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Everything you need to know about the Nutribullet | Read our review

The Nutribullet is the ideal kitchen gadget for getting the most nutritional benefit from your fruit and vegetables.

There is a lot of information today about superfoods and the benefits that they have on our health, but fitting them all into the daily diet can be difficult. Plus, for many, the real benefit is in the parts we typically toss, like the skin, seeds and stems. The Nutribullet offers a convenient method for combining different superfoods into one tasty drink, skins and all.

Where to buy a Nutribullet in Australia

How do you use a Nutribullet?

The Nutribullet relies on its high-speed, innovative blade design and shape to break down natural foods and blend them together into a smooth drink. Put your desired ingredients in the appliance and by creating a vortex, all of the ingredients are combined evenly. (This allows for full absorption of all the nutrients into the body, as opposed to some being lost during digestion when these foods are consumed in their solid form.) Then simply pour!

What makes the Nutribullet worth it?

The strength of the Nutribullet allows users to get the full nutritional benefit of fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Many superfoods store their nutritional benefits in their skins and seeds. Apples are a great example of this as their skin contains half of the fruit's fibre along with elements that have been linked with better lung function, improved memory and weight loss. The Nutribullet can easily break down the entire apple and turn it into a smooth drink.

You can also easily integrate nuts and seeds into the smoothies made with a Nutribullet. Chia seeds are considered to be one of the best available sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. You can add these to any combination of fruit and vegetables in the Nutribullet and get their full benefit with no effort.

Is the Nutribullet just a fancy food processor?

The Nutribullet is more than just your average processor – it also has the capacity to blend smoothies and soups, as well as being far more slimline than traditional food processors. The blades within the Nutribullet function in a similar way to most food processors, and are definitely capable of emulsifying the same types of foods – plus they retain all the nutritional value.

The only downside to favouring a Nutribullet over a conventional food processor is the capacity. If you're only after smaller servings of your blended fruit and vegetables to hit your recommended daily intake (RDI), then the Nutribullet will suit you. If you're looking more at cooking in bulk or larger servings, the capacity of the Nutribullet may not be enough for your needs.

What is the difference between the Nutribullet and a juicer or blender?

When you use a juicer to extract the liquid from fruit and vegetables you are leaving behind most of the nutritional value. The skin, pulp and seeds of many natural foods are rich in essential vitamins and minerals and give our bodies the most health benefit, yet when you use a juicer, the peel and all of its health benefits are left behind. You can cut an entire orange into pieces and add it to the Nutribullet. The skin, seeds and fruit will be pulverised and become part of the smoothie so you don’t lose any of the nutrients.

There are similarities between a Nutribullet and a blender in that both are able to effectively break down a variety of different types of foods. The Nutribullet works better at smoothies because of the unique shape of the cup and the high-speed blades. A cyclone effect is created when turned on, moving the food rapidly towards the blades to be liquefied and blended together. An advantage of the Nutribullet is that it’s a compact device that is easy to assemble and disassemble and simple to clean. After its use, the cups can be placed right into the dishwasher while the blades can be washed with soap and water.

What is the difference between the Nutribullet and the Magic Bullet?

You should note that although manufactured by the same company, the Nutribullet is not the same as the Magic Bullet. They both provide a similar function, but the Nutribullet is stronger, with a 600 Watt motor opposed to the 250 Watt motor of the Magic Bullet. The added strength makes the consistency of drinks made in the Nutribullet smoother.

The other difference is in the size. The Magic Bullet is smaller, with a capacity of just over 500 grams, while Nutribullet’s cup capacity is close to 700 grams. It also comes with a special extractor blade that is able to dry mill oats, seeds and even nuts. For the individual who is serious about healthy eating, that will be a handy tool to have.

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What comes with the Nutribullet?

