Many of you have seen the commercials (see below). People want to take their
health back. No more fake foods. Iíve posted one (huge) ad here to
view. Of course, since weight loss is a multibillion dollar
industry, theyíre going to focus on weight loss, but our readers
should already know that nutrition is just a part of that process.
Getting up off your butt is the most important part. No machine will
do that for you.
Is it a juicer? A blender? It's closer to both.
It's a blender that blends everything into a drinkable solution but
it's not just the juice; it's juice with all the fiber and enzymes
in the the original fruit or veggie, but a bit more digestible.
The first thing you must consider if thinking of
purchasing one of the NutriBullets is this: if you donít like
certain things, youíre not going to like them when theyíre all
blended up. For example, if you donít like kale, youíre not going to
like a kale smoothie.
The second thing you should know is you will have
to make your own recipes. The machine comes with a book. You can
also go online and join their community. Suddenly youíre inundated
with new recipes. The book has many, many recipes. So far, all the
recipes Iíve found (and I followed them to the letter) have tasted
like a freshly mown lawn.
I gave up right away and started developing my own recipes.
I donít know about the ďotherĒ versions of the NutriBullet, but
this one, the NutriBullet
actually cooks up your mixture, and so you can make some really
The final thing you should know is: NEVER PUT A BEET IN THE
Everyone loves beets lately (and weíve written about them here:
Beet Juice ― Great
Stuff or Latest Fad?), but in your NutriBullet, a beet will start to foam up. Even just a
tiny quarter of a beet foamed so much that the foam came bursting
out the top (I was using the container with the rubber top; itís the only one to use when you are going to ďcookĒ the blended
solution because heating expands, and when you have expansion, itís
best to let some air escape). So, Iím cleaning up at the sink when I
turn around to see how my concoction was doing, and the beet has
foamed all over my stove and suddenly my kitchen looked like OJ
Simpson had visited.
From this point on I realized I cannot blend up a beet, and if I
want to add a beet, I can add
When I first realized that I have to make my own recipes, I
decided to start with my favorite, Tomato.
I have created two versions of a tomato soup (three now, using
only fresh tomatoes), and I am still amazed that I can make a
fresh, organic, homemade tomato soup in less than fifteen minutes.
Really, no matter how many times I do this, itís still hard to
believe how quickly itís all finished, how little effort it took,
and how great it tastes.
Here is a link to plain old (nothing plain or old about this one,
Tomato Bisque with Basil. This recipe was
designed from one Iíd created a few years ago. It sits in the
Coconut Recipe section of our recipes. But I will never make that
version again because it takes hours to make. And this is the
version from which I decided to design two versions, one using only
fresh tomatoes from our famerís market.
I am currently designing a marinara sauce (using everything I
learned from my Sicilian grandmother), and I will post the recipe
when itís finished. For a long time Iíve said that I buy my marinara
sauce at the local co-op, because making a tasty, healthy, organic
marinara sauce is just too work-intensive and expensive. With this
little machine, Iím trying to convince myself otherwise. However, I
know that marinara sauce is always tastier when served the next day.
So, you may assume that Iíll make it one day and heat it up to serve
One of our readers sent me a recipe for a Turmeric Smoothie. I
liked it, but I modified it. Itís posted here:
Fruit Smoothies and More
The one thing that this little machine does well is fruit. Any
combination of fruit is just marvelous. You can be very spontaneous
and use whatever fruit you have on hand (just make sure the pits are
removed) and for grapes, if theyíre not seedless, I still just blend
them up because the seeds contain some powerful antioxidants and phytochemicals.
Next, find some
Groovy Pop Molds (pictured at right) and make yourself
some popsicles. It would be insane to publish recipes since who uses
a recipe to make popsicles? You use fresh fruit, perhaps a bit of
water (just to get things to blend) and add a bit of honey (because
some fruits are often tart).
We have a
Sorbet recipe (posted at this site) that I
made up, and then I added other fruits to it: strawberries,
raspberries, blueberries, apples, mango, banana, and grapes. This
made some excellent popsicles.
There was no recipe. I just tossed different fruits into NutriBullet,
filled up the molds, and put them into the freezer. Iím eating one
now while typing this up.
Have you ever had a Dreamsicle or a Creamsicle? They are both
like popsicles, but a Dreamsicle has ice milk in it and a Creamsicle
has ice cream in it.
You can now make something very close to these by adding milk,
cream, yogurt, or whey protein. You have to add something sweet,
perhaps a bit of vanilla extract, but these are just great.
There is no right or wrong. You put
all the things you want into these ďpopsicles,Ē but make sure you taste the solution before you
use it because it might need some sweetener.
Here is my latest popsicle. I took rhubarb and an orange,
added a bit of stevia, and blended (cooked it). When it cooled, I
added some concord grape (about a third of the can. I added a little
water, a bag of frozen raspberries, and a cup (or so) of Greek
yogurt. Then I added two scoops (using the tiny scoop in the bottle)
Better Stevia. Finally, I put in one teaspoon of vanilla extract.
They turned out wonderful. And goneÖquickly. (Never ask your
guests if theyíd like a homemade popsicle.)
The people at Consumer Reports used this thing for crushing ice
and broke the blades. I contacted the makers of the NutriBullet
because their recipes sometimes called for ice. I asked them about
the ďcrushed iceĒ issue, but got no response.
I do not blend ice into my drinks. I can always add ice after
theyíre made. You can order extra blades, but Iím not about to test
this, since I would not be happy waiting for blades to arrive now
that Iím using it daily.
This is NOT Juicing
There is a juicer used by patients of the Gerson Clinic in Mexico
that costs over a thousand dollars. Itís a two-step process. First,
the fruit and veggies are ground up, and then they are crushed and
the juice is squeezed out. The theory behind this is that the
patient is getting concentrated nutrition without the exertion of
digestion (the largest process in the body). Additionally, this
juicer will extract enzymes that other juicers canít.
So, Iím truly curious what Dr Gersonís reaction to the
NutriBullet would be, were he alive. You are definitely getting the
enzymes, but there will be ďbulkĒ to the drink, not just juice, but
fiber. One reason he used juicing was that digestion is such a huge
process that takes up the bodyís complete focus. However, everything
from your NutriBullet will be very digestible because itís been
nearly predigested in the blending. So, Iím curious.
Another way I realized that this is not juicing was when I tried
to make one of my favorites (I know it doesnít sound all that tasty)
Broccoli and Pineapple.
It was gross. But then I realized that, when you juice broccoli,
not much juice comes out and a lot of fiber is tossed out. Thus,
what had looked like half and half when I was juicing, turned out to
be a little broccoli juice to a lot of pineapple juice. So what I
had to do was cut the amount of broccoli from half and half (half
broccoli and half pineapple) to lots of Pineapple to a little bit of
broccoli and finally, it was actually drinkable (and itís a cancer
So, I am going to post the marinara recipe when itís completed
and Iím hoping that all of you will send me your favorite recipes.
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