If I had to choose one kitchen item that has totally transformed my health and time in the kitchen, hands down, it would be my Vitamix. This high performance blender, that I was so reluctant to buy, has become my BFF in the kitchen. I will be honest, the Vitamix is not cheap (about $450), but there are other quality blenders you can purchase which I will list at the end of this blog. However, my personal experience is solely with the Vitamix so I can only share how valuable it has been for me.
First off, I use it several times a day. My morning smoothie is a necessity for me. Between the abundance of greens and shot of wheat grass juice, it’s an instant energy boost. Frozen berries, bananas and dates mask all the green stuff so instead of tasting like a swamp, it’s like indulging in ice cream every morning. More importantly, the Vitamix pulverizes the greens, blending it into the fruit. The Vitamix comes with a tamper used to push the ingredients to the bottom, so you won’t find leaves or stems in your smoothie. Hubby or daughters also get their green on in the morning, so the Vitamix gets quite a workout.
Nut-based salad dressing is made to perfection and creamy with the Vitamix. You can find the most awesome, oil-free dressings in Isa Moskowitz’s, Appetite for Reduction. She doesn’t call for the use of a high powered blender, but trust me, it helps.
The Vitamix, a.k.a. blender on steroids, makes brothy soups into a thick, velvety base. Try out, Fat Free Vegan’s, Creamy Zucchini and Basil Soup. You can also cook vegetables in broth, then throw the entire mixture in the Vitamix, make a thick base and add lentils or a whole grain to the finished product.
Finally, the Vitamix is a snap to clean. Just add a few drops of dish detergent and warm water and run on High for 30 seconds. Now, if only I could clean the rest of the kitchen that easily…
As promised here are a few other blender options. Montel Williams (about $200 at Bed, Bath and Beyond with coupon), Blendtec (also pricey), Aroma 600-Series Professional Blender, Cuisinart SmartPower Deluxe Duet Blender/Food Processor and Hamilton Beach Dual Wave Blender, all at around $100.
If you are interested in treating yourself to the Vitamix, here is the link.
Happy, Healthy Holidays!