My husband LOVES (me) smoothies. His goal is to increase his protein intake, especially after a tough weights session. But in conjunction with my increased interest in green juices, I've persuaded him to start adding greens into his smoothies too.
We had a George Foreman Mix & Go, but it just couldn't handle the heat - both the number of smoothies (at least, one, if not two or - if I have a smoothie too - three a day!), and the types of ingredients we wanted to include ie. nuts, ice, frozen fruit, kale etc. It died just before Christmas.
My parents were briefed with these requirements, and on Christmas day (well, shortly after due to a stock shortage) we welcomed our Nutri Ninja to our appliance family!
I've been making one or two smoothies on a weekend for the last month or so, and I have to say, I'm pretty impressed with this baby. In the box you get three different sized containers, plus sip lids.
It is super easy to use! You just put your ingredients into the container, then screw tight the Pro Extractor blades base directly onto the container. Tip it over, and click the base into place.
Then you just tip over the container, and click the base into place on the motor.
Then the fun begins! I've mostly just used the 'Blend' function. At first I thought something was broken - the blender stopped and started. What I noticed however, was that whenever it stopped, the ingredients were able to redistribute to the bottom of the container, and then get ground up by the blades next time it started. In total, the cycle takes 45 seconds. This is the Auto IQ technology they rave about.
Occasionally I've used the Stop / Start and Pulse buttons. Usually when I've added too many ingredients so the smoothie is extra thick, and I want to add some more water or milk to thin it out.
I've thrown all kinds of ingredients into the Nutri Ninja. My favourite blend includes:
- Chia seeds
- Strawberry Protein Powder
- Frozen blueberries
- Enough milk to thin out the mix
The Nutri Ninja seems to be holding it's own so far in our house! Gareth has also added almonds, walnuts, eggs, spinach, carrot, cucumber, and ice, with no problems at all. There is also an Ultra Blend function, which can be used for the tougher, harder ingredients, to make sure they get properly smashed up.
I also like that it's super easy to clean and convenient - you just rinse the containers and blades and lids. They are BPA free and dishwasher safe, but in our house we need to use them before the next dishwasher cycle, so they never make it that far.
|Bad smoothie combination!|
I'm not going to lie - it's pricey - from about $250. Although we got it as a present, we were still definitely considering buying one, because we've tried the cheaper versions, and it just didn't work for us. The Nutri Ninja seems to be worth the (parental) investment!
I have not been compensated in any way for this review. All opinions are my own.
What is your favourite kitchen appliance? What is your favourite smoothie combination?