Tuesday, 14 July 2015

My Nutribullet


I've been asked lots of questions recently about the Nutribullet so I thought I would dedicate today's post to it.  I must point out categorically that this is NOT a sponsored post.  I don't do them .... I only recommend things that I use and that I think are worth recommending,  As it used to say on my sidebar 'I cannot be bought for the price of a gadget' !!

The link on the sidebar that takes you to Amazon to read all about the Nutribullet, by looking at the customer reviews, is there for your information.  I will be totally honest and say that if you order anything on Amazon through this link or the book link above it I DO get a small percentage as a recommendation fee.  But I will also point out that Lakeland sell the Nutribullet and last week they had it cheaper than Amazon (and they have brilliant customer service).  Also for the first time, last week I spotted it for sale in Sainsbury's next to a cheaper copy of it.  So you can choose for yourself where to buy from and whether to go for the original or a copy..


When I bought mine, I got this package and it cost me £99.99.  Being honest again I haven't read the books, I simply read through the little booklet and the A4 information sheet and I was off.


In the book that is on the righthand side of the picture above this one, you have all the information about the Nutribullet.  It tells you what the component parts are, how to use it, there are lots of recipes and also very handily if you want to use this as a start of a future healthy eating habit, it has a 'six week transformation plan' with recipes for the Nutribullet and for other foods that will help you to feel healthier and healthier as the weeks go on.  There is also a very useful journal section at the back to log your meals and make notes about how you feel during this transformation.

  When I first started making Nutriblasts I used the small cups, but I have worked my way up to the large one, which holds a full pint and this is what I now have for breakfast most days.


The basic formula ....


... and my interpretation of it on Friday morning of last week.  

 Lovely Hubby's is already in the large cup  ready to be whizzed up and mine is still laid out on the chopping board.  Basically it's 50% veggies, just under 50% fruit and a quarter of a cup of the 'boost' ingredients.  Here I have sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and green powder. 

A lot of the questions that I have received both on the blog and via email have been about the difference between the Nutribullet and a blender.  Well in my opinion the Nutribullet is like a very strong, souped up small blender and food processor all in one.  It whizzes up whole apples, ice cubes, seeds, pips, nuts etc into liquid.  The only thing that I find that is left a bit 'gritty' on your teeth is blackberries, as it seems to leave the seeds in the berries slightly intact.  Everything else is whizzed to a perfectly smooth drink.  

The alternative blade that you get with it is used for milling, and can cope easily with turning oats, nuts and seeds into flours to use in baking, brilliant if you want to save money on buying Ground Almonds for instance, as you can whizz up just enough for each recipe you use and have them lovely and fresh, so it stops you having to buy things in two different formats, almonds and ground almonds, normal sugar and caster sugar.  I've stopped buying caster sugar completely and if I do need some I just whizz up the amount to sprinkle on top of a cake, whizzing the sugar even further gives you icing sugar!!

The best thing in my opinion is that unlike a juicer you get the full benefit of the whole fruit or vegetable, and therefore all the goodness, and because you are drinking a thicker liquid I find it does keep you feeling fuller for a lot longer.  For example if I have my Nutriblast at nine in the morning I do not start to feel hungry until around two in the afternoon.

  And I have to be honest here, I do feel virtuous for having started my day in such a healthy way.  Until I got this I hardly ate any fruit, as I was finding most fruits way too sweet for my palate, but the fruit sugars are dampened down nicely, if you want them to be, by using dark green leaves.

My Mum uses it to liquidise leftover stews from the night before to a meaty soup for the next days lunch.  This is something else I have to mention if you live on your own or maybe have little space for worktop/ countertop gadgets and yet need to have help for whizzing, chopping or liquidising this is the perfect gadget for you.

Word is spreading about this amazing gadget, and now the Nutribullet seems to be popping up everywhere almost exclusively with good reports, but I have just seen one article about a girl whose Nutribullet seemingly exploded and sent hot liquid all over her.  I really don't understand this, whether it was a fault with the machine or whether she used hot liquids in it I really don't know, but I find there is always some negative publicity about any newish product that gets popular.  This one case is the only one I have come across though of anyone who has had an accident with it.

It is important to know that only cold foods should be put in the Nutribullet and if you want to do as Mum does and process leftover foods into a soup, simply put the leftovers into the fridge overnight and then process them just before you tip them into a pan to reheat.  Or alternatively let them go completely cold before processing and putting into the fridge for the next day.


This was my view a while ago before starting this blog post, (I've been interrupted quite a few times since then) my breakfast in front of me fresh green and very tasty ..... and yes, it's all gone now!!

