To be filed under: Household Appliances Powered by Horses

Scott and I were fortunate enough to receive a vitamix as a gift recently. For the uninitiated, this is The King of Blenders. One of its biggest perks is that you can blend whole foods. Less chopping and wasted nutrients in the seeds, etc.

More as we have it, but so far we’ve made:

Pineapple (no skin, yes core) + banana (no peel) + frozen peaches = yum, thick and tropical

Grapefruit (no colored peel, yes pith and seeds) + banana (no peel) + unsweetened almond milk + frozen strawberries + frozen blueberries = delicious, but a bit bitter with the grapefruit pith. Without the almond milk it would have been unbearable.

Carrot + whole head of romaine + half a pineapple + frozen blueberries + fresh strawberries + flax = Delicious and nutritious, but a word to the wise: don’t leave out the blueberries. Serving your husband a brown smoothie doesn’t go over so well. 😉

Soy milk + kiwi + plum + fresh strawberries + banana + pineapple = Delicious, but kind of a cop-out Scott. Where are the veggies? Incidentally, this is Scott’s favorite so far.

We’ve done several variations on the above, but we have not yet boldly ventured into the realm of soups and sorbets (which our blessed machine also does with ease, we learned).

True confession time: I may have accidentally left it blending a fruit smoothie too long the other day as I was washing the cutting board and taking out the trash. When I turned it off and popped the top, steam wafted from the fruit smoothie. Oops! A whole ice tray made it tolerable once again, but I certainly learned my lesson. A little blending in this baby goes a long way.


About beanland

Scott is a family practice doctor and Anne is a full-time mother and teacher to three beautiful girls and one boy.
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2 Responses to To be filed under: Household Appliances Powered by Horses

  1. macpeanut says:

    Yay for the Vitamix! I unfortunately have not gained the courage to venture beyond the realm of smoothies with our Vitamix, but if any of your soup or sorbet recipes end up working out-feel free to send the recipe my way.

    As for the veggies in the smoothies, I try to sneak them in whenever I can, but Mark always seems to notice any bit of nutritiousness beyond just carrots:(. It’s a bummer really because I was hoping that this was our answer to the “Mark doesn’t eat his veggies” problem. Darn!

    Glad you are enjoying your Vitamix!


  2. Liz says:

    I made a mango smoothie (soy milk, mangos, pineapple, peaches, banana) for the kids yesterday in our vitamix. It was delicious (without veggies though :))-I realized that mangos have a nice amount of Vitamin A!

    I’ll have to try more veggie smoothies for the kids (and myself :)).


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