First introduced way back in 2012, the NutriBullet immediately took the health food world by storm, with the product gaining over 1 million fans on Facebook in a span of a few, short months.
The successor to the early-2000s wonder product Magic Bullet, the NutriBullet features a more powerful engine and a larger cup than its predecessor, with the high-speed blades of the NutriBullet claiming to be essential for its purpose of being a tabletop “nutrition extractor”. It’s also a great tool for chefs who want to improve skills outside of their knifework because it cuts down their prep time to practically zero.
While nutritionists and food scientists might raise their eyebrows at the term, the science behind it isn’t all that hokey: the NutriBullet manages to blitz and practically liquefy most fruits and vegetables that you process, including seeds and stalks. This just means that more of the fruit and veg go into your smoothie, which is good because a lot of veggie stalks and fruit seeds actually contain a large amount of vitamins and minerals we would normally throw away.
But it’s not just fruits and veggies: you can also use the Nutribullet to create pasta sauces, healthy dips, and even your very own nut butter. We’re not going to post recipes about it here, but we will talk about the variety of things you can do with your NutriBullet outside of healthy smoothies.
But First, What Exactly Is the NutriBullet?
In essence, the NutriBullet is a compact, high-speed blender that’s able to finely blitz the smallest and toughest ingredients in such a way that it comes out smooth and liquefied. A descendant of the Magic Bullet, the NutriBullet manages to do this using a high-speed motor that is capable of spinning its surgical steel blades to a whopping 20,000 rpm.
But while it might seem overkill, this speed is necessary to pulverize small and tough parts of fruits and vegetables, such as seeds and stalks, so that you get the most out of the product you’re processing and helps you care for your digestive system. Of course, this is within reason: things like avocado seeds aren’t meant to be processed, so don’t even try it!!!
What Things Can I Make with the NutriBullet?
It’s a blender, so it does pretty much everything that a blender does, but better. Basically, if you need anything turned from a solid-state into a smooth liquid, the NutriBullet is your guy. That being said, the regular NutriBullet’s receptacle isn’t heat-resistant, so blending soups isn’t recommended. For that, you’ll need to upgrade to the NutriBullet RX, the NutriBullet’s big brother, because that’s the model that has a specialized soup jug that you could use.
While it’s marketed for the smoothie drinkers out there, we’ve found the NutriBullet to be extremely effective at making salad dressings, sauces, pesto, and even nut butter. It really is one of those wonder products that, once you get used to it, can make your eating habits just a little bit healthier by allowing you to create your favorite packaged foods, but better.
For example, many people will simply opt to buy packaged peanut butter, because it’s easier than taking out your regular blender and pulsing it a few times to get the peanuts to emulsify with the oil. But the NutriBullet was able to create a big batch of Almond Butter for us here at CatsupAndMustard at half the time, with our resident foodies being able to control the amount of sugar to put into it, leaving us with a product that honestly tastes 10x better than store-bought.
We were also fortunate enough to try out both the NutriBullet and the NutriBullet RX, which we used to make both tomato soup and tomato-based sauces. Sure, jarred tomato sauce is fine, but creating a fresh tomato sauce using vine-ripened tomatoes, freshly picked basil, herbs, and garlic is so superior to store-bought that one taste is definitely going to ruin anything you pick out of a supermarket shelf.
Think of it as part of your self-care routine while the pandemic is winding down: make your own restaurant-quality sauces right at home and you won’t need to go out!
We’ve also had readers write to us about how they used their NutriBullet to create fresh fruit ice cream using just frozen fruits, a bit of cream or nut milk, and their sweetener of choice. Personally, we were able to make a beautiful coconut and honey ice cream using some desiccated coconut, some frozen coconut cream, and some agave honey that we had in the pantry.
Can You Put Ice on the NutriBullet?
Like we said earlier, you put even the toughest ingredient in the Nutribullet and turn it into a liquefied treat. Yes, of course, that includes ice. You can make the smoothest shakes and perfectly textured smoothies with this small wonder in your kitchen. Perfect for those quick quenchers for you and your family, or unexpected guests. Bring out the tea towels and have a picnic setup on your patio.
Should You Get the NutriBullet?
Basically, what we’re trying to say is this: there’s no shortage of what you can do with the NutriBullet. It’s not a one-trick pony that’s just a glorified smoothie maker. For busy moms, this is a blessing in blender form because it does cut down on prep time and helps you create more nutritious and healthy meals for the family.
Yes, it is pricey (you can get the NutriBullet and the NutriBullet RX at around $100 on Amazon), but when it comes to your family’s health, is that really a price we’re not willing to pay?
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