Two years ago, my husband and I took the plunge and purchased the Vitamix at the NYS Fair. It was one of the best investments we ever made on any household kitchen appliance. Of course, there was definitely sticker shock when we learned how much this high performance blender cost after watching our first product demonstration at BJ’s Wholesale Club.
I remember being mesmerized watching the demonstrator dropping colorful fruits and vegetables into the carafe and creating tasty concoctions with the simple push of a button. After tasting the tortilla soup ,smoothies, and ice cream, I was sold but still not convinced to make the splurge.
That is when my search engine friend google came in handy. I researched and researched this product to death. After reading countless reviews and testimonials on how great this product performed, I decided it was time to see the Vitamix in action one more time. So we headed to the NYS Fair Center of Progress building to watch the demonstration again since we knew our demonstrator was heading there after his day at BJ”s.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily diet to prevent chronic diseases such stroke, diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. According to the CDC formula based on my age, sex and daily activity level, I need 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of vegetables daily. My husband needs a half cup more of each to reach his daily requirements.
I knew we were eating the recommended amounts of fruits and veggies on the weekends, but Mondays through Fridays suffered due to time constraints. Not to make excuses, but it does take way more time out of your day to prepare and eat healthy whole foods. In an effort to improve our health and to increase our daily intake of fruits and vegetables, we sealed the deal and walked away with our very own Vitamix. This powerful blender ultimately helped in providing my husband with the nutrients he needed to stay alive before receiving an accurate diagnosis. We found out that his body was not properly digesting any solid foods and that these foods were getting trapped in his stomach. The doctors were amazed that no nutritional deficiencies were noted on his laboratory results. I owe it all to the Vitamix.
Our Vitamix is primarily used for making fresh fruit smoothies with a kick for breakfast. Smoothies are an easy way to start your day packed with the vitamins, minerals and the nutrients your body needs. Making smoothies is fun, fast, and easy. You can even do all the preparation the night before so all you have to do is press the magic button in the morning for a delicious breakfast or mid-morning snack.
There are many smoothie cookbooks to choose from. In fact, the Vitamix comes with one. I find that winging it and experimenting with my own recipes is the most fun. Most of my smoothies have been delicious but there have been a few flops along the way. I don’t mind the green smoothies but something is just not right when the color turns brown after blending.
All you need to create wonderful smoothies is a high-powered blender (you don’t need the Vitamix) and some fresh ingredients with whatever add-ins you desire for the extra kick.
Build your own smoothie:
The foundation-liquid: I like to use 1-1 1/2 cups of coconut, almond or soy milk as the base. You could also add freshly brewed tea, juice, coconut water or just plain water. Adding the liquid first allows all the other ingredients to blend properly so that you have a nice thick and smooth texture.
The fruits: The possibilities here are endless. I use 3-4 + fruits in most recipes or a total of 2 cups. The fruits can be either fresh or frozen and I tend to use the fruits that are in season for the best flavor. Bananas are a staple in all of my smoothies then I go from there. Any combination of blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, mangoes, raspberries, blackberries, kiwi, papaya, pears, oranges, pomegranates, oranges, clementines, dates, cherries, cantaloupe, grapes, honeydew, pumpkin, cranberries, plums, watermelon, tomatoes or whatever else you can think of. Notice that apples are not on this list. I have a sneaky feeling that it is the apple that is the culprit to the brown smoothies.
The veggies: 1-2 of any of the following or a total of 2-3 cups- spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, carrots, celery, zucchini, cabbage, wheatgrass, sprouts, sweet potato, broccoli, cucumber, jalapeno
The power kick: the skies the limit once again and I use 1-2 of any of the following- approximately 1-2 teaspoons: chia seeds, protein powder, yogurt, nuts, seeds, fresh ginger, acai, maca powder, agave nectar, honey, hemp protein, ground flaxseed, any kind of nut butter, cinnamon, and vanilla bean to name a few. Just use your creativity and add what you like.
Toppings for a little added crunch: granola, cereal, oats
Making smoothies is like building an ice cream sunday every day… just without the extra calories. Here’s to another healthy year with the Vitamix! HFVXGG4NEHE4