NutriBullet “Fails” and Fixes

Jennifer O'Donnell-Giles | September 2, 2016

Have you ever tried making a smoothie for your family only to hear some ewwwww’s and yuck’s? I certainly have. It’s only natural to make some unpleasant-tasting smoothies along the way to better health, especially if you’re new to the NutriBullet. I’d like to think of these NutriBullet “fails” as little bloopers and blunders that we can all laugh about and learn from. I’ve asked my clients to share some of their NutriBullet “fails,” along with tricks to create a delicious and nutritious smoothie!

Fail: Beet Root Smoothie

Beets are high in essential nutrients, but they have a very strong flavor. When making a smoothie, they need to be used in moderation or else your drink will taste very earthy. While some people like this, others simply want to spit it out! To avoid this beetroot blunder, make sure to balance its flavor with the natural sweetness of fruits, such as berries, bananas, grapes, mangoes, or apples. You’ll be glad you did!

Fail: Arugula Smoothie

Green leafy vegetables are daily must-haves in a healthy and balanced diet! They contain numerous vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that your body needs. Arugula happens to be one of my favorite leafy greens. It’s a perfect addition to salads, soups, and sandwiches! It does, however, have a slightly bitter taste so it shouldn’t be the main ingredient in a smoothie. I’ve learned that adding almond milk to an arugula-based smoothie can lessen the bitter flavor of this nutritious vegetable and make it more enjoyable to sip on.

Fail: Very Berry Smoothie

Berries are amazing additions to a high antioxidant diet. They have many health benefits, including improved sports performance, cholesterol management, and weight loss. However, berries have very short shelf-lives. Because of their large surface areas and many groves and crevices, they’re the perfect hosts for fast-growing mold. This is more of a public service announcement: inspect your berries before blending! My favorite very berry smoothie, which contains a delicious mix of strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, was not very well accepted by myself nor my kids when a few of those berries fell prey to mold. Yuck!

Do you have any NutriBullet fails to share? Comment below so that we can all learn from each other when it comes to what to do and what not to do. Plus, we can all have a good laugh about our smoothie-making blunders!


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Jennifer O'Donnell-Giles

Jenn Giles, R.D., C.S.S.D. is all about health and wellness. She has over 15 years’ experience, including a dual master’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Columbia University. She is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). She supplements all of this with her spin instructor certification and USATriathlon Level I Coach Certification.

Jennifer is passionate about (actually, obsessed with) the sport of triathlon. She has been personally participating in triathlons since 2000 and running road races since 1992. She is a two-time Ironman finisher and has completed countless numerous marathons. She has been a member of Power Bar Team Elite since 2006 and competed as a member of the 2006 Aquaphor/Active.com Sponsored Athlete Team. She was ranked as USAT All American Honorable mention in 2006 and 2011. Jennifer does all of this along side of her husband, Patrick, who is an equally accomplished triathlete and runner. They try as hard as they can to do all of their training and racing together.

She will tell you, however, that her most important, most rewarding and most challenging job is as a mother of four. She knows first hand the challenges of maintaining optimal fitness, overall good health and achieving goals while raising a family - of which good nutrition is the cornerstone.

Most importantly, she knows how to motivate, inspire and challenge athletes based on their own abilities, strengths and everyday lifestyles. She believes there is an athlete in everyone - no matter what their abilities are – and if those abilities are manifold, then there is an even better athlete in there!

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