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MZNAYLUV SparkPoints: (4,179)
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2/6/13 2:42 P

I wanted a vitamix and a ninja! This thread will help me decide which I want first. I want to be able to juice and make smoothies.

PJANTO Posts: 79
2/6/13 1:11 P

Neat ideas on ways to use the pulp. He might get his juicer yet!

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
2/6/13 12:51 P

I don't throw out the fiber-- I add it to my smoothies. makes for some very interesting tastes. Also make crackers out of it or pizza crust . Nut pulp becomes flour.

PJANTO Posts: 79
2/6/13 10:54 A

I have a Hamilton Beach Wave Station blender that cost $18.00. It does a great job of blending fruits and veggies in my smoothies. I don't mind the seeds or the tiny pieces of kale that I can see, as they aren't big enough to get stuck in my teeth. I am secretly hoping it will die though, when I have the extra money, so I can get a Ninja. I really love watching the Vita-mix presentations on TV, but can't justify the money when I don't mind tiny pieces in my smoothies. I don't know if I would ever blow through enough $18.00 blenders to even out the cost. My husband has always wanted a juicer, but I hate the thought of throwing out all of that good fiber, or baking it into muffins.

Edited by: PJANTO at: 2/6/2013 (10:55)
DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
2/5/13 9:15 A

I have a vitamix and wouldn't part with it after I burned out two ninjas. I make lots of things in my vitamix-- soup, sauces, smoothies, nut milks, nut butters. Unfortunately the ninja couldn't keep up. Haven't found the perfect food processor yet to make smoothies in. Mine doesn't puree the food enough and it is more a chunky smoothie.

STRI23 Posts: 299
2/5/13 2:28 A

Thanks everyone. It's on my Valentine's day wish list. Hey less pressure for the bf right? emoticon

ANGELWINGS71079 SparkPoints: (17,231)
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1/24/13 12:13 P

The Ninja was one of the best investments I have ever made. I love it!!! You won't be disappointed for sure.

AMBERT79 Posts: 54
1/23/13 11:43 A

Yes, Stri23, I use less water for the big batch.(Just experiment-that's what I did-as long as it will pour into muffin pan or ice cube trays, and do a little taste test) You will need to add most of the water/coconut water when making your day's smoothie, so you don't want them to come out too bland. (I've been throwing in tbl peanut butter and half a banana in the morning) Since the cubes are frozen, the smoothie can be quite thick without enough liquid. I am loving freezing them! I can have my morning smoothie ready in less than 2 minutes!

ALLICIAC SparkPoints: (24,321)
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1/21/13 11:30 P

I have the ninja and it does a great job at blending. Since you said that you want to make smoothies, this will be a better product for you than a juicer. If you have a Bed Bath and Beyond in your area, they sell the ninja there, and with one of their 20% off coupons you can get it for about $80.

STRI23 Posts: 299
1/21/13 8:43 P

Thanks AMBERT79 that's exactly what I was wondering. I'm really excited to start drinking more green smoothies and think the ninja will work perfectly for what I want to do. I never thought about making a big batch and freezing left overs into cubes, BRILLIANT! I've heard about doing that with baby food, but never realized it would work with smoothies too what a good idea! Do you use less liquid the first time around so it isn't too watery when you blend them with coconut water?

1/21/13 6:55 P

I also hear that vitamix does a good job of pureeing the produce, keeping the fiber, etc. Some food processors work equally as well too.

Dietitian Becky

AMBERT79 Posts: 54
1/21/13 6:02 P

Hi there! I have both the Ninja and a juicer. I have found I prefer smoothies over juicing as it is much simpler and easier to clean up! I love the single cups for smoothies, so there is no clean up! I prep and freeze my smoothies into single portions (cubes), then just throw in the cup and blend in the morning with some coconut water. I also prefer my Ninja as it does blend carrots, apples, pears etc very smoothly, keeping all the fiber! Juicers don't keep the fibrous part of the fruit/veg. Many people will re-juice the fiber, but you still lose a lot of the food. Only high end juicers (400$ or more) will do a fine job of juicing and keeping most of the fiber. If you're looking for simplicity, go with the Ninja. And, you can make ice cream (controlling the ingredients) and hot soups just to name a couple of the great things it does.

STRI23 Posts: 299
1/21/13 3:00 P

Hi everyone I need your help. I don't eat enough veggie servings and want to start hiding them in smoothies. I have a bon appetit blender and it just doesn't seem to blend the carrot etc fine enough. I want it to be totally smooth. I've heard a lot about ninja blenders and saw one at Macy's yesterday that has a big blender and then individual cups for single portions. Which is great, but I don't know if it will blend everything completely smooth. Ont he other hand, I've never had or used a jucier, so my question is, is it necessary to buy a juicer to have a completely smooth drink or would a ninja do the trick? Anyone with a ninja does it get all the small seeds and give you a completely smooth product?

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