I would much rather try to navigate my way through speeding traffic in a pair of 5″ stilettos rather than try to navigate my way around a kitchen. There is something about chopping and dicing while stirring and sauteing and oh crap! dinner is boiling up out of the pot, that makes me twitch with sensory overload. The extent of my cooking knowledge is: A Pampered Chef silicone spatula is the only cooking utensil I’ll ever need and extra virgin olive oil is definitely not pregnant. So, believe me when I say that I am the LAST person on earth worthy of the splendor that is (drum roll please) a VITA-MIX.
When I first pitched the idea of getting a Vita-Mix to Ryan (“But it’s like 50 appliances in 1! It makes icecream – your favorite!”) his first question was, “How much?” End of discussion. And when I told my Mom that we were saving up for one, because very rarely is the end of a discussion really an end of discussion, she responded with “No way! That is way too much for a blender.” And it is! I don’t argue that point. But after seeing a demo in person, Mom made a substantial contribution to our “Vita-Mix Savings Fund” and we were able to get our Lamborghini of Blenders sooner than expected!!! Mom even threw in a dry blade for us so we now grind our own coffee beans and we can make our own oatmeal flour or almond meal if we want.
This ‘little’ kitchen appliance truly has taken our nutrition to the next level. Aside from a can of tuna or tomato sauce, we no longer buy things in jars or cans where preservatives would be needed. We buy things in bulk and now make our own peanut butter, almond butter, guac, and salsa using fresh ingredients. It’s amazing – you just throw stuff in, blend for 20 seconds, and voila:
The smoothies that come out of this thing are Jamba Juice status but without the unnecessary sugar. I use it to grate sweet potatoes for sweet potato hash and cauliflower for cauliflower rice. We’ve made Primal Nutella, hummus, raspberry dressing. We’ve even made soup with it!
HUGE thanks to Mom on this one! Eating healthily has never been more fun!