I was recently offered the Ninja blender to try out and I was so excited to do so. I have heard great things about the Ninja and wanted to see what all the hype was about. My current blender is pretty weak and required stirring a few times for a smoothie to blend well. I was most looking forward to see how strong this blender was and if it could grind greens well.
The blender that I was sent also came with the Nutri Ninja. This is what I used for my smoothie. The set that I was sent includes a huge 72 oz pitcher, 64 oz processor bowl as well as 18 oz, 24 oz and 32 oz Nutri Ninja cups with sealing lids. I really like that the cups are not just small. When I want a smoothie, I always make them big. This set is available at retailers for $199.99.
For my smoothie, I included kale which is often hard to blend all the way. I have to say that the Ninja did an incredible job of blending my greens.
This uses Auto-iQ programs which are the different settings on the blender each made for a different need. It gives unique timed pulsing, blending and resting patterns. For a smoothie, I used the "blend" feature which is about a 40 second setting that blends your drink. It will blend for a few seconds, stop and then start again to make sure it is all blended well and no pieces get stuck.
I was extremely impressed by the power of this blender. I have never seen one like it. This blender is supposed to pulverize fibrous vegetables, fruit, seeds and nuts to a very smooth consistency. It definitely did that with the kale. I cannot wait to try to make nut butter with this machine as well.
As a dietitian and healthy eating fan, I believe that it is important to have a good blender. Smoothies are an excellent way to pack in a lot of nutrients into your diet and having one that is powerful enough to blend your food well is so great.
Clean Eats Smoothie
1 cup kale leaves
6 ounces Greek yogurt (I used plain)
1 ripe banana
1 cup skim milk
1 cup ice
Directions: Blend all ingredients well and enjoy!
I love not having to turn off the blender, stirring the food and then still having little pieces of greens at times. This smoothie was perfectly blended and I could hit the button and continue making other food in the kitchen while it did its job. This Ninja system has it all! I would honestly highly recommend it to anyone. It would make an unbelievable Christmas gift and would be a great addition to any kitchen.