What is the Nutri Bullet Blender?

What is the Nutri Bullet Blender?I first heard about the Nutri Bullet on a podcast. I knew nothing about it, but immediately I thought of an informercial product based on the name alone. Turns out I was right, as the Nutri Bullet blender is like the big brother of the Magic Bullet, an (in)famous staple of late-night television.

The Nutri Bullet NBR-12 can be thought of as an upgraded version of the Magic Bullet. Like its name implies, it’s for more nutrition-minded folks rather than those who are looking to blend up margaritas and milkshakes. The Nutri Bullet certainly can blend those drinks, but it’s been reconfigured and optimized for making fruit and vegetable-heavy blended drinks for the health conscious.

The Nutri Bullet features a patented blade design with “cyclonic action” which I take it means that it pulls ingredients into the blades so you don’t have to start and stop the blender to adjust the position of your ingredients. It’s apparently good enough to liquefy just about anything you’d want to add to your smoothie, from fruits and veggies, ice, nuts, seeds, and stems.

Compared to the blender I’m using now, what I like about the Nutri Bullet is that, like the Magic Bullet, the container you put your ingredients in to blend them is the container you drink your smoothie out of. This limits the amount of clean up, which is always a bonus as far as I’m concerned, even though I have a dishwasher.

The Nutri Bullet comes with the base, a tall cup, two short cups, one flat blade, an emulsifying blade, two resealable lids, and literature about the unit along with some recipes. The unit features a 600-watt motor, which should be more than capable for producing a smoothie each day in the home, but it’s nearly 1,000 watts less powerful than the commercial-grade Blendtec Wildside. That being said, the Nutri Bullet is also $300 to $400 less than a Blendtec or Vitamix blender.

The Nutri Bullet is certainly an attractive little blender in terms of features and price, and I would be curious to try it out to see just how well it performs. Based on Amazon.com reviews, the majority of people seem to be quite happy with the product. There are occasional one-star reviews, but many of those seem to be based on the price rather than the performance of the product itself.

With 2014 just around the corner, I’d say that the Nutri Bullet is an interesting blender to consider if you’re thinking about starting off the new year with a focus on your health. It’s a fraction of the cost of a high-end blender which means the commitment level isn’t high if you tend to flake out on your resolutions after a few weeks. I’d also suggest purchasing something like this over a juicer. A product like the Nutri Bullet NBR-12 uses the whole fruit and vegetable, helping you to feel full longer and to obtain the vitamins, nutrients, and fiber found in the skin and pulp of fruits and veggies that you’d be throwing away when using a juicer.

Getting Stuff Done in 2013

Getting Stuff Done in 2013 with a Moleskine NotebookLike everyone else, I start out the new year with a resolution. Mine’s not on such a grand scale as many others’ resolutions, such as to quit smoking, lose 100 lbs., get into a bikini by this summer, etc. My one goal was to simply become a little more organized. For me this meant making a list of tasks each day and tackling them.

Sure, there are an endless number of apps that can handle to-do lists, such as Apple’s own Reminders app, Remember the Milk, or Evernote. But personally, I hate having to type things into an app. I’m not sure if it’s just too easy to ignore, or I can’t be bothered typing something down, I’m not exactly sure. But I know that swiping and deleting a task just isn’t as satisfying as crossing it off a list.

This is why for 2013 I opted to buy a pocket-sized notebook, write down a list of tasks I want to accomplish by the end of the day, and then cross them off one by one as they’re done. Maybe it’s because I didn’t grow up with a cell phone and am used to doing things the traditional way. Maybe it’s the fact that I can easily glance at past weeks and months to see everything I’ve completed over the course of a year.

When choosing a notebook for this, there was only one choice: the Moleskine. I won’t get into its detailed history, but these little leather-bound books have been around for centuries. They come in hard cover and soft, large and small varieties, in daily, monthly, and plain paper styles, and in an assortment of colors as well. What I’m saying is simple: if you’re looking for an antiquated yet new way to manage your life, consider writing things down. You might find it a little more rewarding than yet another app on your cell phone.