For Christmas, I received a Vitamix blender. I didn’t ask for it because it seemed too extravagant, but now I’m happy Marc bought it. Before I had terrible luck with blenders and then this high-speed blender walked into my life. I now make smoothies almost every morning. At first I worried about the cost of buying smoothie ingredients in addition to the cost of the blender, but I was surprised by how reasonably priced smoothies are to make at home. It certainly is at least half the cost of purchasing a smoothie or coffee drink at your favorite to-go places. I’m also glad we’re adding more fruit and vegetables into our daily routine.
I know it is an expensive blender and I was hesitant about the price, too. Here are some reasons it’s worth it to me.
It’s more than a smoothie maker
In addition to smoothies, you can make hot soup (hot!), ice cream, dressings, nut milks, raw porridge and your own nut butters.
I didn’t want to worry about buying another blender
I had a blender from a top brand that was around $100 and it couldn’t make a decent margarita. I know there are some $30 models that can do a better job than that, but I was ready to invest in something that I wouldn’t have to replace. I looked at models in between my $100 blender and the Vitamix and thought I found a contender, but the reviews were terrible. If you add up the amount of cheap blenders you may have gone through or the amount of drive-through coffee or smoothie drinks you have enjoyed, it might make sense for you, too.
I like that it can handle large chunks of fresh and frozen fruit. This means less chopping and prep time in the morning. Some smoothies might need the assistance of the damper, but it blends everything until very smooth like a champ. I can make two smoothies including washing the fresh fruit and washing up the few dishes I used while the smoothie blends in about 15 minutes. Once you get the hang of it, you can get your smoothies done quickly in the morning.
I’ve watched the infomercials for the juicers and I just knew that I could not make enough quick breads to use the resulting pulp. I love that the Vitamix blends everything together with no waste. Using the whole fruit and vegetables in your smoothie increases your fiber intake and everything is broken down so the nutrients can efficiently be used by your body. The fiber also helps avoid a spike in blood sugar. This article on the benefits of smoothies is a pretty good read.
It’s made in the USA
I like that.
It’s easy to clean
This was something I was really adamant about. If it was hard to clean, I wouldn’t use it every day. My Vitamix has a clean setting (I have the Vitamix professional series 750), so I take the blender with leftover smoothie still clinging to the sides, add warm water about half way, pump 1 squirt of soap in the blender, cover and choose the clean setting. Some Vitamix models do not have the clean setting, so you can simply start on low and move to high until it’s really worked the soapy water up the sides. It’s like a mini dishwasher. I give the canister one last quick rinse, shake it all out and place the canister and lid upside-down on a towel to dry while I’m at work.
My goal for these breakfast smoothies were for them to be healthy, naturally sweetened, around 300 calories or less and easy to make. I didn’t want to use too many tropical fruits that naturally have a higher glycemic index (or raise blood sugar levels after eating) but I think it’s ok to use a little to naturally sweeten the smoothies. My choice is the inexpensive and readily available organic banana, but you can substitute in pineapple or mango. Marc is not a huge banana fan, so I try to go light on the banana and he still enjoys these smoothies. I like to use organic fruit and spinach because the Vitamix blends everything, skin and all. Any remaining pesticides on the skin would go right in the smoothie. I give all of my fresh fruit a quick soapy wash (I use Seventh Generation dish soap) and rinse before using, organic or not. I use the My Fitness Pal app to calculate the calories for each smoothie. To make the smoothie easy to enjoy on the go, I purchased 2 – 12 ounce Starbucks tumblers with tight fitting lids and reusable straws. They work great.
Every week or two, I buy:
- a large container of fresh baby spinach
- a bag of chia or flax seeds (Trader Joe’s sells chia seeds)
- fresh organic fruit (right now apples, pears and winter citrus)
- a few bags of frozen fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and sweet cherries)
- a large bunch of organic bananas (I cut each ripe banana into 2-3 pieces and place them in a single layer in a resealable plastic bag and freeze. I reuse the bag to store bananas and the bag to hold opened bags of frozen fruit over and over again. )
The overall formula I use for 2 – 12 ounce smoothies each morning is:
- 2 cups of spinach
- 1 tablespoon of chia or flax seeds
- 2 fresh fruits
- 2 cups of frozen fruit
- 1/2 a frozen banana (I like the texture better with frozen, not fresh banana)
- 3/4 cup to 1 cup of water, nut milk, cow’s milk, buttermilk or plain yogurt
- You can add a bit of ice to any smoothie that has 2 cups of frozen fruit or less. Any more frozen fruit and it will be plenty frozen already.
This is not a sponsored post. We purchased the Vitamix on our own and all thoughts and opinions are my own. Some links in the post are Amazon affiliate links that help support this blog.
Here are my favorite smoothie recipes so far. Some vary from my smoothie formula above, but I think you’ll like them all.