Gift Idea #1 - Beauty in a Blender




Can a blender change your life?  Probably not but it certainly can improve it.  I put off buying this blender for years because mine seemed adequate to me.  And besides, a $500 blender is a huge splurge for us but Oh. My. God, there is just no comparison. Did you know that 80% of the nutrition in an apple is in the core and seeds?  I didn't.  It's that way with most fruits and vegetables.  My old blender was strong and I thought sufficient but ladies and gentleman, this is the rock star of the blending world.




Each morning I make a smoothie that's full of apples, pears and pineapple with the cores included.  A banana for some sweetness and potassium and tons of greens that are full of vitamins and minerals.



Dinner has been hot soups that you make right in the blender too. The speed is so fast that it actually heats the soup.  It's considered a raw soup because it does not get over 140 degrees, so again nutrients are flooding your system.







I've always maintained that the best way to beautiful skin is through what we eat and this blender brings it to a whole new level.  It's impossible to get all the nutrients from the whole food itself because our teeth cannot break down the cores and stems of the whole fruit like the Vitamix does.  Thus we pass most of the vitamins and minerals through our digestive system without the body getting all that good nutrition.  The ingredients are so pulverized by the Vitamix that the smoothie never separates either. The end result is as thick and creamy as you like it.  I'm mostly blending apples, oranges, cucumbers and spinach atm.

Oh yes, and I'm now making my own almond milk.  Just one cup of pre-soaked almonds to about 6 cups of water.  Blend for 60 seconds and I'm done.  No separating the mixture through a nutbag.  I have more than enough almond milk to last a week.  It's incredible.

This is the exact model of mine.  Although this one is a refurbished model, which I'm sure is guaranteed too.  Look around and find one that fits you best!


We  did purchase ours from Amazon and as you'll see there are many models and different sizes to choose from. 


40 comments

  1. Oh I"ve always wanted a vitamix but have never gotten one. Same reasoning as you. I may have to rethink it.

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    1. i so relate bernadette. i used to think how much better of a job can it do than my blender. well, it's amazing. a def splurge but i reason it off as an important part of my health a well-being. it's that fantastic! x

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  2. Wow! Thats a super duper machine!
    Love a smoothie but I am not in the market for this right now as we are replacing our dishwasher...buying a quality appliance is worth it though.

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    1. yes, it is leslie. it took me a long time to justify it but it is so worth it! x

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  3. OMG! thank you thank you thank you.
    I was recently diagnosed for CKD stage 3b
    chronic kidney disease. from years of hypertension. this will be a blessing for me!
    thanks for the wonderful recommendation.
    I had heard it was great but dragging my feet over the cost. some things are simply worth it. kind of like a new roof. LOL!

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    1. oh no tammy! i too was dragging my feet forever bc of the cost. as someone further down commented, you can buy refurbished ones thru vitamix at half the cost. check it out...x

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  4. We use our Vitamix every day!
    We make our own nut milks, but we do use a bag and then make the pulp into dehydrated crackers. We make fine cassava flour in the dry container, too. It's a great machine and the refurbished ones straight from Vitamix are a great deal. They really stand behind the product, too.
    The only thing I don't like is that the container is plastic. They used to be stainless steel, and I think that's safer.

    Janet, most raw food people do not consider over 115 farenheit to be raw.

    Thanks!

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    1. i did not know that cara, thanks for the info. i always thought it was 140 degrees! i wish the container was glass but i'm ok with it. i've not strained my almond milk but maybe i'll try and see how i like it.it's a fabulous product. x

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  5. Buying a Vitamix totally transformed my life and my cooking. I lost 30 pounds drinking smoothies made of veggies and fruit. My skin cleared and life seemed shinier, brighter, more hopeful. And then I learned about the microbiome....I continue to learn and grow. I am vegan and learning new ways to nourish the body through a whole food, plant based approach. No oil! The VitaMix started my personal evolution. It makes so much, so possible!

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    1. it is fabulous for the skin. just fabulous! i don't know anything about microbiome but i will google it. x

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  6. I bought mine as a anniversary/Christmas present. Best present ever!
    Karen

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    1. yes karen! that's what we did, grouped a bunch of bdays and anniversaries together and justified it. lol so glad we did. x

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  7. SOUNDS FANTASTIC!
    I have been giving BANKSY the CORE AND SEEDS!JUST ATE AN APPLE!!!!!!!!!
    YOUR SKIN LOOKS BEAUTIFUL BY the way in that LAST POST!
    XX

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    1. thank you E. i never knew about the seeds and cores so fab! x

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  8. I love our Vitamix. I use it nearly every day. I, too, thought it was an extravagant splurge and put it off for a long time, thinking that our former blender was just fine. The Vitamix blender is worth every penny.

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    1. me too, exactly. why did i wait so long??? it is worth every penny. plus i donated my old blender and food processor - so less stuff. x

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  9. I have had my Vitamix since 1999, and I have never made almond milk in it. Gasp! Guess I thought I needed to still strain and it would be messy and complicated. Definitely going to try your method!

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    1. Wait Janet, duh. I can see how this would work based on how I make my creamy cashew sauce. Soak about 3/4 cup of cashews for several hours then drain. Add 3 to 4 cups of fresh water and drained cashews in Vitamix along with 2 tsp of Vegetable Better than Bouillion paste. Blend. Add this sauce to a pan of already sautéed Roma tomatoes and shallot. Heat this sauce and then toss with cooked pasta. I often add spinach too. Non vegans cannot believe this has no dairy.
      All measurements are not exact.

