and possibly harm my NutriBullet. A better idea is to cut up some of the ingredients to fit better without packing them down, make two separate Blasts, reduce portions or the number of ingredients in my recipe (see #10) to fit below the Max line, or Blast it – drink some – add more produce and boosts and Blast again (the never ending NutriBlast!)

3. Too much fruit and/or fruit juice

I heard someone say that a nutritionist told her, “Fruit is the most fattening thing you can eat.” My heart stopped. Was she serious? I’ve never heard of anyone becoming fat by eating apples and berries! What I think she meant, or what I hope she meant, is that too much sugar in any form can lead to weight gain over time. Fruit is filled with fiber, antioxidants and other phytochemicals that are extremely beneficial for the human body. However, this isn’t Jamba Juice, folks! Add in some greens and veggies with your fruit. Just fruit and fruit juice alone spike blood sugar and results in a soon-to-follow energy slump. Over time, glucose and insulin spikes could lead to diabetes. Also, if you don’t burn those readily available glucose molecules, they can turn to fat. Check out Will Too Much Fruit Make Me Fat? for more info.

4. Drinking too fast or too slow

Some of us like to savor the flavor and some of us just can’t put down our cups. If you fit into one of these categories, let’s speed it up, cover it up, or slow it down! Nutrients degrade the longer they are exposed to heat, light, and air. If you Blast and let it sit open on your desk while you work, the ingredients are slowly becoming oxidized – and less beneficial. Simply place a lid on it if you’re going to take a while or pour it into a smaller cup – simply store leftovers covered in the fridge until you are ready for more.

On the other hand, if you end up gulping it down in less than 5 minutes, you’re more likely to experience bloating, possible acid reflux, and maybe even a bit of nausea. Thirty-two ounces is a lot of liquid for your body to process all at once. When you slow down, this allows your body to efficiently digest what you take in, instead of flooding it and making it work extra hard all at once.

5. Not Blasting

There’s no excuse: it’s simple to make, quick and easy to clean, portable, delicious, nutritious, and sitting right on your countertop screaming your name! You won’t reap the benefits unless you start Blasting. NutriBlasts allow you to consume more fruits and veggies and superfoods than you could eat in whole food form. It also allows you to sneak in those less desirable veggies you wouldn’t consume otherwise. So head on over to our recipes tab and find one that suits your taste buds.

6. Not cold enough

This is just my personal preference, but I find a cold NutriBlast much more tasty than a warm one. Frozen fruit or just a couple ice cubes can do the trick!

7. Using sub-par produce

You get out of it what you put into it. Choose organic produce when possible, choose the freshest ingredients (toss out that bruised apple and limp kale!) and either freeze or regularly replenish your stock of Blastable ingredients.

8. Adding what you think are “healthy” ingredients

I gave my father a NutriBullet for Christmas last year and the first thing he made was a fudge milkshake using full-fat ice cream, sugar-laden fudge, and cow’s milk. While I think he knew these were not healthy ingredients, (I think he missed the point of a NutriBlast!), some of us are misled by foods with a “health halo.” A few I recommend you AVOID include agave nectar, granola, Splenda or other artificial sweeteners, frozen yogurt, orange juice, certain protein powders, and any herbs or supplements not cleared by your doctor first.

9. Scared to branch outside of a recipe

The possibilities are endless! Step outside of your comfort zone and get creative. And when you do, share them with us on facebook or here in our recipes forum! Also, if you’ve found a favorite recipe, don’t get stuck on it. Your body will benefit from a variety of greens, fruits, veggies, and boosts. Additional reasons to switch it up can be found here: Reasons to Rotate Your Greens.

10. Too many ingredients

Remember KISS? Keep it simple, silly! The more flavor combinations you add to a Blast, the less palatable it may become. In addition, the more ingredients you add, the harder it is to fit into your cup without overfilling. A good rule of thumb is to choose a leafy green, 2 veggies, 1-2 fruits and 1-2 boosts with a liquid.

Congratulations! You are now a Blast Expert! Have any other tips or tricks? Share them in the comments below.

