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Morning smoothies

Nov 29, 2016 3:05 PM

Hi all. I know this isn't exactly pain related but I'd like some input and opinions.
I can't eat solid food in the mornings, it comes right back up, but i seem to be able to choke down and keep down a smoothie if I drink it slow enough (over an hour or 2).
Currently I have a little magic bullet system, but i keep breaking the tabs off the cups and I had 2 travel lids but one got a hole in the soft plastic part and was retaining dish soap and that was getting into my smoothie and making me ill so I'm down to one lid and a couple cups. Replacement cups and lids are stupid expensive and I want bigger cups so i can put more in my smoothie.
So I'm looking at getting a new system for my morning smoothies.
I was looking at the nutri ninja with auto-iq as its at costco for just over $100 and it is ment for smoothies as it doesn't actually have a blender jug, it's just travel mugs and a blade.
The boyfriend wants me to spend the extra money and get a full vitamix blender. They are on promotion at my local costco right now until Sunday and i can get last year's model for $200 off, which puts it around $500-600. The vitamix guy said the individual vitamix to go cup system isnt worth the money.
The vitamix is the most versatile and powerful system out there, but then I'd have to wash both the blender and a cup every day instead of the cup being the blender portion.
Am i just being lazy by wanting the dedicated system? I'm horrible at getting dishes done, and the dishwasher struggles with tall skinny things like the contigo cups i get from costco.
So torn on what to do. I have until Sunday to decide.

Nov 29, 2016 3:31 PM

I have the ninja pro and it doesn't blend kale, spinach, etc. In the smoothie there are little pieces in it so it's not a smoothie at all. If you can afford the vitamix I would go for it.

Nov 29, 2016 3:34 PM

Thanks AnimalLover2.
That's part of the reason i don't like the bullet, if i put kale in it im chewing my smoothie.

Nov 29, 2016 3:41 PM

No you're lazy, i avoid making as much mess as possible. Honestly u wouldn't spend that much money, i don't really think its really worth it. I have the nutriInfusion it has two small cups and three big cups with two different blade for wet and dry ingredients. all you do is rinse it.
I don't know how much it cost where you are but in Australia it coat about $200. It blend bloody anything.

Nov 29, 2016 3:54 PM

Mknight the one you mention isn't available in Canada but it looks a lot like the nutribullet available here. The nutribullet and the nutrininja one i was looking at are very much the same here, just different manufacturers, cup design and interface. They have the same powered motor.
I have no idea what to do.
The vitamix can be used to make riceand nut milks and i know people who make their own flours in it.
My ideal smoothie is 24 ounces.

Nov 29, 2016 4:00 PM

I have the nutri ninja that I got just after Christmas 2014 and it blends everything....some things take a little longer to make sure it's all blended but it does it. The only thing I've found is I don't like the taste of cucumber skin in my smoothies, I find it leaves a very bitter taste in my smoothies so I peel off the skin....that's more personal taste nothing to do with it being blended. Min came with a large cup and a small cup both with travel lids.
I love my nutri ninja but don't use it nearly enough!

Nov 30, 2016 11:22 AM

Whilst money is a factor, i think when it comes to health problems it should not be the main reason for buying or not buying something....your health/benefit to your health/lifestyle should be the main focus....

I've read other posts of yours, and you work hard and have a lot to deal with....so i say treat yourself :)

Orrrr...think how annoying it would be if you went for the cheaper version and you were no better off than you are now...

Orrrr....do you know anyone who has each version so you can give them a dummy run to see which you prefer?

Orrrr....how about buying the expensive one, and if its no good, return it?

Good luck :)

Nov 30, 2016 11:33 AM

Costco is a breeze to return stuff ... Most things are returnable for 2 years.

The vitamix is pretty easy to clean.

It would be good to whip up a nomato sauce if you are going night shade free soon.

Nov 30, 2016 1:32 PM

I bought the ninja pro and absolutely love it. It comes with a large & medium size cup 12+ ounces) with lids. I can drink as much or as little as I want. My endocrinologist told me to be sure and balance the fruits & veggies with protein powder (due to hypoglycemia).

Nov 30, 2016 1:55 PM

FlappysLady81 have you tried kale or spinach. Does it blend to liquid? How do you get it to do it? Mine only came with 1 large cup.

Nov 30, 2016 2:41 PM

Animallover2, I tried spinach & to me it made my smoothies bitter. I'm using flax seeds and chia seeds with fruit and vegan protein powder.

Nov 30, 2016 3:38 PM

Love my Ninja system, though I don't use kale, I use an organic spring mix. All is nice and smooth.

Dec 02, 2016 9:38 AM

Ok, call me old fashioned, but I use my $25 blender to make my smoothies. It works with everything and you can even make more than one at a time if you'd like one for later in the day. Plus, I don't need a special cup or expensive replacement cups. I just use thermal cups with reusable straws. Cheap and effective. I spend my money on good ingredients, not a $200 special, unessesary machine.

Dec 02, 2016 9:54 AM

DLWolf how long have you had that $25 machine? The cheapest machine on the market here is the magic bullet, which leaks and is incredibly small and burns out very quickly and its $50. To get a real blender you are looking at $200 minimum here. The cheaper ones are the specialized smoothie only ones.
I have a magic bullet which leaks and doesn't blend the greens at all. And i have an old blender that i stole from my parents when i moved out (one less thing for them to fight over in the divorce). This old blender doesn't blend greens as well and if you put frozen stuff in it it takes 10+ minutes to get through it, even with stopping it and trying to put the solid stuff at the bottom with a spoon. Can't even puree pumpkin easily in either unit I have

Dec 02, 2016 10:02 AM

Oh jeez i think i just made my own case for the vitamix. Can't puree pumpkin in my little oser one. But I'm sicker than hell so i might miss out unless the boyfriend is willing to go get it for me.

Dec 02, 2016 11:41 AM

I have a nutra Bullet and love mine... it does awesome on kale, spinach or anything else I put in it.. I have to dig that fucker out.. would do me good to use it again.

Dec 02, 2016 12:31 PM

Gotobef: lolol...I've had it for about 5 years? But I'm super good at finding deals. It's most definitely not a top of the notch model, but it works for everything I've ever needed it for. Including kale!

Dec 02, 2016 8:48 PM

The boyfriend brought me home a vitamix and a second smaller container for the vitamix. He decided to show me how it works and put 2 mandarin oranges (kinda like clementines) and some agave and a lot of ice in the container and put it on the frozen dessert program and the machine had no problems at all. If i put half of that amount of ice in the other blender it would choke on it and stall. I can't wait until I'm feeling a little better so i can do my pumpkin and maybe try a soup.

Dec 02, 2016 9:23 PM

My new toy

Dec 03, 2016 4:55 AM

Super sweet love the red... Next on your list an Instant pot!

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