• BELLA NutriPro Juicer Review

    February 11, 2013

    If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ve probably seen quite a few photos of green juice and fresh produce lately. Well, it’s because I’ve recently got into juicing!

    Juicing has tons of health benefits and, of course, fresh juice tastes delicious, but what sparked my interest was reading that it may help relieve symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis and promote healing of the intestine while providing lots of nutrients, so I figured I had nothing to lose.

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    To get me started, the folks from BELLA Appliances sent me their BELLA NutriPro Juicer. I’m not going to lie, when I pulled it out of the box, I was a little intimidated. There were so many pieces!

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    But, after spending a few minutes with the instruction manual, I had the NutriPro Juicer all set up and ready to go.

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    I swear, it looks more intimidating that it actually is!

    The NutriPro Juicer is super easy to use and you can toss in just about any raw fruit or vegetable. I had some fun with kale, spinach, and collard greens over the weekend.

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    I threw in big ol’ bunches and just pushed them down with the plastic “food pusher” that came with the juicer.

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    For harder produce, like beets, apples, and carrots, I cut them into smaller pieces, which also sped up the juicing process.

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    I’m still figuring out what combination of fruits and veggies I like best, but, right now, I’m really digging: leafy greens + cucumber + cabbage + celery + apple.

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    Mid-juicing scene:

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    It probably looks a little crazy, but once you have everything cut up and ready to go, the juicing process is fast and, of course, totally worth it. Look at all of those pretty, nutrient-rich colors!

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    Before using the NutriPro Juicer, I didn’t realize there were different kinds of juice machines. Cold press juicers, like the NutriPro, compress fruits and vegetables to extract the juice while centrifugal machines use really fast, heat-generating blades to pulverize produce into juice. Cold press machines tend to produce more juice because they allow more liquid to be extracted from each fruit and vegetable. They also preserve more of the nutrients and enzymes from the produce because the machine doesn’t have blades or heat up to operate, so the cellular structure is not destroyed [source].

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    Ok, let’s talk about clean up. I’ve heard horror stories about trying to clean juicers and how much time it takes to pull apart everything and clean it.

    First off, the removable parts of the NutriPro can go straight into the dishwasher. Simple as that! I’ve been making juice every morning, but it takes a couple of days for us to fill our dishwasher with dirty dishes, and I didn’t want to run a half-empty load, so I washed the pieces of the NutriPro by hand and timed myself to see how long it would take. Taking everything apart and washing it took me about 4 minutes. Not bad at all, right? Cleaning was my biggest concern with owning a juicer, and it really wasn’t bad at all.

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    You guys will definitely see a lot more fresh juice on CNC in the future. I’m a tad obsessed with this thing. I feel so healthy simply drinking fresh juice every morning, and I really hope this new habit will help get some serious nutrients into my body while my wonky colon is healing.

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    Questions of the Day

    Have you ever tried juicing?

    What’s your favorite juice combo?

    In addition to receiving a BELLA NutriPro Juicer, I was also compensated for this post. The thoughts and opinions are all my own. I {heart} fresh juice.

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    Mary February 11, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    How do you planning on consuming the juices? I mean are you drinking them as a snack, a pre meal before breakfast etc. ? I owned a juicer but I stopped using it because it strips the veggies and fruits of practically all of its nutrients. The fiber is completely gone so you’re just drinking the water in all of the veggies and fruits!

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    Tina February 11, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I’m drinking them in addition to my breakfast. How does a juicer strip the produce of its nutrients?

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    kay July 6, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    @Mary: juicing does not strip the veggies of their nutrients. You get more nutrients from juicing and you can actually heal from most diseases with juicing. http://Www.gerson.com , http://www.chrusbeatcancer.com, http://www.kayshopeforcancer.blogspot.com

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    Cammie February 11, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I’m so excited for your knew juice kick. It’s SO GOOD for your insides, not to mention how good it makes you feel. Can’t wait to see if you notice a difference. LOVE your blog.

