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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: one of the greatest roadblocks to eating well is a lack of planning. If your goal is to have more fruits and veggies in your diet from smoothies or juices, you can reap the maximum benefits from your nutribullet® products by keeping some key ingredients and tools on hand.
We tapped into the expertise of our in-house smoothie-making pro, Mayra Lopez (who has made literally thousands of smoothies while working on our team), for how to stock a smoothie bar at home. Here are the go-to items she recommends:
These ingredients are really the cornerstone of any healthy smoothie. While we’re also fans of fresh produce, frozen options have a longer shelf life and create that frosty, cool consistency we love. For more info on the benefits of frozen produce, check out our blog post here.
Or another liquid of your choice. “We tend to use unsweetened almond milk in most of our smoothie recipes because of its neutral flavor,” says Mayra. But with so many milk options now available on the market, there are many options for experimentation. If you’re looking for something with more protein, soy, pea, or cow’s milk will be your best options. You can also use coconut water in some recipes, or stick with plain ol’ H20.
“We call them ‘boosts’ because these are the extra ingredients that elevate your smoothies to the next level,” explains Mayra. She recommends adding these to your nutribullet® blender or cup after your fruits, veggies, and liquid of choice for optimal smoothie consistency. Some of her favorite “boosts” include matcha, coffee, nut butters, seeds, yogurt, and high-quality protein powders. She also recommends spices, like cinnamon, turmeric, or ginger, fresh herbs, like mint or basil, and natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, or dates.
“If you still consider yourself a novice in the smoothie-making department, it might be helpful to have some measuring spoons and cups at first,” advises Mayra. “Once you get more confident in seeing what portions work, feel free to eyeball measurements!”
Not sure which blender is right for you? Don’t worry, we have a whole blog post dedicated to the topic. Read it here.
If you’re interested in making a coffee bar at home or juice bar, be sure to check out the must-have lists for those below!