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.