It’s a bit like buying a new car – suddenly, everywhere you go you see the same make, model and colour on the road…
I invested in a Nutribullet last November and within weeks it became the hottest kitchen gadget on the market (not that I’m claiming any credit for that, of course!).
In the run up to Christmas, everyone was talking or writing about it – online, on TV, in magazines and in newspapers – and it rocketed to the top of Christmas lists up and down the country.
What is it? Essentially, it’s a superfood extractor, which completely breaks down your food so you get absolutely all the nutrition out of it.
At just under £100, the Nutribullet is what one well-known TV shopping channel would refer to as ‘a considered purchase’.
To put it another way, most of us would probably think twice before spending a fairly hefty sum on what could quickly become yet another item destined to languish hidden in the gadget graveyard otherwise known as the back of a kitchen cupboard…
Because we’ve all got them, haven’t we? Full disclosure here, I used my steam cleaner three times before I decided the time spent assembling and disassembling it simply wasn’t worth the effort. And let’s face it, who besides Mary Berry really needs mini muffin tins?
But although the Nutribullet has its own designated shelf in one of my cabinets, it’s come out of hiding at least five times a week in the last three months. And I won’t be falling out of love with it any time soon.
So just what makes it my go-to gadget on an almost daily basis? Well, let me count the ways…
The first is obvious of course – delicious drinks packed with nutrients and antioxidants which fit perfectly into the ‘eating clean’ lifestyle I’ve been following for the past six years. And unlike juicers or blenders, the Nutribullet breaks down everything – all the pulp, skin, seeds and stems of the plants we eat – into tiny drinkable particles ready for optimal absorption into the bloodstream. No mess, no waste and a whole lot more bang for your buck.
Then there’s the simplicity and speed of it all. No weighing or measuring, virtually no prep at all – open the fridge, freezer or cupboard, grab half a dozen ingredients, plonk them in the cup, twist on the extractor blade, upend the cup onto the power base and blast for 20 seconds et voilà…
You can use it to make soups, dips and healthy snacks as well and it’s not just for grown-ups. If you struggle to get the kids to down their five-a-day, here’s your answer – present them with a berry-bright smoothie and they won’t even know there’s spinach lurking in there somewhere!
Variety is the spice of life, they say, and that’s another big plus for the Nutribullet. The recipe book that comes with it has lots of suggestions for combos you might like to try but as long as you start with a generous slug of leafy greens like spinach or curly kale, it really is a case of just about ‘anything goes’ when it comes to the rest of the ingredients.
Just remember to steer clear of apple seeds and the pits in cherries, peaches, apricots and plums – who knew they contain a chemical which releases cyanide into the body when ingested?!!
Here are just some of the other things that have found their way into my Nutriblasts (not all at once, I hasten to add):
- Raw veggies – carrots, beetroot, cauliflower, cucumber, tomatoes
- Fruit – apples, avocados, bananas, blueberries, blackberries, grapes, kiwi, lemon, mango, melon, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries (either fresh or for a really zingy drink, keep bags of frozen berries or smoothie mixes in the freezer)
- A dash of good fats – unsweetened Greek yoghurt, a handful of seeds, a few nuts or a couple of teaspoons of crunchy nut butter, coconut oil, desiccated coconut, coconut milk or coconut water (yes, I do love all things coconut!)
- Vanilla whey protein powder
- Nutriblast Superboost – a gluten-free powdered mix of hemp, goji, cacao and maca.
With two handled short cups, comfort lip rings and re-sealable lids included in the kit, you can take your Nutriblast with you too – in the car, on the train, to the office or to the gym. There’s even a cute little insulated Blast Off Bag (£9.99) to keep it cool and fresh in style until you’re ready for it!
And last but by no means least, cleaning up afterwards couldn’t be quicker. The cups are dishwasher safe (on the top rack); or you can just wash them and the blade in warm, soapy water then rinse and you’re done – what’s not to like about that?
I’ll be honest, I did find a few negative reviews online but they were far outweighed by the positives. And of course it goes without saying that if you’re taking any medication you should always consult your doctor before consuming any Nutriblast recipes.
So is this really the magic bullet we’ve all been looking for? Well, maybe not quite – after all, it‘s not going to work its wonders left unused and unloved in that kitchen cupboard.
And yes, it is ‘a considered purchase’; but in my opinion and experience, if you want to get the most out of your food, one that’s well worth considering!
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