The NutriBullet isn’t your average juicer or blender, it’s actually an extractor! So, what’s the difference? Well, it uses a 600w motor and ‘extractor’ blades to break down the parts of the food – the stems, seeds and skins - where all of the nutrients actually lie. The healthy and nutritious drinks yielded have all manner of benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and blood sugar, relieving joint pain and helping with weight loss.
However, the fun doesn’t end with pulverised smoothies. Here are ten tips for getting the most out of your NutriBullet system.
Mill Your own Flour
The NutriBullet’s Milling Blade accessory doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it deserves. Did you know you could use it to make your own flour? Just throw in a bunch of wheat berries, give them a blast and voila. You may want to give it a second minute blast (once the motor has cooled) then sieve out the larger parts before you use the flour to make breads, sauces, pancakes or whatever takes your fancy.
Make a Homemade, Exfoliating Foot Scrub
Of course, you’ll be making all kinds of yummy goodies with your NutriBullet, but don’t forget your toes. We just found a recipe for a foot scrub moisturiser. “Mill wild rice up to a grainy powder and then add 1 egg, 1/4 cup of olive oil and 3 tbsp honey,” writes Kristina Porter. “Rub and massage dead skin off heels and whole foot with this great exfoliator. Skin feels baby smooth when done. Rinse lightly with water.”
Giving it a Good Clean
Sometimes, you can spend more time cleaning out the stubborn bits out of the nooks and crannies of the blades than you do making a delicious smoothie. Sometimes having to clean it puts you off using it at all. However, here’s a quick tip for a quick clean. Fill the cup with water and just one drop of washing up liquid and then give it a quick blast. Rinse off the excess suds and you’re good to go. The sooner you clean the Bullet, the easier it’ll be.
Sweeten the Pot
Juicing and extracting is a great way to get lots of healthy green stuff into your system without actually having to eat them. The trouble is all of that kale, spinach, celery, cucumber and superfoods like spirulina can be quite unpalatable without a little sweetness. Throw in some mango or pineapple into your healthy array of veggies to ensure drinking it is enjoyable as well as rewarding.
Take it to the Max (But Not Above it)
Not so much a tip, but more a rule: Never, ever fill your NutriBullet above the ‘Max’ line. You don’t want to be cleaning up the mess that invariably follows. Trust us.
Oh, and another sure fire way to ensure your smoothie doesn’t end up all over the kitchen is to double check the blade unit is screwed in properly.
Prep the Night Before, but Don’t Blast Until Morning
We all know it can be difficult to find time to concoct a healthy breakfast during the week, when you’re running late for work, so why not get into the habit of preparing everything before you go to bed and leaving it un-blitzed over night.
Now all you need to do is give your concoction a quick blast before you leave the house in the morning and you’ve got a nice breakfast hit. Remember, the longer you leave the smoothie before you drink it, the less potent the nutrients will be.
The NutriBullet’s Extractor Blade can “emulsify even the toughest of ingredients,” so you can easily powder your nuts before adding them to a smoothie? Why add nuts? Well it’s an extra dose of protein and can add some good fats and oils like OMEGA 3. They’ll also add a little sweetness to take the edge off the veg. Go easy on the nuts though, a little goes a long way.
Homemade Curry Paste
Store bought curry pastes are all well and good, but for a more natural solution, you can put your NutriBullet to work.
Slam a few dollops of low fat yoghurt, a chilli with the seeds removed, turmeric about two teaspoons, an inch-and-a-half of cubed ginger, mustard seeds, caraway seeds, two cardamoms, a clove, a swig of tamarind paste, garlic cloves x2, and a large handful of fresh coriander into your bullet and blitz. Instant curry paste heaven.
Beware the Extra Fibre
If you suddenly replace all of those stodgy carbs with high fibre smoothies every day then you’re going to notice a difference in your… movements. So, give your body time to adjust and don’t stray too far from a rest room in those early days.
Don’t Fear the Freeze
The NutriBullet is just as at home with frozen fruit and veg as it is with the fresh stuff. So, you can save time and money by freezing in-season produce and then just adding them to your smoothie whenever you want.
This will cut down on the amount of food you waste and will ensure you’re not paying over the odds for out of season pineapples or mangos. Best of all, freezing preserves the nutrients in fruit and veg.