First Do No Harm

Review ― NutriBullet

 

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 great soups.

The final thing you should know is: NEVER PUT A BEET IN THE NUTRIBULLET.

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 powdered beet juice (organic) after the concoction is finished cooking/blending.

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, really) Tomato Soup.

The second one is 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 the next.

One of our readers sent me a recipe for a Turmeric Smoothie. I liked it, but I modified it. Itís posted here: Turmeric Smoothie.

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 Rhubarb Sorbet recipe (posted at this site) that I had already 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) of 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.)

Crushing Ice

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 juice and 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 killer!).

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. Just click here: info@mnwelldir.org and I will post your recipe here: NutriBullet (Rx) Recipes.


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