I've had my Vitamix now for a couple of years or more and wonder how I ever got along without it. While it is a versatile appliance, I use it for making smoothies.
Yes, you can use an ordinary blender to make smoothies, but the blender doesn't do a good job with hard fruits and vegetables, like carrots or beets. The Vitamix is much more powerful.
Smoothies are a great way to get more fruits and vegetables in your diet. When I first got my Vitamix, I searched the internet for smoothie recipes. Then I found that no matter what I placed in it, it came out good tasting. So now, I go through the refrigerator and the basket of fruit on my kitchen table and take whatever is there.
I don't care for the taste of kale. But put it in the Vitamix with other foods and you've got a delicious drink packed with nutrition. Including things like apples or oranges makes for a sweeter drink.
Here are some typical combinations I like. What you choose is limited by your own imagination.
2 fresh beets, peeled and sliced
1 orange, peeled
2 kiwi, peeled and chopped
about 2 cups of kale (or spinach)
1/2 to 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 apple, cored and sliced
1 mango, peeled and chopped
And the best part is the clean up! Simply rinse out the lid and jar with cold water. Then put hot water and a splash of dishwashing liquid in it and put it back on the motor unit. It cleans itself!
Maybe some day I will get around to trying the other options for a Vitamix such as soups, salads, appetizers, and sauces!
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