The Nutribullet comes with everything you need, with the exception of the superfoods, to get started on making nutritious smoothies. If you do purchase a Nutribullet you should find the following inside the package:

  • An extractor blade. This is a four-pronged stainless steel blade attached to a base that can be fitted onto the Nutribullet. The blades are split in two, allowing it to better slice through the skins, rinds and seeds.
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  • The milling blade. The flat stainless steel blade is designed to mill grains, nuts and even herbs.
  • The power base. This is the bottom portion of the Nutribullet containing the powerful motor. The cord is attached here for you to plug into the wall.
  • Mixing cup. Made of durable plastic, the mixing cup is where you put your ingredients to be placed on the Nutribullet base.
  • Short cup. This cup can also be used for blending single-portion smoothies and features a handled lip ring to make the drink easy to hold.
  • Single-portion cup. This single-portion cup has its handle on the side rather than on the comfort lip ring.
  • Re-sealable lids. Inside the box you should find two re-sealable lids to keep your smoothies fresh.
  • User guide. The user guide offers you tips on how to use the Nutribullet as well as healthy recipe ideas and a nutrition plan.
  • Pocket guide. This pocket-sized book is meant to help you make healthy food choices while out shopping.

Can the Nutribullet blend seeds, ice and coffee?

The simple answer is yes – but there are a few precautions you should take in order to keep your Nutribullet in peak condition. Ice on its own shouldn't be crushed in the Nutribullet; however, it's perfectly safe to mix ice with other ingredients (three or four cubes is sufficient). When it comes to seeds, it's definitely capable of blending them through, but we recommend putting them in last so that they're first to hit the blades in case they're a bit more stubborn.

Coffee beans are another substance that can be ground up in your Nutribullet – the longer you blend, the finer they get. Check out the above video from YouTuber WorldOfRandomStuff to see the Nutribullet in action.


What else can you make with a Nutribullet?

It’s not all smoothies and soups! Here are some alternatives that you can make with your Nutribullet at home.

Almond milk

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If you’re lactose-intolerant then you’ll recognise the value of having a rich, creamy almond milk ready whenever you need it. It’s definitely one of the more popular options at the moment, and the best part is that it’s super easy to make in a Nutribullet.

Soak one cup of almonds overnight (the longer the better), drain them and then blend them up in your nutribullet with two fresh cups of water. Strain the remaining mixture through a cheesecloth and you’ve got yourself a delicious drink!


DIY face masks

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We’re all about organic skincare, and what could be more organic than a homemade, blended face mask? Fresh ingredients whipped up in your Nutribullet will have your skin glowing in no time at all – just choose ingredients rich in nutrients.

For a cucumber milk face mask, combine half a cucumber, one-quarter cup of milk, one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of brown sugar in your Nutribullet. Blend until smooth and apply to your face. If you use a warm cloth when removing it, you can also softly exfoliate your face.


Mocha frappuccino

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Who said Nutribullets were only for super healthy drinks? We all deserve to treat ourselves occasionally, and it’s hard to go past a good frappuccino. Follow these instructions to make a mocha frappuccino in your Nutribullet.

Combine one-third of a cup of regular coffee, two tablespoons of chocolate syrup and three tablespoons of sugar in your Nutribullet and blend for about 10 seconds. Pop the mixture in the fridge and once it’s cooled down you can add ice and milk (maybe even your own homemade almond milk), then blend till it’s frothy.


Mixed berry sorbet (or ice-blocks)

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When it comes to summer, there’s nothing that beats a good sorbet or ice-block. Using only a few ingredients and your Nutribullet, you can make a simple version of both, to keep everyone happy and healthy.

Combine a pack of frozen mixed berries with half a cup of apple juice, half a cup of orange juice, two teaspoons of vanilla extract and one tablespoon of sweetener into the Nutribullet and blend. Once blended, strain the mixture and cover with plastic wrap, then freeze until firm. For ice-blocks, freeze until hardened!


Nutribullet warranty information

Nutribullet's warranty guarantees one full year free of defects with the option of extending that to four years' warranty at an extra cost. During this warranty period Nutribullet will replace or repair any defects in the appliance for free (excluding shipping costs). The warranty is not transferable and does not cover regular wear and tear, but will cover you in case of structural defects.

The extended four-year warranty follows the same terms, and will be enforced after the expiry of the first year's coverage. Depending on where you buy your Nutribullet, you may also be entitled to store guarantees as well as the manufacturer warranty.


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