for celery left overs- I cut mine up in salads. I also put it in smoothies. Celery does have a stronger taste than the spinach you may use, but i still love it. usually i mix cukes and celery with some berries. It is refreshing.
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1,537 12/30/13 1:58 P
I use my NutriBullet 5-8 times a week. Easy to use- just put in half the cup full of spinach or kale, add some fruit or veggies, and then add some chia seeds, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, etc. I usually also add a 1/4 cup of raw quick oats to add creaminess to the bullet, Fill to max line with water, and blend.
Easy to clean, as well.
I use it so often because it's easy to clean! I hate cleaning!
How can that not be good for you, too? I would NOT eat kale otherwise! LOL!
I bought the Nutribullet at Target. I love it! I made a smoothie this morning with spinach, blackberries, 1/2 frozen banana, a piece of cucumber, flax seeds and a pear with the skin. It pulverizes the food.
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563 12/22/13 6:56 A
I recommend vitamix . It's not a blender but a very powerful machine. I have researched for sometime before buying it. Blendtec is also compatible! But it depends on what you need it for, just for smoothies Nutribullet should be fine.
I am in love with my vitamix. I had thought about buying a nutribullet but I grind lentils and brown rice also in my vitamix which I think NB wouldn't do it. We are vegetarians mostly so eat lentils and beans . I can grind any of them and make flour or a batter if needed. I don't have NB but it wouldn't have fulfilled my needs. Nothing against NB, infact it's lot cheaper than vitamix
I think the size of your budget is a determining factor.
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6 12/16/13 10:59 A
Thanks for having this board!!! I told some one I wanted a ninja, and they directed me to the nutribullet. I then told another person I wanted a nutribullet and they say try the vitamix. Now I am confused!!! But this was very helpful!! I think all three have their individual qualities, but black bean soup would be wonderful in the vitamix!
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411 12/4/13 1:26 P
I have a Magic Bullet which I use instead of a blender because it takes up less room on the counter and I'm usually only making a smoothie for one person. It works just fine for what I use it for.
I use the Ninja. I didn't know it was sold at Walmart - I got it as a Christmas present. I have come to love it. There's a kind of learning curve to getting the parts lined up so that it will actually start chopping. I'm still trying to figure that out, but if I persist, I get mine to work and that's all that matters for now.
I buy discount fruits and vegetables and chop the whole mess up fine to become a thick smoothie. I can adjust the texture by adding a liquid or just eat it with a spoon. It's absolutely delicious and fresh-tasting and naturally sweet. Love it!
Before the Ninja, I made this using a big blocky food processor that sat on the counter and took up more space. I never wanted to put it away because a food processor is wonderful. What did we ever do before those things?
had the magic bullet, but wound up giving it away as it did not do what I needed it to. Tried the Ninja and didn't like it. Got a vitamix and fell in instaneous love. Their customer service is excellent too. I accidentally dropped the stick into the blades and well- it ground up. They replaced it for me. they also sent me a new lid because the plastic top got ground up too. But neither instance hurt the vitamix. i am thinking about a nutriblast, not because it is better, but it is something that is more portable so when I go on trips, i can more easily carry it around. A friend from work has one and she likes it. My raw food chef has no problem with the Breville or Blendtec, but she would also suggest the vitamix. You can get them used on Ebay or Craigs list and I believe there are places that sell them second hand. I just don't know what kind of warranty you would get.
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51 12/3/13 12:19 A
Hi, There's a secret ingredient to all amazing homemade soups! It's one (or two and no more)...dried bay leaf. Doesn't sound like much and make sure you take it out before serving as the center vein can be quite sharp if eaten.
To a lot of great soup makers and lovers it the difference between homemade soup with no salt and homemade soup with the exact right amount of salt. It's a bit of magic. Ann
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22,201 1/19/13 11:40 P
I use a Wizz Stick (Hand Held Blender.) I LOVE it - I can use it for a cup of whatever (including nuts/fresh fruit and chopped fresh veges in a smoothie) or I can use it to puree a couple gallons of soup. You just have to make sure that you get one with some grunt - some (generally the very cheap ones) can barely mush up a ripe banana in milk. Also, make sure that you hold it and it feels comfortable with the finger-tip controls in a good place.
Just bought the Magic Bullet this week. Haven't unpacked it yet. We have the Vitamix and it is awesome. Wanted something smaller for making single servings smoothies. I hope the bullet does what it says or it's going back.
