We’ve had our KitchenAid blender for something like 8-10 years. I’m not really sure, but it’s been around a while. It’s kind of like when you’re trying to guess the age of someone, and you say they looked 60, but then you remember that your parents are in their 60’s, and the lady in question definitely looked older than that. Point is, the poor thing has made it’s share of smoothies and other assorted liquid goodness.
The good ol KitchenAid, blender champion of our household for several years, started leaking a few months ago. Now, it took me a while to figure out that it was leaking, because at first, I thought it was just some weird motor dust or other sediment. It took me a rather long time (sadly) to figure out what was going on. Also, I’m pretty sure the leaking has been getting worse, and that’s why I finally figured it out.
Anyway, I did my due diligence and tried to obtain replacement parts. However, it just wasn’t to be. Apparently our blender is old enough and/or unpopular enough that parts for this particular model weren’t really available. (I did find one website that supposedly had them, but the website was kinda sketchy looking. Sorry web developers. Appearance matters.)
Almost anyone who has ever made smoothies regularly has heard of a vitamix. Luckily, our blender woes lined up with a perk Matt’s company offers where you get a certain amount of money to “live well” – I’m not looking a gift horse in the mouth here. THAT, my dear friends, is how I was able to justify a vitamix.
I haven’t used it yet, but boy oh boy am I looking forward to it. If it’s not the smoothest smoothie I’ve ever had, I’m going to be SO disappointed.
Before I go, here’s the general smoothie recipe I use. It’s meant to keep you full and keep your blood sugar stable, and I have to say, it does a pretty great job.
- 2 cups nut milk (I use cashew or coconut)
- 1/4 cup frozen fruit (blueberries or raspberries, usually)
- 1 scoop greens
- 1 serving protein powder
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds (or chia!)
- 1 serving fiber powder
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup frozen riced cauliflower (yes I’m serious, and if you use a good protein powder, you CANNOT taste it)
- 1 tbsp of a healthy fat, such as coconut flakes, coconut oil, peanut butter
While it does taste good, it’s secondary to the fact that I’m trying to get in a whole lotta nutrients into one meal. It’s a GREAT way to start the day, and will seriously keep you full for a while. The average for me is about 4 – 5 hours before I need something else, which is impressive for a smoothie.