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    Tina February 11, 2013 at 9:04 pm
    Terra February 11, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Two juices I LOVE and think you might too (the second one is my absolute favorite):

    Kale or spinach (2 large handfuls)
    Romaine (3-4 leaves)
    Celery (approx 3 stalks)
    Green apple (1)
    Lemon (1)
    Pear (1, optional)

    Carrots (4-6)
    Red bell pepper (1)
    Orange (1)
    Sweet potato (1, or substitute butternut squash)
    Ginger (1 inch piece)

    Enjoy!

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    Tina February 11, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Thanks for the juice recipes! Both sound delish!

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    She Rocks Fitness February 11, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I’ve never tried juicing and it does look appealing. But since I just bought a new Ninja blender, a juicier is going to have to be put on the back burner. I cannot believe how many pieces that things has. :) Enjoy your juicing!

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    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance February 11, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I ADORE juicing. I have IBS and juicing definitely eliminated the symptoms.

    I tend to enjoy more sour juices. I think this is normal when you have been juicing for a while.

    Green Lemonade:
    3 lemons (don’t forget to peel citrus!!)
    2 green apples
    2 cucumbers
    6 stalks kale

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    Tina February 12, 2013 at 7:20 am

    @Christina @ The Beautiful Balance: Mmm! That sounds good! Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Caitlin F. February 11, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Because your sweet potato addiction seems to be just as great as mine, I think you’ll appreciate this recipe:

    The Sweetie Pie (slightly adapted from Kris Carr):

    -1 peeled sweet potato
    -3 carrots
    -1 apple
    -1 pear
    -1/2 peeled lemon
    -1/2 in. piece of ginger

    Juice then top with 1/2 tsp cinnamon. :)

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    Tina February 12, 2013 at 7:20 am

    @Caitlin F.: Yum! I love the sound of that!!

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    Liam Rubel February 12, 2013 at 12:18 am

    All the juices sound good but i only prefer my orange juice with black pepper (1 pinch) or two apples with honey after my workout session.

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    Liz February 12, 2013 at 12:37 am

    While the juice looks tasty (and I’m sure it is), I’d much rather eat the whole fruits & vegetables – the pressed juicing strips out the fiber, which can cause blood glucose spikes. I will be curious, though, to see if it helps with the colon problems.

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    Tina February 12, 2013 at 7:21 am

    @Liz: Fiber can be really tough on the digestive system, especially with UC, which is why I’m giving the juice thing a try.

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    Karen February 23, 2013 at 11:24 am

    @Tina: also from what I’ve read recently, by juicing your body actually receives more vitamins and nutrients than eating them. By the time the digesting process is finished you lose a lot of the vitamins and minerals.

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    Ellie@Fit for the Soul February 12, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Hey Tina! One tip I have for the clean up is to simply but a clean plastic bag in the pulp basket so if you want to use the pulp in the future, then you have it in the bag and nothing to clean! And if you don’t care about using the remainings then you can just use any old grocery bag. :) This one step alone makes a big difference when it comes to cleaning those machines.

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    Tina February 12, 2013 at 7:21 am

    @Ellie@Fit for the Soul: Awesome idea! Thanks! :)

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    Sara @ sarasmiles February 12, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I just got a Vitamix and I swear it has changed my life. I never thought I would ever be able to “drink” my breakfast, but now I crave my green drinks in the morning. At first when I got it, I was using every vegetable and fruit under the sun (beets, carrots, berries, apple, celery, etc), but now I prefer simple. My favorite combo is a berry, apple, cucumber kale lemon, ice. done and done!

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    Tina February 12, 2013 at 8:20 am

    @Sara @ sarasmiles: Your Vitamix makes juice?

