The Great TIV Smoothie Post!

I get far more excited over kitchen items than I do over fancy clothes or expensive jewellery. So if you ever feel like you need to buy me a gift, don't worry about breaking the bank. Just buy me a new whisk or something and I will never forget it.

So, when I feel like splurging or rewarding myself in some way, it's typically in the form of something for my kitchen. Like a new cookbook. Or a pretty dish with a fancy design.

And when I really need to get myself a consolation prize after living through a particularly crappy summer, I like to get expensive kitchen appliances - like a BlendTec blender, the most exciting way for a vegan to spend several hundred dollars this side of a trip to Portland.

We had been back and forth between the BlendTec and the VitaMix for months. Our previous blender was embarrassingly incompetent, forcing us to defrost frozen fruit in the microwave before making a smoothie. And you can forget nut-based cheeses unless you like them with chunks of cashew strewn about within. When in use it made these horrible, hair-raising noises and if you tested its patience too much the base of it would start to crack.

In short, it sucked, and it had no place in a vegan kitchen.

We decided on the BlendTec, star of the Will it Blend? series, because it was a little more cost-effective than the Vitamix while still being more than enough blender for us. And since then our smoothie-making has taken on a bit of an obsessive quality. Seriously. The fruit portion of our grocery bill has gone up like 600%. We've had it only a couple weeks and it's completed 59 cycles already.

So I thought I would share some of our favourite smoothie combos, in hopes that you will comment and share some of yours!

The Standard Issue Green Smoothie

2 big handfuls of kale
1/2 an avocado
1 orange Orange
1 cup Mango or Pineapple
Banana (frozen)
Drop of agave nectar

The Sunday Sunshine Smoothie

1 Orange
1 1/2 cups Pineapple
Handful of Grapes
1 Banana
1/2 cup Cantaloupe

The Scary Looking But Best Tasting Spinach Smoothie

Recipe from Vegan Chickie and it's found here - my favourite of the whole lot!

The Guilt-Free Vanilla Milkshake

2 cups Rice Milk
1 Ripe Banana, frozen
1 tbsp Raw Cane Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla

It is guilt-free because not only is it vegan, but it also doesn't rely on vegan ice cream, which is delicious and cruelty-free, sure, but it's also usually super high in calories and sugar.

All these smoothies make more than enough for two people, so if it's just for you, cut them in half.

Now it's your turn! What are some of your favourite blender combos? I want that cycle count to be up to 100 by the middle of the month!


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