I LOVE my Bullet! NutriBullet by Magic Bullet Product Review

Two years ago I got a part-time job at an educational toy store to help out our single-income living. It was a great! I got a good discount on toys for both my kids and my nieces, and some extra cash to spend on others on my Christmas list. I really enjoyed the job, but I found myself getting really hungry while I was at work. I think this was because I was so accustomed to grazing all day (ah, the life of the homeschooling mom!).

I wasn’t sure what to do about this until another friend who worked in retail told me about making smoothies for herself, and then sipping on them through the day. Brilliant! I was an instant convert. The smoothies were quick, delicious and healthy, and kept the hunger pangs at bay. I even bought a “new” (second-hand) blender off Kijiji for $10 to replace my old broken one.

I started making a smoothie before my shift, and keeping it within reach so I could “graze” without having to wipe crumbs off my face or risk chewing in a customer’s ear.

This worked really well, until the day my “new” blender started smoking from the effort of chewing up some particularly lovely local kale. I was devastated! How could I get my smoothie fix with a broken blender?!

My panic did not last long, as I resolved to replace my second-hand blender with a new model that would be faster, more powerful, and much more expensive. Good thing I had my little job!

img_1699I started researching my options. I quickly realized that I could go really high-end with a Vitamix or a Blendtec, spending a boat-load of money, but getting the absolute Cadillac of blenders. Unfortunately I didn’t have a boat-load of money, especially not to spend on a blender.

On the other end of the spectrum I saw personal blenders for as low as $20 for some models. I have had bad experiences with extremely low-priced small appliances like this, so these ones didn’t even make it to the discussion.

Somewhere in the middle was the NutriBullet.

vintage-blender-loveI knew my Mother-in-Law had bought a NutriBullet about a year ago, so I called her for her impression.

I asked her the key question everyone should ask before buying a new gadget: (i.e. there are reasons why there are ALWAYS ice cream makers, bread machines and, ahem, George Foreman grills at the second-hand store . . . and some of them may have been mine)

“Do you actually still use this thing?”

After a year, her answer was still YES! She told me she was still making smoothies on a near-daily basis.

This boded well (I think I used my bread maker, ice cream maker and grill steady for maybe three months before they started languishing in the cupboard. Well, except the ice cream maker . . . which I used once . . . )

Once I had her thumbs-up, I felt even more confident about the mostly 5-star ratings on Amazon.ca and CanadianTire.ca. There were a few reviewers who had concerns about the unit leaking, so I asked my Mother-In-Law about that as well. She told me it had leaked once or twice, but once she had started keeping the liquid level below the “Max” line, it had not leaked again.

This agreed with advice I read online, so I determined that the leaking issue was in fact a non-issue for me.

nutribulletBy this time, I had done a lot of research. I was getting thirsty for a smoothie. I had decided to buy a Nutribullet. And, because it’s me, I wanted it *right away*. I also wanted to make sure I would have no problems returning it just in case the leaking non-issue turned out to actually BE an issue after all.

So I headed out to Canadian Tire (Canadian Tire money safe in its dedicated pocket in my wallet), and I bought the Nutribullet 900.

My review of the Nutribullet 900

kaleSo, if you read the title of the review, you already know the answer: I LOVE MY NUTRIBULLET!

I love having green smoothies every day. They help me stay full until lunch . . . well, at least elevenses.

I love knowing that whatever else I consume throughout the day, I have already had at least 3-4 servings of fruit & veggies to start the day off.

I love having a way to consume kefir without gagging.

I love unlocking healthy fats from chia and flax seeds, and using coconut oil to release fat-soluble minerals from the blended up veggies.

If you catch me on a really *good* day I might try to convince you that green smoothies will save the world.

I got mine at least 6 months ago, and I still use it every day. It’s not hard to keep the fridge & freezer stocked with smoothie ingredients like bananas, strawberries, kale, chia, flax and kefir, and if I run out, there are innumerable delicious recipes out there (including in this local Sudbury-written cookbook, Greens 24/7 by Jessica Nadel). In fact, I even grew a mini smoothie-garden this summer, featuring kale and strawberries!

I will confess that mine HAS leaked a couple of times. But each time it has been because I overfilled it. Luckily, clean-up is not hard: there is a drainage hole that leads down to the base, which I have made sure to gently flush out so it won’t get clogged with smoothie gunk.

If I had one complaint, it would be the bulky packaging and the unnecessary redundant advertising “recipe books”. TWO hard-bound books trying to convince me of the health benefits, in French and English? Really? When I’ve *already* bought the thing? PLUS two soft-cover books that seem to be just shorter versions of the hard-covers? A simple slim pamphlet would have sufficed.

But I can forgive them, because, as I already said, I LOVE my Bullet!


I’ve included my Amazon.ca affiliate links in this post, so please, if YOU have a boat-load of money to spend on a blender, please do so through my link! I would be eternally grateful 😀

Real Food Standby #2: Smoothies

We’re officially on day 4 of our Real Food Revolution, and things are going so well. My kid has been able to stay in the “green zone” pretty much 100% of the time, not counting normal reactions to having shiny pieces of red ribbon snatched away by her little brother and that sort of thing.

To be honest, I feel a little guilty and silly for not trying this earlier. Imagine trying to learn and figure out the world, all the while battling these monster reactions to stuff your mom keeps giving you!!

I think the biggest change has been with our breakfast. We used to have oatmeal with honey and blueberries, or cream of wheat with brown sugar. No more! We’re still having oatmeal, but I’m using a few drops of Stevia instead of the honey. And we’re also starting the day with a smoothie, which gives them some fruit, some pro-biotics in the form of yogurt, and some omega-3s from flax oil.

With organic blueberries and sustainable strawberries, this is certainly adding to our budget but hopefully next year I can stock up when they are in season. (I think I will need a bigger freezer!) The kids are loving their smoothies (as am I!), and I feel really good getting all that healthy stuff into them at the top of the day.

So here’s the recipe. You can adjust the quantities depending on your taste and budget. I just eyeball it, to be honest!

Breakfast Smoothie

yogurt

frozen blueberries

frozen strawberries

1 ripe banana

4-5 drops of Stevia

3-4 tsp flax oil (it’s pretty flavourless so I’ve been increasing it day by day)

water to cover

Toss everything into the blender. Blend on highest speed until smooth. Enjoy with a side of soaked oatmeal.