Im JUICIN’ (Bella NutriPro review)

When I received the email offering me a Bella Nutripro juicer I was tempted to respond:

Thanks for asking but Id rather eat my fruits and veggies and prod the husband to follow suit.

Instead, I hit up google (and facebook) and learned this fun factoid:

…while fiber is an essential component of healthy eating, its presence impedes digestion and nutrient absorption. As fiber is extracted during the juicing process, nutrients are maximally available to the body and rapidly flood the bloodstream with their healthful properties.

I was curious. I was filled with questions:

—but what the heck is a cold pressed juicer?!

These machines operate via a mastication (chewing) or cold-press method. In contrast to the rough extraction of centrifugal juicers, mastication or cold-press juicers compress fruit and vegetables to ‘squeeze’ out their juice…they produce a high-quality juice – and more of it.

Ohhh. You had me (and the Tornado) at rough extraction.

While I waited for my new UPS guy to deliver (& assume I have a shopping addiction) I did some research.

 

Advantages of the Bella Nutripro juicer:

  • Quieter (ohmygosh this is needed by me. someday Ill tell you the story about nearly getting kicked out of our commune in Guatemala because of blender noise)
  • Higher nutrient value
  • Lower heat and oxidation protecting nutrients and enzymes
  • Well-suited to juicing greens and sprouts (these are my goals….not fruits)
  • Yields more juice because more of the fruit/vegetable’s juice can be utilized during process.
  • Juice lasts longer in ‘fridge.

I kept returning to this thought:

I have a fab blender. I love my blender!!

And yet I repeatedly encountered this as I did research. I did not know this. I was a weetad shocked by this:

If you use a blender, the fruits and vegetables are being cut and ground by a blade. Cutting into a fruit or vegetable can remove many of the vital vitamins, enzymes, proteins, and minerals.

I grew excited eager and ANTSY after reading the above.

I told myself this would NOT BECOME CLUTTER.  I would use the juicer.  A lot.

As long as the clean up was as easy as they say.

Here’s what I found out:

The box arrived. I opened. I grew apprehensive. Could figure this juicing thing out?!

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I was nervous.

 

The child was EXCITED.

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Lets do it Mama!

Initially it looked confusing.

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What goes where?!

Yet I got it set up in the proverbial JIFFY!

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Allow me to pretend I set this up.

 

We were off to the juices! (like off to the races. funny? no? duly noted.)

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It’s almost Im a FOODIE!

The Tornado was more than ready. She only like carrots SLATHERED in the butter of the peanut.

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Let’s juice this thing.

The juicing commenced.

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Dang Mama you talented!

I was more than a little proud.  I did it.

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I MASTICATED!!

I made celery, carrot, apple JUICE!

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VOILA!

And lottsa lottsa PULP.

 

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huh.

Which instead of drying and baking with this time we:

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…ate with a fork.

 

Next it was time to grab the Juicer Cleaner GIANT TOOTHBRUSH.

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The child loved this part.

 

The entire Bella Nutripro juicer clean up was easier than Id ever anticipated! (**cue confetti shaped like me scrubbing**)

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pretty d*mn easy to clean!

I loved.  She loved.  I knew Id love.  I was surprised she loved.

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Brady Bunch + juicing = HEAVEN.

 

Bottom line:

  • I **love** the Bella Nutripro juicer for all the misfit reasons I thought I would: it makes eating veggies fun for the child.  it facilitates EASY volume eating o’veggies for me.
  •  The husband didnt use it…but I snagged/used all the veggie-supplies he’d purchased.  I learned you can lead a husband to a juicer—but you cannot make him masticate.

 

And YOU? 

Are you a fan of juicing? 

Are you a believer we should EAT OUR VEGGIES & able to consume veggie-volume without? 

Is your SEVEN year old also still smitten with Curious George (!)?

 

 

 

FTC the juicer was free.  The fun, farmers marketing & FAB masticating is all my own.

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Comments

  1. says

    I’ve never tried juicing before. Like you, I’d often rather just eat my fruits and veggies though I’m sure I’d like it. Maybe someday I’ll get a juicer and get hooked. For now I buy my juice, enjoy if friend’s share or just eat em as nature made ‘em. ;)

  2. says

    I think it looks fun but I don’t think I’d ever spend the money or the counter space on one. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead made me want one, despite my skepticism. I love juice but I don’t drink it very often.

    • says

      Jen – Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead convinced us to purchase the juicer. However, I also bought the Vitamix and that is what I use most often.

  3. says

    I haven’t tried juicing but I am interesting. I found the blender tidbit very interesting since my husband has been making green smoothies for a few weeks. Maybe I can talk him into buying a juicer.

