Here are some of our most Frequently Asked Questions. Scroll through the list and if your question isn’t answered, send us a comment!
1. How are the NutriBullet, the Magic Bullet, and the Bullet Express different?
The NutriBullet has a larger capacity, over twice the power and a completely different blade design than the Magic Bullet. The NutriBullet is specifically designed to pulverize and emulsify foods including fruit skins, seeds, stems, vegetables, nuts and tough root vegetables (like ginger and beets), while retaining all of the fiber and nutrients.
The Magic Bullet is a smaller, less powerful blending solution for making iced coffee drinks, fruit smoothies, sorbets or milk shakes as well as chopping onion or mincing garlic and other day-to-day kitchen uses.
The Bullet Express is an entirely different concept altogether; it’s 3 machines in one. With the Meal Maker you can chop, shred and slice foods. The Meal Mixer, mixes, grinds, crushes and blends. The Juicer juices fresh, healthy delicious juice in just seconds.
2. My NutriBlast always turns out really thick. How can I make it thinner?
First, be sure to loosely load your ingredients to the MAX LINE and then add liquid to the MAX LINE to ensure you are getting the thinnest outcome. Never fill fruits, vegetables, OR liquids passed the MAX LINE. The types of ingredients used can also affect the thickness of your NutriBlast – flax & chia seeds will give your NutriBlast a bit of a gelatinous texture that will continue to thicken as it sits. Nuts and protein powders will also thicken the consistency of your Blast. But consider this: the thicker your NutriBlast is, the more filling it will be. So if you’re looking for your NutriBlast to satisfy your hunger for a few hours – the thicker the better!
3. Can I NutriBlast the seeds/pits?
Some seeds supply valuable nutrients while others should be discarded. Those that you should avoid include apple, pear, apricot, cherry, peach, and plum because they contain amygdalin, a molecule that produces cyanide once ingested. I’d also avoid avocado pits, due to their size. Mango pits should be tossed, as well.
Nutritious seeds include:
- blackberry (omega-3, protein, fiber, antioxidants)
- cantaloupe and honeydew (protein, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A)
- grape (resveratrol, vitamin E, essential fatty acids)
- kiwi (omega 3 and vitamin E)
- lemon and lime (salicylic acid – the ingredient in aspirin that help relieve pain)
- orange (anti-fungal and anti-cancer enzymes)
- strawberry (fiber)
- watermelon (zinc, iron, fiber, protein)
4. Doesn’t a NutriBlast go against the “food combining rules”?
Sometimes certain food-combing can be bad because of the competing enzymes and digestive energy that is spent on various food components (in whole form). When the NutriBullet pulverizes foods, it’s reverting food to it’s pre-digested state, reducing the load on the GI system and making them more easily absorbable. By consuming fruits, veggies and boosts in this manner, many find it less taxing on their digestion as compared to ingesting food in its whole food.
5. Has anyone lost weight from the program?
Although the NutriBullet program was not designed to be a weight loss program, we have seen some great weight-loss results from people following it. A lot of the success depends on your metabolism and lifestyle habits. If you are interested in using the NutriBullet for weight loss, modify your NutriBlasts with lower calorie ingredients. Consider using more leafy greens and less high sugar fruits, then adding in smaller portions of nuts and denser fruits like avocado. Also, be sure to make your meals more plant-based so you can fill up on fiber, keeping you full while you consume less calories.
6. How many NutriBlasts can I have in a day?
You are more than welcome to Blast away; it’s a great way to get a large amount of nutritious foods into your diet! Two NutriBlasts are recommended in our 6-week transformation plan only as a suggestion for meal replacements at breakfast and lunch. NutriBlasts may also make a great addition to your current meal plan. If you are planning on only drinking NutriBlasts, be sure your Blasts contain all of the essential nutrients – carbs, proteins and fats – to meet your daily nutrient requirements. Be sure to speak to your doctor or nutrition professional before starting on a NutriBlast-only plan. Enjoy!
7. Are NutriBlasts appropriate for people with diabetes?
Most certainly! If you are watching your blood sugar, which everyone should, then you want to increase the ratio of veggies to fruits. Be sure to add plenty of leafy greens. Additions that will help with blood sugar control include nuts and seeds, specifically almonds and a plant-based protein powder (hemp, brown rice, pea, or soy). By adding these sources of fat, protein and fiber, the release of sugars from your NutriBlast will slow, preventing any insulin spikes. When choosing fruits, we recommend choosing lower sugar options like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, avocado, half of an unripened banana (bananas turn starches into sugars as they ripen), plums, papaya, and peaches. Have fun experimenting with tastes and textures that you like! Check out our blog Blasting for Blood Sugar Control for more information.
