Review: Nutribullet (and can you use it on Slimming World/Weight Watchers)

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Does it work?

I bought my Nutribullet about a year ago and to be fair, it’s still working! Hoorah!

There is a lot of science behind the Nutribullet as you can see from the picture; “cyclone action”, “superfood” and so on… I don’t really pay any attention to that. My main concern is “will it make a good smoothie?”.

The simple answer: yes. I have chucked a lot in my Nutribullet and it has always managed to blend it into a decent smoothie, including a lot of frozen fruits. There is also a milling blade which can be used to grind things like seeds into powder – I used it  quite a lot to grind fresh pepper when my pepper mill broke. It can also be used to blend a smooth soup.

What can you put in it?

I have mainly used it for smoothies and I’ve yet to find a fruit it can’t destroy. Of course, you have to remove any pips or seeds and chop it in to manageable chunks but that really doesn’t take any time to do. I have used it without taking the time to skin the fruits eg. grapes, plums, apples etc. and you do end up with quite a few bits of floating skin. This doesn’t really bother me but just be aware that it doesn’t obliterate everything.

In terms of frozen fruit, whilst it makes a racket, it does blend it all down. Be warned that you will need to adjust the amount of liquid you add. Frozen fruit will blend down into a stiff slushie consistency so if you’re wanting your smoothie to still be quite smooth, you will need less frozen fruit than you would normally add if it were not frozen. It’s something I didn’t consider at first and ended up making something like ice cream.

I have also used it in the past for soup. It makes a lovely smooth soup. I made a carrot and coriander soup which I chucked into the large cup that comes with it and blended it in batches. It really was smooth as silk. That being said, I now have a soup maker which is awesome so Nutribullet has been retired from soup making duty.

Can you use a Nutribullet on Slimming World and Weight Watchers?

Whilst I was on Weight Watchers, I spent ages trawling the internet to find this answer to this question in a simple way. In the end I just asked them. The rule is that fruit is free, so as long as you are blending the whole fruit there is no issue with it.

Slimming world have taken a different approach. They argue that as you are making the fruit easier to eat by blending it, it is easier to over indulge and therefore they include a syn value (which is quite hefty) to fruit that is blended in the Nutribullet. Personally, I disagree with them. If fruit is free and I am eating the fruit I don’t see the issue. Also, if you bare in mind adding no more fruit to your smoothie that you would eat in one sitting, there is no risk of over indulging. I don’t understand their logic at all and so I have continued to have a breakfast smoothie as part of my diet.

Overall

I love my nutribullet. I love smoothies and I find it hard to eat in the mornings. I make my smoothie stuff up in the cup the night before and then blend it in the morning so I can either drink it before I leave for work or at work. It’s easy to use, small and really does do a good job. I would be sad if mine broke and would definitely be buying a new one.

  10 comments for “Review: Nutribullet (and can you use it on Slimming World/Weight Watchers)

  1. Melanie
    April 13, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Well done so far! I used to have smoothies for breakfast and would use Greek yoghurt and frozen berries! Re slimming world I understand what they are saying but don’t agree. They call them “tweaks” here and argue that if food isn’t in its normal form then it’s a tweak, for example roasting a ton of chickpeas or making chips from a potato to snack on (the pampered chef microwave chip maker is good for this). Personally I’d have 1 potato not 20 so it wont affect my weight loss but I can see how some people might not see it that way and 20 potatoes made into chips later….that would affect their weight loss for sure!!! Keep doing what works for you!

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  2. Jo
    April 20, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Makes a lot of sense! I usually have a fat free flavoured yoghurt with my healthy extra a portion of milk (because I don’t have tea or coffee) and a cup of frozen fruit. I also take fruit to work with me during the day so its all evenly spread out and within ‘normal’ limits. I see what you mean though, I guess some people can go overboard.

    I assume by chips you mean crisps?

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  3. August 18, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Hi, do you use this regularly to make smoothies on slimming world? I’m on SW and want to get one of these. Thanks!

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    • Jo
      August 18, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      Not as often as I used to, but that’s just laziness on my part! They are great though – not just for smoothies but milling spices, soup… If you can blend it you can shove it in the bullet!

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      • August 18, 2015 at 10:24 pm

        Great, thanks. Do you have a Facebook page?

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  4. Thomas
    January 29, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    I love the nutribullet and really don’t agree with S/W when they say it changes the SYN free food used into foods containing syns. I use either chopped Kale or Spinach orange, lemon or lime with peel on 1/2 banana a few mixed berries and a cored apple I wiz it up for a minute keeping it fairly rough everything used is SYN FREE but in the preparation it has become a drink with SYNS
    When I do my soup it’s done in the same way and remains SYN FREE.
    How on earth does one count SYNS in SYN free food, anyone out there know?

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    • Jo
      January 30, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      Ha! I wondered the same thing! If you’re juicing it then I understand because you are technically removing part of the fruit – but with the nutribullet you don’t, so it makes 0 sense to me!

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  5. April 9, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I love my nutribullitt I disagree with SW because you are drinking the whole fruit not just juice and you can’t really over indulge as container only holds a certain amount of fruit and veg, I put small handful kale or spinach piece cucumber half apple half banana some frozen berries fill with water to mark and whizz delicious

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    • Jo
      April 19, 2016 at 8:08 am

      Their logic is flawed! I still don’t understand it!

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  6. Meredith Kemp-Ghani
    April 17, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Basically if you’re ‘Bullet-ing’ and losing weight -it’s fine!

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