…and possibly feel a lot better, too!
A few weeks ago I saw a close friend for the first time in a couple of months. On our previous encounter she had been dealing with a lot of life-stresses which included trying not to lose her house, wanting to lose her horrible job; all the while juggling the endless litany of daily tasks that make so many of us feel like screaming and running in the other direction.
I was literally dumbfounded by her physical transformation. She had dropped a few pounds, her skin was glowing, her eyes were sparkling, and her general overall demeanor just seemed somehow healthier. I immediately attributed her alteration to having solved some of her aforementioned tribulations, but she quickly assured me that her life was still every bit as messy. The house, the job, the juggling were still just as problematic.
And then she shared her modern-era Holy Grail: She’d purchased a Vitamix® blender. Not only had she purchased one, she was actually using it. Call me impressed! She went on to tell me some of the healthy drinks she’d been concocting, as well as the other marvels the blender allowed her to perform, like making her own nut butters. When she got to the part where she could even make hot soups in only four minutes, I’m sure I was embarrassing myself because my jaw was most certainly agape.
We both did the whole “tsk tsk, too bad they are so expensive” conversation. I’ve known about Vitamix® blenders for several years, but had never really ventured into the possibility of purchasing one for my personal use because I’d heard their expense was situated in the rarified air category (aka, I’ll have to put this on my credit card and pay for the rest of my life.)
I had noticed that any time I order a smoothie or vegetable juice drink at one of the local health food establishments, this is the blender they generally use. (I had also noticed that anytime I’d ordered a smoothie or vegetable juice drink I’d paid through the nose.)
My friend and I said our goodbyes and she skipped merrily down the street, while I sort of shuffled back to my car. I didn’t think much more about our conversation until the following Sunday morning. I was impatiently waiting for CBS’s Sunday Morning Show when I began doing just a bit of channel surfing (a pasttime I generally leave up to my husband). Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon QVC. Imagine my even bigger surprise when I discovered that their special deal of the day was (are you ready for this?) a Vitamix® blender. If that wasn’t a sign from above (in this case, above my credit limit) I don’t know what is! Let’s just say they made purchasing it so easy on my pocketbook, I leapt at the chance. Okay, I didn’t leap, but I’m sure once I’ve been juicing for a few weeks that, too, will be possible!
Since its arrival I’ve tried blending everything from sweet potatoes, cucumbers, and kale to strawberries, kiwi, and tangerines, with amazing results. What I love is that there are no filters or baskets to clean after each use because the pulp is actually blended right into my drink. I’ve been told I can actually put pineapple in WITH THE SKIN and get a resulting smoothie that has no prickly residue. I have not tried this yet because (and this is the absolute truth) I have friends who want to come over when I do so they can witness this marvel firsthand.
Here are just a couple of samples of healthy (and delicious) drinks I’ve tried. If you don’t have a Vitamix® blender, no harm, no foul, just use your current blender, making sure the ingredients are thoroughly blended:
The Spicy Date
Preparation time 5 minutes. Yields 2 cups:
1 cup low fat milk (or soy, rice, almond, etc.)
3 pitted dates
1 frozen (peeled) banana
2 tablespoons raw oats
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon flax seed
1 ice cubes
Place all of the ingredients into the container in the order listed and secure lid. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to high. Blend until desired consistency is reached.
Garden Fresh Cocktail (aka, You Could Have MADE a V8!)
also available in the recipes section of the Vitamix website
Preparation time 5 minutes. Yields 1 ¼ cups:
1 1/2 medium tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh spinach lightly packed
1/4 cup diced carrots
1 tablespoon diced onion
1 sprig parsley
1/4 cup diced sweet red or green pepper
1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Dash of salt (optional)
1 cup of ice cubes
Place all ingredients into the container in the order listed and secure lid. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to high. Blend until desired consistency is reached.
Okay, that’s it for now. I’m still a novice but hope to try making some soups very soon. At the moment I’m just having fun trying different concoctions and figuring out what works and what doesn’t. I’ll keep you posted! And if you have some great recipes to share, please do!