Registered Dietitian

Comment by geneturner77
January 06, 2017
I haven't heard of a blast with yogurt yet. I've used Kefir as this makes it thinner.
Comment by jimcates62
September 04, 2016
I have a Nutri Ninja with auto IQ. I fix 2 blasts a day but it turns my bowels green. Should I cut back on my leafy veggies?
Comment by Janfarrar
August 18, 2016
Do you use the WHOLE avacodo? the WHOLE apple? skin and seed?
I have just begun using the NB Rx. Do you think it's ok to use organic green tea as the liquid? I like how different flavored teas taste in the blast.
Comment by Erbius
June 03, 2016
Ok so I'm afraid I'm putting way to much in my nutribullet first i use the 32ozhonestly not a 100 percent anyway I use about a cup or more of mixed greed(spin, kale, etc) then 2 whole carrots blend that, add a tablespoon of flax, hemp, and chia seeds , blend that then an apple and between frozen berry blend(rasps, blue,black,straw) or pine broc straw mix then blend that and finally cinnamon teaspoon and entire scoop of high quality vanilla protein now I do eat/drink this for breakfast and lunch including all my vitamins is this way too much for my body to handle?? Thanks
NutriLiving Krista Haynes on June 14, 2016
Sounds like a well balanced meal replacement and the fiber and protein will help keep you feeling full. Without knowing your nutritional needs I cannot say if it is too much or not enough -this would depend on the calories you require daily and the other foods you eat within the day.
Comment by Scloud
April 14, 2016
My grandmother told me not to mix fruits and vegetables together as they work against each other except apples and carrots can be mixed. Is this true? Drinking an all vegetable drink is hard to do. Thanks.
It can vary from person to person. Some people have a harder time digesting lots of fiber depending on your current diet and what your body is use to. You can mix fruits and vegetables, they do not work against each other, it is just about how much fiber your body can tolerate.
Comment by nosmartyr
January 28, 2016
Only humans consume milk past the weaning stage. Cow's milk is made to turn baby cows into thousand pound beasts. Human digestive system not designed to process cow milk. How could any conscious consumer contribute to the amount of land, water, and resources wasted on the farming of cows for milk and meat. Dairy products are legitimately addictive thanks to casomorphins; they trigger the very same receptors as opiates. It makes sense for nature to reward baby for nourishing itself. @EVIEJMAC @ellenm59
Reply by A31471
August 11, 2016
You are ABSOLUTELY right @nosmartyr. But some people are still brainwashed by the Dairy industry. Some people truly still believe that they need cow's milk in their body for protein. Milk is very acidic and does more harm to the body rather than good. There is LOTS of information on this on the web now and yet people seem to want to ignore it and believe what the diary industry tells them. It really doesn't make sense that humans are still consuming milk (of another species I might add!) past their weaning stage. WE are the only species that do that AND consuming another species milk. If we humans were suppose to be drinking milk past infancy we should be drinking HUMAN'S milk NOT cows's milk.. makes no sense to me at all. Plus, the cows suffer immensely just to sell the milk they produce for their baby calves. :( I pray that people wake up to the fact about the Dairy industry and realize that we are being brainwashed to buy milk ! I was once, not anymore once I learned the truth.. This is also the reason why some humans cannot digest dairy.. and again the Dairy industry will brainwash more people by making lactose free milks.. the pharma also has medications to help you digest cow's milk. ugh.. and people keep falling for these lies.. I pray that more humans wake up.. Thanks for this post nosmartyr..
Comment by Janenewberry
January 10, 2016
I am so thankful for this forum. Thankyou everybody for all your helpful comments.
smoothies and have got many friends to switch to the nutribullet :)
Comment by Espo1444
September 21, 2015
Is it ok to make a blast the night before the morning and just store it in the refrigerator ?
Comment by gsuta
June 03, 2015
What's wrong with vanilla non fat yogurt?
NutriLiving Krista Haynes on June 08, 2015
Flavored yogurts are often loaded with added sugar. If you can, try to find a plain Greek style yogurt that is higher in protein and no added sugar.
Trying to make cauli rice in my Nutri ninja, it's seems a bit clogged up- any advice? I have added onion and lemon juice so far
Reply by LancasterBee
September 17, 2015
Nutri ninja is a COMPETITORS brand, not the same company as the Nutribullet. Try contacting them for advice on issues of clogging with their machine... OR buy a Nutribullet, lol
Reply by Loulabelle
June 16, 2015
You have to do it in smaller batches and scoop out the cauliflower from the lid/extractor blade each time
Comment by jim64
May 16, 2015
daily i do spinach,kale,red grapes,3 strawberry's,whole almonds, and a half a scoop of whey protein,and add water. wondering what you think about that mix.
