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.