How I Get My Daily Vitamix Fix

I should have gotten an inkling that the rumors about the Vitamix were true when the UPS guy dropped it off and stopped to talk for almost ten minutes about how his wife bought one and it has changed their lives. I must have looked bemused or skeptical because the guy looked like he wanted to raid the beds by his feet, grab some mulch, mums and hosta leaves to whip up an ‘organic’ smoothie to truly convince me. There was a shiny-eyed zeal to his enthusiasm.

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You know what? The UPS guy was right. I waited a year to do this post because I didn’t want to come off as a combination ShamWow infomercial, mega-church pulpit preacher myself, vehemently declaiming the mystical powers of the Vitamix. But the last two weeks the universe has conspired to stoke my evangelical fires. I’ve been stopped five or six times and the conversation always goes one of two ways. One: what the heck are you drinking? or Two: Oh my god, do you have a Vitamix?

History
Last year, when I started seriously researching and contemplating a plant-based diet, it became clear that a majority of the recommendations for getting more plants into your body on a daily basis included regular smoothie consumption. And usually the next sentence was a mention about high-speed blending and the Vitamix (or Blentec). What were these (ridiculously) expensive appliances? Oh how innocent I was. Coming from a conventional blender past, the true nature of the joys of Vitamix-ing didn’t really begin to come into focus until we randomly stumbled on a demo at Costco. Even relegated to tiny plastics thimbles it was clear that these were restaurant quality soups and smoothies, done really quickly, with easy cleanup that tasted really, really good.

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Yes, I had sticker shock (and we went the factory refurbished route for a slight discount), but if it helps at all, I’ve found it’s best not to think of it solely as a blender. Following Alton Brown’s rule of thumb, this a multi-function kitchen appliance. Yes, the bulk of its work will likely be creating smoothies, but it also can make soup, dips, spreads, salsas, nut butters, flours, tasty frozen cocktails (plus more things I’ve probably yet to discover). It has a serious warranty (5 years) and we’ve used it almost daily and it’s shown no signs of breaking down. If that doesn’t help, you can also think of it as part of your health insurance premium. The cost is probably almost equal to a couple doctor visits.

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Yum! Breakfast.


Recipes

Here are three of my favorite, most frequently used smoothie recipes. Once you learn the ratios and combos that work best for you, you can mix and match off the base recipe or just use up what you have in the crisper.

Morning Green Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 scoop plant based protein power
  2. 1 T pumpkin seeds
  3. 1 T almond or smooth peanut butter
  4. ½ a banana
  5. 2 handfuls spinach or kale
  6. 1 handful frozen pineapple
  7. 1 cup water/almond milk (adjust liquid to your desired smoothie consistency – I like mine more liquid)
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients in the order listed (the layering order is critical with the Vitamix) and blend.
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ABC Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 scoop plant-based protein power
  2. 1 T pumpkin seeds
  3. 1 T flax seeds or flax meal
  4. 1 raw beet (quartered to help incorporate more easily)
  5. 1 carrot
  6. ½ apple or 1 cup apple juice/cider (the apple is really fibrous, I prefer the juice/cider)
  7. 1 handful frozen mixed berries (raspberries/blueberrie/blackberries etc)
  8. 1 tsp grated ginger (optional)
Instructions
  1. Same as above, layer and blend.
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Dessert Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 scoop chocolate plant-based protein power
  2. 1 frozen banana
  3. (I’m happy to have found a way to use those brown bananas we don’t use fresh)
  4. 1 cup almond milk
  5. ½ cup frozen blueberries (optional)
  6. Couple ice cubes (omit if you use the frozen berries)
Instructions
  1. Same as above, layer and blend.
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So, a year in, I don’t regret the money we spent at all and often wonder how we got along without it. If you’re on the fence, don’t hesitate, order one now, there’s plenty of room in the Vitamix church. A co-worker summed it up best when she said if her house were on fire and she could only take one item, her kids are convinced she would grab the Vitamix. I would too, but Michelle probably have probably already grabbed it first.

 

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2 comments

    1. Sort of hard to pull out just the smoothies from the overall switch to plant-based diet, but over the last year and especially the last 20 weeks of training for a marathon here is what I noticed.
      1. Faster recovery. Long runs and double workout days didn’t knock me out for two days. I was able to get back out there the next day.
      2. Better sustained energy. Much less coffee and no 10 am or 2 pm crash.
      3. Weight loss. Yes, I was doing a lot of exercise, but I’ve done that before without getting quite this lean with so little effort (down 20 lbs in the last year)
      4. Umm, more regular.

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