5. Get a blender that does more than blend.
“The most common mistake people make is using a blender with no power,” says Pasternak. “The majority of household blenders can’t get frozen fruits smooth, or chop through seeds, so you get a smoothie that’s not very smooth.” He’s so passionate about quality blenders he even made his own: The Salton Harley Pasternak Power Blender. Pasternak says he wanted to offer a more affordable alternative to the expensive powerhouse blenders (think: Vitamix) on the market that still performs just as well.
No kitchen space? No problem. The compact NutriBullet High-Speed Blender/Mixer System has nearly 10,000 customer reviews, with more than 6,000 of them with 5-star ratings. It might be small, but it’s mighty, customers say. “It’s only 600 watts, but it’s very powerful,” wrote one reviewer. “Twice a day, I blend fresh kale/spinach, frozen banana, frozen strawberries, frozen apples, frozen blueberries, and frozen raspberries.”
And don’t avoid the frozen aisle when it comes to smoothies. Pasternak actually recommends using frozen fruit versus fresh in your smoothie. Yep, since frozen fruit is picked and sealed at its nutritional peak, it contains more vitamins and antioxidants than its “fresh” counterparts, according to research from the University of Chester in England. “I like frozen fruit for smoothies for a few reasons—it’s more economical because you can buy in bulk without worrying about it rotting; you can buy out-of-season ingredients; and it provides a delicious, refreshing icy texture to the smoothie,” he says. Basically, all your efforts to craft the perfect smoothie based on all of the above help could be useless without the proper tool to blend it all together. So, invest in a blender that can cut it—literally.