I have been ‘a juicer’ for the past few years now, and I am constantly looking for new ways to improve not just the nutritious value of my drinks, but also the time that it takes to make them.
So when I first came across the Nutribullet I was instantly interested in it, and while I had become quite attached to my old and trusty juicer; I decided after watching the infomercial, researching online and reading dozens of user reviews, I decided to buy it for my family.
I wanted to see for myself if this machine was the real deal or just another hyped up TV product. I purchased my Nutribullet with little fuss and it arrived within just a few days.
The first thing that absolutely captured my attention when I opened the box was the beautiful book full of recipes that came with it. I must admit, that I basically salivated over these recipes before I even began looking at the machine. However, when I did get there I was very impressed with it. The machine is taller and slimmer than most juicers and blenders, and I could tell that it was going to be the perfect space-saving gadget to have in a small corner when I wasn’t using it.
After finally deciding on the perfect recipe for my first attempt at using the Nutribullet, I finally put it into action. For my first drink I used:
- A handful of organic baby spinach
- ½ Avocado
- 1/2 to 1 full apple
- Handful of cashews, pumpkin seeds and almonds
- Extra – add 1 – 2 Tablespoons of organic hemp seed
- Add filtered water to max fill line
So, what can I tell you about the Nutribullet now?
First, that my shake was made in under a minute. I couldn’t believe how quickly the Nutribullet was able to process the ingredients. This is down to the power of the machine as it packs a hearty 600-WATT engine.
Second, I can also tell you that the texture of my shake was incredibly smooth, and while the green color gave away the spinach’s presence in the drink; it was not an overwhelming taste or texture of spinach at all.
Third, I was also extremely impressed that there were no stalks, or bits and pieces left over, as there would be in a normal juicer. Absolutely everything is used to boost up the nutritious value of the shake.
Unlike my old machine that took 10-15 minutes, cleaning up the machine was an absolute breeze and took me less than a couple of minutes. While the extractor blades have to be hand washed, all the various cups and lids are machine washable, which makes cleaning up that much easier.
More Nutribullet Recipes
This is really the fun part for me because you can use either the recipes that come with your purchase or try experimenting yourself. Literally, you can make thousands of different recipes. Some will taste great, while other times, you will need to tweak your ingredients. One tip that helped me, if you find it just a tab bitter, try adding ½ of an apple or a few slices of pineapple.
One of my favorite healthy morning Nutriblasts includes the following:
- Your favorite protein powder (vanilla works best)
- ½ cup of raspberries or strawberries or blueberries
- 2 tablespoons of organic hemp seed
- 1 – 2 tablespoons of holy crap breakfast cereal (yup that’s the name)
- Add filtered water to the max fill line
Afternoon or Evening Recipe – I like to include 1 green smoothie or drink per day. I do try for 2 depending on what I’m doing.
You are only limited by your imagination. Many times when I come home later in the evening from work, instead of having a heavy meal, I will opt for 1 of the above recipes. It’s quick to make, healthy and nutritious.
Nutribullet vs Magic Bullet
One thing I do want to clear up is the misconception and sometimes the confusion between this machine and the name magic bullet. Is the magic bullet the same as the nutribullet? In one word – no. The reason you see the name on the bottom of the base, is because they are the main brand name for all these products.
Is This The Best Food Processor For The Value?
For the price and quality – Yes. Of course the final, most crucial test came when I tried and tested it on my family, who have over the years studiously refused to drink any of my normal juices, and the result was a resounding “Delicious!”
After using this machine personally for the past 2 1/2 years, I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions for my family. It works exactly as advertised. Whether you are in the market for the best smoothie blender or smoothie maker, this is a great option.