I can honestly say that when I have one or two Nutriblasts a day I feel fantastic.  My skin has really improved, my nails are growing fast, too fast in fact I hate having to file them down so often and I am sleeping so well.

I hope this has answered some of your questions, if you have any more please feel free to leave them as a comment below and I will try and answer them when I get back on the computer later.  Now I'm off to the polytunnel to harvest some more spinach for the rest of the weeks Nutriblasts and to get a bit of weeding done, although it might have looked super neat on yesterdays post,  the weeds love the growing conditions in there as much as the vegetables do!!

Sue xx

33 comments:

  1. sorry but I just wouldnt have the time for all that fussing in the morning, a bowl of cereal or porridge on the go sometimes toast and marmite is whats on my menu :-)

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    1. It's so quick, much, much faster than porridge and no washing up except for the cup, the blade just gets run under the tap and it's clean, not like using a blender at all. I love it, it's simplified my routine for sure.

      I love buttered toast but unfortunately it doesn't love me. I need to experiment with different breads, but even so there is such a sugar dip not long after eating toast I'm hungry again halfway through the morning.

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  2. I would say that your nutriblast goes hand in hand with your home grown veg. All of that super zooped up goodness. I have a ninja which is similar. I use it relatively frequently but not daily.

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    1. Yes, it's working out really well, from polytunnel to tummy in less than ten minutes :-)

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  3. I may invest in the future. My friend has one but some of her concoctions look like sludge ha ha

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    1. Some of the concoctions can be a bit sludgy but I find half an avocado makes it silky smooth, and I didn't even like avocados until I got this, I've been trying to get myself eating them for years.

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  4. I'm tempted by the idea of nutriblasts for breakfast (although bacon butties call to me constantly), but just mentioned the idea to DH........he looked at me as though I'd completely lost the plot!
    I've changed his eating habits beyond all recognition during the past thirty two years, but somehow feel that this would be a step too far!
    If I served him a green liquid breakfast I don't think I'd see him for dust!!!

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    1. I must have an exceptional man then because Lovely Hubby loves them, but he is a salad and veg eating carnivore :-)

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  5. I've been juicing recently with a macerating juicer but can't but notice how much of the fruit and veg is wasted and of course all the fiber which tempers the fruit sugars so I think in due course I will invest in one of these beauties.
    Great review and with Lakeland they have an excellent after sales returns policy.

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    1. That's what put me off juicing, although I have kept the juicer to juice apples for Lovely Hubbys apple juice and cider harvest later this year :-)

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  6. I do this also! I freeze some fruits, bananas in slices, strawberries in halves, etc. so all I have to do is grab a bag from the freezer, drop them in, and whiz! I use a half cup non-fat unsweetened yogurt, greens I keep prepped in my fridge, protein powder, inulin for fiber, avocado, fresh pineapple for flavor, and liquefy it all with kefir water I brew myself. Very easy, quick, and decidedly healthier than toast! It was fun to read that you do the same!

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    1. I keep meaning to do this, have little freezer bags full of ready selected and chopped fruit and veg, but up to now I haven't got round to it. I must spend half an hour one day doing it, thanks for the reminder.

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  7. Thanks very much for this post as you have answered my questions and then some. I will have to save up for this, but it should be worthwhile. Best to you.

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    1. My pleasure. Hopefully as you save up they will keep coming down in price and you will meet in the middle :-)

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  8. Great post Sue, I recently bought one and need to start using it more now that some digestive problems have settled (couldn't tolerate much fibre), I found using the big cup wasteful as drank half and was full, so put rest in fridge and then didn't always use it, but am going to take WendyfromNY's idea and prep things and freeze then can just pull out enough for small portion - thank you.

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    1. I think it might also be worth trying to freeze the Nutriblast that you don't manage to finish, it should thaw out okay and be fine to drink.

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  9. LOVE my Nutribullet too!! And I also use prepped frozen stuff to make my mornings faster. Lots of recipe ideas on Pinterest :-)

    I got mine from Ideal World for £89.99 free p&p plus a hardback recipe book and 2 packets of powder (raw cacao and a wheatgrass) They do deals every now and again, just keep an eye their website.

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    1. That WAS a bargain!! I use lots of raw cacao and it's not cheap ... but is delicious in Ella's Raw Brownies recipe :-)

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  10. Hi Sue! Greetings from the USA. Thanks for posting about your Nutribullet. I went ahead and ordered one from Amazon just now. I used to juice but stopped a year or so ago .... need to get back on it with the hubby. Thank you for the inspiration :) Best of luck with your organic gardening .... I really enjoy reading about your activities and your homestead there looks amazing. S.

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    1. Thank you, what a lovely comment.

