Okay, so after hours of watching Vitamix videos, and reading comparisons with Blendtec, I came to the conclusion that I'd made the right decision in a power blender. (If I did indeed need a power blender at all!) Vitamix appears to be the best one for green smoothies... precisely what I plan to make in them. Another look at their 30 money back guarantee brought to my attention that they will even pay for your shipping back if you want to return it.
Saturday was a very lazy reading and relaxing day for me, and one of the things I did was skim over Crazy Sexy Diet again. I had read it a while back, and that’s what originally got me into drinking green smoothies, so I figured it wouldn’t be a bad idea to take a peek at it again. This time it left me thinking, green juice … hmm…. (& also that I need to exercise, meditate, do yoga, but one thing at a time!) but since the last thing I want to do is go out and buy a juicer, I went to the internet to guide me on how to make green juice with my Vitamix. Watching this video confirmed pretty much what I had figured would be the way to do it. I don’t have a nut milk bag, but I [finally] just purchased a cheesecloth the other day, so I made this little setup.
This actually worked out quite well! I used what I had on hand…
1 c. of water (I used a little more, but could’ve used just 1 cup)
1 small orange, peeled with a little pith left on
3 small carrots, cut into pieces
1 small bunch of celery
1/2 bag of baby spinach
1″ piece of ginger
Once I got that blended, I then added a small romaine heart that I chopped into pieces first.
and blended some more…
Then I poured it into my cheesecloth/seive/measuring cup rig.
I did it in two parts. Most of it the first time, and then I added the last of it, and squeezed some more. Some of the blended mixture shot out of the cheese cloth, so it was good I was doing it over the seive. This took a while.
After all this, I ended up with 2 cups of green juice and a cheesecloth full of pulp.
I rinsed off the seive and put it on top of my glass and ran it through as I poured it in. Just a little more pulp was caught. I took a few sips, and stuck it in the freezer to chill a bit, as it was pretty warm at this point.
It wasn’t bad. It was definitely better chilled, but I did add a squirt of raw agave to make it pretty good. It had a strong celery taste, but I got used to it more as I drank it. I definitely felt like I was doing something good for all my little cells. This method was kind of a pain, but it beats buying a juicer and cleaning all of its many parts every time, at least for me, at least for right now. Hah!
I don’t think I have enough pulp to make much in the way of juice pulp crackers, but I still may try to make a small batch in the toaster oven. I’ll letcha know!
PS- I took all these pictures with my ipad cam, and they came out pretty grainy. Is there a setting I need to change?
Okay, so after hours of watching Vitamix videos, and reading comparisons with Blendtec, I came to the conclusion that I’d made the right decision in a power blender. (If I did indeed need a power blender at all!) Vitamix appears to be the best one for green smoothies… precisely what I plan to make in them. Another look at their 30 money back guarantee brought to my attention that they will even pay for your shipping back if you want to return it. So fine. I opened up the manual/recipe book/materials it came with and popped in the DVD.
Even after watching all the demos of it’s features, I still think I will mostly be using it for green smoothies. Occasionally soup. (it can make HOT soup!) And every so often frozen desserts. (it can do ice cream in minutes, and other such frozen type treats.) Wait! Am I keeping it? I still hadn’t taken it for a test drive, as I was out of greens this morning. A stop at the store for some organic spinach was all I needed to take it on it’s first test run. And we have video…
As you can probably tell I was really impressed with the results. Similar ingredients in the KitchenAid were still yielding smoothies that you had to chew a bit per sip. This was actually smooth. The only bits still visible were teeny little bits of the apple skin, which probably would have disappeared if I’d kept on blending. (It blended so fast!) Oh, and that whole worried about it not locking onto the base thing? I didn’t notice a problem. So yah, it’s looking like the Vitamix might have to stay…
Today’s Smoothie was:
2 cups of water
*1/2 cup of almond milk
*4 cups of spinach
1 apple, quartered, core intact
*1/4 c. frozen berries
*1/2 c. frozen mango
*1/2 c. frozen pineapple
drizzle of raw agave
*these measurements are approximations!
The Vitamix came yesterday! I was excited at first, and then pulled it out of the box and thought… do I really need this blender? I definitely needed it before my sister’s generous donation of the KitchenAid processor, but now… I’m not so sure. I’ve been getting pretty decent results now, and I’m scared to try the vitamix and love it.
The pitcher does not lock on to the MASSIVE base, by the way. So I’m a little afraid that I will need to hold my crazy commercial blender tight while blending. Currently I’ve been going to jump on my mini-trampoline in the morning for a few minutes while I leave the KitchenAid whizzing, so this is kind of a bummer. Also, it is so giant that it does not fit under kitchen cabinets assembled! (I included the beer bottle for scale!)
I think I may return it without even trying it; it’s better not to know what I’m missing, right? Of course, I’ve been watching all kinds of videos online and reading reviews and it’s making me want to at least try it out… hah ; ) The price is obscene, but it has a 7 year warranty and lots of people have had theirs for 10+ years of daily use, which makes it less so. Thoughts?
So if you follow the facebook page, you may have seen me post that I am currently reading the book Crazy Sexy Diet. It’s been motivating me to make all kinds of changes like getting in more raw foods, changing my soap, exercising, and thinking about other things like regulating my sleep cycle, and adding in yoga & meditation. Another thing I definitely want to incorporate however, is the green smoothie. I had ordered the book Green for Life through the amazon vine program to review a while back, and it didn’t really catch my interest at the time. Now I’m happily reading through this thin volume to figure this whole thing out. (and now I’ll finally be able to write the review for it!)
So from what I can tell, if you want to make super smooth green smoothies you need a really fancy blender like a vitamix, for example. I thought that before making an investment like that, I should A. try this thing out first and B. give my cuisinart food processor a chance to impress me. I don’t own a blender at all, forget about a really fancy one, because I’ve found that my hand me down 25+ year old cuisinart handles all of my needs.
Here are the results:
8 strawberries with their leaves
1 apple, cored and cut into chunks
1 c. of frozen, chopped blue kale
1 c. of water
So as you can see, it definitely did not give me the smooth texture of a vitamix or similar blender. But it still tasted fine! I was chewing each sip a bit before swallowing, not necessarily bad. Regardless, I just had 1 leafy green and 2 fruit servings. Which is pretty darn good for me. I struggle with leafy greens, even though I know better, and I NEVER eat fresh fruit. The main reason for this? I buy fresh produce and forget about it, so it goes bad. So what I did instead was I started buying frozen greens (cheaper too!) and shaking them into everything I could. I can see this would be a really good healthy habit to get into, and I’d be eating raw & fresh, so even better. I’m pretty sure I’ll spring for the vitamix though (refurbished!); it does a lot of cool stuff! ; )
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Thought I would include a link to my 1st time making a green smoothie in my Vitamix for contrast. You can see it here!