I love my Vitamix. I feel so fortunate that we decided to “bite the bullet” and buy one when my husband was diagnosed with cancer some years back. It’s been worth every dime (or dollar…or hundreds of dollars…but whatever). As long as we have a little fruit in the house, some greens, and maybe yogurt or kefir, we can make great smoothies almost everyday. I would say we do the smoothie thing about 4-5 days a week. I love handing #5 (Annie) a smoothie as she heads out the door. She’s 17 and drives so she has access to junk food if she wants it. I feel good about loading her up with a tall glass of greens and fruit, knowing at least she has started the day right. The rest of my younger kids stay home for school, and smoothies are a quick way to start the day (clean-up is another topic altogether).
Regardless of whether you have a Vitamix or a blender or a juicer, there are a ton of ways to make a smoothie (or juice). Here are a few tips to remember when you blend or juice fruits and vegetables. For more great info, visit Foodbabe.com (a Charlotte blogger with a huge following).
1. Always Start with Greens
If we start with greens and use them as our base for a smoothie, we know we are starting with the most important ingredients. We can build a great smoothie with mostly greens. [Read more…]