Vitamix: The Über Kitchen Tool Every Vegan Should Own!  »

I have wanted a super-fancy blender for a while now, and read a bunch of comparisons of Blentec and Vitamix models. But you know, while these blenders are very high quality, come with extended warranties, and can perform miracles in the kitchen, they are also quite expensive. So, I made inferior smoothies with my existing blender and dreamed of better, more smoothly mixed times.

And then: a deal to purchase a Vitamix Aspire blender on a payment plan, no interest. What’s a newly knocked-up lady to do? I need awesome smoothies for protein, guys! So a few days later, a Vitamix arrived at our house.

The Vitamix really is a handy machine, one that replaces your blender and food processor in pretty quick order. You can blend. You can chop. You can even heat up stuff to make soup! If you get the dry-goods attachment, you can mill your own flours. You can make homemade milks like almond and cashew. You can make smoothies so velvety and perfectly blended you’ll swear they were from your favorite shop. And you can make delicious salsas, chunky or otherwise. You can even make baby food!

The Vitamix comes with a recipe book, but it’s pretty hit or misss. It’s a good way to get ideas but I wouldn’t stop there. There are no shortage of recipes online—check out the wide variety at Healthy Blender Recipes to start off. You can filter them by several options, including vegan, raw, and gluten-free. Oh She Glows also has a ton of great smoothie recipes, all vegan and many gluten-free. For books, I’d check out Green Smoothie Revolution and Liquid Raw, though there is no shortage of publications with great ideas for juices, smoothies, desserts, sauces, and soups.

As you can tell, I really like my Vitamix. If it weren’t so pointy, I’d sleep with it at night. If you’ve been thinking about getting one, add this testimonial to your considerations! I’ve always been a shopping enabler.

Terri Coles lives in Toronto, where she enjoys barbecuing, feeding feral cats, going to local music shows and getting really mad about hockey games. She blogs about her adventures in plant-based eating at The Vegina Monologues. We edit out all her extra vowels.

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