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.

Foods That Make You Feel Full

Foods That Make You Feel FullAt its core, the key to losing weight is to burn off more calories than you consume. This is virtually impossible to do while still staying healthy, so it’s important to choose what you eat more wisely. What you should do is make better choices, opting for foods that make you feel full longer rather than foods that give you a quick fix, leaving you hungry again shortly after.

What you should look for are foods that contain water, foods that are high in fiber, and foods that contain the good kinds of fat. In terms of foods that contain a lot of water, reach for citrus fruits and green vegetables. Fruits that are high in vitamin C, like a grapefruit for instance, will help your body process fat more quickly and help you feel satisfied longer. A grapefruit is a great way to start the day and will help carry you through to your mid-morning snack.

The great thing about green vegetables is that they’re high in fiber, contain a lot of water, and very few calories. Your body will actually burn off most of the calories in kale, spinach, or broccoli simply by digesting the vegetables. They also contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and will help you stay full without adding too many additional calories to your daily intake. Add some to your lunch and dinner while cutting down your portion sizes of other foods.

For snacks, skip over candy and chips no matter how hard it may be. Instead, look for popcorn and nuts. When prepared naturally, popcorn is a great snack because it’s tasty, low in calories and high in fiber. But try to avoid making it unhealthy by adding butter, cheese, or salt as a topping. Nuts like almonds and walnuts are a great snack food as well in their natural form, providing healthy fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Here are a few ideas to help you better plan your meals to help cut calories, reduce fat, and stay full longer:

Breakfast:

  • cottage cheese (mix with fruit or oatmeal)
  • eggs
  • grapefruit
  • oatmeal (natural, unsweetened preferrably)
  • whole grain toast

Lunch and Dinner:

  • grilled chicken
  • grilled or steamed fish (salmon, tuna)
  • soups (avoid creams, look for chicken or vegetable broth-based with lots of vegetables, low in sodium)
  • whole grain brown rice
  • whole grain pasta

Sides:

  • asparagus
  • beans
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • spinach

Snacks:

  • apple (packed with fiber)
  • low-fat cheese
  • nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts)
  • popcorn (natural, unsalted, unbuttered preferably)
  • yogurt (low-fat)

Foods That Fight Depression

Foods That Fight DepressionI was diagnosed for depression a while ago and while I could have started taking pills to feel better, I opted against it. I don’t want to go the rest of my life having to take a pill each day to feel better, so I looked into the alternatives, such as supplements like Onnit’s New Mood and Alpha Brain to improve my mood, and foods that help battle depression as well.

I’m definitely an emotional eater, and when I’m in a funk, there’s nothing I crave more than junk food. Unfortunately though, it’s a vicious circle, as I feel better at first but ultimately end up crashing and hating myself for giving into my cravings. Fortunately, there are some foods out there that will have a positive impact on your mood.

B vitamins—specifically B6 and B12—have been found to have a positive impact on depression. Foods that are rich in B6 and B12 include eggs, which are also packed with protein and will help you feel satiated longer and stabilize your blood sugar. Foods that are rich in magnesium, such as kale, spinach, peanuts, almonds and suflower seeds are full of magnesium which helps with serotonin production, a chemical in the brain that helps us feel good.

Adding green tea to your diet can also have a relaxing effect on the body, despite the caffeine content which many people find makes them edgy. L-theanine is an amino acid found in green tea that can improve focus while helping the body to remain calm. I begin each day with Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee to kick start my morning and have a big cup of green tea at the end to help me wind down, and I’ve found that it truly does help me relax and unwind.