The Ninja Review

I recently mentioned a new appliance we added to our collection and a couple people commented on how they had been thinking of purchasing one. To help anyone else out there, I thought I could do an informal review of it.

Note: I paid for this blender myself and have nothing to do with the Ninja company. They have no idea who I am and obviously didn’t pay me. They can if they want to though.

During an afternoon trip to Costco a few weeks ago, we came across an end-cap of Ninja blenders. I had never heard of them, so when Brody suggested buying it, we looked online for reviews. On Amazon, it has a 3.6 our of 5 stars. After humming and hawing for a few minutes, we put it in the cart.

For $100, we got two pitchers, five attachments, and a recipe book. Although it claims to be able to knead dough, make nut butters, and juice, I have only used it for making smoothies.

Yesterday I made a smoothie for an afternoon snack. In the mix: frozen banana, frozen strawberries, crushed ice, and coconut water.

PROS: The pitcher locks, so there’s no chance of smoothie on the ceiling and you do not have to hold the top as it works. Compared to the six year old Black and Decker blender, this one is very quiet. It suctions tightly to the countertop; I often walk away and do something else in the kitchen while it’s working. It also seems like I don’t need as much liquid as I used to, which produces a thicker, creamy treat.

CONS: After about a minute of blending, I stop it to scrap the sides. In my experience, the chunks of fruit or ice do not incorporate without this intermission. Unlike the smoothie I made a few days ago (which was almost like soft serve), this one still had a few chunks of ice in it. This probably was just from not blending it long enough, which was another minute after scraping the sides.

Final verdict?

I like it…for smoothies; I need to allow it to blend a little longer than I think it needs and may even want to scrap the sides a second time. While some may find this annoying, I am okay with it because of all the other pros I listed above. For a more complete review, I should try using it for its other functions and include that in this review. There’s no way I can justify spending the oodles of money for the Vitamix, and this seems to be and look like his little cousin.

All this talk about smoothies is making me hungry…and thirsty…mmmm. I already know what I am having for an afternoon snack.

Do you have a Ninja or a Vitamix?
What is your favorite small/medium appliance?

WIAW – Summer Staples

Happy hump day!

It’s been a few weeks since my last WIAW post, but I am back and ready for Jenn‘s theme for this month: summer staples. Yesterday was kind of an odd eating day for me; normally I eat three meals and two snacks, so eating four small meals was quite unusual for me.


Breakfast @ 6:45am

Once again my mom gave me half a loaf of her homemade wheat bread. A classic peanut butter and jelly has been hitting the spot and has definitely become a staple for me this summer. During the school year, overnight oats are my staple, so it’s good to mix it up.

Lunch #1 @ 11:30am

After a great three mile run and my favorite kickboxing class, I came home hungry for something cold and refreshing. Brody and I purchased the Ninja blender a few weeks ago (hence the blender for sale on Craigslist) and it makes awesome smoothies. This one included a little ice, half a frozen banana, frozen strawberries, half a scoop of Plant Fusion protein powder, a little milk, and coconut water. It was very thick, almost like soft serve.

Lunch #2 @ 3:00pm

I had no obligations yesterday and ran a few errands. Shopping makes me hungry. I finished the baked beans from the weekend and cut up a watermelon. There’s really no way to make baked beans look nice in a photo, but I tried. I also had a spoonful of sunflower seed butter.

Dinner @ 6:00pm

Crockpot lasagna! This is why I was chopping onions yesterday. Although it wasn’t the best day for lasagna (hello 85 degree house), it was easy and delicious. Brody even liked it! I can definitely see myself making this again; however, it only needs four hours on low, so I could never make it on a school day. But on a chilly Sunday, this would be perfect; maybe it’ll become a winter staple.

Dessert @ 8:00pm
No picture – #wiawfail
I attended a Mary Kay event with a friend who is a representative and ate some treats after my facial. The dessert plate included a square of red velvet cake, a piece of dark chocolate Dove, a twizzler, and a few apple slices with a dip.

Did I eat any greens today? Nope. Besides the tomatoes in the lasagna, I didn’t do well on the vegetable front. That is kind of the story of my life; I never have problems with fruit but really struggle with vegetables.

As for summer staples, I ate quite a few summer-y foods. Smoothies scream summer to me, as do baked beans and watermelon.

Thanks again to Jenn for hosting!

Who you use your Crockpot in the summer? What do you make?
What are your summer staples?