In exchange for this review, Ninja Kitchen provided me with a Ninja Ultima Blender. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Healthy Living Summit spoiled me. Nearly two months after the event, I’m still talking about the brands that showed all of the attendees love, and today’s brand is probably one of the most generous.
Today, I am talking about Ninja Kitchen. Although I didn’t walk away with a Ninja blender right after the conference (that wouldn’t have worked out well on the plane anyway), Ninja Kitchen generously offered to send me a Ninja Ultima Blender after the event, and mine arrived in the mail a couple of weeks ago.
When I saw the package on my doorstep, I was thrilled. A few days later, Jordan and I worked as a team to make our first dinner in the Ultima. He cleaned all of the pieces while I ran to the store to get ingredients for carrot soup. When I got back from the store, I expected him to still be cleaning — one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to blenders is that they tend to be a pain to take apart and clean. As it turns out, the whole thing is very easy and it doesn’t take much time at all! You just have to be careful — both of us have already accidentally cut ourselves on the blades.
To make the carrot soup, I added all of the ingredients to a pot on the stove, and let it heat up. Then, I transferred everything to the blender. I was a little nervous that the blender wouldn’t fit a whole pot of soup, but it did — with room to spare!
Then, when it was time to blend, I was nervous again. The only blender that I’m familiar with is the one that Jordan and I registered for before our wedding. As much as I like that blender, it requires a lot of liquid in order to get things moving. Thankfully, the Ninja Ultima does not. It has a 10 speed variable dial, so you can choose how chunky or smooth you want your finished concoction to be, and it features a dual blade system that allows you to break down ice, and whole fruits and vegetables (without adding a lot of unnecessary liquid). The carrots in the carrot soup broke down within seconds! I was impressed.
While the 72 oz. blender jar is great for a family meal or a week’s worth of smoothies, the single serving cups are good for quick morning smoothies, or an evening dessert.
My blender came with two single serving cups with sip and seal lids. Each cup holds 16 oz., so I can make a smoothie for myself in the blender, take off the blade lid and put on the sip and seal lid, and it’s instantly a to-go cup. You don’t have to make the awkward transfer to a glass, which always seems to end up with some sort of smoothie mess on the counter.
Besides smoothies and soup, I’ve also made homemade “Blizzards” in the blender. You should know by now that my motto is “everything in moderation” ;). Jordan and I were craving them one night, but we didn’t feel like going to Dairy Queen to grab some, so we decided to make Blizzards at home. I added Heath bars and Whoppers to my vanilla ice cream, and I didn’t even have to add any milk to make everything blend together. It was an easy and cost effective way to have dessert. Plus, it was a good way to control my portion size. I only used up 8 ounces of the blender cup for mine, and it was perfect!
The Ninja Ultima is also good for dips, batters, purees, salad dressings, and even juices. It comes with a booklet of healthy recipes, and easy-to-follow directions.
While the blender itself is amazing, the price point is even better. I know that I’d never want to spend $600 on a Vitamix. The Ninja Ultima is $260, and considering that it has a lot of the same features as the more expensive blender, it’s well worth the cost.
Thank you, Ninja Kitchen, for being so generous! I will enjoy my Ultima for years to come!
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