For years, I’ve slowly been collecting an assortment of kitchen implements for various cooking needs. Last year, I finally got tired of whipping things by hand and broke down an invested in a stand mixer. The year before that, I bid farewell to shedding tears over onions and invested in a good food processor. This year will go down in culinary history as the year a Ninja joined my kitchen family.
The kind folks over at Ninja sent this guy my way to take for a spin…er, blend. This little blending beast can do pretty much everything and anything you ask of it. (Except maybe fold a fitted sheet.) It has a superpower called Auto-iQ which gives it the ability to automatically figure out what needs to be done to deliver the blend you seek. (Apparently we’ve come a long way since the olden days of trying all the settings in a fit of frustration only to wind up wondering, “Hmm. What’s that smoking smell? Oh. I just ruined another blender.”) (Confession: I am that person.)
Also, this is probably the point at which I should confess that while the Ninja rocks at juicing, smoothie-ing and other healthy, wonderful things, my first thought was, “Finally! A blender that can handle ice. I’m going to hostess so many margarita parties!” But I digress.
For now, we meet somewhere in the middle. All the yums of a frozen beverage with none of the booze. With months and months of winter ahead of us here in Ohio, I’m counting on this concoction to tide me over until I’m back on the beach in Mexico…frozen margarita in hand.
- Strawberries (frozen)
- Raspberries (frozen)
- Pineapple (canned)
- Mandarin oranges (canned)
- Scoop of vanilla yogurt or ice cream
- Orange juice
Directions: Combine your ideal proportions of the above ingredients in a Nutri Ninja blender, then let Auto-iQ do the rest for you. Add the juice in small increments until the smoothie reaches desired consistency. Pour in a glass, thank your Ninja for all its hard work, sip and enjoy. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
*This post was sponsored by Nutri Ninja. I receive compensation in the form of free product from Ninja in exchange for a review. Opinions expressed this post are my own.