If you're finding it difficult to consume enough of a certain macronutrient, like protein, it may help to drink your protein in the form of a protein shake. If you already have a blender it's easy to get started, but if not it can be tough to decide which type of blender to get. It all depends on your lifestyle and the type of shakes and smoothes you intend to make.
If you just intend to make shakes out of liquids and powders, a shaker bottle is cheap and easy to use. You can use them to mix up water, milk, protein powder, yogurt, or anything else that isn't too solid.
They all function more or less the same way, and consist of a plastic cup with a lid and a springy wire ball inside to mix up the contents of your shake. The main differences between them mainly come down to color, appearance, etc. I've listed some shaker bottles from Amazon below, but there are far more options on Amazon.
If you'd like to add solid items like fruits and vegetables to your shakes and smoothies, then you'll need an electric blender.
The NutriBullet consists of a cup that attaches to a base with a built-in blade. This allows for easy cleanup, as there are only two pieces to wash. The NutriBullet is smaller than the other blenders, so it's great for personal-sized shakes and smoothies, but not the best if you're making smoothies for multiple people. It's size also makes it the easiest to store.
The Ninja is a bit bigger than the NutriBullet, so it's better for making smoothies for multiple people. It also has a handy pour spout (the NutriBullet is round which makes it difficult to pour. It's best to drink your smoothie right out of the NutriBullet).
The KitchenAid blender is similar to the Ninja in that it is large and has a pour spout; however, the KitchenAid is different from both the Ninja and the NutriBullet by allowing you to add foods while it's running. This may not seem like a big deal, but if you're blending every day and trying out new recipes this can save you a lot of time.
Say you're already blending a protein shake and decide to throw in a banana. The Ninja and NutriBullet both require you to stop and partially disassemble the blender in order to get the lid off. The KitchenAid, on the other hand, lets you throw it in without any extra effort.
Of course there are thousands of different blenders out there, and this is just a quick intro to the most popular types from reputable brands. Read up, do your research, and check the reviews before buying to make sure the blender you get is the right one for you.
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