I Can't Live Without My Vita-Mix!

Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Jennifer McCann of Vegan Lunch Box and does NOT necessarily represent the opinions of DiseaseProof or Dr. Fuhrman.

I swear by the magical super power of a Vita-Mix to blend otherwise objectionable foods to a lovely smooth consistency that will meet the approval of picky children, and adults! I use it to blend chunky soups into smooth purees for my son, so he can avoid the distress of having to dissect his stew before eating. I also blend his tomato sauce, and manage to sneak in some cooked kale and carrots while I'm at it!

But the main reason we love the blender is for making SMOOTHIES! Smoothies are a great way to make fruits (and, to a lesser extent, vegetables) fun and easy. We make smoothies every day for breakfast or a healthy snack.

Now that my son is almost 10 he likes to show his independence and make his own. However, we started having problems with his idea of how much frozen fruit to use; it was not uncommon to find that he had thrown over 3 cups of frozen blueberries in the blender to make one breakfast smoothie. Healthy, yes, but talk about expensive!

So here's what I did to get smoothie-making under control and turn it into a kid-friendly activity: I purchased clear square bins at a wholesale grocery store, just like the kind they use in restaurants, along with a 3 oz. (approx. 1/3 cup) ice cream scoop.

Then I posted a smoothie recipe template on the refrigerator for my son's reference. It's practically impossible to go wrong with it: 1 cup of nondairy milk or 100% juice (or a mix of the two), 1 scoop of ice, 1 container nondairy yogurt, and 3 scoops of fruit. Voila! A yummy smoothie!

Of course, you can leave out the yogurt if you prefer, and add all sorts of nutritious extras to any smoothie: one or two tablespoons nuts or nut butter, a tablespoon of ground flaxseed, a Pixie-Vite or other supplement, handfuls of cooked or raw greens, slices of avocado, etc. My husband even likes to add raw oats to his, to thicken it into a hearty breakfast shake.

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Sam - October 28, 2008 7:45 PM

$500 for a blender?! Of course, that was our initial reaction when we first learned about high power blenders such as the Vitamix. We already had a pretty powerful food processor and used it multiple times daily to make frozen fruit "ice creams" and chop down greens with fruit and water for smoothies. It's been a great workhorse for us for many years.

So recently I came across some videos (such as Mr Running Raw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-stAb1Pkgg) featuring these high powered blenders and developed the itch to look into them once again. In this arena, it seems to boil down to the Blendtec and the Vitamix products. So I decided to take the plunge and purchase the Vitamix 5200 for two reasons: lower cost refurbished units and a much longer warranty (7 years with option for 10!).

You really have to own and use one of these systems to fully appreciate it. I now understand completely when I see comments such as "I can't live without my Vitamix!" Our reaction on day one of using this machine was simply "We should have bought this YEARS ago." Unlike a food processor which is not fast enough, this machine completely liquifies all ingredients and opens up new options for smoothie ingredients. We now throw in raw beets, carrots, ginger, celery, etc into our recipes and this system creates a perfectly smooth drink everytime. I even add raw flaxseeds directly without having to first grind. The Vitamix is used 3-4 times per day while the food processor has been used perhaps twice since we bought the blender (3 weeks ago). The food processor is used for concoctions that don't require quite as much liquid (a blender needs a lot of liquid to do its magic).

Bottom line, if you are interested in health (which must be the case if you are a reader/fan of Dr Furhman's works), a high powered blender whether you go Vitamix or Blendtec is a must-have investment!

jeannie lindsay - October 30, 2008 5:07 AM

Just want to add a word for green smoothies - a little bit of fruit, maybe some nut butter, some ice and a big handful of greens, and even an ordinary plain vanilla blender will do the job. This is my breakfast every day and it's awesome.

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