We've had the Magic Bullet for years and I agree with you if you want more than a milk shake. Today I received the MagicBullet® NutriBullet™ whch is a lot larger and more powerful and breaks down anything you put in it, from fruits and vegetables to nuts and seeds and mixes it in a really nice and creamy emulsion. A HUGE difference. I will still use the Magic Bullet for my milk shakes and iced coffees, but for the fruit and vegetable NutriBlasts™ I absolutely LOVE the NutriBullet™
PS - I bought it from WalMart @ $100
Edited by: POPPYKLAPROOSJE at: 1/19/2013 (21:04)
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88 9/18/12 9:26 P
The Vitamix is SO worth it. My fiancé and I are broke students, and had the luxury of house sitting for a couple that had one for a month. It completely blew away our Magic Bullet, and we are saving for a Vitamix. We plan to buy one from Costco, as they have an awesome warranty and a decent price.
We do a lot of smoothies/soups/pasta sauces, and the Vitamix gives a great, consistent smooth texture where the Magic Bullet occasionally leaves chunks and needs a lot of additional moisture.
My husband bought my a Vitamix about a month ago. Initially, I was pretty angry. It's a very expensive machine and as another commenter said, "overkill outside a professional kitchen." But I had it, so I used it.
I've changed my mind. It's the best gift I've ever received. My smoothies are smooth, no ice chunks. I've made almond and peanut butter, using nothing but water and nuts, which helps both my calorie count and my budget. I no longer have to buy tahini for my hummus. I simply throw in some bulk sesame seeds with the recipe. I make hot soup in ten minutes, including a really lovely non-fat tomato bisque-type soup.
For us, it's been well worth the initial investment.
I don't want to stop anyone else from posting but I did want to thank all who have so far. This is just the kind of information I need. I will wait for a deal on the device I decide on, so please do weigh in if you have an opinion.
I'll probably put this up on one of the raw food teams as well.
I have a NutriBullet and love it. The reason being is that I can add flax, almonds, walnuts, goji berries, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, any type of root vegetable, any type of fruit, etc, and it pulverizes it. I really do love it. I also own a Breville juicer and I do still use it to make carrot juice, which I then freeze into carrot juice ice cubes, which then gets thrown into my NutriBullet, hahaha. I've made the carrot juice in the Nutribullet but honestly, the consistency is just too thick for the ice trays so I stick to the juicer for that.
I think what it comes down to is what you want to get out of your food. Or what you want to put into your smoothie/juice. I like to load up on all types of vegetables and fiber/protein packed seeds and nuts, so having a NutriBullet was ideal for me.
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24 8/27/12 1:47 P
I just ordered a Breville Blender. It is supposed to be second only to the Vitamix or Blendtec. I am cheap and ordered a refurbished one from ShopNBC for $100. They retail new for $200. I can report back when it arrives. It is supposed to be very quiet and very powerful. I have been using a $39 Hamilton Beach Food Processor for my smoothies and I still get lots of ice and fruit chunks caught up in my straw. The food processor is also very loud. I am hoping this Breville will be a good purchase. The Vitamix gets the best reviews but jeez it is expensive.
A Vitamix is expensive & really seems like overkill outside of a professional kitchen. I have a Cuisinart Smartstick that's great quality & value for ~ $50. I don't make green smoothies, but it can handle large frozen berries & mango chunks with no problem. Because it's a stick blender you can use it to puree soups & sauces right in the pot, & you get extra bang for your buck with the attachments. There's a mini food chopper/processor & a whisk that's convenient for whipping eggs & cream. Both work very well. Plus it's nice & compact so even with the attachments it stores easily & is convenient for a small kitchen.
I have a Blendtec and feel like it was worth every penny. The jar is all one piece (with the blade) and it is very easy to clean (just water, a drop of soap, and hit the "Pulse" button a couple times, then rinse). Nothing to fiddle with taking apart, etc. It has multi-speed programs so I just throw my stuff in there and hit the Whole Juice or Smoothie cycle and let'er rip.
I got mine at CostCo, and it has an 8 year unlimited warranty when purchased there, so over that time frame, it's really not very expensive, compared to a lesser blender that would probably burn out in a year or two of daily use. I can even grind grains with my Blendtec, and since it has a bigger capacity than a Magic Bullet, it is useful for making soups, sauces and batches of salsa. I usually make fresh hummus with it each week. It really pulverizes greens and even carrots, cucumbers and celery, so that green smoothies come out really smooth. I made a perfect mango puree from fresh mangoes last night without having to add any liquid at all to get it to blend.
Oh yeah, much to the disgust of my family members (and some sparkers!)
I use spinach and it cuts it up so it is nice and fine. Green flecks, but easily drinkable. I have tried a few other greens by mistake (grabbed the wrong bag!) and have found that spinach is so mild there is no taste from it.
I got my magic bullet for $20 second hand. There were a few pieces missing, etc. Maybe find a cheap second hand one to try out. If you like it you can always spring for a new one with the full set.
Is a Vitamix or Blendtec really worth it? I was hoping a Magic Bullet or NutriBullet would good enough as I don't cook for anyone but myself and have a tiny kitchen. One friend claims her Magic Bullet was no better than a blender. I want something that will blend greens with other items so that there are no small pieces left. Any advice?
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