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  • Smoothie makers

    Ever since my wife's cancer, we've been looking at ways to eat better.

    Her cancer was "hormone fed", so we were provided with a list of things she should eat, and things she should avoid.

    Almonds, kale, organic flax seed, red and blue berries....

    So, every morning, I use our Ninja Bullet to make her a smoothie containing these items, along with a banana and some low fat yogurt. For the fruit, we use a "tri berry" mix of frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries), and that's probably the most challenging ingredient for the blender.

    Lately, the Magic Bullet seems to bog down on the frozen fruit, kinda "glazing the bottom" of the pile of fruit into an icy ring, then just sitting there spinning, not doing anything.

    I'm looking for something better. Any Smoothie Makers out there who can recommend a better solution than the Magic Bullet?
    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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    Here's what we HAD been using... (as seen on TV, of course)

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    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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    • #3
      Here's what CONSUMER REPORTS recommends.... pay particular attention to the unit at the bottom of the list. I'm not real sure how that one makes smoothies.

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      "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
        Here's what CONSUMER REPORTS recommends.... pay particular attention to the unit at the bottom of the list. I'm not real sure how that one makes smoothies.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
          I'm not real sure how that one makes smoothies.
          Sometimes, it's not gas.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by lao tzu View Post
            Sometimes, it's not gas.

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            • #7
              Stay away from soy, CP. It is bad for people because it does stuff with hormones.

              My daughter the personal trainer uses a magic bullet for her smoothies. Hasn't complained about problems with it.

              Maybe you need to have partially thawed fruit? Take it out of the freezer the night before and leave it in the fridge? Or just let it sit on the cupboard for a while in the morning? I have frozen fruit with yogurt every evening and I take it out of the freezer at dinner time and in less than an hour it's thawed.

              If I forget I nuke it for a few seconds and that thaws it enough for me to eat. I guess nuke time would depend on how much you are using in the smoothie.



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              • #8
                Originally posted by lao tzu View Post
                Sometimes, it's not gas.
                I was thinking of posting something similar, but couldn't bring myself to do it.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mossrose View Post
                  Stay away from soy, CP. It is bad for people because it does stuff with hormones.

                  My daughter the personal trainer uses a magic bullet for her smoothies. Hasn't complained about problems with it.

                  Maybe you need to have partially thawed fruit? Take it out of the freezer the night before and leave it in the fridge? Or just let it sit on the cupboard for a while in the morning? I have frozen fruit with yogurt every evening and I take it out of the freezer at dinner time and in less than an hour it's thawed.

                  If I forget I nuke it for a few seconds and that thaws it enough for me to eat. I guess nuke time would depend on how much you are using in the smoothie.

                  yeah, SOY is one of the things she was told to avoid --- and it's in EVERYTHING!!!! It's hard to find prepared foods that do NOT contain soy! Or even DRINKS! We found a really good blueberry pomegranate drink, but one of the ingredients was SOY!
                  "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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                  • #10
                    If the thing was working and now it isn't doing so well, check to see if it needs something like new blades.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Teallaura View Post
                      If the thing was working and now it isn't doing so well, check to see if it needs something like new blades.
                      Yeah, checking that, too... but if it dulls blades that quickly, I don't wanna always be buying new blades, which are built into the drive mechanism, and essentially part of the.... It might cost more to get 'new blades' than getting a whole new unit.
                      "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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                      • #12
                        Blades was just the first thing that came to mind - does it use a battery back up?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Teallaura View Post
                          Blades was just the first thing that came to mind - does it use a battery back up?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                            Yeah, checking that, too... but if it dulls blades that quickly, I don't wanna always be buying new blades, which are built into the drive mechanism, and essentially part of the.... It might cost more to get 'new blades' than getting a whole new unit.
                            Can you contact the company? They might have some thoughts for you.


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                            • #15
                              With a standard type blender you can add stuff like that a little at a time. It does not look like a feasible thing with your Magic Bullet. I have occasionally made smoothies with our blender - seems to work well.
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