Well I went and did it; I bought myself a NutriBullet! So what are my thoughts on this blending / extracting phenomena of the 21st century? Does it work? And, retailing at £99.99 on the official site at time of post publication, is it worth the money?
I think, before I plough headlong into the advantages and disadvantages of the NutriBullet, it might make sense if I explain why I bought it and what my expectations were.
For as far back as I can remember I have never been a fan of breakfast. Unless I have been awake for at least two hours, cereal makes me want to barf, toast turns to ash in my mouth and don’t even get me started on the full English! My poor, long-suffering mother used to
threaten me with bodily harm gently encourage me to eat at least two spoonfuls of Ready Brek every morning – I heaved over each one. While other kids radiated that mythological Ready Brek glow on their way to school, I didn’t have enough fuel in me to light up the darkest corner of Hell.
I want to break free.
In my teens I broke free of my breakfast shackles and skipped it altogether, and I remained breakfast-free until my early thirties which is when a halleluiah, life-changing moment happened at my local library. A book, which had been precariously balanced on top of a shelf, decided that the perfect time to commit publication kamikaze was the moment I walked by. It landed on my foot and had me hopping around, uttering curse words under my breath – yes even with a broken toe I would not have dared disturb the hallowed, library silence. I picked up the book and was about to shove it unceremoniously back onto the shelf when I noticed the title:
“Poisoning Our Children”
Now, as you can imagine, this piqued my interest. I know libraries are supposed to cater for all tastes, but infanticide??!!! Anywho, the book turned out to be about toxins in food/air/homes and how they are slowly poisoning us – a jolly little read to brighten even the dullest of days. It did get me interested in nutrition though, I’ve read every book on the subject that I can lay my eager little hands on and I’ve put what I’ve learned into practice – which includes eating breakfast.
So, back to the subject in hand; The NutriBullet Review. Being as I still struggle to get a decent breakfast inside me, the thought of conveniently whizzing up a concoction of goodness and chugging it down appealed to me enormously. But did it fulfill my brekkie desires? You bet your spinach, watermelon and berry smoothie it did!
1) The Nutribullet is compact, so much so that at first I thought it looked a bit too small to be powerful. But nope, it’s a bit of a beast, and not having to sacrifice an entire kitchen cupboard to house yet another kitchen gadget – result!! If you have the room, the NutriBullet is small enough, and looks good enough to live on a work surface.
2) It’s really easy to clean. Pour your smoothie, give the cup and the blades a quick rinse in warm, soapy water and you’re done. However, if you don’t clean up quickly your smoothie remnants do tend to turn rock hard and weld themselves to your cup and blades. Can’t clean up immediately? Fill your cup with water and leave to soak – believe me you’ll be glad you did.
3) Your cups are portable, which makes taking a smoothie to your office/park/knitting circle/*insert destinations of your choice here* a doddle. Just remember that whilst blitzing your ingredients you’re adding oxygen to the mix, and oxygen is not our friend when it comes to keeping food fresh and packed with nutrients. So ideally your smoothie should be consumed immediately, this offers the best chance of absorbing as many nutrients as possible. However, as we don’t live in an ideal world, I’ve found that a wine jacket (the kind you keep in the freezer) slips right over the small, handle-less cup, keeping your smoothie cool and fresh.
1) Even if all the ingredients you use are fresh from the fridge, by the time you blitz them your smoothie ends up slightly tepid. Adding a few frozen berries or a couple of ice cubes solves this, so be prepared.
2) You have to top-up your cup with water/fluid to the “Max” level before blitzing. Now it might have something to do with the fact that I wear varifocals and am useless at “driving” them, but I find it difficult to see, especially when the cup is filled with yumminess. Maybe if the teeny-tiny black font that states “Max” was larger and in a brighter colour it would make the NutriBullet more user friendly.
3) Again this may be a “me thing”, but I wish there was an on and off switch. You activate the beast by screwing the blades onto your cup (very tightly as you’re going to be turning it upside down), positioning protruding nodules into notches on the main unit, pushing down and turning your cup clockwise until it starts. It’s not difficult to do, it just scares the living daylights out of me every time. I would rather get the positioning correct then flick a switch – it would save my poor nerves. Yes I know I could do this via the wall socket, but I hate turning things on and off at the wall.
4) I find it noisy. Now for me this is not a problem, Andrew and I live alone in a detached house. But if you have young, sleeping children, shift-workers or live in shared accommodation just be aware that you may have to use your NutriBullet with consideration.
So Was The Nutribullet Worth The Money?
I’ve had my NutriBullet for five weeks now and I’ve used it at least five times a week. I’m not sure whether it’s the psychological effect of downing so much goodness, but I really do feel better in myself. I’ve wracked my brains and the best description I can come up with is that I feel “lighter”- not in a weight-loss way, but in a; ‘my-system-doesn’t-feel-as-it-it’s-trying-to-digest-an-elephant’ kind of way.
I’m still messing around with recipes and I’ve yet to try out “The Nutribullet Superfood 6-Week Transformation Plan” but it all looks very sensible and pretty easy to follow – I like the fact that it’s not a fad diet (as far as I’m concerned, fad diets have no place in my life), but a great way of altering your eating habits and getting the most out of fresh, tasty produce.
I’ve bought many a gadget in my time, and most of them lay gathering dust hidden away at the back of my kitchen cupboards. I really think the NutriBullet is going to continue to be very well-used, and I have to say, very well loved.