Smoothie Recipes without Bananas

Smoothies without bananasIf you’ve been following this blog you may have noticed that all of my smoothie recipes are without bananas. I strongly dislike the smell/flavor of bananas*, so I avoid them altogether. While browsing other people’s smoothie recipes, I’ve found that the majority use banana. If you are like me and can’t stand bananas, you’ll be glad to find that all recipes on this site are banana-free. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with bananas, but even if you like bananas, you may still enjoy some more variety to your smoothies. Read on for banana substitutes in smoothie recipes.  Continue Reading →

Simple Blueberry Smoothie

Blueberry SmoothieHere’s a sweet blueberry smoothie recipe. I added lemon juice to brighten it up, and mango and almonds to give it a bit of body. Since we’re using high-performance blenders, I used almonds instead of almond milk.

1 cup water
⅓ cup almonds (raw)
1 cup blueberries (frozen)
1 cup mango (frozen)
1-2 tsp lemon juice (~¼ lemon)

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Updates: June 23, 2014

  1. This is likely the last week of the reconditioned Vitamix 5200 and 6300 sale. I’ve heard the sale expires at the end of June. If you know anyone who wants a Vitamix, this is the best deal I’ve ever seen.  [7/1/14: additional discount expired; however, reconditioned machines are still a good deal.] (Details on the high quality of reconditioned Vitamix blenders)
  2. The $50 QVC dry container deal is back again. [7/1/14: expired]
  3. California cherry season is ending, but yesterday I managed to find an amazing bargain by going to a farmers market near closing time. I bought a bunch to pit and freeze, and I look forward to many cherry almond vanilla smoothies. If you missed California cherries, Northwest cherries will be available for the next two months.
  4. You may have noticed that I added a list of links to recipes by ingredient towards the bottom of the blog’s right sidebar. I hope it makes recipe browsing easier and more fun.

How fast does a Vitamix really spin? (Independent measurements of Vitamix RPM)

Vitamix Speed Control KnobEveryone knows that Vitamix blenders spin fast, but what are the actual Vitamix RPM speeds? And are there differences between the speeds of Classic and Next Generation Vitamix motors? In this post I answer these questions by measuring Vitamix RPM speeds. (For details about which models are Classic and Next Generation see my Vitamix comparison page.) Continue Reading →

Basil: Smoothie Ingredient and Recipe

Basil Closeup-narrowSummer is around the corner, which means basil is coming into season. It’s time to try some basil smoothies! I love basil, but I usually serve it with tomatoes or use it for pesto. It turns out that it can be excellent in fruit smoothies as well. This combination is delicious, refreshing, and just a little out of the ordinary.  Continue Reading →

Vitamix Dry Blade Container Exceptional Deal is Back

Vitamix 32oz. Dry Blade Blending Container with Recipe BookBack in November I found a sweet deal on a Vitamix Dry Blade Container, and it sold out within a couple of days. Now it’s back. This container usually sells for $144, but QVC is offering it for $50. Check out the sale: Vitamix 32oz. Dry Blade Blending Container with Recipe Book. The product page has a message that suggests purchasing the container with a Vitamix machine, but last time around QVC had no problem shipping it alone. Shipping is $7.97. Apologies for the three shopping-related posts in a row, but they’re all time-sensitive so I wanted to get them up. I have some other content on the way; in the meantime you can browse the published recipes list. Continue Reading →

Vitamix Mother’s Day Sale 2014

October 5, 2014 update: The reconditioned Vitamix sale is back: pick up a standard machine with variable speed (equivalent to 5200) for $299 or a presets machine (equivalent to 6300) for $349.

Vitamix is offering a discount on certain Vitamix models between now and Mother’s Day, May 11, 2014. Vitamix often has Mother’s day shopping events and sweepstakes, but this year everyone can take advantage of the discounts. You can see the eligible models on Vitamix’s Mother’s Day Collection page. The sale includes certain Standard models Certified Reconditioned (5200 and 6300), and the Pro 750 new.  Continue Reading →

About the New Vitamix S30

Vitamix S30Vitamix just released a new model: the Vitamix S30. This is the most radically new Vitamix introduction since the early 90’s when they released the model that, with a few tweaks, became today’s 5200. The S30 seems to be inspired by the Magic Bullet/ Nutribullet: it is a compact size that makes one or two servings, and it has a blending container that doubles as a smoothie cup.

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Orange Julius Inspired Smoothie Recipe

Orange Julius Smoothie Recipe Ingredients Smiley FaceAs I mentioned in my last post about vanilla, I usually like to keep the ingredients simple when using vanilla so that it doesn’t get lost among stronger flavors. This smoothie maximizes the flavors of orange and vanilla. It’s not an attempt to replicate an Orange Julius, it just draws inspiration—slightly creamy, orange-vanilla goodness. I didn’t add any sweeteners other than the oranges, so this will not be as sweet as a traditional Orange Julius. You could of course add sweetener if you like. Over time our taste buds can adjust, and if you cut down on sweets you will likely find that you don’t need as much sugar for things to taste good.  Continue Reading →