Getting your Recommended Servings of Fruit and Vegetables the Easy Way

I don’t know about you but I have never been a big friend of eating fruit. Vegetables, OK, but fruit just don’t do it for me.

As a result, I have bought a bunch of bananas, oranges, apples, etc. numerous times – I guess mostly to convince myself to eat more healthy – only to eat one or two and then throw the rest out once they were rotten.

Why I never developed a liking for eating fruit I don’t know but recently I decided that there must be a better way to get my fruit and vegetables without that hassle.

So, I decided to finally buy a blender for making fruit and vegetable smoothies.

Choosing a Blender for Making Vegetable & Fruit Smoothies

bullet1After doing some research into blenders I decided to get a NutriBullet at Costco at the end of 2013 for around $90. There are plenty other blenders around, including the relatively expensive Vitamix blenders (the one the had a Costco was $380) and several others.

Which blender is right for you depends on what you want to do with it, for example, the Vitamix can heat soup, a feature that I would most likely never use.

I looked at a few cheaper blenders and liked that the NutriBullet is solid and sturdy, comes with a few different size blending cups and also a milling blade in addition to the standard extraction blade.

I have been using the NutriBullet daily for 6 weeks now and I am very happy with it.

Make sure you choose a blender where you put the blending cup on top, like the one shown, a standard household blender, where you throw in the stuff to be blended on top doesn’t work well for making smoothies.

 

 

Making Smoothies


Making my smoothie in the morning takes less than 60 seconds. What you put in the blend depends on your taste and many blenders come with a recipe book and you can find plenty of suggestions only. Here’s my typical morning blend:

  • 1 banana, cut into pieces
  • Juice of 1 grapefruit
  • A handful of spinach or leafy greens
  • A handful of frozen berries (I like a blueberry, blackberry, raspberry blend)

If you like you can throw in some ‘boosters’, for example, a few nuts, some honey, maybe even some spices.

Throw all that into the blender and fill up with water. This is very important, you need water or your smoothie will be way too thick.

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Put the lid on the cup and then blend for a short duration, I usually do 3 short ‘pulses’.

Some Tips

  • Clean the blending cup and blade right after finishing your smoothie, that makes cleaning easy. If you wait too long and the fruit and vegetables have dried on the blade and the cup, it will be a pain-in-the-ass to clean.
  • Always use some frozen fruit in the blend, I use berries. That way you can use room temperature water to fill up the mix and your smoothie will still be nice and cold.
  • Buy frozen fruit in bulk. For example, I buy 4 lbs of frozen berries at Costo for $12.
  • Buy fruit and vegetables that are in season.

My Results so Far

I am doing better than I had thought. I have had at least 1 smoothie each day since January 1 and on many days I have had several. The benefits:

  • I have lost some weight, between 5-10 lbs
  • I have consumed more fruit in the first 6 weeks of 2014 then in the entire year of 2013.
  • I have saved money by barely ever having to throw out rotten fruit and vegetables.
  • I feel more healthy and energized.

 

 

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One Response to Getting your Recommended Servings of Fruit and Vegetables the Easy Way

  1. Stefan Uelpenich February 17, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    One good addition I have found to the recipe outlined for basic smoothies is to add some fruit juice to some of the smoothies. For example, adding pear juice can make the smoothie a bit sweater if needed and cranberry juice can make it more tart. Also, if a little more liquid consistency is required, adding juice is good. I only use juice not from concentrate and ideally organic.

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