Nutribullet — A Healthy Kitchen Must-Have!

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

I was home with a terrible virus for over a week not too long ago, which led to a lot of regrettable television choices.  As I was making the rounds of afternoon infomercials, one in particular caught my eye, and honestly, revolutionized my kitchen!  David Wolfe, raw food guru (and one of my instructors at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition) was speaking on behalf of Nutribullet — which, at first glance, seemed like a souped up MagicBullet (a tool I knew I didn’t need).  I really respect David Wolfe’s take on food, and count him among my favorite nutrition experts, so I thought I would see what he had to say.

Mechanically, the Nutribullet isn’t that different from the MagicBullet.  It’s a compact single or double serving blender that can smooth, chop, blend, or liquify pretty much anything.  But that’s the key!  It has a super powerful 600 watt motor that literally liquified fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds into an incredibly potent, concoction that is neither juice nor smoothie, but some magical hybrid.  It’s basically a mini-Vitamix — which is pretty much my dream come true.  (Though the Vitamix is a phenomenal kitchen tool, its bulk and generally unfashionable design–not to mention its hefty price tag–have been keeping me from investing in one)

Though I am an enormous fan of juicing (and base a lot of my cleanses on it), the amount of wasted food and fiber has always been a big issue for me.  Plus, a juicer doesn’t allow me to add nuts and seeds, which are key to created a superfood, detoxifying health cocktail.

Smoothies have been my standby for a long time.  I love making delicious morning creations out of fruit, greens, nuts, and almond milk, but am always annoyed when my smoothie comes out mealy, overly thick, or not completely blended.  Especially when blending fibrous greens like kale or swiss chard, having those stringy pieces still in the smoothie really makes it less palatable even for me (who LIVES for greens!).  And I never hear the end of it from some of my pickier clients, for whom eating greens is already a huge challenge.  I end up adding cups and cups of liquid to my smoothies to get them even close to smooth enough, and still, I find whole, unmilled flax seeds and food particles at the bottom of my glass.  Not ideal.

So you can imagine how pumped I was when I opened my Nutribullet, and made a delicious, super-potent, completely liquified drink, chock full of tons of greens, fruit, nuts and seeds… in under a minute.  I knew mornings would never be the same!  The benefit of a super powerful motor combined with a specialized extractor blade is that it completely breaks down the food for you, pulverizing stems, seeds, and skins of foods to maximize the amount of nutrients you can derive from it and make the whole process that much easier on your digestive system.  We definitely don’t want to liquify all our meals — making our system break down fibers is a good thing! — but being able to efficiently deliver so much nutritious goodness into our bodies for one or two meals a day is amazing.

Everyday for the past two weeks, I have started each morning with a powerful, mega-nutrient drink that leaves me feeling full (but not weighed down after I do after a thick smoothie), energized, and just plain awesome.  Since the blades are so powerful, I can throw whole fruit and veggies into my Nutribullet without having to chop anything up, which saves me tons of time, and with the super fast motor, the perfect consistency takes just a few seconds to achieve.  My favorite part is coming up with new, delicious fruit and veggie combos to try… My new favorites are watermelon/cucumber/apple/lemon/flaxseed and pineapple/kiwi/spinach/sunflower seed.  The recommended proportion is 50% fruit and 50% greens, with a good solid handful of nuts or seeds to top it all off.  Though I’ve always rocked smoothies blended with almond milk, I use spring water with my Nutribullet, which gives the concoctions a consistency more like juice, and less like a heavy smoothie.  Check out my favorite Nutribullet smoothie recipes!

This little gadget will also make doing my seasonal detox/cleanse that much easier!  I’m going to recommend it to all my cleansing clients.  Bottom line… I’m in love!

Benefits of drinking just one full size concoction made up of organic fruit and veggies a day include:

  • Decreased risk of cancer and other diseases (provided you use organic fruit and veggies!)
  • Weight loss (replace breakfast and/or dinner with an amazing Nutriblast, and you’ll reach your target weight in no time!)
  • Increased energy
  • Better skin and hair
  • Increased longevity
  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Relief from joint and muscle pain
  • Balanced blood sugar
  • Increased immunity
  • Relief from chronic inflammation
  • Improved mood and concentration

You can get your Nutribullet from nutribullet.com for about $120, or you can purchase it from BrandsMart for $99.98, complete with all the bells and whistles!