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    2. cara above strains hers and i'm gonna try it too. your recipe sounds so good. i'm going to try it in a day or so bc i have all the ingredients! thanks so much for sharing E. xo

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    3. No need to strain soaked cashews! They blend up fine.
      Hazelnuts and almonds we prefer strained. Save the nutritious pulp! Lots of recipes on line!

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  10. We have had a Vitamix for years and love it. But....liquifying does eliminate much of the fiber. The fiber helps foods to be digested more slowly. A smoothie of tropical fruit is pretty caloric and basically liquid sugar and very high carbs.

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    1. it's my understanding that bc the whole fruit is used in a smoothie all the fiber is intact. juicing eliminates the fiber but smoothies do not. i do agree that using just fruit in the smoothie can be high in sugar/calories so a balance of greens and fruits is important. xo

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  11. A vitamix is worth the cost I totally agree. I use mine several times a day, I make almond milk, the amazing cashew cream sauce (and I agree with the comment above, non-vegans cannot believe that this sauce is dairy-free), smoothies and soups. It doesn't even compare to a normal blender, it's in a league of its own.
    Going to go make a parsley-apple-banana smoothie now XX

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    1. oh that sounds delish dani. i love adding parsley, it's such a cleansing taste, so fresh. also, you bring up a great point that i forgot to add. using the vitamix several times a day is so easy to do bc it cleans itself! 30 secs with some warm sudsy water. x

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  12. My husband and boys bought me one for Mother’s Day and it was hard to justify the cost and wanted wanted them to return it!! Loving it. I’d love if you’d post more recipes to try on here or your Instagram! My morning smoothie/juice consist of 10 ounces almond milk, 1 tablespoon of almond butter, two good handfuls of spinach, good bit of fresh ginger, 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric, good dash of cinnamon and a couple of ice cubes (Ayurvedic diets recommend not drinking your drinks ice cold) sometimes I’ll even add in 1/8 - 1/4 uncooked oatmeal. It’s so good! Honey can be added if one likes it on the sweeter side. Thank for sharing! LOVE your blog. Xa

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    1. wow that sounds delish alicia. i'm having a hard time keeping up with the blog, IG and ebay plus work and home. i'm trying to get it together! x

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  13. Hi Janet! Have always wanted a vitamix I remember my mother having one in the 70"s and getting a lot of use out of it. The price always makes me think twice though.
    I have always understood that the seeds of an apple were to be avoided because they contain low levels of cyanide. While they may be low levels-eating them everyday in a smoothie might be a problem-and children would have a lower toxin threshold.

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  14. The black seeds found in an apple's core contain amygdalin, a substance that releases cyanide when it comes into contact with human digestive enzymes. In simpler words they are poisonous. You might want to rethink the nutritive value of this. Ann

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  15. thank you ann and unknown for pointing out that apple seeds contain a form of cyanide. it appears it is a small amount and does not cause us any real danger but i think in small kids i would avoid it. thanks for this info!

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  16. Hi Janet, 2 years ago I splurged and bought a Vitamix for moi at Christmas. :) You are right there is no comparison. I mainly have made smoothies but have made almond milk as well. Have you ever tried Calfia Farms almond milk? It's the closest to homemade that I have found when I don't have time to make my own.

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    1. no i've never tried it or seen it actually linda. drink lots of smoothies and feel better soon. xoxo

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  17. One question...is it loud?. When i see the demonstrationtion it appears to be under a cover dome...any thoughts.

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    1. yeah it's loud just like my old blender. i use mine in my pantry so it seems like the noise is just in there. but it does blend super fast! x

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  18. We bought a Blendtec a few years back and use it daily. Daily. My husband was hesitant to spend the money, but we both agree it's worth it many times over. My sister has a Vitamix and loves it. I think it might blend slightly better than the Blendtec in fact. I find smoothies are the best way to get in all the leafy greens. I think, with simplicity in mind, it's just these sorts of purchases I want to make (ones that really add value) rather than spending smaller sums of money on random bits that add up to a whole lot of nothing. :) Finally, I'll respond to another commenter and say: mine is loud. For sure.

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    1. amy, i could not have said it better. i want my purchases to add value to my life too, not just fluff. yep, it's loud. xo

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  19. I bought my vitamin on QVC one night (morning) because the price was great and it came with the dry container and blade so I can make my own flour. I have made many many smoothies-- elimination diet-- one of them was frozen cherries, red cabbage, cranberries, parsley and mint leaves. Looked awful. Tasted great. My favorite is a frozen banana, two peaches, blueberries, handful of raw cashews and a big spoon of vanilla yogurt. Makes two big servings--the second stays blended and thick for the next day in the fridge. The vanilla yogurt is optional. I made one with pineapple--just the cores--smooth as silk.

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    1. wow, that cabbage smoothie sounds interesting. it surprises me how good things taste blended so well. and smooth as silk is no exaggeration !! x

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  20. Did you buy the protection plan? Is yours from Amazon?
    Thanks

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    1. yes from amazon and no on the protection plan. x

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  21. When you click up "this" you see different models. Which model is yours: 5300?
    Thanks

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