Ninja Review + Fall Smoothie Recipes

Posted November 12, 2014 in Ninja Kitchen, Nutri Ninja, smoothie, smoothies, Fall, butternut squash, apple pie, healthy living, healthy snacking

I received a Nutri Ninja from the kind people at Ninja Kitchen after meeting them at FitBloggin last summer!! I was incredibly excited to try this thing out. 

The thing is, I have a bit of a blender obsession. I have owned and currently own quite a few blenders (maybe 4-5). It always seems like some blenders are great for one thing, but aren't great for another. So I use different blenders for different situations. Totally normal, right?

Well, I was not disappointed with the Nutri Ninja, and this may just become my go to for all smoothie making. Smoothies came out extra smooth even when I added ice or kale. Sometimes adding greens to smoothies can leave you with little bits of kale or spinach in your smoothie. Yuck! Every time I used hearty greens, my smoothies came out perfect without any chunks.

The Nutri Ninja is also amazing because there aren't a lot of parts and it's easy to clean. This Ninja comes with the base, which has a 900 watt motor (I'm not sure what that means, but it must be powerful), the Pro Extractor blades, a 24-oz cup and an 18-oz cup. You also get lids that allows you to take your smoothies to go. 

I created some smoothie recipes using some heftier ingredients that don't always become smooth in my other blenders. (apple chunks, nuts, oats, kale). My smoothies always came out super smooth and delicious.

You can also break down fruits and vegetables without adding any liquid using the Nutri Ninja. I haven't tried that yet, but it seems like a great way to make fresh juice without losing the fiber you do from a juicer.

OK, enough about the blender...on to the recipes!

At FitBloggin, Ninja servied two amazing smoothies - the Lean Green Smoothie...

and the Beta Blast Smoothie...

And here are some recipes I created...

Butternut Squash Smoothie

This is a great smoothie for using up leftover roasted squash. You can use any sweet squash, I just happened to have butternut leftover. I actually roasted some with olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted a small batch with coconut oil and cinnamon. I used the sweeter version for this smoothie.

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup cubed roasted butternut squash

frozen sliced banana

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. cardamom

1/2 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (optional) {the best vegan protein powder}

Apple Pie Smoothie

This is seriously like apple pie in a glass! You get all the apple pie flavor from tons of spices and not all the calories you find in an actual piece of pie.

1/2-2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 apple, roughly chopped

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. nutmeg

1/8 tsp. allspice

1/8 tsp. cardamom

pinch ginger

pinch cloves

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/2 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (get this one)

4 ice cubes

Blueberry (+ Greens) Smoothie

I always keep frozen blueberries in my freezer during the winter because this is one summer fruit I can't give up. This is a great way to get some antioxidants from berries (something we don't get a lot of in fall/winter) along with the nutrients of greens. I swear, you can't taste the kale at all!

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup kale

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

frozen sliced banana

1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder {what I use!}

Also check out my Aronia Berry Smoothie!

What's your favorite fall smoothie?

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