How I Use My Nutribullet

How do I actually use this Nutri-Bullet thingy?!!

How to avoid creating another expensive dust collector and actually get the most out of your latest kitchen gadget

Whenever someone tells me they’ve bought a treadmill for the house, I gently smile and congratulate them on their new, very expensive coat hanger. Yes I know, I know, there are some of you out there, who are far better human beings than I am and actually use their home based exercise equipment. It is however, a fact that the vast majority of exercise equipment bought for the home gets less use than the spice rack in a bachelor pad.

There is sadly, another area of ‘health at home’ that, with all good intentions attracts huge investment for a similar miniscule return: kitchen gadgets.

If you’re anything like me, your kitchen has been filled over the years with machines that chop veg, make soups, blitz beans, grind spices, squeeze lemons, peel garlic, the list goes on. Most of these, I have now relocated to the ‘filing cabinet’. I have, however, made one recent addition to my gadget repertoire that I actually use, and would now struggle to do without: The Nutri-Bullet.

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The What?

The Nutri-bullet is a glorified liquidizer/food processer that blitzes whatever you put into it. It seems to be all the rage at the moment, and I often get asked what I think of them and how to use them. It can be used for many things, but for the cause of saving another kitchen gadget, I will share with you today how we use it for smoothies.

Why smoothies?

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I’ve found the smoothies that can be made from a Nutri-bullet, are a great way to get nutrition into your diet, which you may not be able to through meals. For example, a decent amount of ginger can overpower a meal, but add a lovely zing to a smoothie (as well as the amazing health benefits). I personally use them as snacks and a replacement for the extra caffeine.

Below, is the ingredient formula that we find hits the balance between health and taste. It is easy to get too excited and go all out health (all raw green veg), ending up with an undrinkable mush and a rush to buy more toilet roll. On the other hand, if there’s too much fruit and/or fruit juice, the ever increasing share price of diabetic drugs will continue to rise.

For some important background info on how to start using juices/smoothies and one of my favourite recipes, check out these two short articles http://www.alphapw.com/juicing/ http://www.alphapw.com/project-restoration-part-three/

The Smoothie Formula

* Pick one from the greens column (more than one can make it undrinkable when you start off),

* Pick one from the fruit section (you may need more than one initially, but try to get it down to one serving of fruit as soon as possible to limit sugar intake. Also, beetroot and carrot can really help sweeten the smoothie).

* As many as you want from the filler/diluters section (these add some good nutrition, but won’t add much taste. They can however dilute the stronger tastes of ingredients like ginger)

* Pick one from the liquid (due to the nutri-bullet blitzing the whole vegetable, skin and all, you will need to add some form of liquid to make it drinkable. I would stick to the options listed as using fruit juices or milk ramps up the sugar intake)

* As mentioned above, I find it hard to get enough ginger in my diet so ginger is a constant in my smoothies, along with lemon juice (their zing can also cleverly distract your mind from the taste of the greens)

 

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*We found spinach to be the best green to use, as it doesn’t taste as bitter as the others.

There are no limits to the variety of smoothies you can make. Once you’ve tried it out a few times and know what you like, play about and see if there are any other combinations that work. An important point to note is that your tastebuds are like anything else, they can be trained. As you get healthier and consume more vegetables, your bitter tastebuds will develop and you will find foods edible, sometimes even sweet that you couldn’t even face before. Go for it!

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