Ninja Blender Review
My Ninja Blender Review
I had been interested in getting started with juice smoothies for a while but the idea of spending $500.00 on a high powered blender for something I wasn't sure I would really like had always held me back. Still I did want to get started and then one night I saw the Ninja Mega Kitchen System infomercial.
The show talked everything up, did some comparisons with other blenders and of course gave a great sales pitch. Besides all the things this system could do what really kept me watching was the price tag, less then half then the more expensive ones, $200.00. Still it is a commercial so of course it would look good so a few days later it was time to do some checking.
I started reading various Ninja blender reviews to see how other people liked it. What they did like and what they didn't like as well as comparisons to the more expensive blenders.
One of the first things I noticed was that most people really liked the the Ninja blender. The biggest negative when being compared to the higher priced blenders was that it didn't do well with hot liquid. For me that really wasn't much of a problem so I picked on up.
I have had the Ninja system for more then 7 months and so far I really like it. In all honesty I have not used much of the other things just the actual Ninja blender. Still I do use the blender every other day. I usually make 2 days worth of smoothies in one batch to both save time and also because I put a lot of different ingredients into my smoothies.
While it is only 7 months my Ninja blender has been worked so I can say this is built to last. It runs just as good as the first day. The blades cut through everything quickly and easily, again I really pack this with ingredients. Bottom line is it works great.
With the blender doing such a good job I can honestly say I am sure the other features such as food processor, mixer, etc. should work just as well since they will not need nearly as much power as it takes to break down the vegetables and fruits I put in smoothies.
As summer months come I will probably experiment more with making things like Salsa or col soups but for now I am extremely happy with my smoothies.
Since starting with the Ninja blender I have now made it routine to drink one smoothie every day as well as make some other changes to my diet and have lost almost 15 pounds. Most of that has been lost in the last 2 months where I really have made more conscious effort to keep the rest of my diet clean and have also added in some regular juicing as well.
What I really like about the Ninja Blender:
- Works great, very powerful same as the day I first plugged it in.
- Has cut through everything I have put in it. From hard vege's to soft fruits it crushes and blends everything into great smoothies.
- Easy to clean, I simply rinse it out to get any extra pulp out then run it for a minute with warm soapy water. After I rinse each part under hot water and your done.
- Price, $200 instead of $500 is a huge score!
What I don't like:
- If you remove the cover to add other items it can be a little messy and there isn't much that will fit through the pouring spout. I usually get everything in right away but if you forget something it can be a little messy.
- If you do want to do hot liquids this is not the blender for you.
All in all I really like the Ninja blender. I have yet to actually try another brand and will not be spending the extra money any time soon for the sake of comparison.
So basically if your looking for a great high powered blender that can do smoothies, food processing, mixing and more the Ninja blender gets my highest recommendation. Save $300 bucks and get an appliance that does a lot. This is perfect if your looking to add juice smoothies into your diet as well.
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My Super Smoothie Ingredients
- 1/2 medium sized Beet
- 1 Large Carrot
- 2-3 leaves Kale
- 1/3 to 1/2 bunch Cilantro
- 1 Apple
- 1/2 Pear
- about 1 inch Ginger
- 1/2 medium sized Jalepeno
- 10 ounces Coconut Water
- 8 ounces Water
- small handful Blueberries
- 1 small seedless Cucumber
My Super Smoothie Instructions
- Try to use organic fruits and vegetable when possible. Clean all fruits and Vegetables.
- Cut off any stems, core apple and pear.
- Cut the apple into quarters, cut pear half in half
- in a high powered blender like the Ninja or Vitamix add all the ingredients and blend until smooth
- If too thick you can add more coconut water or regular water
My Super Smoothie
Advantages Of Fresh Fruit And Vegetable Smoothies
The whole reason we originally got the Ninja was to make fruit and vegetable smoothies. This, so far, is really all we have used it for although there are some other things like fresh salsa and cold soups that I will be trying in the future.
Many people will debate the advantages of smoothies over just plain juicing. I actually do both because I believe there are great benefits that come from combining the two. Here we will look strictly at the smoothie advantages.
Most people will start making smoothies because they want to lose weight. With the smoothie you are getting a lot more of the nutrients and fiber which all aid in the weight loss process as well as over all health. Also because there is a little more to the drink then just juice you will feel more full and are less likely to be hungry.
Cleaning up after making a smoothie is also a bit easier. Once you have made the drink you can generally just add a little warm soapy water to the blender, run it for a minute or two and simply rinse well with warm water.
A juicer has more parts to it and getting the pulp out of the wire basket can take a little more time. To give you a little more of an idea cleaning the blender takes me about 4 - 5 minutes while cleaning my juicer closer to 15 minutes. You really have to be a little more meticulous because the left over bits from the juicer are very small and can get in all the different part.
Prep time is very quick as well since the blender will be doing most of the work for you. Basically clean your produce and then remove any unwanted seeds. Things like apples and pears should be cored, cut the ends off carrot, etc. This takes no time at all really.
Smoothies also hold there nutritional value longer when being stored. This is due to the fact that you still have all the pulp and fiber. I keep mine in small mason jars and will make enough for 2-3 days at a time. the key is keep them well refrigerated, use glass jars and do not let them stay in the fridge for more then the 3 days, after that they are losing a lot of the nutritional value.
Those are some of the main advantages to making smoothies. I originally started simply to get more vege's in my diet but now I have about 16 - 20 ounces of smoothie per day along with some fresh made juice as well. The best part is you can feel the difference very quickly so once you get started it's very easy to get in to a routine. The key is to just get started.
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