In our experience, having a Vitamix blender in your kitchen makes the challenge of achieving your health goals a lot easier. We use the 5200 model in our office to make morning smoothies, salad dressing, soups… We love it!
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Since many of you prioritize healthy eating, and since January is a big time for rethinking our diets, we thought we'd feature Vitamix as this month’s We Heart. It's a simple tool, but it can really change how you eat. And you can get free shipping when you order through us!
Whether you want to lose weight, have more energy, decrease your risk of disease, or achieve beautiful, glowing skin, adding more fruits, vegetables, and superfoods into your diet is a good way to start. If you're trying to eliminate certain food groups, the Vitamix can also help you make gluten-free flours, dairy-free cream sauces, or homemade salad dressing (without any nasty preservatives).
We find the Vitamix really helpful for getting tons of veggies into your diet, with very little chopping, cooking, or clean up.
There are a lot of high speed blenders out there, but we’re devoted Vitamix fans. Why?
On days when you don’t feel like making a salad, green smoothies are an easy way to stay on track. Of course, you want the end product to be smooth and drinkable. (It’s called a smoothie, not a chunky!) The Vitamix has the power to process ingredients smoothly (even kale), resulting in something you’ll love drinking—as long as you've got a good recipe. 🙂
The Vitamix is also easy to use (put stuff in container, put container on motor, blend) and since it has a powerful motor, you don't have to turn it off and on and rearrange the ingredients as you go. It just blends everything up.
This $400 investment can drastically change your (priceless) health. It's made to last years of frequent use and even comes with a 7 year warranty. So instead of buying a mediocre blender that could still run you $100 or more, and might not last more than a couple years, we recommend purchasing one of these high quality machines instead.
Another great facet of this company is their customer service. There are too many companies out there, even ones that make good products, that don’t emphasize good customer experiences. Vitamix is known to deal with customer issues perfectly, so if you have an issue with your purchase (hey, it happens), expect friendly and professional people to help you out.
Vitamix has an amazing reputation, so you’ve probably already heard about them or maybe even thought about buying one. Now might be the right time, since they’re offering our free shipping to our customers!
We thought it'd be fun to invite you into our office to show you how to make a high protein green smoothie.
Morning Green Protein Smoothie
- 2 handfuls spinach
- 1.5 cups coconut milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 scoop Vanilla Sun Warrior Protein Powder
- 1 scant tbsp Dandy Blend
- 1.5 tsp Ceylon Cinnamon
- 2 heaping tbsp raw almond butter
Directions: Load and blend. 🙂
Here are some more of our favorite recipes:
Homemade Almond Milk
If you’ve never tasted homemade almond milk, beware. You’ll never want to go back. It’s fresher, you can control the amount of sugar, and actually tastes like almonds! We swear it’s easier than you’d think.
- 1 cup almonds
- About 3 cups water (use less water for creamier milk, more water for lighter milk. This is totally a preference thing)
- 2 dates, pitted
- Soak almonds 8 hours or longer (up to 2 days, the longer you soak them, the creamier your milk will be)
- Drain the almonds and put them in the blender
- Add water and dates and blend for 1-2 minutes
- Strain the liquid through a nut milk bag (you can also use those reusable produce bags, though they may not hold up as well)
- Store in an airtight container. Fresh almond milk only stays good for a few days.
You can drink almond milk by itself, pair it with granola, or use it to make smoothies like this amazing Almond Butter Maca Madness smoothie. You can also dehydrate or toast the leftover almond meal and blend it to make a gluten-free flour!
Annmarie’s Easy Green Smoothie
This recipe is perfect if you’re new to green smoothies. Romaine lettuce is so light, you'll barely notice it's there. Cucumber is refreshing while also packing in B vitamins and skin-loving silica. The fruit brings Vitamins A and C, plus it makes the taste nothing but yummy.
- 1 whole head of romaine lettuce
- 1 ½ cup water
- ½ cucumber
- ½ bag of mangos
- ½ bag of cherries
- ½ bag of peaches
Directions: Just blend up and enjoy!
For more smoothies recipes from our team, check out this blog post.
For yummy soup recipes (some of which you can make in a Vitamix), check out this blog post.
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by Hope Freije
Annmarie Gianni is a mother, health activist, entrepreneur, and founder of 3 successful businesses. Over ten years ago, she and her husband, Kevin, formed a team and Annmarie Skin Care was founded to provide a clean, natural skin care experience using natural, organic and wildcrafted ingredients. After a few years of focusing on creating a successful skin care business, Annmarie was able to step away and focus on raising her kids. Today, you’d find Annmarie volunteering her time at her kid’s school, helping out at community events, going on trail runs, and spending quality time with her family.
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