Check out our delicious and healthy Nutribullet Superfood Smoothie recipes, and please share your favorite recipes and amazing results below!

17 Comments
  • Jillian
    July 6, 2012

    Hi,I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could email me?Jillian

  • JNahin
    July 19, 2012

    I just received mine yesterday and tried a few recipes and I am completely in love with this thing! Lets not forget for $120 you get the recipe book and twist on cup lid so you can take it on the go. This thing is sooooo easy to clean too. Must have for every household!

    • Cela
      April 13, 2013

      Got mine at Bed Bath and Beyond for $80 with coupon. Can’t beat it.

  • Jo
    January 2, 2013

    I can’t wait to get mine soon , super excited & I can’t afford vitamix .

    • natashauspensky
      January 2, 2013

      Yay!! Congrats! You’re going to love it… Come back and share your favorite recipes!

  • peg
    January 30, 2013

    Can the nutri bullet CHOP things, or only extract and mill? Can I get blades that will chop onions, peppers etc?

  • SLP
    April 1, 2013

    I’d like to briefly outline my experiences with the Nutribullet.

    I purchased mine a week ago and have been using it daily. I absolutely love it! The extractor blades break all the fruits and veggies down, essentially giving you a juice/smoothie concoction, and clean up is so easy. So far I’ve used experimented with kale, spinach, swiss chard, apples, blackberries, raspberries, pineapple, blueberries, mango, almonds, pecans, and banana.

    It takes some getting used to. The first drink I made was not the greatest. The trick for me is staying close to the 50/50 ratio of fruits to veggies and using coconut water or organic soy milk as my liquid. Experiment and you’ll figure out what you like best. I like having the pulp in the drink as it makes for a great source of fiber and keeps me fuller longer. Now I’m a master BLASTER! I buy my produce and “process” the fruits” by peeling and cutting them as needed. Then I freeze it all and take it down to make my drinks. Easy! Honestly, I feel I have more energy, my digestion is normalizing, I’m not as gassy as I used to be, and my skin is glowing! I’ll continue to use this daily.

    • Natasha Uspensky, CHHC
      April 4, 2013

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience! It does take a little getting used to to create the ideal balance of fruits, veggies, and water. Keep enjoying all the amazing benefits your daily nutriblast gives your body!

      Best,
      Natasha

  • Marlene
    September 22, 2013

    What is a good nutribullet recipe for leg cramps?

    • Natasha Uspensky, CHHC
      September 30, 2013

      Great question!
      Frequent leg cramps can often be brought on by a combination of low potassium levels and an electrolyte imbalance. A combination of these nutrients, along with calcium and magnesium in a green smoothie will definitely provide some relief! Foods like bananas, spinach, and avocado are very rich in potassium. Coconut water is wonderful for restoring electrolytes. Combine that with calcium and magnesium rich raw cacao makes for a potent, cramp-fighting concoction!

      Green Smoothie for Leg Cramps
      1 banana
      1/2 avocado
      1 1/5 cups organic spinach
      1 tbsp raw cacao powder
      1-2 cups coconut water

      Let us know what you think!

      xoxox
      Natasha

  • Ric Tangherlini - Songwriter
    December 29, 2013

    Bought my nutri bullet a month ago, have already lost 7 pounds from 193 to 186
    Every work out is complimented with a nuti blast of eaw fruit and veggies and nuts. Feel like a million I put skins, seeds and peels and all in it. Best decision I have ever made. I am 55 and I feel like Im 21

    • Natasha Uspensky, CHHC
      February 2, 2014

      Ric, that is AMAZING!! So proud of you for making this change in your life!
      Any favorite recipes to share?

      All my best to you!
      Natasha

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  • Vern
    September 5, 2014

    What’s up, just wanted to mention, I enjoyed this article.
    It was funny. Keep on posting!

  • Natasha Uspensky, CHHC
    September 3, 2013

    Thank you for your comment and kind words!
    I look forward to hearing your thoughts on our other articles.
    Thanks for reading!

    xoxo
    Natasha

  • Natasha Uspensky, CHHC
    September 11, 2013

    Thanks for posting, and enjoy the blog!

    Natasha

  • Natasha Uspensky, CHHC
    December 14, 2013

    Hello Terrie!
    My contact info is in the About page.

    Thanks for reading!!

    Best,
    Natasha

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