Monday, March 2, 2015

NutriBullet Review + High Fiber Juice Recipe

For months I have been debating between getting either the Nutribullet or Ninja blending system. I've watched Youtube reviews, asked friends and family and compared the devices on amazon but in the end the Nutribullet won out. Why? Because I spotted it for $10 cheaper than the asking price at Wegmans. Cheap always wins! 

So Saturday I brought it home and this afternoon, I took it out of it's box to inspect what I've purchased. Frankly, I was still nervous I picked the wrong device, especially since I own the original Magic Bullet and was VERY disappointed by it's weak motor and over heating problems, but I'm choosing to forgive. Forgiveness is important, right?

The contents of the Nutribullet

-$89.99 retail (I paid $79.99)
-1 extractor blade
-1 milling blade
-3 cups (2 medium size & 1 large)
-2 lids
-2 lip covers with handles
-1 Nutribullet base
-Recipe Book/Instructions

It took my a while to pick a combination of ingredients to blend. I would've used a recipe but I seem to always be missing one of the components! I ended up using a carton of blueberries, 1 banana, a handful of spinach, 1/2 cup of ice, a couple splashes of unsweetened almond milk, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of flax seed. 

Unfortunately, It turns out I am very inexperienced with making smoothies & juices and I had to alter that recipe...I'll get to that in a bit!

This is my first juice or smoothie with a vegetable that I've tried, so I was very hesitant about adding the spinach, but everyone else jumped on the train, I may as well get a ticket!

Before I could test my taste buds, I had to prepare the flax seed. To digest them better, I need them to be in powder form so I put them in the medium cup with the milling blade to pulverize the seeds.

As you can tell, It did a really great job reducing the flax seeds into a powder. It only took about 4 seconds total to achieve this. Overall, I am very impressed with the milling blade. Next I'd like to try cashews to see how well it'll grind larger and harder nuts.

Before & After blending with the extractor blade.
I put the ingredients in the large cup, the fruits went in first followed by the spinach & ice with the almond milk and flax seed poured over top, and secured it to the base. It took me maybe 8 seconds before it looked blended, so I removed it and give it a little shake like the instructions told me to do and returned it to the base for another 8 seconds. I touched the sides of the base to determine if it was overheating like the Magic Bullet tends to do, but it was cool to the touch. I twisted the cup out of the locked position and tried the juice, if you could call it that. The result was a semi-liquid, clumping....pudding?

Before you think this is a testament to the quality of the product, I'm going to stop you and admit I'm fully to blame. I didn't add nearly enough liquid and ate some of the portion with a spoon before adding about 1/2 cup of water and blending that for another 8 seconds. The result was a creamy spoon required!

I was surprised to find the spinach wasn't even remotely noticeable. I'll definitely be looking up more vegetable based recipes!

High Fiber (12+ grams) Blueberry Banana Juice Recipe:
1 Carton of Blueberries
1 Banana 
1 Handful Spinach
1 1/2 Tablespoons of Flax Seed
1/2 Cup Water
Abt. 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
NOTE: I added Ice to mine, but it had no affect. Omit it.

1. Gather and measure ingredients. Set aside. Cut the Banana in 4 sections.
2. Pour the Flax Seeds into a medium cup and attach the milling blade. Twist to the "on" setting or hold down for 4 seconds.
3. In the large cup, add the Blueberries, then the Banana, and on top the Spinach. Pour the liquids and Flax Seed on top. Attach the extractor blade.
4. Twist to the "on" setting or hold down for 12 seconds, remove the cup and shake for a few seconds before reattaching to the base and blending for 12 more seconds.
5. Remove the extractor blade, attach the lip with the handle and enjoy!

Overall, I am very relieved that this product works! I was totally freaked that I may have spent a lot of money on a dud, which it's predecessor definitely was. I have a lot to learn about how to portion ingredients but I am happy with my purchase and will be using this product almost daily! 

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