Granted, I’m not a mother, but in recent years I have developed this love for kitchen appliances that I can only imagine is what one would feel for their firstborn child. I’m exaggerating (Mom, you better love me more than your crock pot!!), but honestly, the excitement I felt when Ninja sent me their Ultima Dual Stage Blender is only rivaled by that which I felt upon opening up Samantha’s bedroom collection on Christmas morning 1995 (it’s an American Girl Doll thing, for all you straight men without daughters or sisters reading this). 🙂
It was perfect timing because I had just about had it with my previous blender. I really hate to give any sort of bad review on here (it makes me so uncomfortable), but I would not recommend the Breville Hemisphere if you guys are in the market for a new blender. I had mine just over a year and had consistent problems with it leaking (the bottom would come unscrewed whenever I’d turn it on), and getting it to blend solids into my smoothies was always a long process of turning it off, poking/stirring it with a spoon, adding more liquid—you know that game. For how much I paid for it, this was really frustrating.
In walk Ninja…
NIGHT AND DAY. I love this blender! I have the Ultima 8L810 model, and it comes with a 72oz blender jar, two single-serve jars with sippie lids (love these for making a smoothie to take with me to the studio!), and a 10-speed variable dial. There’s a double blade (one down low like other blenders and another up higher in the jar) so that you don’t have to worry about strategically layering your ingredients to get things flowing. I wouldn’t say I love this blender more than my dog, but I wouldn’t not say I love this blender more than my dog.
Ok, I don’t have a dog, but you guys get the point.
Get excited because I am going to be able to create so many new delicious, healthy, fun recipes for P&I now. I’m starting off with a smoothie today, but my new Ninja can do soups, hummuses (hummi?), sauces, nut butters, dips—the works. I can’t wait to get creative!
Tropical Green Avocado Smoothie
A green smoothie with healthy fats!
- ½ avocado
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 heaping cup of pineapple chunks
- 1 big handful kale leafs
- 1-2 big handful(s) spinach leafs
- ¼ tsp spirulina (optional)
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- Shredded coconut for topping
- Throw everything in a blender (except the shredded coconut).
- If you don’t want a thick smoothie, slowly add more coconut milk until it reaches desired texture.
- Top with a sprinkle of shredded coconut.
This is a filling smoothie! You can drink it all or split it into two 8oz cups to share with a friend.
Phew. Ok, that post was way longer than it needed to be. Somebody drank too much coffee this morning…
What kind of blender do you use?
Have you ever added avocado to your smoothies?
Ninja sent me the blender free of charge, but I was not otherwise compensated for this post and all opinions are my own. The Ultima rocks—thank you, Ninja!