Going Green: A 10 Day Vitamix Review

An article that includes a Vitamix review, Vitamix recipes for green smoothies, what you can make with a Vitamix, and Vitamix photos.

We all know that greens are good for us. According to Health Canada’s Food Guide, females in the age range of 19 -50 should have 7-8 fruit and vegetable servings a day and males should have 8-10.  But it isn’t easy being green; hectic schedules can get in the way of eating healthy, even if you have the best of intentions.

My schedule is chaotic, to say the least.  As a writer, I’m constantly dealing with tight deadlines, last minute assignments, and working in multiple time zones. Add the fact that I work a fulltime job and I’m the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Van City Pretty, and I have a recipe for disaster – or at least one that doesn’t include a well-balanced meal.

After complaining about my nutritional woes to a friend, she suggested getting a Vitamix.  A high-powered blender that has the ability to blend fruits and vegetables, make soups, and even frozen desserts, I decided to try it out for 10 days.  I committed to replacing my regular morning coffee with a green smoothie and found creative ways to sneak extra fruit and vegetable servings into my daily diet.

Going Green for Ten Days

Day 1 – I realize that a writer without caffeine is basically useless, but I hold my ground.  I have a permanent frown on my face, and I start my day off with a broccoli, ginger, lime, and pear smoothie.  It’s refreshing, filling, and delicious, and I feel good about starting the day off with fruits and vegetables.

Day 2 – After a slow start to the morning, I make a carrot, pineapple, orange, and apple smoothie.  I happened to have some spinach and broccoli stalks on hand, so I added them for extra vitamins and fiber.

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Day 3, 4, and 5 – The rebound headaches from not having any caffeine set in, and I earn myself the nickname “The Green Monster”.  Embracing my new name, I have the Glowing Green Smoothie, which is full of vegetables like spinach, celery, and lettuce.

Day 6 –In addition to my morning smoothie, I use the Vitamix to make my own sugar-free and dairy-free blueberry “ice cream” using blueberries, xylitol, and almond milk.  I’m floored when I try it; it’s refreshing, full of flavour, and I would choose it over “regular” ice cream any day (seriously).  My better half tries it and he proclaims that we are never buying store-bought ice cream again.

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Day 7 – In addition to a blueberry kale smoothie, I swap my brown rice at dinner for cauliflower rice.  I use my Vitamix to chop up raw cauliflower and lightly fry it with garlic and green onions.  It’s savory and light, and even better the next day when I have it as leftovers.

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Day 8 – I work a full day at the office and have 90 minutes to get to an event after I get off work.  Not having enough time to make a full dinner, I pop home to make a protein shake with strawberries, blueberries, and spinach and run out the door.

Day 9 – After a particularly restless night, I break down and have a coffee (with a side of guilt).  Surprisingly, I don’t even finish half of it, and it tastes flat, acidic, and not remotely as appealing as I remember it being.  The caffeine instantly has an effect on me, and I spend the morning feeling jittery and uncomfortable.  At night, I make up for my weakness by whipping up some fresh hummus.

Day 10 – My energy level in the morning finally starts to even out, and I (almost) don’t miss coffee at all.  Compared to coffee, my daily smoothies provide me with a longer burst of energy and there’s no caffeine crash. I miss having something warm to sip on in the morning, so I start drinking herbal tea and that seems to do the trick.

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After ten days, I decided to make this fruit and vegetable challenge a permanent part of my diet.  It may sound obvious, but the more fruits and vegetables I eat, the better I feel.

What I Like About You

In addition to feeling better, the Vitamix became a permanent part of my daily routine for a number of reasons:

Power Up

The blades and motor are so strong that you don’t actually have to chop your food; just throw your ingredients in the blender in large chunks and the blades will do the rest.  Clean up is just as easy: fill the container halfway with warm water, add a squirt of soap, secure the lid, and turn on high.

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The Race Against Time

Time is an extremely precious commodity for me, and this blender allows me to create nutritious smoothies and food in a pinch.  Instead of grabbing a bagel, a wrap, or fast food between events, I now pack myself a protein shake or smoothie to take on the road with me.

Feeling Full

Before I set my sights on a Vitamix, I considered getting a juicer.  After much research, I decided on the Vitamix so I could consume the fiber from the vegetables in addition to their juices.  Just a few fruits and vegetables in my morning smoothie keeps me full for at least two hours, and I feel light, lean, and energized.

Waste not, Want Not

We’re all guilty of forgetting about our produce in the crisper.  Although I usually follow recipes, I was able to use up all my forgotten fruits and vegetables before they spoiled by sneaking them into a smoothie recipe or creating my own recipe from what I had on hand.

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Kitchen Chameleon

In just 10 days, I experienced a fraction of the types of foods that can be made with a Vitamix.  I was using it 2-3 times a day and every time I explore the plethora of recipes online, I still find myself saying “You can make that with a blender!?”

A good blender is an investment, but if you use it daily like I do, it may make your wallet ache a bit less.  I’m now looking forward to making my own fruit popsicles, soups, pesto, peanut butter, almond milk, salad dressing, applesauce, and dry rubs.

Blender courtesy of Vitamix

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