It’s smoothie season! Each spring, my Pinterest boards and social feeds are awash with pictures and recipes of gorgeous smoothies, stuffed with fruits, protein powders and even the leafy green stuff, if you’re into it. It always made me wish I had a blender… and then wish I had a better blender. When Red was born, I wish my blender and food processor were better built for smoother textures and bigger batches. Everything was working okay, I just was always wishing for something beefier, even if I didn’t know what it was at the time.
Now that #2 is coming in July, I count myself lucky to have been able to try a Ninja blender. It’s going to make my life so much easier, and even now in my maternity stage, I’m using it everyday (and Chase is using it, too.). Ninja Kitchens was nice enough to send me a Ninja Blender DUO system, and I’ve already discovered so much that I like about it.
1. The Ninja DUO Nutri Cups
The Ninja DUO Blender not only comes with killer-huge blender pitcher, but also three differently sized “Nutri cups” with flip top lids and a mini blade that screws on and attaches to the blender base. This has to be my favorite part of the entire system because I can create a single serve drink and turn it into my cup and cup. Boom.
2. The Auto-iQ™ Buttons
This part of the Ninja DUO system was a surprise to me. I had no idea this tech even existed, but I’m very happy it does! There are several buttons on the front of the blender base that feature “Auto-iQ™.” That means you can press a button and be done. There’s no need to shake, stir, or mix or stare at your blender while it works. I can select my favorite Auto-iQ™ program and in about a minute you’re ready to enjoy what you’ve made. It’s a fast start to Chase and my mornings when we’re getting our pre-schooler out the door or answering endless emails after a workout session.
3. The Absolute POWER!
(I can’t even read that without saying it like Jafar from Aladdin….) Honestly, I didn’t know what kind of power to expect from the Ninja, which might be why I’m so surprised by its performance. My quick start manuals claimed the blender could pulverize whole seeds, turn fibrous veggies into soups and even juice fruits. Really? Into that smooth of a mixture? Turns out, it can. I added a large handful of uncooked oatmeal to my smoothie and sure enough, the grains were so well mixed and shredded I could drink my smoothie through a small straw and not sense any grit. None. I’m seriously impressed with that. And chopping a pesto? Magnificent. I can make a batch just large enough for dinner (recipe is below!!) in a Nutri cup and it’s better than store bought!
I also did a little video review for those of you that like to see things work in action. Enjoy my additional tips for getting the perfect smoothie consistency using the Nutri cups.
Fresh Pesto Sauce, made in a Ninja DUO Blender
- 4 cups fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
- 1/3 cup Pine Nuts
- 2 cloves worth of minced garlic
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan (not shredded)
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt (I use Kosher or Sea)
Combine the Basil, EVOO, Pine Nuts and Garlic in the smallest Ninja DUO Blender Nutricup. Blend until paste forms, making sure to stop a few times and push the basil down. Add Parmesan cheese and salt. Blend until a smooth paste forms. Transfer to small bowl and stir in an additional 1/4″ of olive oil. Add immediately to your recipe, or refrigerate for up to 24 hours.