It’s January and if you’re like me, you’ll have started 2017 with good intentions to kick start the year on a health quest. Being prepared is the key to keeping up healthy habits. Whether its buying new gym kit or arming yourself with all of the latest kitchen equipment and gadgets, it’s good to be surrounded by things that will give you a helping hand along the way.
Across Northern Ireland, Lidl have released workout equipment and cooking appliances to help your new goals, but with January-friendly prices! I have teamed up with Lidl to try out their Nutrition Mixer. Similar to a NutriBullet , the Nutrition Mixer is an ‘extractor’ – different to a juicer or a blender, an extractor pulverises fruit, veggies, seeds, nuts and grains. This means that you don’t have to remove the skin or seeds of the fruit (less prep – yay!) and you will get more nutritional goodness. So it’s the perfect device for making green juices, smoothies, dips and soups!
You will see the noticeable similarity between the Nutrition Mixer and the NutriBullet, but there’s one big difference – the price! At £29.99, the Nutrition Mixer is less than half the price of the NutriBullet. Yet this little bargain can still carry out the same functions, including crushing ice.
Still fighting off a chest infection, I decided to make the Lidl recipe for a ‘Gingered Spinach, Celery and Apple Boost’ juice, which is packed full of immune boosting vitamins. I popped all of the ingredients into the larger beaker, attached the blade lid and twisted the beaker into the Nutrition Mixer, excited to see it in action! I noticed that it was quite loud, but very powerful. In fact, my juice was perfectly blended in less than 10 seconds.
A large beaker will give you two large juices, so it’s perfect if you’re preparing juices as a couple, or if you want to make a juice for your breakfast or post-workout and keep another juice in the fridge for the next day. If you want to prepare in advance, you can chop up extra servings, keep them in individual freezer bags and then take them out of the freezer as you need them and pop them into the Nutrition Mixer.
If you’ve been thinking about buying a NutriBullet, but January finances aren’t on your side, the Nutrition Mixer from Lidl is an exceptional alternative. Small, easy to store, easy to clean and it gives perfect results – it has all of the features that you would look for in a nutrition extractor! Happy juicing!
PAUL FLYNN’S GINGERED SPINACH, CELERY AND APPLE BOOST (Serves 2)
1/4 packet of baby spinach (65g)
1 stick of celery, chopped
1 golden delicious green apple, cored and chopped
1 small piece of ginger (25g), peeled and chopped
150ml Cloudy natural apple juice
1 glass of ice
Blend all the ingredients together in mixer adding the ice last. Serve straight away and any leftovers will keep in the fridge.
This post was sponsored by Lidl, but all opinions are my own.