All across the western world, we’re focusing on incorporating more fruit, vegetables and nuts into our diet. Helping us is a dizzying array of blenders, juicers et al on the market, but one product is standing out for its ability to extract all of the nutrients that others leave behind. Bill Bertens tests the Nutribullet NBR-12 and gives his thoughts on the extractor that’s making people talk.
What is the Nutribullet NBR-12?
Hailed as being able to create superfoods out of ordinary foods, the Nutribullet is not a blender or a juicer, but an extractor. It has been designed to access the hidden nutrition by pulverizing ingredients into their most nutritious and digestible form.
Why is it so important to access all of the nutrients?
Nutrients are essential to our diet in order to fight and prevent disease, keep a healthy weight, keep joints supple, encourage healthy skin, hair and nails and assist with sleep and mood. Extracted food from the Nutribullet gives us the food in its most absorptive state, going straight into our bodies.
What about the Nutribullet, LLC? Are they reputable?
Yes, they are seem reputable. They have well established twitter, facebook and youtube accounts. However, there have been some complaints about ordering from the Nutribullet site such as poor phone/email service (source) which is why we recommend you order from Amazon.com.
Using the Nutribullet
I managed to sleep through the whole Magic Bullet phenomena, but did buy into the juice trend for about 2 days. But I quickly gave it up as the machine was so bulky and cleaning every part of me drove me (or my wife, actually) a bit mad. Plus it seemed like you used sacks of fruit and veg to get a dribble of juice; all that waste. Then later I found out that loads of the goodness is in the fibre of fruit, and I was just basically drinking sugar. Overall, a big mistake on my part and one that led me to avoid anything faddish in the future. But then a friend and fellow reviewer told me about the Nutribullet and how it was the ‘next level’ of kitchen appliances.
- Doesn’t it take up half your kitchen? I asked. No, apparently it’s tiny.
- Doesn’t the cleaning make you want to cry? No it rinses clean in seconds
- Isn’t there loads of waste? None at all – it pulverises and extracts rather than juices.
So I gave it a whirl and, hey presto, it actually IS tiny, DOES clean in seconds and LEAVES no waste. And apparently it has over double the power (600 watts vs. 250 watts) of its predecessor, the Magic Bullet.
What can you use the Nutribullet for?
The power in the blades means that I could use it to blend almonds, macadamias and pumpkin seeds into butters (saved us a fortune in the health stores). I also followed a few of the recipes in the book designed to accompany the device, and as I got more adventurous I found myself whizzing up brown rice and quinoa to use to make breads and pancakes. It’s never been so easy to get children to eat healthily and the great thing is, they don’t even know it! You can make soups (using 100% extracted veggie goodness), desserts, dips and dressings; I found it so easy to just chuck in whatever’s left in the larder to make smoothies – pears, greens, kiwi…it all went in. The manufacturers suggest turbo-charged smoothies called ‘NutriBlasts’, just one of which can give you all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs. So the wife and I tried one, one every morning, and after a week the results were visible. She lost 3lb, I lost 1lb, but we could see the results in our skin and general energy levels. Better sleeping, no more mid-afternoon naps or snacks…I really did feel like we were getting a different level of goodness from our drinks!
The Nutribullet is ridiculously simple to use. However, you really need to stick to the ‘max limit’ guidelines on the cups – fill it over that point and you’ll be mopping up leaks. I guess that’s what the line is there for! You also need to ensure that the base is screwed on tight…like any blender or similar appliance. You only need to make that mistake once too! If it isn’t on tight enough whilst it’s on, I found that unplugging it means you can rotate the cup without more leaking.
What differences did the Nutribullet make to our lives?
- Saved money – we bought over-ripe fruit & veg at bargain prices to use in soups and drinks
- Saved even more money – making our own nut butters and specialist flours!
- Less mess – the whole fruit or veg is used so no pulp leftover to scrape out
- Less recycling – we cut right down on our jars, tins and cartons by making our own stuff
- Lost weight and water – one superjuice each day filled us right up (they were heavy because of all the pulp and skins) and stopped us snacking. 1lb for me without trying and 3lb for the wife, in a week
- All round better health – we slept better, and apparently my eyes, skin and hair looked healthier too.
What do you get?
I purchased from Amazon and received the following:
- 2 16 oz mug/mix containers (SHORT cups) one w/handle, one without.
- 1 22 oz (approx) large container (TALL cup)
- 2 drink-rim rings, one with a handle
- 1 milling blade for chopping nuts, grinding grains into flour etc
- 1 extractor blade which generates 600 watts of power – enough to whizz up seed husks, thick stems and tough skins
- 2 resealable lids
- Motor power base
- Recipe Book
- Brief nutrition guide
What are people saying about Nutribullet?
This is a great product for people who can’t stand the taste of greens in their diet and really want to get in healthier shape. Ian V
I’ve tried several of the recipes that came with the Nutribullet and they’re great” Momthebomb
I’m ecstatic about this product and do not regret my purchase. I also feel great and energy packed!!!!! Mr Black
I have been using this once a day for a month or more. My energy level is through the roof and I feel wonderful! I am working out better than I used to. Linda Scope
My review of Nutribullet
I’m the first to admit that I was really skeptical about the Nutribullet, just because of past experiences with juicers. But it’s not a juicer, it’s an extractor, and I genuinely found that I felt better and fresher after a Nutribullet smoothie than I ever had with other blenders or juicers. We felt better, we looked better, we ate better and we saved a bunch of money. I would recommend the Nutribullet to anyone that wants to get themselves or their family healthier in the simplest way possible!