You may have heard of Ninja and now you want to know what all the rave is about? Have you ever blended something in a low kilowatt blender and have it be chunky with food or ice still? Yeah me too. I was tired of my smoothies not being, ya know… smooth!
There are many different models, so how do you know which one is the best one for you? Well, it’s going to take a little bit of research on your part. Obviously price is a big factor; some are less and some are more. I opted for this Nutri Ninja® with Auto-iQ™ and Smooth Boost™ Technology Series because I have little space and didn’t need another big clunky kitchen appliance taking up space on my counter tops and it’s at an affordable price point. This one is small enough to hide in the cupboards and I like that since I have very little room on my counters as is.
The Nutri Ninja® with Auto-iQ™ and Smooth Boost™ Technology Series comes with three 24 oz to go style cups, one of them being a stainless steel cup which has a double wall insulation to allow for colder beverages of up to 4 hours. This is awesome if something comes up, oh you know, like work issues or mom issues and you can’t finish your beverage before it ends up warm. I love that I can take my time to enjoy my morning smoothie.
The Auto-iQ and Smooth Boost Technology features timed, intelligent blending programs that do the work for you, no guesswork required. This means you don’t have to hold the button down until you “think” you have the right consistency, it automatically does it for you depending on which cup/blade you have locked in and the button you have pushed. Pure awesomeness!
I had a crappy blender before being introduced to the Ninja and I hated it because it left ice chunks in my drinks. It definitely did not have the wattage needed to blend ice efficiently and smoothly like this Ninja blender does.
One of my favorite go to smoothie recipes that I make off the top of my head is below
- 1 whole banana
- 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt
- 1 cup of ice
- 1 cup of soy/almond milk
- 2 TBSP of peanut butter
- 1 scoop of Organic Chia and Raw Hemp Seeds
- 1 tsp of Organic Spurlina
The seeds never get fully chopped up because they’re already fine enough, and I don’t mind anyways since it gives the smoothie a little bit of texture and me the nutrients I need to start my day.
Another thing I decided to give a try was coffee. I love love love ice blended coffee drinks but they get too damn expensive at local coffee shops, so why not make them with this trusty Ninja blender?
All you need is ice, your favorite coffee (cooled), some chocolate syrup/or favorite coffee creamer and whipped cream if you want to make it extra tasty. Hit the blend button and wa-la, it’ll stop when it’s just the right consistency.
I’ve also tried blending up my little one some baby food to stick in my reusable food pouches. She loves bananas, avocados, apples, green beans all blended up together. You name it and she’ll probably eat it, which to me is a good thing since I won’t have to deal with picky behavior later on, I HOPE.
The only thing that is off-putting by this machine is that it’s LOUD. But, I now realize that Ninja is not for Ninja quiet, it’s interpretation is how bad ass the blades are at chopping food up!
As you can see, I love this Ninja blender and find it well worth the price tag. It gave me hope back in being able to create ice-chunk free smoothies that I so crave!
If you don’t already have one, I highly suggest checking them out; they’re awesome!