If you have bought my book or if you have browsed some of the recipes on Sheer Balance, you'll know that I love protein shakes. You can get a whopping dose of vitamins, minerals and macronutrients in one pop…and if you are on the go, they are quick and easy to make. When I first started making protein shakes, I used a hand-blender. The idea of a traditional blender for a single serving never made sense: I didn't want it taking-up space on my counter and I didn't want to have to lug it out every time I wanted to make a shake. Yet, the hand-blender took a long time, was messy and was less than thorough. So, after watching numerous infomercials, I invested in a Magic Bullet.
How it Works: The Magic Bullet comes with a power base, short and tall Bullet cups and two blades - a cross blade and a flat blade. To use the Bullet, you put the contents into a Bullet cup, twist on the appropriate blade and insert the cup/blade combination blade-side down into the base. To blend ingredients into a smooth texture, you press down on the cup, twist and lock the cup into place. To pulse or chop, you press down on the cup without it locking.
- Convenience: The Magic Bullet is quick and easy to use. My smoothies and shakes take no more than 2 minutes. Further, you blend your shake in the cup you drink out of, requiring no messy transfers from blender to drinking glass. The cups are both microwave-safe and dishwasher-safe. One drawback, however, is that if you are interested in making more than one or two servings, it isn't a good way to go. The blending cups make about 16 to 20 liquid ounces.
- Size and Storage: The power base is four inches wide and six-and-a-half inches tall. It stores easily in any kitchen cabinet or if you use it often enough, takes up less space on your counter than a coffee pot. I store the cups and blades in the same cabinet as my glassware.
- Versatility: The Magic Bullet does not come with different speeds. Additionally, there are no on/off switches. All you do is press down on the cup to make the Bullet work. It has two blades: The cross-blade, which is meant for chopping, grating and blending, and the flat blade, which is meant for grinding harder foods. In order to coarsely "chop" foods, you have to practice the pulse feature. I think the Bullet is best for recipes that require completely blending ingredients or for finely chopping. The Magic Bullet is especially great for dips, iced-beverages, shakes, sauces, mousse, smoothies and spreads.
- Cost: The best part of the Magic Bullet is that it is extremely economical. On Amazon, you can purchase the Magic Bullet 17-Piece Express Mixing Set for less than $40.
I highly recommend the Magic Bullet for its ease of use, size, speed and quality blending. If you are like me and enjoy protein shakes and blended drinks…or if you like to entertain and are constantly making dips, sauces and spreads, Magic Bullet will be a great addition to your kitchen gadgets!
Originally published on Sheerbalance.com
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