There are a few kitchen appliances and utensils that had gone completely undervalued early on in my life, and the blender was one of them. Maybe it’s because I didn’t have a huge need for blending things, or maybe it’s because I didn’t know what a VitaMix was until my mid-twenties, but let me assure you, I value it now.
Here are a few reasons why you should buy yourself a VitaMix for valentines day, or just rekindle your relationship with your neglected blender.
1. Juicing (fruits + vegetables) and blending shakes is super simple, and the blades crush the ice like nobody’s business.
2. You can grind your own grains, beans + nuts to create your own reserves of gluten-free flours (you might want to look into getting the dry blending blades if you want to do this on the regular).
3. Green smoothies + shakes with healthy protein powders are incredibly quick and easy breakfast and snack options.
4. Waste less food and/or have a solution for the days when you realize you don’t have enough of anything to make a normal meal (see below for my 3pm kitchen scrap-fest).
5. Shenanigans: If you decide that you hate having energy, that all of my blending options are rubbish, and you dislike putting vitamins and minerals in your body, you can just make margaritas. It’s a worthy cause, and you can always come back to your senses the next day…or the day after.
This week I’ve been doing some blending, some tweeting about blending, and then more blending. This afternoon at about 3pm my energy started to fade and the afternoon hunger games kicked in. I hadn’t had very substantial breakfast or lunch options since I taught and took Pure Barre this morning, so I was ready for something with a little more nutritional content.
When I get midday hungry and have a little time, I usually get these grand ideas of the culinary masterpiece that I am going to create, but the reality of my steadily decreasing enthusiasm and the lack of food stores in the fridge quickly changed the plan. New plan: a shake.
Step 1: Ice + Fruit. I put in a cup of ice, one banana (I usually like these to be frozen, but I haven’t gotten to that phase of my kitchen organization this week), and the last little handfuls of fresh blueberries and blackberries.
Step 2: Greens! I added in the last of a bag of spinach that was sitting lonely in the produce drawer. For the non-believers on the leafy green front, you will not taste spinach once you hit blend.
Step 3: Protein Powder! I had not (past tense) found a protein powder that I liked, which is largely why I believe I had an estranged relationship with my blending appliances, but after 28 years of disappointment and rejecting the overly hyped and chemical laden powders of yore, I have found a winner.
Dar had told me about this brand last summer, and early in the fall during a visit in to get my butt kicked at Fight Gone Mad HQ in Charlotte I saw that they were selling it. Enter: the stronger, faster, healthier proteins into my life. Dar and I both use the Daily Balance Whey Protein powder (vanilla), and for having such different tastes and protein needs it continuously amazes me that we both like it, but I digress.
Step 4: re-fuel.
And that’s the story of my midday shake, and why the VitaMix is a stellar valentine, if you keep your wits about you and don’t get too grabby with the blades.
I’ve been tweeting a bit this week about blending, the SFH proteins, and the endless combos therein. Here are a few flavor combos that were developed and personally tested by the Fight Gone MAD co-owner/founder + MAD Scientist Himself. And you better believe after going through the Franchising process (and BEING APPROVED this week), with a newborn at home, this kid understands energy needs.
Here are some of his MAD blends this week:
Buy a VitaMix (or blender), put things in it that have grown in/out of the ground, add protein if you so desire, but know what you’re putting into your body.