Before we begin, I want you to know that I was kindly provided with a blender by Ninja Kitchen and was not compensated for the review. All opinions are 100% of my own.

Hey, guys. Today I’m showing you why Ninja Ultima Blender is the best blender for green smoothies and making a hard core Detox Green Smoothie.

Our household lives on green smoothies, almost every day, including the kids. I love my Superfood Chia Smoothie and I share the tips how to make it drinkable for the kids. Having a good blender I would say is a big factor whether you will be making a green smoothie on a regular basis or not.

*Update Dec 2014: We have been using this blender for almost a year and it’s still going strong! Not a single problem just some wear and tear on the plastic jug as we use the blender every single day. Below photo taken on Dec 15, 2014.


Before Ninja came into my life, I owned simple $40 blender that was splashing everywhere, leaking on the bottom and make purees rather than smoothies. Now I understand that. I honestly didn’t make green smoothies as often as I would liked to because it was a pain to use my blender.

If you are like me and buying Vitamix or Blendtec is not within your budget, Ninja Ultima is your answer. It’s 1/2 or 1/3 price of Vitamix and delivers amazing results. I LOVE it! No, I’m addicted to it!

So, let’s look at the blender.

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This is what you get:

1. Blender with 2 blades and a lid.

2. 3 single serve cups (Alex took one to work =>not pictured) that are perfect to go.

3. Extra blade for a single serve cup. Kind of like Magic Bullet but MUCH better. Trust me, I have owned Magic Bullet for 7 years.


The blender is super powerful. I love 2 sets of blades as the top one is crushing vegetables and fruits like there is no tomorrow. I do not chop any ingredients before adding them to a blender.

The blades are powerful enough to grind nuts into a nut butter, grains, meat and even coffee beans. It replaces many appliances on your counter.

The base is heavy and sturdy, with strong suction cups at the bottom. When it’s blending, it is loud but not flying all over the counter. I had to hold my old blender often petrified it would take off. And it’s so easy to wipe and clean it with a towel. You have a Pulse + Start/Stop button and then various speeds from 1 – 10.


If using single serve cup, it easily clicks on the main base of the blender and there is only 1 speed for it – Single Serve. The main blender securely attaches to the base with one easy click on any side. I did not experience any difficulty attaching the blender to its base.


Then there is a lid => my LOVE! I love how sturdy it is! Like I said, my old blender didn’t close tightly and was splashing the smoothie all over the kitchen. I had to hold it with a towel on top. This lid is real stuff, it even has a handle which you click in place to close and then just push Release button once you are done.


But you really don’t have to remove the lid in order to pour your smoothie. There is this super convenient spout that clicks securely and tightly in place and doesn’t leak.


And I stuff my blender. When I want to make a full jug of smoothie, I have to add ingredients twice because as big as this blender is, it really can’t hold that many fruits and veggies at once.

Today on the menu was romaine lettuce, spinach, kale, ginger, mango and lemon => Detox Green Smoothie.


And then you blend with these blades.

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Isn’t is amazing => Before: pulsing a few times & After: blending for 3 – 5 minutes.


The smoothie comes out creamy, velvety smooth with absolutely no tiny bit of chunks of anything.


I totally recommend buying Ninja Ultima and so does Bethenny. I came across this clip by accident and when I looked closer, I recognized my new blender. She found it powerful enough to chop the human head in. Watch and enjoy.:)

And here is a quick comparison of Ninja to Vitamix.


Now, I’m not saying that Vitamix or Blendtec are not good blenders. What I’m saying is when you compare the features and cost of 3, Ninja Ultima has an advantage in my opinion. I have tested Ninja Ultima for over 2 weeks now and can attest to the professional high quality of this blender. And it costs only $179.99 plus FREE shipping. Now we are talking!


And now onto my hardcore Detox Green Smoothie. I like to add variation to my green smoothies menu. I also believe in drinking barely sweet green smoothies. If you add a bunch of bananas, dates, mangoes and only a handful of spinach, then it’s a dessert smoothie. It’s great but it’s a dessert.:)

When I drink a green smoothie, I want to feel like I’m drinking at least 2 servings of salad. I like to put a checkmark next to my greens for the day. In this smoothie recipe, fresh romaine lettuce pairs really well with spiciness of ginger and a bit of sweet mango to make the smoothie drinkable. Now, go easy on kale because too much and your smoothie will taste bitter.


I always make extra so we have some for the morning after. It might be not ideal but it’s life. Ninja “sippy cups” are leakproof and tall design makes it convenient to drink from them. Love these cups way better than Magic Bullet ones. I like to stick a straw into the opening and sip on a smoothie. I also use these long handle spoons to stir the smoothie in a cup or a tall glass. Sometimes if you add chia the smoothie is thicker the next day and these spoons make it super handy to reach all the green goodness sitting at the bottom.

Now onto the actual recipe.