  4. says

    I LOVE juice and juicing. Making crazy mixtures is half the fun! But I don’t love having to buy lots of extra produce to juice with…

  5. says

    I’m making a lot of green smoothies lately and haven’t juiced in a while. But I should. The kid loves green juices, too. I didn’t know Curious George juices! I know the kid will be excite!

  6. says

    I’m a juicing nut! And super jelly about your cold pressed juice. That’s my next purchase :) I love that your little girl loves it, too! Have fun experimenting! Your husband will come around even if it’s just a sip – he won’t be able to resist the Ooos and Ahhs and Yums :)

  7. says

    Oh you totally has me at rough extraction :) I love that it’s cold pressing — I tend to seek out cold pressed oils (like flax oil) for similar nutrient quality and didn’t realize that juicers came with this option! Fabulous!

  8. Healthy Mama says

    I have wanted a juicer for years, but can’t decide which.
    You would recommend this one??

  9. Rita says

    I need to find that Curious George episode as my sons will NOT drink any of the juice, but they love GEO.

  10. says

    I juice daily, at least I have been for over a week now! As a matter of fact my post today is about juicing! Great minds! I use my Vitamix but now you are telling me I am losing nutrients? Sigh.

    • MizFit says

      thats what the research indicated—BUT BUT BUT as Ive told so many friends:
      your vitamix juicing beats the pant off 90% of ANYTHING ELSE YOU COULD BE EATING/DRINKING.

  11. says

    This looks so cool! I’m more a chewer than a juicer but I would totally drink one of your concoctions!

    I miss the Curious George days. My kids are in a Doc McStuffins phase.

  12. says

    Sounds like a fun toy! I am a VitaMix devotee, so yes, I go with the whole kit and caboodle, but you presented some interesting facts here.

  13. says

    I have never tried juicing – maybe I should!!
    And, forget about being 7 years old – I love Curious George still!!!!

  14. says

    Juicing is fabulous. It helped me lose the weight and keep it off.

    This one looks like one of the better kind, thanks for the positive review.

  15. says

    My grandmother was into all health-foodie-things (I was born in 1970, she was an early adopter) and I remember her making carrot juice. I never liked carrots (still don’t) so she tried carrot juice on me. I still didn’t like it. I confess, I’ve never revisited the experience.

  16. says

    I’m a huge smoothie fan . . . but have never tried juicing. Two reasons. The machine does intimidate me, for sure. It’s big, I’ve heard horror stories of it leaking and I thought it would be a pain to clean (glad you had a different experience!). Also, I’ve afraid of having to buy sooooo much extra produce. I already buy a ton of it, but when juicing you go through THAT much more, just for one drink. Hmmmm . . . . if I had the opportunity to try a juicer, I’d definitely give it a chance, but for now I’m still loving my Vitamix. :)

  17. says

    When I was a kid, my stepdad bought a juicer and used for maybe a week then it collecte dust and was eventually relegated to a yard sale. I’ve never juiced but when I see lovely juices that others post, I always want some – just a taste at least.

  18. says

    I’ve always been intrigued by juicing, but have never had the time to really try it out.
    I hope your UPS man realizes that you are just an awesome blogger and NOT someone who spends all their time ordering from amazon.com {THAT would be me}.

  19. says

    I am not a juicer BUT I loved this post & the pics of course & all the info. Personally I rather eat my food plus I believe it takes a lot more than one would eat to make one glass of juice so I would have to refigure the calories & all that I eat & I am too lazy for that. ;) AND.. I juts rather eat…. :)

  20. Sam says

    I have always preferred eating my calories/nutrients to drinking them. It seems more satisfying/satiating to ME. But I have never seen anything before that says you get less nutrients by eating your fruits and veggies than drinking them. Interesting. :o

    P.S. I have a book that compiles all the Curious George stories into one anthology. I love it. My favorite story is the one where he eats the puzzle piece and has to go to the hospital.

  21. addy says

    I still love Curious George! I love my juicer too – if it were easier to clean up. If it ever breaks down I will try this one. Too expensive to toss now.

  22. says

    I haven’t made my own juices but have bought/ tried juices and I am a fan. I wouldn’t be opposed to juicing, I just can’t fund the juicer. Um I need to come over and teach your daughter to be a carrot lover, except I love the fact that she slathers them in peanut butter!

  23. says

    I have always been a fan of green smoothies as it was a great way to sneak in more fruits and veggies into my diet. I have been intrigued by juicing for awhile but I have never pulled the trigger and purchased a juicer. However, the hubs and I recently went paleo and think that now is a prime time to start juicing.

  24. Karen@WaistingTime says

    Juicing is high on my list of things I want to try but will probably never get around to. But maybe. Heck, I just discovered I am a huge kale fan. Seems to be a big component of juicing.