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    Sara @ sarasmiles February 12, 2013 at 8:51 am

    @Tina: Yeah! The consistency is a little thicker than if using a juicer (which I like), but it purees everything you put in there. I guess you could make it as thick or as thin as you want depending on how much water you add. It looks like this when all said and done:

    http://www.sarasmiles.com/a-single-saturday/

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    Amy February 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    @Sara @ sarasmiles: The vitamix can make smoothies, not juice :) Instead of throwing out the pulp, you just drink the whole thing; right?

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    Beth @ SailingFoodie February 12, 2013 at 9:03 am

    this looks great! Can I ask how loud the machine is? I have this picture in my mind of this insanely loud machine disrupting the neighborhood while I try to make juice :)

    thanks!

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    Tina February 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

    @Beth @ SailingFoodie: Not loud at all. I used it on Saturday and Sunday morning while Mal was sleeping and he didn’t hear it.

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    Anne February 12, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I love my juicer and used it a lot. My problem was what to do with all the leftover pulp. I felt like I was hardly using much of the produce, because so much of it went into the pulp container. I have heard there are things you can make with the pulp (breads, pancakes?) but I haven’t really researched it. I’d love to hear what you do!

    Also, super fast clean-up tip: put a plastic bag in the pulp container. Then when you are done, cleaning the pulp out just means pulling out the bag!

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    Kathy April 26, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I use the pulp in baking, spread it out in my garden for compost, and give it to a friend who raises chickens. They love it!

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    Lisa February 12, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Do you like juice better than making smoothies? I’m always a step away from buying a juicer, but feel like it looses a lot of the nutrients in the pulp. Whatcha think?

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    Tina February 12, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I like them both! :) Even though some nutrients and fiber are lost in the pulp, you still get more nutrients in juice than a smoothie.

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    Mike February 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Sorry Tina. It’s impossible that there would be more nutrients in the juice than in the smoothie. With the smoothie you consume the entire produce put in whereas the juicer extracts the liquid part of the produce and discards the fibrous pulp. There’s a definite loss of nutrients when you don’t consume the fibrous pulp.

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    Peter June 27, 2013 at 10:15 am

    @Mike:
    Sorry Mike. It’s not a matter of what’s in the final product of a smoothie vs juice, but rather the absorption of the “nutrients” in your GI system. Juicing allows you to absorb the nutrients faster and more efficiently as it is more readily digested in minutes, and not hours. This is reason why people juice in the first place.

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    DeEtta February 12, 2013 at 11:41 am

    What did you do with the fruit pulp? Do you think it could be used in smoothies and or other recipes? My husband and I are looking into purchasing a juicer. I am so glad you blogged on your experience with the juicer.

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    Tina February 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Yep! :)

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    Erin February 13, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I make veggie burgers out of the pulp when I juice!

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    Mary May 26, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    @Erin: any chance I could get your recipe foe veggie burgers?

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    Kelly H-Y February 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Great review! I’m totally intimidated by the clean-up process/time as well (which is why I usually just buy ‘Green Goodness’ at the store!! :-)), so it was good to hear that this one was quick.

    Your target ‘habit’ cracked me up. I totally agree. We’ll walk into Target and I’ll say, “Oh, we don’t need a cart, we’re just getting a couple things that we can carry.” My son, who is 10, will call me on it every time and go and get a cart ‘just in case’! :-)

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    Tina February 12, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Haha! Sounds like me with the cart! :)

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    Angie @ Pint of Goals February 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I bought a used juicer this summer and used it quite a bit. Now that I am working (I teach high school English), I don’t have as much time. However, my favorite combo this summer was watermelon and beets – delicious!

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    Rynessa@eatrightnewsletter.com February 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I feel like this is something i should start doing- Vegetable juice is disgusting to most people but I tend to like those things so I’ll give it a try. I see you mentioned ulceritive colitis and I have acid reflux so maybe it’ll help with that.