Green Detox Smoothie

Green Detox Smoothie


  • 3 - 4 romaine lettuce leaves
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 handful kale (optional)
  • 1 cup mango chunks, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup ice (only if using fresh mango)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 lemon, peeled
  • 1/2 inch ginger root, peeled


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount Per Serving = 1 cup:
Calories: 39.5
Total Fat: 0.3 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 15.2 mg
Total Carbs: 9.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.9 g
Protein: 1.4 g
WW Points+: 0

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22 Responses to “Ninja Ultima Blender Review and Detox Green Smoothie”

  1. Memoria

    I have the Ninja Pulse, and I love it. However, if I had the money to spend on such a powerhouse blender, I would want the Ninja Ultimate Blender! You are so lucky to have one given to you! The photos and the smoothie look gorgeous!

    • Olena

      I feel truly blessed and appreciate it. I used this blender 5 times today – 3 smoothies, brownies and muffins. As soon as I can get this blender for a giveaway for you guys I will! I’m trying!

  2. Mark

    I made my first veggie smoothie last night, but it was a bit lumpy. I’ve got a Ninja Ultima, and I don’t think I’m using the pulse properly, and am not sure how long to just let the blender run. I used Kale, apple, a few grapes, carrots, and ice. How many pulses should I use, and how long & what power level(s) should I let it run?
    Thanks very much!

    • Olena

      Hi Mark. I guess it’s a men’s thing. My husband does the same thing.:) Don’t use Pulse, you can really take this baby for a ride. Push Start and start at speed 4, then after 30 secs increase to Speed 7 and after another 30 secs up it to Speed 9 or 10 and give it a minute or two. It will sound like the blender will take off but it won’t. That way you will have a smoothie. Total of a few minutes I would say. I just blend until I like the consistency! This is a powerful machine!!!

  3. Abhishek

    I have tried a lot of your recipes and am truly enjoying them!!!
    Can I use any other fresh fruit instead of Mangoes? I don’t have access to any frozen fruits available and the mangoes are going out of season :(

    • Olena

      Bananas would work as well. Just add a bit of ice if you wish. Really any other fruit on a sweeter side would work. Enjoy!:)

  4. Ruth

    This detox smoothie looks awesome!! Can’t wait to try it! I’ve been wanting to detox for a few days now and I think this will be the perfect green smoothie for it. I have a question though, is it okay to make it the night before and leave it in the fridge for the next day? Will it go bad??

    • Olena

      Hi Ruth. Yes, you can drink it the next day. Just make sure to shake or stir really well. I usually make a big jug and store in the to go cups and then just give a shake. Enjoy!

  5. joanna lopez

    too have the ninja blender but not the pro even the cheapest ninja is so awesome…..

    • Olena

      I have been wondering how is $99 Ninja performing. I will be trying it soon at my SIL’s house and can’t wait to see the results!!! I love Ninja! And their new kitchen system looks amazing!

  6. Teresa hall

    I just spent $ 39.00 on the Ninja Master Prep and I just can’t BELIEVE how FANTASTIC it works !!!!!! I know for sure that the more expensive models would be well worth the money.
    I made a cucumber slushy with a sprig of cilantro …yummy and now I’m on the way to the grocery to get the ingredients for the detox smoothie…I don’t expect my model to do as well as the one you have , but I’m excited to see what the Master Prep Ninja CAN do !!!!! GO NINJA GO !!! He he he….. I love my ninja ; )

    • Olena

      I agree – I love Ninja products too! They are well money spent. I haven’t tried the one you have but I just checked and it’s #1 best seller on Amazon so must be good. Yes, it doesn’t blend as good as Ultima, I’m sure. Meaning it leaves small pieces of veggies and fruit behind but if it works for you for now, why not?! I tried Ninja Professional blender (NJ600) at my SIL’s and no way it’s even close to Ultima. She exchanged it at Costco and now everyone drinks green smoothies in their house. Ultima is as good as Vitamix, I swear. Enjoy your smoothies!:)

      • Madelyn

        Hello, I just started making green smoothies I love them, however my husband just BROKE 2 of our blenders. 1 it just started smelling like it was burning and then died it was only a few mths old. Then the other one 1,month old doesn’t blend well and is starting to smell like it’s burning too. Of course I threw away the receipt! Ugggh anyway I’d it that he’s doing something wrong when he is blending?? I am going tomorrow to purchase another blender I don’t know which one but I don’t want to buy another one and he breaks it.

        • Olena

          Oh, no! Must be the motor is not powerful enough – cheap blender. If you bought it at Walmart, Target or Costco I would take it back without receipt.:) I know you won’t like what I have to say but if you are serious about green smoothies get a good blender like Ninja Ultima. It’s the same as Vitamix or Blendtec. EVen $99 Ninja doesn’t compare, it has to be Ultima. Also someone mentioned this $35 blender is pretty good and is #1 bestseller on Amazon. I’m sure it doesn’t blend as smoothly as high power blenders though.

  7. Holly

    Love the Ninja, even wiz up vegetables from the garden for my little French Bull dog.

  8. Jamie

    How does the detox actually work and are you supposed to do it for a certain amount of time? Also how many days a week do you drink the smoothie until the detox is over?

    • Olena

      I am not a doctor so I don’t know. I’m not promoting detox. It is more of a name for a healthy green smoothie in my case. It “detoxes” your body, it is full of greens and antioxidants.

  9. Jack

    During the detox all the bannans blote blote blote not good can we add something too stop blote ing



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