Is it possible to fall in love with a kitchen appliance? I mean really, who loves their toaster, microwave or hand-mixer? Probably not very many, but I must admit I AM IN LOVE WITH MY VITAMIX blender! The price tag was a hard pill to swallow. Who really wants to fork over $500 for a blender when you can pick up one for $100 or less? Well, here is how I finally decided on taking the Vitamix plunge. For the last 9 months I have been using a Ninja blender ($150 blender). It did an okay job, but after daily use the pitcher cracked. This crack was not because I dropped it either! It is a design flaw in the pitcher where the plastic starts to get hairline cracks from constant use. If you want my opinion Ninja products are terrible for frequent use. For occasional users I could maybe justify the purchase, but I say maybe because it does not do a very good job of breaking down greens such as kale or chard.
So anyway, I was wrapping a towel around my defunct blender like a tourniquet just to avoid not having smoothie puddle on my counter top. On a slightly funny note, I was trying to spell check tourniquet and it wanted to auto-correct as fornicate (oh goodness no, that is not what I want)! Back to my rambling…I knew I needed a new blender, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to spend another $150 to replace the Ninja or just fork over some serious cash for a Vitamix. Well, I decided on the Vitamix because I didn’t want to waste anymore money on a blender that would only last a year. The other deciding factor was I didn’t want to chew my smoothie anymore. In order to get my green smoothies to be “drinkable” I had to run the Ninja for what seemed like two hours (really only five minutes, but still). Anyway, so at the end of the day I am a happy camper and loving my decision! I can now whip together a creamy smoothie in 30 seconds (even with greens like Kale) and not have to clean up my counter top from the leakage.
Oh and I must say that the Vitamix is an early Christmas present from my husband. Thanks honey!
This is the first smoothie I made with my Vitamix….yummers guys and gals! This smoothie is on the tart side because of the tart cherry juice but could easily be made sweeter by using a sweet cherry juice instead To boost the nutritional content I added beet and celeriac greens from a celery root. You are probably thinking, what in the heck is a celeriac root! It is just the root of a celery plant and the leaves from it taste like celery. I love celery in smoothies because it gives it a pop of flavor. Lastly, don’t be worried about beet greens. The taste is very mild (like spinach and not like beets) and you would never be able to tell they are in there! I personally need to choke down regular beets with a gallon of water and I couldn’t detect the greens here.
- 2 C Beet Greens
- 1 C Celeriac Greens
- 2 C Cherry Juice, tart
- 2 C Water
- 2 Pears, cores removed
- 3 Medjool Dates
- 1 tbsp Maple Syrup (optional)
- 3 C Mixed Berries, frozen
- Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
- If the smoothie is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water or juice until desired consistency. If too thin, add an additional 1/2 cup of frozen fruit.
- This smoothie was created as a meal replacement (makes 2 - 32 ounce servings). If you are looking for a smaller portion cut the ingredients in half.