Borrow My // Blender- give it a taste

Monday, February 22, 2016

One of the things I miss most about living in the USA is having space for all my stuff. We visited my mom and step-dad at the start of January and I am pretty sure my flat would fit in their basement. Don't get me wrong, I love our flat and am excited to be putting decorations up that make it ours, but I do wish it had a bit more storage. For example, our galley kitchen has limited counter space, which means I can't invest in every kitchen gadget I see. I couldn't even bring my pink Kitchen Aid mixer with me when we moved (I did bring my hand mixer, which blew up the first time I used it so it was probably best that I left my stand mixer with my mom).

Aside from spiralizers, juicers seemed to be the hot Christmas gift this year. I was aware of the
Vitamix Total Nutrition Center Blender from my studies at Institute for Integrative Nutrition, but the NUTRiBULLET Pro 900 Series Extractor was new on my radar.  There are lots of kitchen appliances aimed at improving your health, but they all involved a financial investment and coveted space in my kitchen. Plus, would I use it? (After uni, I really wanted a bread maker. My step-sister lent me hers to try out. I used it once and watched it sit unloved for a month before returning it).

I was super-psyched when my friend, Elle, told me about her new business venture, Borrow My Blender (BMB).  For a low weekly fee, you can rent a Nutribullet, Vitamix, Kitchen Aid or MagiMix anywhere in the UK. London-based folks can arrange in-person delivery and pick up or Elle can ship to you if you live farther away.  I had the Nutribullet, complete with several cups, handles and a recipe plan book.  Elle also provides a bunch of recipes to customers.  There is a required security deposit, but this is promptly refunded once you return the appliance.

First off, I didn't realise the Nutribullet had a lifestyle plan. It was really interesting to read what they recommend in terms of ingredients for smoothies, shakes, and soups. I made the following cholesterol busting recipe off of their website and it was really yummy!

Nutribullet Cholesterol Crusher
Blast Smoothie- before
After! Yum.
I also experimented a little with flavours I like and things we had in the cupboard.  The book gave inspiration too. I would have never considered adding whole nuts or dates to my smoothies. The Nutribullet is so powerful, it chopped up everything I threw in in less than 1 minute! The handles made it easy to blend and go without too many extra dishes to wash.  A few mornings, I brought a smoothie to sip on the train with me instead of having breakfast at the table.

Improvising with what I had in the house.
BMB was really helpful to me as I could rent the Nutribullet without having to buy it first. I learned it wasn't as big as I thought it would be and I found it easy to clean.  I could also see people using BMB if they want to kick start a healthy habit of smoothies for breakfast or if preparing for a big event, such as a wedding, beach holiday or family reunion.  BMB also can come to your London event and prepare smoothies for your guests, which is a nice touch after a group run or yoga class.

I am very proud of Elle and encourage you to support her small business.  Like the BMB Facebook page to stay in the loop with her latest news.  Or contact BMB to rent one of their appliances.

I received a complimentary loan from BMB of the Nutribullet. All opinions are honest and my own.

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