Ninja Ultima Blender Plus: A Review

on January 14, 2014 in That's delish. with 11 comments by

old blenderLast year, when I quit dairy, I wanted to pick up smoothie making for breakfast. So my friend Heather gave me this blender. A friend had given it to her when she got a new one. Then Heather passed it on to me now that she had a new one.

It’s adorable. Like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blender.

And now I will store it away until the next young lady is in need, because when I got back to Nashville from Christmas break, this beaut was sitting on my front porch, the company asking me to review it.

I was all happy and surprised and pumped. As you can tell.

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THE NINJA.

Wowie zowie.

Also, pardon my hair. It’s a complicated story involving not wanting to brush it.

I kept her, THE NINJA, in the box until Connor got back in town. Oh, you know Connor, he’s everybody’s favorite male intern / little brother. Last spring I used that sweet old multi-owner blender for Connor and I to have smoothies most mornings when he came to work. So I knew he would appreciate THE NINJA as I hoped to.

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We unpacked and were TOTALLY impressed with how easy it was to put together. It comes with the 72-ounce pitcher and extra blender blades AND it comes with three one-serving tumblers – like the magic bullet thing. SCORE!

I stuffed that puppy tight, giving it the best go I could. I mean, if it can’t handle my leaves and frozen fruit, get outta here.

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Frozen fruit, orange juice, a little almond milk, spinach, half a banana, and a scoop of chia seeds and a scoop of flaxseed meal. Yum. With the old blender, I had to stop a few times during the process of blending, shake it around, stir it up, and give it a go again. But THE NINJA?

You can hear Connor and I gasping and responding in shock. Because whoa. And that’s only speed four out of ten.

Then it all went in the dishwasher! Who can deal with that?

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Connor and I were very very pleased with THE NINJA. He’s less pleased that I make him drink from a pink cup with rhinestones and that I don’t brush my hair anymore.

Overall, THE NINJA is amazing and excellent. Our smoothie was quickly made and perfectly blended. I am beyond impressed and can’t wait to use this blender for ALL THE THINGS I CAN THINK OF. The only downside I have found so far is that there is no easy way to add things while it is blending- no opening in the lid to pour in more orange juice, per say, while it is still blending.

So if you’re looking to get healthy this year with some smoothies or soups or a chocolate milkshake I WILL NOT JUDGE YOU, this is the blender for you. It’s so much cheaper than some of the equally talented competitors and it’s called THE NINJA so that’s pretty much all you need to know.

Do you have a great smoothie recipe? Share it with me!

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11 comments

  1. Ioana
    posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 4:22 AM  |  reply

    This is one cool blender review. I don.t, however, have a smoothie recipe.

  2. Travis
    posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM  |  reply

    Also, it’s called THE NINJA. Who wouldn’t want something with such a sweet name?

  3. posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM  |  reply

    I’m with Ioana… recipes please! Except if they have mile and orange juice! I know you LOVE orange juice but, YUCK! ;-)

  4. posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 12:52 PM  |  reply

    Oh man- that super impresses me. I usually have to lay hands on my blender to get it to crush ice or frozen fruit with any success.
    Also? Good on you for being a smoothie girl!! Xoxo

  5. posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 12:58 PM  |  reply

    I got a ninja for Christmas and i LOVE it!!

  6. posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 1:25 PM  |  reply

    Am I the only one who saw the box and said in my deepest video game-esqe voice, “Total CRUSHING!!!” ???

    As far as smoothies go, I’m a banana & peanut butter girl: frozen bananas (or ice & bananas), peanut butter, and milk. Have fun with your Ninja!

  7. LD
    posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 9:12 PM  |  reply

    I love to put lite silken tofu in my smoothies. It makes them extra creamy and adds healthy protein.

  8. posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 12:09 PM  |  reply

    My husband got one for all his smoothies. He burned our normal blender out. We love it but it is LOUD!!

  9. posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 4:26 PM  |  reply

    blenders aren’t just for milkshakes anymore! so much healthy stuff. this one looks awesome!! great review.

  10. Hannah
    posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 7:39 PM  |  reply

    I made up a smoothie recipe i made up today is

    Ice
    2 clementines
    1 single serving Motts country berry no sugar added apple sauce
    It was so good!!!

  11. jenn in GA
    posted on Feb 09, 2014 at 6:44 PM  |  reply

    almost every morning, i start my day (at 4am) this way:
    1/2 blender filled with spinach
    4 baby carrots
    1/2 frozen banana
    1 C almond milk
    2 T. roasted almonds
    3 dates (if you have time to reconstitute them in water overnight, they’ll blend better–i do a bunch at a time and then keep them in the fridge after i’ve drained off the water)

    blend on high (sorry hubby, but it has to go to 10!). turn to 1 and add 2 T cocoa. pretty doggone good and almost like a chocolate shake.

    i’ve even experimented with adding broccoli and 1/2 a cooked sweet potato. i’ve even added 1/2 a green pepper–i know, you hate them–and i couldn’t tell it was in there!

    i’m dairy free and gluten free too. YAY for us!

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