A berry smoothie is great any time of day. We used to make them using a blender. It did the job, but you had to stop it and shake it to encourage it to moosh the fruit into a liquid. If you listen to the ads on tv, it’s because the blades on a blender are just all wrong. Not enough of them or the wrong shape or something. Seemed like marketing to me. Using a blender never stopped us making smoothies. Admittedly the shaking and stopping was annoying but maybe that was needed because a good smoothie should come out thick and luscious, which meant I never added much liquid to the mix.
However, the advertising started to make an impact on certain members of the family. We suddenly needed a new machine to make what we had made and enjoyed for quite a while. I wasn’t caving in. I didn’t need to spend $200 on a new appliance that basically did the same job as our trusty blender? But here’s the thing. Grown children are financially independent, and can spend their hard-earned income on whatever they like. And so a Nutribullet 900 Series became a fixture on the kitchen bench.
My cynical self was not convinced that anything would be different. How wrong I was. When you use fresh fruit and vegetables they are obliterated in seconds. No shaking required. And the same is true when you use a mix of fresh and frozen fruit, as long as you put the frozen fruit in first. However, when you use all frozen berries it just doesn’t cope as well. The berries tend to stick together and become a frozen mass which makes blending a bit difficult. The best solution is to whip out a spoon and break it up, or give it a bit of a shake, and try again.
The difference between the two machines is that when you open a Nutribullet container you remove the blades but with a blender you take off the lid and the blades are down the bottom and largely inaccessible. Clearing the stuck fruit is very difficult and lots of shaking is required. Needless to say, I’m definitely a Nutribullet convert and our smoothies are better than ever. Thanks girls!
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup raspberries
- ½ cup blackberries
- ½ cup strawberries
- 1 banana, broken into pieces
- ⅓ cup greek yoghurt
- ¾ cup coconut water
- Place the berries in a large NutriBullet container. Add the broken up banana, yoghurt and coconut water. Blend until smooth.