Like most people, I own a few kitchen gadgets. This includes both a blender and a juicer.
My blender is just a cheap supermarket blender. I use it regularly for blitzing soups and smoothies. It is basic but works ok, struggles with things like tomato skins in soups. The blades are integrated into the jug which makes it difficult to clean & hard to make smaller quantities of things (like dips etc).
My juicer (also a cheap version from the supermarket) has been out of its box maybe twice since I brought it around 5 years ago. It is messy and difficult to clean. I also found the preparation of the fruit and vegetables off putting, not to mention the fact that lots of apples go into one glass of fresh apple juice.
The Nutribullet is marketed as a "Nutrition Extractor" that utilises the whole of the fruit, vegetable, seed or nut. The high powered blades are designed to blitz up things such as spinach, cored apples and nuts to make healthy "Nutriblasts" which can be used for breakfast, lunch or snacks on the go or re fulling after a work out session.
The Nutribullet is widely available and comes in various varieties (different power options, colours and attachments). The products (on Amazon.co.uk) range from approximately £50 - £150.
I opted for a 12 piece set and a 600 watt motor. The set had lids for the carry mugs which I thought was a must... It also had some Nutriblast supplements included within the package which I thought would be nice to try.
Here is the link
I ordered the Nutribullet the day before I had my ankle operation and it arrived a few days later. I was keen to try it out. The Nutribullet comes with a recipe book with some flavour combinations for you to try.
This is a nice place to start, however I decided to see what was in my fridge and make up my own recipe.
(There is also a wealth of recipes online).
Four days post op and feeling a bit sick, with help from a friend - I used my Nutribullet to make my first "Nutriblast". The ginger was just what I needed to settle my stomach & the whole process was quick and easy. The "Nutriblast" was healthy and tasty. The flavour was fruity but not too sweet (probably due to the spinach).
The next "Nutriblast" was a bit of an experiment...
Add some water...
Whizz it all up...
This was also very nice & tasted really healthy. It was not as sweet as the last one as it had more vegetables but I didn't mind that. I could have added more honey to make it sweeter. The browny colour was off putting though.
This morning I tried a fruit milkshake style "Nutriblast" for my breakfast...
Blackberries, raspberries, banana & soya milk.
Unfortunately this happened...
Perhaps I hadn't tightened the blade into the jug properly... Only a little had seeped into the base & I managed to get it clean although it took me a few minutes (balancing on one leg).
The texture of the "Nutriblast" is so much better than the texture of smoothies made with a blender.
The photo on the left is a blueberry and banana smoothie made with a blender - the photo on the right is today's "Nutriblast".
All in all, I am impressed with the Nutribullet. It is quick & easy to use (especially useful for me at the moment). It's also easy to clean (providing it doesn't leak). The high powered blades make light work of fruit and vegetable skin, nuts and seeds & produce tasty drinks with a nice smooth texture. The cups have lids and handles slowing the drinks to be transported well (again, this is helpful for me at the moment).
The Nutribullet user guide also says that it is suitable for making soups and dips too. I am looking forward to trying this out!