When it comes to cooking gadgets, there is one item that I always wanted. One item that I knew would change my life.
One item that I literally drooled over.
The employees follow me around now when I am there because I am obviously weird.
But now I don’t need to drool in Costco (well, they have some really nice other things too…)
It’s your turn to drool.
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing recipes that I make with my Vitamix and providing commentary about my experiences with the machine. I will wrap up the series with a Vitamix giveaway, that will give bonus points for interaction on the recipe posts, so that’s a heads up for your to comment and share the heck out of the recipes before the giveaway goes live.
Juicing whole foods with Vitamix
One of the benefits of a Vitamix machine is that you can make juice or smoothies using the entire fruit, including the whole food fiber. When you use a juicer, it squeezes the juice out of the fruit leaving the nutrient dense membranes behind. Proponents for juicing boast it’s nutritional value but eating the whole fruit is far superior from a nutritional standpoint. You get ALL the naturally occurring vitamins and minerals with no waste. This means you are not drinking just the SUGAR part of the juice.
One of the reasons the Vitamix can can do this is the engineering process. I love that the machines are built by hand in the USA (with at least 70% American made parts). The blade, the motor and the drive shaft are designed for commercial quality blending. Your regular blender cannot even measure up! The Vitamix also comes with the best warranty in the industry – 7 yrs is standard on the 5200 and most other models. A few models have 5 yr warranties standard which far exceeds most blender warranties.
The first time I used my Vitamix I was literally fascinated.
Like a child.
A child playing a video game where the objective is to shoot aliens. Lots of aliens.
Take that fruit!
Vitamix Smoothie Recipe
Pineapple Blueberry Smoothie Recipe
- 1 1/3 cups fresh pineapple core included canned pineapple will work too
- 9 oz fresh blueberries frozen blueberries will make a thicker, icier smoothie
- 1 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt I recommend organic greek yogurt
- Place all ingredients in Vitamix in order
- Select variable switch and 1 on the dial
- Turn machine on and turn dial to variable 10
- Flip switch to high
- Blend for about a minute (or until desired consistency)
It you don't yet have a Vitamix, you can absolutely make this recipe in a regular blender. It might take a bit longer to achieved the smooth texture, but you can do it. Start blender on low, then switch it to high until you achieve desired consistency.
Watch the machine in action as I make my Vitamix smoothie recipe:
This was really good! I usually prefer real fruit over smoothies but the taste was FANTASTIC, as was the texture. My daughter kept asking for more so it was hit with her too.