Smoothie Tuesday: Why use a Vita-Mix over a conventional blender?

Posted on September 7th, 2010

Vita-Mix 5200

Whenever people ask me what blender I suggest, I always tell them the Vita-Mix 5200, and this was even long before I was an affiliate (offering free shipping). In my opinion there is no other option if you are going to be making smoothies every day. There are numerous reasons for getting a Vita-Mix 5200, so I have composed a list of reasons to make the investment.

  1. Ease of use – It’s just simpler. Just this morning I was trying to make a smoothie using my old Cuisinart blender that my fiancé currently has at her apartment. It was a very difficult process. Ever so often, I would have to stop the blender, take a spoon, and push the fruit back down into the blades. That is rarely ever needed when using the Vita-Mix. The base of the hopper is wide and the blades are flat. Things just blend well in the Vita-Mix! The two horsepower motor will pretty much blend rocks. This ends up being a huge time saver too, as blending your smoothie will only take seconds – and is fuss free!
  2. Tamp it down – There are occasions where you will want to blend a large amount of fruit or create something like a sorbet, or a smoothie without much fluid to help the blades turn and process the contents of the hopper. The Vita-Mix comes equipped with a tamper that can be used to press down the contents without having to stop the blender. This is something other commercial grade blenders don’t offer. This again makes for an easier smoothie making experience.
  3. Making breads – With a Vita-Mix you can easily knead sprouts and grains to make bread. I have made a couple of different raw breads using the Vita-Mix.
  4. Chopping Nuts – The Vita-Mix 5200 is a variable speed blender that allows you to perform tasks such as chopping nuts. I have used this a couple of times to chop nuts for energy bars. It’s also good for creating things like almond flower and grinding flax seed to powder.
  5. Breaking down the cell wall – With it’s two horsepower motor, the Vita-Mix blender will break down the cell wall of fruits and vegetables, releasing a plethora of nutrients otherwise not available from chewing.
  6. Overall health – Owning a Vita-Mix blender will improve your overall health and well-being. Because of it’s ease of use you will find yourself making delicious smoothies and other wonderful recipes a lot more frequently. The only time I ever don’t make a smoothie for breakfast is when I meet eat at a restaurant with friends. As a result of owning this wonderful machine you will be giving your body wonderful nutrients provided by raw foods.
  7. It’s easy to clean – The hopper is not dishwasher safe, but is very easy to clean. Simply place some dish soap in the container, fill half way with water, and blend on high power for a few seconds to a couple minutes and your container is clean.

If you are still using a conventional blender I would strongly encourage you to invest in a commercial grade blender; especially if you are making smoothies on a daily basis. The machine comes with a 7-year warranty. It’s guaranteed to work like new for seven years. For somebody consuming a large amount of raw foods daily and using a blender regularly, performance and a long lasting piece of equipment is key.

Before purchasing my Vita-Mix I did A LOT of research because of the price tag, but I firmly believe I made the right decision. I have never regretted it.




Smoothie Tuesday – Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Posted on November 4th, 2009

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

*Sigh* This week has been so crazy, and I almost didn’t get this post up here tonight, and to top it all off my iPhone broke today. I had forgot my ID to get into the UNT Gym where I was going to climb at the wall and then run a few miles on the track, so I decided to just go on a run and leave from my car. When I got back I placed my phone on top of my car and stretched. To make a long story short, the phone slid off the car leaving the parking lot and is now broken. The only good thing about this is I am eligible for an early upgrade so won’t have to spend $500 for a new phone. Still, $200 is more than I want to pay.

Ok, on with the recipe. During the winter time pumpkin spice is one of my favorite flavors.  This smoothie features the smooth flavors of cacao, banana and pumpkin spice. This one has been added to my favorite smoothie list. Without further or do, I present you the recipe.

The Recipe

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 TBSP of honey
  • 2 TBSP of almond butter
  • 2 TBSP of cacao
  • 1 TBSP of pumpkin spice (or more if you prefer, but not much is needed)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 6 cubes of ice
  • 1 hand full of greens

This will yield about 2 cups worth, but I’m usually quite the hungry guy so I can easily guzzle back this entire smoothie.

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Remember, if you are interested in purchasing a Vita-Mix blender you can receive free shipping by using the link above. That is a $25 discount. The purchase also helps me out!




Smoothie Tuesday – Grapelicious Raw Smoothie

Posted on October 27th, 2009

I spent this past weekend hanging out in Austin with friends, in fact, it was the same friends that first peaked my interested in raw foods. On Sunday morning before church we made a really delicious smoothie. It just so happened that the night before they held a game night and one of the participants brought grapes to snack on. There ended up being a lot left over and we used them in our smoothie the next morning.

Grapes alone weren’t going to be enough, so we ended up adding raspberries, banana, hemp milk and vanilla flavored hemp protein. I didn’t record the exact ratios, but there were more grapes than the other ingredients, we also made enough for four people at once, so I will give my best guess for a single serving.

The Recipe

½ cup of grapes
¼ cup of raspberries
½ banana
¾ cup of hemp milk
2 TBSP of vanilla hemp protein powder*
*Alternatively you could use regular hemp seed protein and add about a teaspoon or more of vanilla extract.

This smoothie was tantalizingly delicious! The added vanilla flavor (along with the hemp milk) was perhaps the best part. I had never thought about using flavored hemp protein powder, but I think I will definitely have to add that to the mix. I apologize there is no photo for this one. Perhaps I will make another one on my own later this week and take a photo.

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Remember, if you are interested in purchasing a Vita-Mix blender you can receive free shipping by using the link above. That is a $25 discount. The purchase also helps me out!