Hi - I love nutri bullet and have been using for a while, on and off, but think I may just have killed it. Thought I'd try and extra smooth smoothly so left it on for a few seconds longer than usual and it has over-heated! Is that it dead or can something be done - and, what is the maximum length of blending? Normally I do around 10-12 seconds but this may have been double that. Typical - today is the start of our full weeks detox 😩
Comment by Mikey23
April 26, 2015
What's wrong with full fat milk if 2% is permissible?
If you want to use whole milk there is no Smoothie Police going to stop you. Whole milk has 60% more fat than 2% and 10 more calories per serving. It's up to you to decide what your goals are. If fat and calories are of no concern, go for it.
Comment by TrishaS
April 26, 2015
You mention "certain protein powders" should be avoided. Which ones? I use hemp protein powder. Is this okay?
Comment by aishraks
April 21, 2015
Why does my tall cup leak even though I 1. fill water only till max line 2. add greens & fruits only as instructed?
If you overfill it, even a couple of times, pressure builds up and damages the seal. Then the lid needs to be replaced. Graduate of THAT mistake "(
Reply by Bucky60
April 26, 2015
If you put lots of stuff in it, put the water under the max line. The stuff also turns into liquid.
NutriLiving Krista Haynes on April 20, 2015
Yes you can...feel free to switch out the liquids. If dairy is not bothersome for you, then 2% milk would be fine.
Wow what a coincidence! I experimented spinach juice yesterday and wrote an article on spinach-grape juice with NutriBullet plus I found your tweet on Twitter! Universe wants it to be healthy!
Comment by Charlize
April 17, 2015
My favorite breakfast: Baby spinach, 1 banana, handful frozen strawberries, handful walnuts, a tablespoon of unsweetened cacao, and almond milk. This keeps me full for 4 hours and is packed with nutrients and the cacao is a pick-me-up.
Why is dairy 'unhealthy '??? Unless you have an allergy or intolerance, dairy is NOT unhealthy! It's a personal preference, but not unhealthy...
April 18, 2015
Exactly! I find that most of the people demonizing dairy have personal, ethical reasons and little more. People have been consuming full fat dairy for thousands of years with no problems. While I did enjoy most of the article, I found, once again, that I have to skim off the advice that really is not accurate. For instance, having a smoothie with just fruit will not spike your sugar any more than eating a whole piece of fruit will. The fiber is still there and that prevents the any spikes that you would see from eating processed sugar. I never blindly follow a nutritionist's advice. Half of the time they're just following the latest food science that continually flip flops throughout the years. Recently, I accompanied my mother on an appointment with a nutritionist who gave her a list of recommended foods. Everything was low fat and no fat which is usually packed with sugar and worse for you than their full fat counterparts. Also, one of the recommended foods was still margarine. When I brought it to her attention she said that the worksheet was old and drew a line through it. Just eat real food and you will be fine. These studies that "suggest" one thing today and "suggest" another thing tomorrow are a total waste of time.
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Reply by geevesnc
April 17, 2015
I don't have a problem with dairy, either. I use grass fed, low heat pasteurized whole milk. Can't get raw where I live.
April 18, 2015
Raw is awesome! I spoon the cream off of the top and spread it on homemade biscuits! An old friend of the family used to do that when she was growing up on a farm in Germany. It is such a great treat!
Reply by Bucky60
April 18, 2015
It's better to peel an orange and put it in the blast. Store orange juice has preservatives and whatever else.
Comment by steelrfan
February 22, 2015
This article recommends that you avoid dairy yogurt but I saw a recipe on the Nutribullet Facebook page that has Greek Yogurt as an ingredient. It is a morning blast for energy. 1/2 cup. Greek Yogurt, 2 tbs. Peanut Butter, 2 tbs. Cocoa, 1 banana, and a dash of cinnamon. I have become quite fond of this blast and now I read this. What gives?
Reply by jeshurun
April 17, 2015
Eat what you like. Yogurt is good for you. Your recipe sounds good, and I'm gonna try it.
Reply by guirodri
April 17, 2015
You will want to watch out for yogurts that have a lot of sugar or sugar substitutes in them. I usually look for plain greek yogurt.
Reply by Janenewberry
January 10, 2016
Plain Greek Yogurt with Stevia and fresh or frozen fruit is delicious and good for you. Stevia is a natural sweetener and healthy.
Reply by Charlize
April 17, 2015
substitute soy or coconut yogurt. Dairy is bad -
Comment by paws
February 10, 2014
What protein powders are not recommend?
Reply by Charlize
April 17, 2015
Try the Vega brand:
Reply by SarahLefkowitzRD
February 11, 2014
This is just making people aware that just because you find a protein powder that tastes good, you can't assume its healthy. A lot of protein powders have a ton of fat and sugar added. Read ingredients and look at nutrition labels. Here is an article on what proteins are the best:
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