Monday, 15 June 2015

Nutri Ninja Review & My Go-To Smoothie Recipe!

So a couple months back, my parents were ever so kind and got me a moving in present, and with an indecisive daughter it took me actually quite a while after I moved in to pick something. (My Nana is still awaiting a gift idea, first world problems, eh?) I wanted to get a smoothie maker, in hopes of jamming in the fruit for a healthier lifestyle and being an all round domestic goddess, and one night whilst I was over my parents' watching QVC (my Mum & I love it, no shame) the special deal of the day was a Nutri Ninja 2-in-1 Blender and Food Processor for around £60 - and it felt as if the stars had aligned. My boyfriend had been making noises about getting a food processor for homemade coleslaw, and I was after a personal sized blender. So after a good chunk of the year using it, I thought I'd let you know how I was getting on with it.

Shout out to the reflection of my washing machine

I have to be honest, I haven't used the processor once, I'm sure if I was baking cakes or wanted to make breadcrumbs it would serve it's purpose, on the homemade coleslaw front, Matt did over-pulse things and made a cabbage goo once, and I'm unsure whether he's attempted it since. What's great about this appliance is that it uses only one power pod, so instead of having a giant food processor taking up loads of precious kitchen cupboard space, it's only the processor jug which needs to be stored, and the power pod lives on the kitchen counter. Now onto the star of the show: the blender. This is one of those blend in the cup jobbies, so if you wanted to create less dishes for yourself, this is great, it comes with two cups and lids so you can take it on the go with you if you wanted. I've personally only used this for smoothies but I know it would be great for things like homemade salad dressings and I bet if you roasted a couple of vegetables and blitzed them in this, you could be making your own soups and heat them up on the hob in minutes. I wanted something like this because I wanted to incorporate more vegan meals into my diet, this blender holds 16floz, and from watching several vegan youtubers, I know that this portion size isn't enough for one meal (although 32floz is) but as a snack or as part of a meal this portion size this is great, and if I had a bigger kitchen I would consider buying a bigger blender from this brand. It does have a couple cons, but they are minor. First off, this thing is LOUD - so for those days I need to be in work for 6:30am, it's not really a viable option unless I really wanted to piss off my docile, sleeping boyfriend. Second, you can't lock it into place to blend, this model is strictly just on pulse, which really isn't a problem considering how powerful it is and the smoothies are ready to drink in less than a minute, maybe even less than 30 seconds, but even still you have to stand there and keep the cup pressed down until your smoothie is at the consistency you desire. Both small, easily bearable things, sure - but things to note all the same. Overall I would recommend this brand and this blender - you can tell this thing is built to last and I have been using it merrily 3ish times a week since I got it and I feel like paying that little bit extra for this will pay you back in the long run, both in quality of product and how long it will last.

Now onto my smoothie recipe! If I had to name this, it would be called the 'All-In' smoothie, because that's quite literally my mantra when it comes to making myself a smoothie, but I thought I'd share with you my usual ingredients!

A handful of frozen summer berries (pictured raspberries, but you can get a summer berry mix in the frozen section of your supermarket!)
2 Bananas
The juice of 1 lime
A sprinkle of chia seeds
A sprinkle of cacao nibs
A couple glugs of coconut water (the more water, the more fluid the smoothie)

I do also usually pop in a couple greens, usually baby spinach, but I didn't have any this day, which is completely the nature of my smoothie making, any extra fruit we have in the house usually goes in too, recently we had kiwis and they worked beautifully. My secret ingredient is definitely the lime, I think a citrus fruit is what upgrades a smoothie from a homemade concoction to a tasty treat. I also think using frozen berries is a great idea for several reasons. Frozen berry punnets are cheaper than fresh, and having frozen makes the smoothie cold without having to water it down with ice. Smoothies are a great way to use up the fresh produce in your fridge if it's on it's way out, I'm not afraid to chuck a carrot or a celery stick in there because I find you can't really taste the greens anyway!

If you're thinking about you're thinking about getting a high-speed blender, I'd recommend this one! It does the job and it does it well, and I think a nice cold smoothie sounds good on a summer's day!

What is your favourite smoothie combination?
Own a juicer? I'm tempted - give me your thoughts!

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