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It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to weight loss and improving our diets. If you’re looking to lose a few pounds in 2017, then the Nutribullet could be the diet aid that you’ve been looking for.

This cunning gadget can, in the space of a couple of minutes, turn raw ingredients into a tasty, filling, nutrient-packed and low-calorie snack or meal replacement. If you’re an advocate of the 5:2 diet for example, then Nutriblasts (as Nutribullet likes to call the blends its machines produces) can be the ideal option on a ‘two’ day.

But it’s not all good news. It’s incredibly important to remember that the health and diet benefits of these smoothies are only as good as the ingredients we put into them. Just because something has the consistency of a thick puree doesn’t make it automatically healthy for you. And if you pack your smoothies with nut butters, cacao nibs, maple syrup and other naughties, then you could find that your Nutribullet habit is actually making you put on weight!

How to make the perfect Nutribullet diet smoothie

If you’re trying to lose weight with your Nutribullet, then it’s worth bearing some of these tips in mind when you’re preparing your blends.

  • If you use a high calorie fruit such as grapes, then try to offset it with a low calorie fruit such as raspberries. Also try to add vegetables, particularly leafy greens to bulk out your smoothie.
  • In general vegetables will have less sugar in them than fruit, so go for these as often as you can. Try cutting through any bitter taste with a hint of citrus.
  • Try not to include more than one or two kinds of fruit per blend, loading up with more will add too much sugar to your mixture.
  • Try using low-sugar alternatives to cow’s milk or yoghurt – such as unsweetened almond milk or even filtered water. Always look at packages if you want to be sure how many additional calories you are adding to your smoothie.
  • Be careful when using protein powders, as these can often contain high amounts of sugar. There are alternative ways of adding protein if this is a concern  – try flax seeds or pumpkin seeds for example.
  • Try to avoid using fruit juices, even natural ones, in your smoothie as these can add lots of unwanted sugar.
  • Use fresh or frozen produce – avoid canned if possible as these will often contain added sugars or sweeteners.
  • Avocados and bananas are often used to add a delicious creamy texture to a Nutribullet recipe, but they (especially avocado) can add unwanted calories, so think what else you’re putting with them in order to keep the whole calorie content low.
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How to make your diet smoothie

If you haven’t used a Nutribullet before then it would be a good idea to read our guide to the Nutribullet 600 series which goes into some detail about how to use the machine. We’d also recommend that you check out our 43 questions and answers about the Nutribullet which should also furnish you with all the information that you need.

If you’re wanting to crack on though then in brief this is what you should remember when using most Nutribullets (there are some variations for the Nutribullet RX or the Nutribullet 1000 series which you can also read about on this site).

  • First of all select the cup you’re going to use to make your Nutriblast
  • Add the ingredients – usually one or two kinds of fruit, some green veg, and perhaps a supplement such as nuts or seeds
  • Top up to the max line with liquid – this is very important as the blender won’t work without it. Make sure you don’t go past the max line as this can cause the blade to come off. Suitable liquids include water, milk or milk substitutes such as unsweetened almond milk.
  • Screw on the blade tightly and invert the blender
  • Place on the base and twist to pulse until smooth
  • Carefully remove the cup and blade from the base, then put it the right way up and unscrew the blade
  • Enjoy your smoothie!

 

Nutribullet diet recipes of under 200 calories

We’re now going to take a look at some delicious diet recipes for your Nutribullet, all of which should come in at approximately 200 calories or less. If you’re thinking of embarking on a calorie reducing diet then please make sure you consult your GP or physician first. Here at A Juicy Blend we do not provide any kind of health advice and all recipes are only for suggestion, they should not be considered as any kind of diet plan.

 

Merry berry (use the small cup)

  • One handful of baby spinach
  • Up to the max line with frozen mixed berries for example raspberries, blueberries, blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds
  • Filtered water to the max line

Lusciously lime (use the big cup)

  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 tablespoon of chipped parsley
  • 1 sliced celery stalk
  • 1 chopped and peeled carrot
  • 1 peeled lime
  • 1 cored apple
  • Filtered water to the max line

Chocs away (use small cup)

  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 medium banana sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of diced watermelon
  • 3 tablespoons of strawberry halves
  • Filtered water to the max line

Melon medley (use large cup)

  • 80g Galia melon
  • 80g watermelon
  • 5 mint leaves
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 3 ice cubes
  • Water to the max line

 

Mango madness (use large cup)

  • 3/4 mango
  • 1/2 juice of a lime
  • 4 ice cubes
  • Water to the max line
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We hope you will enjoy these Nutribullet diet recipes and if you’re looking for some more inspiration, why not head over to our Nutribullet cucumber recipes, as cucumber is a great diet ingredient. We also have an article on weight loss recipes for breakfast.

Bon appetit!