There’s something very exciting about getting mail that isn’t a bill or a junk flier, especially when that mail is a gigantic blender-sized package with a new foodie toy inside! That’s exactly what happened to me a few weeks ago when I came home to today’s Monday Mention: a brand-new Ninja® Professional Blender.
Like most healthy foodies, I used to dream of Vitamixes and Blendtecs; the Cadillacs of the smoothie world. I thought I was going to have to wait until I got married to beg for a powerful blender via registry —I am nothing if not romantic— but when I was at HLS I was introduced to the Ninja team and their powerhouse appliance. At $99, it’s a quarter of the price of the models I was lusting after, but I was seriously impressed by how smooth their samples were blending up. And it was doing everything I wanted: protein shakes, hummus, etc.
The trick to the Ninja is the multi-blade core and 1100 watts of power. It’ll pulverize anything you’d like, but it has a range of settings if you need to be gentler, like adding a touch more almond milk or stirring in some more protein powder. I’ve used mine to crush ice and frozen fruit, but it apparently makes silky soft serve (!!!), nut butters and spreads, too. Stay tuned.
The first thing that I made with mine was a green smoothie. The very same recipe, in fact, that had fried my pathetic Magic Bullet. I packed my new toy full of almond milk, protein powder, kale, frozen banana, organic spinach and ice and set phasers to kill. There was an extraordinary grinding sound and within seconds I had a silky smooth green monster. Not a kale fibre in sight!! All of you who drink green smoothies understand why this was so exciting.
When it came time to clean the blender, I was really impressed by how easily it all came apart. The spinning central blade pops right out and there aren’t nooks and crannies that get filled with leaves and pulp. I once bought and quickly sold a juicer because I spent more time cleaning the thing than anything else. The Ninja was so easy to clean that it made me want to experiment.
Naturally, many smoothies followed, with this one being our favorite
Oh yeah. Cookies and cream-flavoured deliciousness packed with vegetarian protein and antioxidants. It’s so easy, too:
2 cups of unswt. vanilla almond milk
1 frozen banana
1 packet of chocolate CocoVia
1 scoop of Sunwarrior Vanilla protein powder
Blend, sip … dance, run a marathon, build a pyramid, tame a wild stallion, etc, etc etc.
The only con to the Ninja is that like all powerful blenders, it’s a sizeable kitchen gadget. I leave mine out so that we have a permanent smoothie station ready to go. Plus, it makes my kitchen look pretty sweet ^~ We don’t mess around with our protein shakes in this house.
Thanks so much again to Ninja for the gift!
I was sent a Ninja® Professional Blender to review, but I was not paid to write this post, and the opinions expressed are my own.