The Vitamix Experiments #3: Ice and Greens

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Ha! I made two big ice cubes! Not slush, not containers frozen into a big block of ice that fills what doesn’t even resemble a regular freezer compartment in the silly Fridge from Hell. And yes, I used American pill boxes, which a kind internet person once sent me because I mentioned I like how they look. (Probably just a case of TV-and-cinema-induced exoticism.) Anyway. The S 30 eats ice cubes for breakfast.

Also spinach leaves, pre-soaked chia seeds and a whole cardamom pod (which may be a little too much cardamom for one big smoothie, but I’m not complaining). Blended with a banana and soymilk, plus some cinnamon.

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The Vitamix Experiments #1: Carrot Caek Smoothie

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Remember how this blog started as a (mostly) food blog, so I could share recipes with friends? Well, it’s time for a brief return to that. And here’s why.

Since my moving plans have recently become a lot less international (thanks for nothing, Brexit!), I won’t have to move the cats across borders, which means a lot less stress for them and a lot less expenses for me (including microchips and rabies shots). But I’ve already saved up for this, so suddenly I have some extra money to spend! And here things get really exciting. I always get myself a birthday and Xmas present (just in case somebody forgets, and besides I know exactly what I like), and I’ve been dreaming of a Vitamix for years… So why not combine the birthday and Xmas and buy myself one? But now I had a different sort of (very first world) problem: which model do I get?

There’s the relatively new little S 30, which is a “personal blender” for the smoothie people, and it has noticeably less power than, say, the TNC 5200 (which I could get for 50€ more). But it’s small, it comes with a smaller container plus two to-go smoothie cups, and it’s available in eight colours, including a pretty green. I’m not planning on grinding coffee or grains, so should I give it a go? On the other hand, each container for the (bigger and stronger) TNC 5200 comes with its own set of blades, so it’s practivally invincible. What to do?

Luckily, my local seller offers a 30-day trial period with free returns. So I’ve decided to give the S 30 a try and see what it can do. If I’m not perfectly happy, I can always exchange it for the larger superhero model. But I’m hoping to be perfectly happy with it.

Today it arrived, and a wonderful surprise arrived with it: I got a free “smoothie starter set”, containing dried mangoes, dried pineapple, raw chashews, dates, and barley grass powder (which I had to google). Awesome!

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Also note the four sharp blades of the Vitamix S 30 (for comparison: my old immersion blender has two small, blunt, bent-looking ones):

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Okay. Here’s what I first made with it: a Carrot Caek Smoothie (yes, that’s how you spell it), modified from two different recipes I found online:

3/4 c soymilk (or other non-dairy milk)

1/4 c Greek yogurt (you can use the coconut-based version)

1 t sweetener of your choice (I recommend maple syrup)

1 c carrot chunks

1 T cashew nuts (I didn’t even soak them)

1/2 t cinnamon

pinch nutmeg

1 banana (use frozen if you can)

Even though I can’t freeze stuff or make ice cubes at the moment thanks to the Fridge from Hell (I’ll have to come up with a workaround for future experiments), this turned out lovely! I’ve never made such a smooth smoothie before. For now I’m a fan of the little S 30. Pics before and after blending:

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