When I first saw the adverts and infomercials for the NutriBullet I was very skeptical.
I’ve had juicers and jug blenders in the past, and the cleaning always drove me crazy! With juicers there was all the bits of pulp to deal with, and I could never get the centrifugal sieve bit clean, even in the dishwasher. The blenders I had all started out great, but inevitably a plastic bit would break somewhere, or the seal would go leaving it useless.
So for the last few years I’ve relied on one of those ‘magic wand’ style blenders for simple smoothies and soups.
But a year ago I bit the ‘bullet’ and bought a NutriBullet on impulse while shopping (after a glass of wine at lunch I think!)
And, in my opinion, it’s the best kitchen gadget I have ever owned.
It’s extremely good at what it does – blending stuff super fast! Even nuts and seeds added to a smoothie disappear in seconds, adding the goodness without the gritty texture I used to get with my magic wand.
Often my mid morning ‘snack’ is a super green smoothie, with some nuts added for protein, which will see me through to a later lunch.
Just add cucumber, celery, avocado, spinach, a few nuts and coconut water and blend. Super easy, super quick, super smooth, healthy and nutritious!
This extended article covers the basics of daily NutritBullet use, and how we can use it for weight loss, creating the perfect smoothies as well as the odd naughty, but nice treat.
The Battle Of The Blenders – NutriBullet vs Vitamix
Reviews on the best blenders can sometimes confuse as to which are the best let alone what you can believe online. So I’ve chosen to do the job myself and tell you about two of the top blenders in the marketplace based on our experience using them, online research and user reviews.
I’ve been juicing and blending for years. And I can tell you this hand on heart they have improved leaps and bounds. In the early days, I had a Kenwood, and one word sums it up – shit. Firstly, it was a nightmare to wash as there were so many bits. Even a dishwasher couldn’t thoroughly clean the centrifugal part. Also, it had no decent power, so all it was good for was soft fruit. So forget about things like apples, carrots and anything with a low water content. And for some reason, it chucked out over half my product as pulp into the waste section.
Move on a few years and I’m glad to report we’re now spoilt for choice. Let’s get reviewing …
Vitamix – More Than Just Healthy Smoothie Maker
I’ve been using a Vitamix for over three years now. I use it every day sometimes even twice. There’s three parts. The jug and the two part lid. The engine is very strong between 800 – 1400 watts depending on the model. It’s fast, can handle frozen and low water content foods and there’s zero waste. The jug has a decent capacity of 1 – 2 litres again dependant on the model, so it’s great for families. It’s pricey though at anywhere between £400 – £650 but personally I feel worth every penny. If I had one criticism, it would be that it’s noisy. At that price you’d have thought, this would have been addressed in the design process.
What do user reviews say about Vitamix ?
All in all reviewers are over the moon with the Vitamix and feedback is very similar to mine above. Not sure if this has changed but a few complaints on poor customer service. Also, several reviewers made a very valid point. That is, if you tend to just do smoothies then, you don’t need to spend this sort of money. You could get something that could do the job for a fraction of the price. So really think about what you want to use your blender for.
Nutribullet – The Best Kitchen Gadget I’ve Owned
Sam’s got a Nutribullet and in her words “It’s the best kitchen gadget I have ever owned. It’s extremely good at what it does – blending stuff super fast. Even nuts and seeds added to a smoothie disappear in seconds, adding the goodness without the gritty texture I used to get with my magic wand. Often my mid-morning snack is a super green smoothie, with some nuts added for protein, which will see me through to a later lunch. Just add cucumber, celery, avocado, spinach, a few nuts and coconut water and blend. Super easy, super quick, super smooth, healthy and nutritious. As well as for making smoothies, I also use it for other kitchen jobs, like blitzing marinades and sauces, making breadcrumbs and grinding nuts.”
A Nutribullet will knock you back anywhere between £80 – £130 for a 600 – 900 watt engine depending on the model. The jug capacity is up to 1 litre.
What do user reviews say about Nutribullet ?
Reviewers are raving about this product. The jug size is a bit limited, but I have to say it does seem much better value for money than Vitamix.
Whatever you do, don’t settle for lower quality, or you’ll soon discover the frustration of blenders that don’t blend.
But What About the NutriBullet Rx?
Good question. This is the newer product from Nutribullet, with a larger motor and bigger jugs. Although priced much higher than the standard Nutribullet, it’s still cheaper than the vitamix models
The Three Most Common Uses For The Nutribullet
Juices and Smoothies
I’m starting with the most obvious and easiest way to use the nutribullet, and probably the reason most of us buy one in the first place
I’m a huge advocate of a daily greens drink as a quick way to up your veg intake in one single shot.
If you’re short on time, remember you’ve got your Lean Greens. So no excuses!
Now I do get that some folks don’t relish the taste of 100% fresh greens. So if you need a little extra sweetness and something to cut through that earthy grassy taste try the following:
- Use coconut water instead of water
- Add a dash of freshly squeezed lemon and/or lime
- Add sweeter vegetables such as carrots and beetroot
- Add freshly chopped mint
- Water it down more
Still daunted? Needing inspiration? Then read on for the full Nutribullet Smoothie And Juice Guide or check out the Lean Greens smoothie book here. It’s jammed packed with ideas.
2. Soup Blending
So obvious this one, but before I started researching this subject, I confess I had forgotten this gem.
You can pack loads of veg into soup with zero effort. Even less effort if you use one of those prepared soup veg mixes (not always recommended). However mashing up the cooked carrots, broccoli and potatoes is done in a flash with the NutriBullet
The other great thing about soup is you can make a batch, allow it to cool and then freeze in containers ready to be re-heated in a pan, or whacked in the microwave, so it’s super for getting ahead and saving time.
