The Nutribullet – my latest gadget!
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Last year I blogged about juices and smoothies and which one I considered the nutritional best; I went for smoothies
My only issue is that a blender is fine for whizzing up soft fruits and milk/yoghurt but they struggle a bit to blend vegetables like kale, carrots, broccoli, spinach etc into something that is smooth enough for you to eat
This is an extract from the officially Nutribullet website
“The secret of the Nutribullet is its super high powered motor, with bullet cyclonic action which breaks down and pulverizes the stem, seeds and skins of food, unlocking the unused value and nutrients that come with it”
This gadget is compact and easy to clean; so it is already better than my current blender. But where it really excels is its ability to make light work of tougher, more fibrous foods like kale, nuts and seeds
I must admit I haven’t made loads of things yet or done a lot of experimenting because I like a lot of variety in my diet including texture so I don’t want to ‘drink’ my food regularly. But its really useful if I leave the house before I’ve had breakfast because I can quickly whizz up a shake and take it with me. The handy cups, handles and lids all make that process so easy
However, I can already see how easy it is going to be to get more veg into a diet, use up the odd carrot, handful of spinach or squishy banana. It will make having a nutritious but calorie low meal easy to do; great for all the fasters and 5:2ers. It can also be used to whizz up some healthy baby food!
The meal is made up of four main parts
- The veg – green and verdant is best so kale, spring greens, broccoli, spinach, swiss chard, little gem lettuce. You can also make it interesting by adding carrots, cucumber or avocado (for creaminess). The veg adds fibre, vitamins and antioxidants
- The fruit – soft fruits like blueberries, bananas or frozen summer berries or harder fruits like apples, pineapple as well as melons, pears, mango etc. Again more fibre, vitamins and some natural sugar for energy
- The protein section – in the form of any nuts and/or seeds like chia seeds, sesame & flax seeds (toasted adds a different taste), pumpkin seeds or brazil, cashew, almond etc and oats. This will give you the feeling of satiety and fullness
- The liquid section – the instructions recommend water, which I agree is a great choice but when reading up on this other ‘Nutri’s’ have suggested almond and coconut milk or coconut water. I will have to give all the variations a go!
- Dont forget natural flavourings like mint, cinnamon, nutmeg, raw cacao, ginger, lemon juice, vanilla
Here are a few concoctions I’ve tried
I then improved it by adding 3cm piece of fresh ginger (no need to peel it)
I’ve also tweaked what I call my basic recipe above by adding kiwi or persimmon and cashew nuts or brazil nuts
They have all created wonderful smooth and tasty meals.
But some you win and some you lose!
Here’s another winner though, my breakfast bullet that I made this morning; consisting of coconut milk, ⅓ banana, 8 almonds, 2 large spoonfuls of yoghurt (I used Alpro soya yoghurt but just add your favourite), 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp of ground nutmeg – I used a fresh nutmeg and ground just the amount I needed, I tsp chia seeds and 1-2 tbls oats. whizzed until you get the desired consistency. Delish and filled me up until lunchtime, even after doing a HIIT class at my local gym
My top tips would be
- Always think of the shake as a meal not a drink. They can be very calorie ladened, especially if you go heavy on the nuts and seeds
- Take your time eating it – it should take at least 20 minutes. One way to slow down is to eat it with a spoon. To do this reduce the amount of water slightly to get a thicker result
- Avocado makes the finished result really creamy
- If you make a meal that you don’t like the taste of, rather than throw it away use it in a soup or turn it into an enriched and nutritious pasta sauce by adding chopped tomatoes, onions and garlic and heating in a pan
- Read the instructions! – I know a number of people who haven’t and they didn’t know you had to add water to the fruits and veg. You could damage the motor
- If you buy a big bag of kale and think it will go off before you use it all take a handful and place in a freezer bag and freeze for another day – simples!
- Don’t always assume that you need to use the ‘tall’ cup. For me the ‘small’ cup is enough for a breakfast and lunchtime serving. If I made a bullet instead of an evening meal then I would use the ‘tall’ cup
But this is not a one trick pony it can also make soups, smoothies,salad dressings, salsas and sauces. And things not just beginning with the letter ‘S’ like Flour! using the special milling blade to make oat, rice or quinoa flour