Feb 272013

Anyone own a blender/juicer?  If so, give me some recipes.  A few months ago, for my 42nd birthday, I got a blender.  I wanted the Vitamix, but it was out of my price range at the time, so we ended  up getting a Ninja Kitchen System from Costco, which is about 1/3rd the price.

The Ninja system worked just fine for most kinds of smoothies and shakes, but there were limitations.  Most of had to do with texture.  I would try and add broccoli, for example, to a smoothie and it just wouldn’t get smooth.  The little tips would feel like fish roe as I drank it.  Yuck!  So, I didn’t do any more broccoli.  I ran into several similar problems.  Mostly, it worked great… but man, I just wanted my shake liquified.  That’s the look I was going for.

So, a few weeks ago, I picked up a Vitamix and it hasn’t disappointed.  I’ll do a side by side review soon, so that those who are on the fence can make an informed decision.

Really, I’m just interested in how you guys who already have blenders use them.  Do you make a smoothie every day?  Meal replacement?  Post workout shakes?

I’ve really found the mixer great for work days.  I make a big jug of what I’ve just started calling “sludge,” which I drink pretty much all day long.  I have a smaller lunch and then am not hungry until dinner time.  I haven’t really given thought to how many calories or other nutritional stats the sludge has, but I’m pretty sure it’s good for me based on the ingredients.  If anything, the sugar from the fruit is something I could back off on a little.

Typically, my sludge is made like this:

  • 1/2 cup or so of Coconut Water
  • 1/2 cup of Almond Milk (unsweetened and unflavored)
  • Small handfull of green grapes
  • half of a banana
  • a spoonful of flax seed
  • a heaping spoonful of Hemp protein
  • 2 big hands full of spinach or some other green
  • an apple
  • a cup or so of frozen fruit, usually a  Strawberry / Mango / Papaya / Pineapple mix from Costco

Blend that sucker until it’s smooth and drink it all day.

I will sometimes add tomatoes or some other veggie that is in danger of going to waste.

So, any tips?  Any recipes?  Help a guy out.




  2 Responses to “Juicing… I mean, drinking juice.”

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    I have owned a Vitamix for about six months and use it every day without fail. I had a Jack LaLanne juicer before that, but decided to bump up to the big leagues. I ave more of a rotation then a recipe, basically one true way of putting it together, just switching the ingredients.

    First I make my own almond milk:

    1 & 1/2 cups raw almonds
    6 cups water

    Soak almonds in water overnight. Pour six cups water into your blender, then drain the almonds and add. Blend until smooth then pour it through cheesecloth to keep the pulp out. Save the pulp there are awesome almond cracker recipes that are easy to make.

    As far as smoothies go I rotate between these greens:

    Kale, spinach, chard, dandelion, leaf lettuce, parsley, cilantro, bok choy, radish greens (only), collard greens, carrot greens (only), beet greens (only), turnip greens (only), watercress and wheat grass. I never use the same green two days in a row, I rotate through them daily, and use the entire head or bushel.

    I then add two “base” fruits like apples or pears. I use them as my base because they are filling, and contain an excellent amount of fiber. I usually use two of these each.

    Next I add a thickener which is usually two bananas or a half an avocado.

    Then I add my sweet fruits like pineapple or strawberry for example. These are the fruits that are available that are sweet in flavor and can change the taste of your drink. I would add a half of container of strawberries for example.

    I put four dates in every smoothie, as well as one TBSP of raw apple cider vinegar.

    Then I fill it about 1/2 to 3/4 full with my almond milk and grind away until it is smooth. It will make 64 ounces worth which I pour into two 32 oz containers and take to work.

    I used to throw seeds and things into my smoothie to get some extra umph, but then I found Sergei Boutenko on the internet and watched the “Green Smoothie Movie”. Google him.

    That’s how I do it. Best thing to do is just get in there and go for it, you will become a black belt at smoothies before you know it.


      Thanks so much for the great information. I will definitely look taht up.

      I’ve tried Cale and also beet greens. Both were great, although I’m still figuring out the actual beets part.

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