On the other hand, juicing and blending is intimidating sometimes, which means that the blender might eventually come to rest unused on the counter where it does absolutely nothing for your diet. Here are 10 tips to help you get the most out of your juicer or blender.
1. The Color Principle
Have you ever made a fruit and vegetable smoothie and expected something appetizing, only to end up with a barely palatable brownish sludge? You can easily fix this by following the color principle. Fruits and vegetables of the same color (or at least similar colors) often blend well taste-wise. Try shooting for a specific color of smoothie when you’re selecting your produce. The finished product will look and taste better as result.
2. Wash Your Produce
If you’re at all concerned about pesticides, then smoothies and homemade juice are the definite place where you want to wash your produce. When you juice and blend, you consume a much higher quantity of produce than you might otherwise. Because of this, potential toxins may increase. This is an additional good reason to go organic when you’re making your smoothies and juices.
3. Make It a Habit
Try to find a certain time each day when you will make your smoothie or juice. For many people, it works well to do it as soon as they wake up. For others, juicing at lunchtime works well. If you make it a habit, you’ll be more likely to do it, and you’ll be less likely to find produce that you meant to use rotten and forgotten at the back of your fridge.
4. Make Banana Ice Cream
If you have a good blender, you can use it for more than just smoothies. You can also make some delicious dessert replacements. If you freeze banana chunks and then blend them up, you can make some delicious soft-serve banana ice cream. Top with frozen berries or with cacao nibs.
5. Produce Doesn’t Have to Be Pretty
Smoothies and juice are a great way to use up produce that is still perfectly serviceable; but that doesn’t look quite as pretty. This is a great way to rescue some of the less photogenic offerings in your fruit bowl, and it can also apply at the grocery store. Some stores sell “seconds,” or produce that isn’t quite as attractive, but that is still perfectly healthy. Apples that are too small or melons that are misshapen are yet every bit as delicious after having been processed, and they can be much cheaper. Just cut out any blemishes there might be and enjoy.
6. Cut Down on Sweeteners
A lot of people rely on sweeteners like sugar to make their smoothies or juice taste better-like a special out of a sweets shop. However, this adds empty calories to your wonderful concoction. Try sweetening a smoothie by adding some banana instead, or use a tablespoon of fruit juice concentrate. Both of these sweeten, and add nutrients to your smoothie instead of just empty calories.
7. Use Vegetables
While fruit has important nutrients, it is also high in sugars that, in excess, may not be the healthiest. Smoothies and juices are great places to include vegetables, which are much lower in sugar and high in important nutrients and fibers. When it comes to smoothies and juices, you can certainly include some fruit, but don’t neglect the vegetables either.
8. Don’t Put off Cleanup
The best time to clean your blender or juicer is just after you’ve used it. After you’ve poured out a smoothie, most blenders can be cleaned with a simple rinse and perhaps pulsing a bit of soapy water. Wait a couple hours, and it becomes a much more arduous task to chip off caked-on produce particles. The more quickly you clean up, the easier the whole process will be.
9. Waste Not, Want Not
If you have some produce that’s fast approaching the dreaded expiration date, try to process it in your blender, then pour it into ice cube trays, lastly freeze it. This will help preserve the produce for a later date, and you can use the frozen cubes to add flavor, nutrition and coldness to a later smoothie.
10. Add Protein
If you want to increase the staying power of your smoothies: add nuts like almonds or seeds like flax. This give them some additional protein, which can help you feel fuller longer and help your smoothie taste more like actual meal. You can also add whey powder or yogurt to give your smoothie a protein boost.