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    Frannie February 12, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    While I’m typically a huge fan of your blog, I’m going to have to call BS on your description of the mechanisms of the two types of juicers. First of all, cellular structure is damaged in either form. Second of all, centrifugal juicers don’t heat up enough to denature proteins and/or enzymes. Out of curiosity this morning I measured the temp of my juice from my centrifugal juicer (and the pulp) and both were well below 30 C (a nice summer day for vegetable growth). Third of all, using the manufacturer’s website as a ‘reputable source’ is just asking for trouble.

    I don’t mean to be insulting at all. I teach chemistry, and these are things my students do all of the time. I believe you are a very smart woman, and I’m hoping to kind of stomp out some common misconceptions before they run rampant.

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    Kate @ The Zesty Brunette February 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Hey Tina- I’ve been really curious about juicing ever since I watched a documentary called “Hungry for Change” a couple of weeks ago. I’m interested in trying it out for the obvious benefits, but am wondering about the impact on my grocery budget. It seems like you have to spend more $$ on fruits and vegetables for juicing verses steaming and eating them on a plate. I know you’ve only had yours for a short time, but any thoughts on that?

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    Susan February 13, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    @Kate @ The Zesty Brunette:

    I saw that movie, too. Very good information. We can be overweight but starving, nutritionally and fat cells can actually be protecting us from the toxins in our bodies – a whole new way to look at being overweight and obesity. We eat more, because we are striving for nutrition but need to eat more of the right things…juicing helps expedite this for our bodies.

    Tina,

    I have an Omega juicer that looks a lot like this juice, but I believe this juicer is about a $100+ less than the Omega – it would be interesting to see a side-by-side comparison review of the two.

    What is the warranty on this juicer? I think Omega has a pretty decent warranty.

    Thank you for sharing this review, as I’ve never heard of this juicer until seeing it promoted on the Juice Lady’s website. Really like the strainer, which I don’t have with mine.

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    Tina February 13, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    There’s a 5 year warranty.

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    Samantha February 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I’m hooked on juicing too! My fav is:
    4 cups spinach, 1 cucumber, 2 celery stalks, 4 carrots, 2 beets

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    Darcie February 13, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Hey Tina!

    I was just wondering since there was so many different types of juicers out there what is the best for your price? And how many calories would a typical juice have in it?

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    Kristin February 13, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    My favorite juice for summer is a grapefruit, carrot and ginger juice. Super simple and so refreshing.

    2 grapefruit
    5 carrots
    1″ fresh ginger
    Vodka, optional :)

    serves 2

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    Bill February 25, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Folks I strongly suggest you look up Jay Kordich on Facebook and do a like. He probably knows more about juicing than just about anyone out there. I see a fai amount of guessing and innocent misinformation in the posts below

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    michael April 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I too have this juicer. I’ve used the other kind before with the traditional method of juice extraction, and I have to say I get frustrated often with this one. I feel like the motor is always stopping, and pieces aren’t getting fully pulverized. Am I doing something wrong? It certainly isn’t as easy as they make it look on the TV ad.

    Thanks,

    -M

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    Tina April 9, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    It sounds like you might need to cut the pieces smaller before you put them in.

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    SHAZ May 11, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I got my nutripro juicer a few days ago. Although it juices ok, I am getting a loud sound coming from it. Something in the mechanism, I think. I will probably send
    it back. Also, it is difficult to clean…

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    Heidi June 22, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Mike, I love smoothies AND juice, but she’s right…you do get more (and the full benefits) minerals and vitamins in juicing, because it goes straight into your blood! Smoothies you have to digest, and during that process you lose mist of the nutrients and vitamins . Also w the nutripro…you do get some fiber, and the pulp is a lot less and dryer than in other juicers…

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    Kate July 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    So, after watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead I was quite inspired to juice yet still pretty skeptical. But, now with your stamp of approval I took the leap and bought the juicer you recommended by Bella…thanks Tina! I’m so excited!!! I’ll let you know how it goes!!!

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    Tina July 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Good luck!!

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