  25. says

    Looks awesome! Did I tell you my sad juicer story? Went to Maui, came home, child had juiced whilst I was away (happy about that part) and skipped the cleaning of the juicer. It was a moldy mess — but oddly didn’t smell weird? I am now juicer-less. I need me a Bella Nutripro!

  26. says

    you know I love me some juicing… do it every day, and I am about to do another 30 day raw “feast”.

    glad you got a good one – it definitely makes a difference in nutrition / quality and it’s nice on the grocery budget when the juicer is so effective! maximum juice!!

  27. says

    LOVE!! My son, 7 yo, and I love our juicer. We juice 2x a day (breakfast and afternoon snack). Our favorite recipe is simply 3 carrots, 1 apple, handful of greens. YUM! :) It looks yucky… but tastes YUMMY! :)

  28. says

    Awesome. I don’t juice but I’m sure I’d juice if I had one.

    If you use a blender, the fruits and vegetables are being cut and ground by a blade. Cutting into a fruit or vegetable can remove many of the vital vitamins, enzymes, proteins, and minerals. <— didn't know that either!

    Thanks for sharing :)

  29. says

    Awesome review, Miz! And fun to get the Tornado in on the process (of course). :D I was initially a “whole-foods-only-are-you-kidding-me?” kind of girl, but I love the energy and feel that the juice gives me…something different too! I just might have a *very* similar review coming up of my own…same idea, different brand… I’ll look forward to sharing more of my own thoughts there!

  30. Olive says

    I was not sold until I finally grasped the volume issue.
    I eat veggies.
    I eat a lot of veggies.

    I stil should juice :)

  31. says

    You seriously have the CUTEST daughter!!! I have a juicer that I got at a garage sale some time ago, and go in phases. The cleanup is a bit of a pain, and I don’t like the fact the fiber is all in the pulp that is thrown away, but the juices taste REALLY good!!! Thanks for the fantastic review, and reminder that I need to use the word “masticate” more often!

  32. says

    the parentals just bought the matriarch of all juicers…the VITAMIX! It’s still sitting in the box for over a week now. I’m thinking I need to test it out and make sure everything works properly, no? ;)

  33. says

    Everyone is juicing but I really wasn’t sure why until I read the line in your post about making nutrients more readily available. I’m more of a eat my veggies type of gal but this does make me want to try it.

    I MIGHT have to try it now.

  34. says

    I’ve been wanting to invest in a juicer but have been skeptical because I also love my blender. I might just have to take the jump and purchase one! I would love to make my own homemade Naked Juice and this way I could!

  35. says

    I am curious to hear more about juicing the greens? This thing looks pretty cool though and the ease of cleaning is definitely a hook. Have you made any favorite juices yet?

  36. MizFit says

    you know, we’ve not made ANYTHING yet I didn’t love!!! And yes. We are, um, juicing chefs who just cram in anything we have around :-)

  37. says

    Um..this is awesome! It makes sense that a juicer like this would extract a lot more of the nutrients especially from veggies, than a regular blender would. I think I’d use a larger variety of veggies in my diet if I could mix them into a yummy juice. Also, you’re daughter is absolutely adorable, and if she watches the Brady Bunch that makes her even cooler! (kids+ classic shows= doesn’t happen anymore)

  38. says

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried this type of veggie juice. The closest would be my greens, and I have to bury those in a smoothie. I’m more my juvenile than the child, it seems. :)

  39. says

    I’m leaning towards a juicer after hearing so many benefits. Like you, I like to eat my fruits and veggies but if I can get them into my kiddos this way, why not? Plus, Curious George likes to juice? It’s all over, we’re getting a juicer!

  40. says

    I’ve been a little torn about juicing, but now I definitely want to try it. My kids would love it! Oh, and my 6-almost 7 yr old still adores Curious George! I do, too, and I’m 32!

  41. says

    Am I the only blogger who hasn’t tried or used a juicer? I would love to try it, because it would be nice to try something different. First though I need to put away some money for a juicer and a blender, because my blender just pooped out on me. There is something though about eating and chewing your fruits and vegetables. Am I old fashioned?

  42. says

    OK, you totally have me intrigued. I think that I’ve learned more about juicing and blenders and juicers and veggies from your post than I ever knew. I love my blender but had no clue the impact on nutrients! Going to investigate this further.

  43. says

    I have both the Viatmix and the Breville Juicer and love them both, but for the sake of simplicity and easy clean up, I stick with the Vitamix. I do believe that the Vitamix does not strip the goodness from fruits and veggies like traditional mixers.

  44. says

    I have a juicer and a Vitamix and lately I’ve been juicing an apple or orange, along with a cucumber and lemon, then adding that juice to the Vitamix and blending with a piece of ginger, some kale or spinach, and about a quarter cup of avocado. That way I get the best of both worlds :-)

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