      Hope you enjoy your Nutribullet, they do so much more than a juicer would. :-)

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  11. Hi Sue, greetings from New Zealand. I've had a Nutri-bullet for years - my original one was called a Magic Bullet, and I totally agree, it's wonderful. It handles the small quantities we need now the family has left home much better than a blender or food processor. But, I bought a second one (thinking mine was so old it would die very soon) and made the mistake of buying a Made-in-China-rip-off from one of those "Daily Deal" sites. Well, the motor made a noise like a 747 taking off and it just was not as good as the original. So, I'm using that, enjoying having a couple of extra cups, and I'll buy a genuine Nutri-Bullet when mine finally expires!

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    1. Isn't it just always the way, we dash out and buy a second version of something only to find it's nowhere as good as the first and then we're disappointed. At least you've got the extra cups which really do come in useful. I even use the spare cups to store things in in the fridge, very handy.

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  12. Thank you for today's inspirational post, Sue. I bought a Nutribullet, but after a couple of weeks it was tidied away into a cupboard - and has rarely seen daylight since. So bad of me, because the whole idea is fantastic. I shall now go and make my brunch (haven't had breakfast yet) and from now on, the Nutribullet will be staying out on my worktop. I also intend to cut up fruit that might otherwise be wasted and bag it for the freezer, making it handy for 'ready meals'.

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    1. That's why mine lives on the worktop, it gets used so often dust never gets time to settle :-)

      The making 'ready meal' bags of fruit and veg is THE way to make things even easier isn't it, I am going to do it next week, and have a box of bags in the freezer ready for action.

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  13. Have these liquid meals helped with your total health Sue? i.e. Have they helped with your weight loss as well as fatigue, skin etc...? X

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    1. I didn't want to make any claims on here ....but YES for sure I am so much healthier after having a week of two Nutriblasts a day with an ordinary evening meal (avoiding wheat and milk products). My skin is improving visibly, my weight is slowly and steadily going down, but the most important thing is how alert I feel and full of energy.

      My Mum's neighbour who bought one after Mum raved about hers, has a husband who has been having treatment for prostate cancer and other life threatening ailments for years has been having Nutriblasts every day for the past few weeks and for the first time in over two years feels well enough to go on holiday with his wife. We honestly thought he was dying two Christmases ago, which is why they moved to the little bungalow next door to Mum, he needed to know that when he went his wife would be somewhere safe and secure. We were stood talking to him at the bus stop last week and he had a real twinkle in his eye.

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    2. Thank you for taking the time to answer my question :). That's great news about your mums neighbour! I have heard a few things about liquid fruit and veg diets helping folk with health problems.
      I'm definitely going to give it a go. You're a great inspiration for so many things. Bless you and yours xx

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  14. Sue, you have inspired me to buy a nutribullet. I am so looking forward to trying all the smoothies. Thank you for this post. Deb x

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    1. My pleasure, I hope you have lots of healthy fun with it :-)

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  15. Well Sue, I bit the (nutri) bullet this afternoon and went out and bought one!
    I told DH that he doesn't have to join me in the world of green breakfasts, but as he eats salad, fruit and veggies until they're coming out of his ears, eating them for breakfast shouldn't be too difficult!
    I got mine from Costco, it came with extras, a 'colossal cup' with a 'flip top, to go lid' and was the bargain price of £77-98!
    I've used it once already, carrot, pineapple, apple and ginger, lovely! Tomorrow morning I shall start properly with spinach, fruit and nuts/seeds. DH has said he really doesn't fancy a green breakfast, but he's willing to try them for a few days to see if he likes them, and if they keep him 'full' in the same way that cereal and milk does!
    Just one question, what's your 'green powder'?

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    1. Yay ... well done, and WHAT a bargain :-)

      Green powder blog post coming up .......

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  16. Hi Sue

    I am so far behind on reading blog posts due to my recent holiday (interestingly to your neck of the woods, North wales!). You have inspired me to buy a nutribullet 900 and I had my first one for breakfast today.

    It was beautiful and will be a great way to use all of the swiss chard and spinach from my allotment!

    Out of interest, how do you get the nuts to go smooth, or do they not go completely smooth? I used some almonds and there were still little bits in the smoothie. I am considering getting some almond milk to use instead.

    Many thanks for the post as I have been debating getting one for a while and your post helped me make up my mind.

    Donnax

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    1. I don't worry to much about nuts and seeds being a little bit 'bitty', but if you want them completely smooth the easiest way is to use the 'milling' blade and grind enough nuts for a weeks Nutriblasts. The milling blade gets harder things really powdery if you run it in a few long bursts. I use this to make Almond or Oat Flour for different recipes.

      It's a fantastic way to use up spinach isn't it, this is the first year I am easily keeping up with all the plants :-)

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