8. Should I peel my fruit first?
Our Extraction Preparation Chart can be found and downloaded here. This will guide you on how to prepare several varieties of produce for maximum health and help preserve the life of your NutriBullet.
9. Does the NutriBullet generate heat that kills the enzymes in fruits and vegetables?
Unlike larger heavy-duty blenders that heat up when running for an extended period of time, the NutriBullet emulsifies foods in just seconds. The system never heats up to 118 degrees Farenheit, the point at which enzymes are denatured. Heat, light,, and air are the main elements that kill enzymes. The NutriBullet does not heat up the ingredients and when consumed just after blasting, the fruits and vegetables retain the most nutrients possible. If storing, keep in a dark, airtight container filled as much as possible to minimize exposure to air.
10. Can I add ice to my NutriBlast?
Absolutely! It will give it a slightly thicker consistency and a nice chill. Another option is to use frozen fruit or vegetables. Root vegetables like carrots and beets are also great to add in the NutriBullet.
11. I’m finding that my berry seeds do not grind up well. What am I doing wrong?
Larger seeds, like those from oranges or grapes, will end up more processed due to their size. Smaller seeds, such as strawberry seeds or blackberry seeds, are harder to break down into smaller pieces. We suggest using the pulse method a few times to help break down these tougher-to-get bits and then allowing the NutriBullet to run for 30-40 seconds, if needed.
12. Can I freeze a NutriBlast and, if so, for how long will it keep and still retain its nutrients and enzymes?
You can freeze a NutriBlast and thaw it the night before. Enzymes hold up pretty well in the cold freezer (just not in the heat), so freezing is an option. Depending on the ingredients in your NutriBlast, it may keep in the freezer for a few weeks if sealed in an airtight container. When freezing your NutriBlast, do not store it in the NutriBullet cup. Your NutriBlast should be transferred from the cup to an to appropriate freezer-safe container prior to freezing.
13. Can NutriBlasting help with Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a condition that varies among individuals. Some symptoms and pain can be alleviated a great deal by what we put in our bodies, making it more manageable on a day-to-day basis. In general, following a diet that is low in salt, high in raw vegetables, and which includes healthy pro and prebiotic sources has been shown to help significantly relieve pain and increase joint stability and sleep quality. Consuming more “living foods” (which is easy with a NutriBullet!) such as berries, fruits, roots, nuts, seeds, and sprouts, has been shown to also decrease joint stiffness.
Some general recommendations of foods to include in your NutriBlast include:
Foods rich in malic acid – apples, apple cider vinegar, pears, pineapple, grapes
Foods rich in magnesium – seeds, nuts, legumes, dark green vegetables like kale, collards, spinach, broccoli
Foods with tryptophan that stimulate the production of melatonin – almonds, flax seeds, tart cherries, oats, sunflower seeds
Omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation – flax seeds, chia seeds, avocado
Spices and supplements – ginger and turmeric to reduce inflammation; maca powder to combat fatigue
- dairy, caffeine, night-shade vegetables for some people (eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers), fried foods, salted/pickled foods, alcohol, refined flours, added sugars
Consider keeping a food log to note what foods you’re eating and how you feel; notice when you feel pain or fatigue and try to link it to the foods you most recently or frequently consumed. You will soon learn what your triggers are, making it easier to avoid them.
14. What are some recipes for migraines/headaches?
Migraines are tricky in that there are different triggers for each person. First, be sure that there are not particular foods you are eating that spark the pain (dairy, wheat, citrus, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, chocolate, tannins in red wine, cheese, and nightshade veggies are a few examples of common culprits). Some nutrients, such as magnesium, calcium, and fiber can be used to relieve migraine symptoms by restoring the natural balance of brain chemistry. Some good ingredients to throw in your NutriBlast include beets, leafy greens, ginger, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds/flaxmeal, and some blackberries and/or blueberries. Top it with some calcium-rich almond milk to the MAX LINE and blast for migraine relief! Be sure to clear any alternative treatments with your doctor before beginning.
