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!