When I was at school, my Geography teacher explained his theory on body piercing. He suggested that if you were supposed to have pieces of metal stuck through your body, God would have designed you with holes. I actually think he meant “more holes” or “specific holes”, but let’s not go there.
It’s this sort of logic that comes to mind when I think of a NutriBullet. It’s marketed as a “nutrient extractor” and is “specifically engineered to break down the cell walls of food to create the most nutrient-dense smoothies possible”. In other words, you get to eat the whole fruit or vegetable (scraggy stalks and cores and all).
However, I’m still not going to put my banana skin in my smoothie. If my mother told me I wasn’t supposed to eat it and my stomach can’t break it down after an intense period of back and forth, up and down mastacation, evolution tells me that it’s probably not essential to my diet whether I’ve mixed it with water and almond milk or not.
Therefore I still really only see the NutriBullet as that expensive blender that Joe Wicks throws frozen blueberries at on Instagram. And this is the reason I got one. I fell victim to the clever marketing of the fitness lot, especially the ones trying to acheive a bikini body. I also fell victim to the clever marketing suggesting that these were initially hard to buy and I fell victim to the clever marketing of setting the initial price point at around £100, suggesting that this is a class leader and a premium product that will improve my health simply by me owning it.
No pressure then.
I justified the extra cost of the NutriBullet over competitors by reading more impressive marketing speak from their website. “The secret of the NutriBullet is its powerful 600 watt motor combined with bullet cyclonic action that forces everything through the turbo extractor blades at an incredible 20,000 RPM breaking down and pulverising stems, seeds and skins where some of the usually neglected essential nutrition lies.”
If we ignore the hyperbole, unnecessary words and my aforementioned issue with “neglected essential nutrition”, I read “it mushes things up real good”. This was the issue I was trying to solve with the NutriBullet over my Breville Blend Active Personal Blender. The latter only runs at 300W but is nearly a fifth of the price of the NutriBullet. I no longer wanted to drink my smoothie and then have to pick pieces of kale off my teeth.
The NutriBullet does produce a very smooth result. If I blend for a reasonable time of 20-30 seconds rather than the couple of seconds necessary to break down the fruit and veg to mush, my chia seeds are no longer visible in the smoothie.
I bought the standard NutriBullet in the 12 piece set which included a milling blade. I like this blade a lot. It’s effective at grinding down things like cocoa nibs which I love to add to my smoothies.
Frozen bananas are my staple ingredient. To those I will add a soya milk or almond milk, either chocolate or vanilla flavour. I’ll usually add the ground cocao nibs and chia seeds and a dash of cinammon, the size of which is dependent on whether I want to be able to taste it or just want the nutritional benefit. On top of that I’ll either do frozen kale and spinach with spirulina, or I’ll simply add whatever frozen fruit I can get my hands on. To the level previously explained, the NutriBullet has absolutely no issue with these ingredients.
The main reason for buying the NutriBullet, in my opinion, is the size and shape of the cups. Compared to my Breville and other on-the-go blenders, the
girth diameter of these cups feels more like drinking an actual drink than something I’m making just because it’s healthy. When all the seeds have sunk to the bottom of a tall, thin container, you end up still having to eat your ingredients rather than being able to easily stir them back in to the rest of the smoothie.
Bigger motor, bigger cups, more food, better experience.
This is kind of the reason that I would recommend everyone buy such a blender, whether a NutriBullet or not. These on-the-go versions, for me, aren’t about getting more out of what you normally eat. They are about eating more of what you wouldn’t usually because this is a convenient way to do so. Don’t think of it as making a smoothie that you drink, but making something to eat conveniently.
If you want to eat healthily, this is a convenient way to get more fruit and veg in your diet. You can also add any number of powders to increase the nutrient profile. Think things like spirulina, bee pollen, ground cocoa nibs, supergreens, flax seeds, hemp and maca. If your goal is improving athletic performance or increasing calorofic intake, you can do that too. Simply add ground oats, protein powder or even drink your sweet potato. Think about using an oat milk base too.
I did, once, even read of people putting chicken and rice in their smoothies.
Whatever the reason, you can make your smoothie, screw on the lid, rinse the blade under the tap and you’re away. Whether you want to spend the extra money on a NutriBullet is up to you. I certainly wouldn’t put you off. How much would you pay for convenience?