3. Bulletproof Coffee
This one’s a bit weird, especially if you’ve not been indoctrinated in to the world of fatty coffee 🙂
This is probably the one daily use of our Nutribullet in the house. We make up some drip filter coffee, then a knob of butter and/or coconut oil on to the blades of the blender… Chuck the coffee in and whizz it for 5 seconds.
You’ve then got a deliciously frothy and creamy coffee, that super-charged and healthy for your brain.
Awesome stuff. You gotta try it as an alternative to consuming buckets of milk every day.
So Lets Talk Green Smoothie Recipes
In the office, we seem to spend our entire life talking about vegetables and green juice. There’s a big problem with pretty much every smoothie and juice recipe we ever try… They all look absolutely disgusting. More like pond water and a bowl of rancid seaweed than some healthy drink we’d all love to drink.
You’ve probably seen all those amazing images on Instagram of the perfect green smoothie with a pretty umbrella and delivered in a gorgeous mason jar, and multi-coloured straw. You know that’s a big fat hairy lie right?
They NEVER look that good for me. You just need to add a couple of strawberries or raspberries to your green smoothie and get, well, a muddy brown!
For example recently I had an EPIC smoothie. There were a few strawberries in the fridge. An overripe banana. A handful of spinach and a spoonful of yogurt left in the tub. I added a teaspoon of peanut butter and two teaspoons of Lean Greens. I then blended it all with some coconut water for consistency. It tasted DELICIOUS! But green + yellow + red = pale brown that looked a bit like dodgy baby food.
I’m here to tell you it’s all OK. The following recipes are all absolutely delicious, we’ve sneaked in some clever ingredients to help make your smoothies taste epic, even if they don’t always look the part.
The Immune Booster Smoothie Recipe
It’s a well-known fact that during the winter or at times of high stress, our energy, mood and general health take a dip, so we do need to boost our immune system to keep sickness away !
And I’ve got the perfect antidote !
The Lean Greens “Immune Booster Smoothie” which is crammed full of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and zinc to strengthen you up from the inside out.
It’s nutritious and tastes delicious. A couple of little tips …
I freeze my bananas. Plus it also makes the smoothie nice and chilled. And if you fancy making your own Almond milk check out my simple recipe here !
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 chopped banana
- 1 cup mango
- ½ cup cantaloupe
- ½ cup diced pineapple
- ¼ cup slivered almonds
- 2-3 tsp Lean Greens
- Whizz it all together in a blender and enjoy !
The Healthy Smoothie Recipes Cheat Sheet
Making up your own smoothies, and getting the most use out of your Vitamix, Magic Bullet or Nutribullet is dead easy. Especially with our simple cheat sheet.
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The Bananarama Smoothie Recipe
If your anything like me you can get stuck in a nutritional rut with your food and stick to the same old stuff. Not only do you get bored but also your body won’t get the same variety of nutrients. Variety in our diets is key to all round good health.
So this great little smoothie recipe was sent in by Lean Greens twitter follower Liam. It’s nutritious, tastes delicious and a great post workout drink too !
- 300mls almond milk
- 1 banana
- 2-3 tsp lean greens
- Scoop of chocolate protein powder
- 1 big tsp of peanut butter
Whizz it all together in a blender and enjoy !
The Ultimate Weight Loss Smoothie
Everything about the ingredients in this ultimate weight loss smoothie is gonna give you a metabolic boost and plenty of ZING. The ginger and cayenne give this smoothie some kick, so adjust the amounts of these ingredients to your taste preference.
I love lots and lots of ginger in my version of this recipe. Pretty much guaranteed to get a sweat on just thinking about this juice.
- ¾ cup carrot juice
- ½ medium avocado
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
- 1 pinch of cayenne pepper (or more, to taste)
- 2-3 tsp Lean Greens
Top tip, peel the skin off the ginger with a teaspoon… whack it in the nutribullet and give it a good whizz!
Carrot Cake Smoothie Recipe
Don’t you just love carrot cake ?! I salivate thinking about it. The moistness, juicy sultanas and don’t get me started on the cream cheese frosting. Mamma Mia !
My neighbour surprised me the other day with a takeaway coffee and a slice of homemade carrot cake from a local tea shop. Well, it was gone in seconds.
One of our Lean Greens readers sent in this great Carrot Cake Smoothie recipe. And I have to say it tastes mighty fine and without stating the obvious better for you !
- ½ cup carrot juice
- ½ cup almond milk
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 1 chopped banana
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp flax seed
- 2-3 tsp Lean Greens
Optional: ¼ cup chopped walnuts, ¼ cup raisins, ¼ cup pineapple pieces.
- Whizz it all together in a blender and enjoy !
Chocolate Lean Greens Smoothie
Now we’d all love to have chocolate cake every day and not see the effects. But such is life and we’d definitely not get away with that. However, recently blogger, Amy Katz from VeggiesSaveTheDay.com produced this awesome recipe for a Chocolate Lean Greens Smoothie, that is pretty damn close to tasting like a chocolate milkshake.
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 2 Medjool dates
- 1 scoop Lean Greens
- 2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
- 2 frozen bananas
- Cacao nibs for topping, optional
- Place all the ingredients in a high-speed blender such as a Vitamix or Nutribullet. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with cacao nibs, if desired. Enjoy!
So you see creating healthy smoothie recipes with your Nutribullet, need not be a chore, or look like pond water. Creating your own Nutribullet recipes is super easy with our smoothie cheat sheet… and the taste can be sorted with some clever uses of the right green ingredients.
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