The beet and berry blast smoothie.
The beet and berry blast smoothie. Photo: Danielle Colley

The smoothie has had a resurgence over the past few years and leading the charge in the blended fruit and vegetable drink department is the NutriBullet, if the sheer volume of infomercials is anything to go by.

What makes it different from many other juicers is that is takes the whole fruit or vegetable – even the skin and pips – and pulverises it, so you're retaining all the fibre and nutrients. This helps keep your appetite satiated for longer.  

It's an easy way to get multiple serves of fruit and vegetables in one sitting.

The banana, cashew and cacao smoothie.
The banana, cashew and cacao smoothie. Photo: Danielle Colley

The machine used for these recipes (the NutriBullet Pro 900 retails for $199.99 and there are other brands on the market) comes with two cups, one 500ml single serve and one 900ml super-sized or double serve, and it's simple to assemble and clean. The pulse mechanism can also be used for chopping things such as a chunky salsa or onions, and it works well for blending dips, salad dressings and marinades.

Here are three recipes.

Banana, Cashew and Cacao Smoothie

The clean, green smoothie.
The clean, green smoothie. Photo: Danielle Colley

Smoothies have become a different beast since the banana and vanilla ice-cream shakes we had growing up. Not everyone will be eager to jump on the green smoothie bandwagon, but easing yourself into smoothies with something a little more familiar may be the perfect way to start your day. 

Bananas are high in magnesium and potassium and give you a fantastic energy boost, combined with the protein and heart healthy fats of cashew nuts and the antioxidants of cacao.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 ripe banana, frozen

¼ cup of raw cashews

1 tsp cacao powder

1 tsp honey

1 cup almond milk, or milk of choice

Method

1.    Place all ingredients into the Nutribullet or the extractor blender of your choice.

2.    Blend for 45 seconds until smooth and serve.

Beet Berry Blast

Many people eat beetroots, and discard the luscious green foliage on top. Not only is it very low in calories, the leaves are packed with vitamins, iron and antioxidants. Combined with the Vitamin C of mixed berries and a handful of antioxidant packed goji berries you are creating a vibrant smoothie that is good for your overall health.

By adding a couple of tablespoons of ground linseed, sunflower and almond to the mix you're adding the protein and good fats required to help you stay fuller for longer. If you are using a NutriBullet, it can handle the beetroot cut chunky, but if you're using a less powerful machine, consider grating first to make it easier on your blades.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 cup beetroot leaves, stalks removed

½ medium beetroot, peeled and chopped

1 cup frozen berries

1 cup coconut water

2 tbsp ground linseed sunflower and almond (LSA)

¼ cup mint leaves

¼ cup goji berries

Method

1.    Place all ingredients into a Nutribullet or the extractor blender of your choice.

2.    Blend for 45 seconds until smooth and serve.

Clean Green Smoothie

The green smoothie revolution has changed how people are consuming their daily serves of fruit and veg. With a quick blast in an extractor blender you can create a delicious breakfast – or anytime – drink like this one that is packed with greens for iron, fibre and folate, kiwifruit for vitamins and digestive health, avocado for good fats, and chia for fibre, omega-3 and protein.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 mango cheek, frozen

¼ avocado, frozen

½ kiwifruit, skin on

1 cup chopped kale

½ lebanese cucumber

juice of ½ lime

1 cup coconut water

1 tbsp chia seeds

Method

1.    Place all ingredients into Nutribullet or the extractor blender of your choice.

2.    Blend for 45 seconds until smooth and serve.