2.18.2014

Why I Love My Nutribullet


About a month ago, I was wandering through Target with Dai and we stopped to look in the kitchen section (because he is obsessed with it). That's when I saw the NutriBullet and was immediately intrigued by it. I read every word on the box and was sold. Since it happened to be on sale and I had some birthday money stashed away, I decided it had to be mine.

So, what is it exactly? According to the box, it is a "nutrition extractor," which supposedly makes it better than a blender for making smoothies, and better than a juicer because of all the nutritious fibers a juicer disposes of.

To me, it is two important things: 1) a smaller, easier to use & clean "blender" of sorts and 2) a more cost effective and healthier alternative to juicing.

After watching a documentary about juicing back in 2012, I was very interested in it and attempted to make it a regular part of my routine. It was great while it lasted, but the juicer was annoying to clean and discarded so much of what I actually put into it. It turns out that all the stuff the juicer deemed as "waste" is actually very important. Also, because the juicer didn't use all that I put into it, the practice quickly got very expensive. And the results tasted awful anyway.

Here's the other thing: I am lazy. Yep, I said it. I love that I can just dump whatever I want in here, turn it on for about 30 seconds, and BOOM I have breakfast, lunch, or sometimes even dinner. It is simple and doesn't take up much of my time, which is very important to me as a college student constantly on the go.

Over the past month, I have been experimenting with all types of ingredients. It has been a lot of fun to try new things and test out different combinations to find what I like best. To me, the smoothies taste great. I have gotten used to a heavier greens taste and don't mind it much. The unsweetened almond milk I usually add also gives it a smoother, creamier taste.

As recommended in the NutriBullet handbook, I try to make the majority of my smoothie greens based, with just a bit of fruit. Fruit is great for you, but it is also very sugary, so the most nutrition comes from the greens. I buy a "power greens" mix at Costco that I just love. I usually just add a few handfuls of that, a bit of fruit (frozen is great for thickening and cooling your drink), maybe some almonds, some seeds (such as chia, flax, or pumpkin), and some almond or coconut milk. Then I just blend it up! 
Using my NutriBullet has been wonderful so far. I love starting my mornings with a big green smoothie. I feel more energized, light, and ready to take on the day when I do. I also sometimes make a smoothie at lunch time to bring with me to work and drink for dinner when I have to head to my night class. It gives me a second wind and helps me to focus on my work that evening in class. Plus, the smoothie container comes with a lid, so it travels well and keeps well in the fridge until I am ready to drink it a few hours later. I just give it a quick shake and it is good to go!

To wrap things up, I thought I would share one of my favorite recipes to date:

- a few handfuls of greens (I like mine heavy on the greens, so I fill the blending container about 2/3 full)
- a small handful of frozen pineapple
- 1/2 a banana
- about 10 almonds
- 1 spoonful of flax seeds
- 1 spoonful of chia seeds
- about 8oz of almond milk (you can also add some water too if you would like)

I hope you enjoyed this look into my new favorite toy! I am definitely having a lot of fun with it and can't wait to keep experimenting. I think it will be great to have this summer to make all sorts of refreshing drinks, maybe even some with iced tea in them too!

Have you heard of a NutriBullet or have thought about getting one? Do you already have one? What are your thoughts on it or making smoothies in general? Tell me, friends!

If you have any questions at all, don't be afraid to ask :)


4 comments:

Z K said...

This look so good! Our blender definitely couldn't handle that stuff but this looks like a great investment! Wish I was more into smoothies, haha. :]

Itbritt said...

I have a nutri bullet knock off.
and I love it. its such an awesome invention - and so easy to clean.
\\\ BUT I still love my juicer to death.
And there is no way I could have as many smoothies as I do juices.
Tooo much fiber.

Jess // Foreign Room said...

That's true! They are much more filling and harder to drink a large amount of. You can just mindlessly sip on juice, so that's true!

Jess // Foreign Room said...

I have always liked smoothies, but the easiness of my nutribullet has made me really love them, so maybe you would too haha :)

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