A full serving (3 scoops) will give you significant portions of protein and dietary fiber (as well as nutrients) so that your shake is truly a meal replacement. However, people who are not used to a high-fiber diet would benefit from starting out with less than a full serving so that their digestive system can adjust to all the new fiber over a week or two. The body will benefit from the protein and nutrients in a partial serving– and the microbes in the intestines will be happy that new fiber is being introduced!
No, any blender that can handle pieces of fresh fruit or veggies will work fine. Any basic blender will do – we’ve used NutriBullet, Ninja, Vitamix, etc. to mix our Microbiotic Kitchen shake base with liquid and pieces of fruit and veggies.
If you are adding frozen fruits or vegetables, you may need to defrost large pieces unless you have a heavy-duty blender. Plus, chopping fresh fruits and vegetables into manageably sized pieces is recommended for whichever blender you use.