December 08, 2014

Clean Eats Smoothie + Ninja Blender Review

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.

**Keep reading for an update on the Ninja blender after 10 years!

Ninja Blender Review

The Ninja 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 (or baby spinach is what I like best)
6 ounces Greek yogurt (I used plain)
1 ripe banana
1 cup 2% milk or milk of choice
1 cup ice

Directions: Blend all ingredients well and enjoy! I recommend the Ninja blender.

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.

Update: 1/5/24- I have been using this blender for literally 10 years for all of my cooking, smoothies, food processing needs, etc. and it is still amazing! Highly recommend the Ninja blender and will never use another brand.

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