15. Can I make NutriBlasts ahead of time?
We recommend making your NutriBlast right before you plan on consuming it. Heat, light, and air degrade nutrients and enzymes so the longer they are exposed, the less nutritious your NutriBlast might be. If you must make them in advance, don’t prepare more than one day’s worth in advance. Some options: You can prep your ingredients in the cup, top it with the stay-fresh lid (not the blade assembly). Then when you are ready to drink it, simply twist on the Extractor Blade and blast it right before you’d like to enjoy. Or you could blast and freeze them for future use (NutriBlasts keep for about a week depending on ingredients). When storing, keep in the refrigerator in a dark container and filled as close to the top as possible to minimize exposure to these elements. When freezing your NutriBlast, do not store it in the NutriBullet cup. Your NutriBlast should be transferred from the cup to an to appropriate freezer-safe container prior to freezing.
Krista L. Haynes, R.D. is a Registered Dietitian with extensive knowledge on the benefits of eating a whole food, plant-based diet. Her approach centers on holistic wellness—using real, unprocessed foods to help detoxify the body and maximize its natural functions.
Krista also specializes in adult weight management, teaching non-diet strategies based on the principals of Intuitive Eating. As a vegan, Krista promotes the benefits of vegan and vegetarian nutrition, but also realizes that a healthy diet is any diet that provides optimum energy and confidence, and helps individuals achieve their personal goals.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics, Krista has held positions at The Cancer Project in Washington, DC, the Biggest Loser Resort in Malibu, and COMO Shambhala estate in Bali, Indonesia. She also runs her own private practice, Samskara Nutrition.
Krista has been published, interviewed, and quoted in various media outlets including USA Today, Livestrong.com, and the Los Angeles Times, and has appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters.
Deeply passionate about healthy food, nutrition, and fitness, Krista believes that diet plays a key role in unleashing the inner drive that motivates us to lead our best life possible. She is thrilled to share her knowledge with NutriBullet owners as the official NutriBullet Nutrition Advisor.
Wallace Bishop has been in the nutrition health field for several years, and is a Certified Nutritional Consultant. He is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and American Fitness Professionals and Associates. Wallace holds certifications as a Nutritional and Wellness Consultant. Wallace is the President and CEO of WebND LLC, and Renewal and Wellness, both are nutrition and health focused companies.
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Dr. Michael Greger
Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, among countless other symposia and institutions, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.
Dr. Greger’s recent scientific publications in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism,Critical Reviews in Microbiology, Family & Community Health, and the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition, and Public Health explore the public health implications of industrialized animal agriculture.
Dr. Greger is also licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition and was a founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He was featured on the Healthy Living Channel promoting his latest nutrition DVDs and honored to teach part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s esteemed nutrition course at Cornell University. Dr. Greger’s nutrition work can be found at NutritionFacts.org, which is now a 501c3 nonprofit charity.
Fit Bottomed Girls
Jenn and Tish began working together at FitBottomedGirls in July 2009 after Tish joined the FBG’s as a guest writer. The FitBottomedGirls website, cofounded by Jenn and her close friend Erin, was already on the up and up and soon began to really take off after being mentioned in numerous women’s health and fitness circuits. Jenn, aside from being a certified personal trainer and holding an MA in health journalism, is also a contributing writer to Shape Magazine and has been featured in numerous health and wellness blogs.
Tish is a journalist turned actress turned fitness guru. Writing about health and fitness has helped her really take her fitness to the next level and her work on FitBottomedGirls has brought her into our lives here at NutriBullet! An unexplained love of kiwis also led her to start Luv & Kiwi, a smorgasbord of random thoughts and photos in blog form.
Launched in May 2008, the Fit Bottomed Girls website features multiple weekday posts with fresh fitness content for real women and girls (and even the guys) interested in increasing their health through physical activity and sensible eating. The blog offers workout DVD reviews—including both new releases and Retro Reviews—fitness news, new product information, personal accounts of their exercise endeavors, tidbits on healthy food, workout music suggestions and playlists, and fitness humor. The FBGs pride themselves on their honest reviews and aren’t afraid to tell it like it is.
With over 15 years of experience in the field, Jenn Giles is all about health and wellness. She has a dual master’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Columbia University. She is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and is 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 (actually obsessed) about 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.
Jennifer will tell you that her most important, most rewarding and most challenging job is as a mother of four. As a mother of four young children, she knows first hand the challenges of maintaining optimal fitness, overall good health and achieving goals while raising a family. And don’t argue with her that nutrition is not the cornerstone of that!!
Most importantly Jennifer 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 your abilities are – and if those abilities are many…then there is an even better athlete in there!