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Monday, 20 October 2014

The NutriBullet: A Review

As you all know, I'm a juicer.

Juicing has been a big part of my life for almost two years now; I juice daily and regularly juice fast too.

My brother, on the other hand, is a blender. He drinks daily smoothies and we regularly have 'discussions' (sometimes rather heated ones!) on whether juicing or blending is better for us. I've tackled this question in my FAQ in quite a well educated and diplomatic way I think ;) 

Juicing and blending are two completely different things - and both are great for you, for different reasons. The long and short of is it that juicing removes the indigestible fibre from fruit and veggies, which means the nutrients and vitamins are more easily absorbed and your digestive system gets a bit of a break too. Smoothies still contain all the fibre from the fruits and vegetables, which is a very important part of your diet, and this makes them a lot more filling (so they are ideal at breakfast time) and means they're much easier to make, with less wastage. 



I was given a Nutribullet to try recently and I have to say, it has revolutionised my life. I know that sounds stupid but it really has - and in so many ways too. I can't imagine living without one now!

First up is its size. It's really compact and can easily be stored away, unlike my juicer and Vitamix, both of which are beasts and would take up an entire cupboard each if I even attempted to take them off of the work surface. I keep the spare cups and blades to the NutriBullet in my tupperware cupboard and leave the base out at all times because I've been using it every day - but it's good to know it could be tucked away easily if necessary! The fact it's so compact also means it is easily transportable for nights/weekends/weeks away, so there's no need to stop juicing just because you're off on your jollies or a business trip.



I also love that it makes juicing (and cleaning up afterwards) completely and utterly effortless. With the juicer, even though you can just lob everything in, pips and all, it's still quite a mission to get everything cleaned up when you're finished. I don't object to doing it (in fact I think my juicer is one of the easiest models to clean!) but it can be a pain in the butt when you're desperate to rush out of the door on the school run. (Caked on fruit and vegetable pulp is a bit like caked on Weetabix.... It has to be cleaned straight away or it sticks like concrete!). Similarly, my blender requires prepared fruits vegetables - things that have been de-seeded and peeled in most circumstances. Cleaning the jug may be fairly easy afterwards but all that chopping can be time consuming. In both instances there is considerable amounts of waste.

One of my favourite features (silly I know) is that the NutriBullet comes with different sized cups, all with handles and lids - so if I'm running late I can just whack a lid on it and drink on the go (or I can just stick in a straw and enjoy at home if I have a lazy morning ahead).

Nutribullets don't juice, and they don't blend; they extract. They completely break down ingredients into their most nutritious and most absorptive state so you really are getting the best of everything; the fast goodness fix of juices, the fibre of smoothies - and no waste at all (yay!). I don't know the scientific details, but basically the NutriBullet blades completely pulverise the stems, seeds, and skins of fruits and vegetables, which is where most of the essential nutrition lies. Neither juicers nor blenders do this, so NutriBullets really are in a league of their own. 





Aside from smoothies, NutriBullets also make amazing soups, pasta sauces, dressings, all-natural ice creams, dips and they come with a Milling Blade that can mill brown rice into brown rice flour, almonds into almond butter, wheat berries into all-natural wheat flour and so much more. Pretty darn impressive, non?



Over the past fortnight I've had at least one meal replacement NutriBlast every day. Although it comes with a recipe book, I've been making my own depending on what I fancy and what I have in the fridge (top tip: fruit and veg taste COMPLETELY different juiced, so try everything, even if you don't think you're going to like it) and I also add linseed, dried goji berries, chia seeds and wheatgrass powder to my combinations for an extra boost. As with blenders, a small bit of liquid is required; the amount is dependent on taste. You can just use tap water, but I've been using coconut water, fresh juices and various dairy free milks! 

The NutriBullet costs just £99 and is such a good investment. My juicer cost almost £200 and my Vitamix almost £400 - so when you take those figures into account you could actually describe it as a bargain and, comparing it to the Vitamix, I would actually say the NutriBullet is better as it's smaller, easier to clean and a quarter of the price!

They are available from all good retailers but the best place to buy is via the official website - they also have a FlexiPay option too which is brilliant and only costs an additional £7 to spread the cost out over three months.

I'm obsessed with mine - have you seen my Instagram feed lately?! - and have been recommending it to everyone that will listen. If you have an interest in clean/raw eating and juicing then this kitchen gadget is definitely for you.xo

DISCLAIMER: I was gifted a NutriBullet for the purpose of this review.

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4 comments

  1. This is so timely. My friend got one last month and raves about it. My sister in law has had one forever and was raving about it when we went to stay. And now you're raving about it - I reckon 3 raves and I should buy!

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  2. It sounds brilliant! I'm not that into juicing because I do feel it takes a lot of time!

    Kerry @ Lived With Love | Mummy, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  3. I keep seeing these everywhere....They really do sound fantastic x

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  4. I've had a nutribullet for a couple of months now and like you I love it and it's revolutionised my life- as dramatic as that sounds! It's sooo easy and quick to make a juice and then clean up, and the cups and lids it comes with make it so simple to make as your dashing out the door! Looking forward to seeing more of your juice combinations on IG!

    Luisa
    www.astylishsomething.com

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