Verdict on Vitamix…

So we spent 5 days eating only food that we could prepare in our new shiny Vitamix blender.  We attempted to test it out on a wide range of food types, from smoothies to soup, almond butter to mashed “potatoes”, chopped veggies and ground together some veggie burgers.  This was a rather extreme challenge for the average person, but I think it gives a good taste of what this little machine can really do.

Green smoothie

 

The Verdict – worth $500 or not??

The verdict is quite simple in our minds … two thumbs up, five stars, worth the investment, however you want to put it….we would buy it again!! This blender not only showed us the financial benefit you get with making more of your own food (ie. salsa, guacamole, nut butters, and so much more we didn’t have time for) but also on the nutrition side of things.  Melissa and I consumed approximately 2/3 of what we would normally on a daily basis and didn’t fall back at all with our training during this time.  Neither of us noticed a lack of energy, slowing of recovery, or any cravings for solid food.  Getting our Vitamix loaded with super foods like hemp hearts and chia seeds made it easy to get a bottle of energy packed fuel within a few minutes.

 

Things to keep in mind

Like with everything you can’t be distracted by all the bells and whistles; like when you buy a car, you can’t let the fancy GPS system take your mind away from thinking about the maintenance costs.  With our Vitamix, we discovered a few things we think people should know before buying:Smoothie bottled

  • You will have to use the push stick… especially when your using more solid foods such as almonds for almond butter or raw sweet potatoes, they will need some physical encouragement to make their way down to the blades.
  • The settings require a bit of getting used to … it will take a few tries to get use to how fast you can increase the blade speed so you get the desired consistency (pureed, chopped, etc.). However, we can guarantee you it does not take a rocket scientist to figure it out.
  • Just because its a jet powered engine shredding apart your food… what you put in there may still taste like crap!!!  This we learned from our mashed cauliflower potatoes.  They blended down fine and into a rather smooth texture, but for some reason still tasted like Goldilock’s nasty porridge.  So your recipes will still require a bit of culinary creativity and might have to go through a few misses to get a good hit!

 

Selling Points

Jonathan: This thing self cleans!! …. just add some warm water and a bit of dish soap and turn it back on and it does the work for you!!!

Melissa:  ITS FAST!… even with very hard foods like raw veggies, its rips them apart with ease, taking a ton of the work load off your digestion system.

 

We were able to test out so much in 5 days with our Vitamix blender and open our eyes up to a whole new culinary horizon… if you’ve been debating this purchase for your kitchen then head out there and pick one up, see where it will take you!

 

Mel and Jon

 

Diversity of a Vitamix – Vegan burgers!

So we have experimented with all types of veggie burgers.  Many are simply circles of processed crap, and way too many homemade recipe’s taste like seasoned mushroom sponges.  Today we discovered a winner! One that will likely find its way into a weekly meal lineup.

Vitamix vegan burgers

Beet-utfiul beet burgers!

3 white beets (steamed)
3/4 overcooked quinoa
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup spelt flour
1/2 onion diced and caramelized
2 tbs soy sauce
Dash of turmeric
Pinch of salt and pepper
Vitamix your beets until these are chopped into small bits.  Add rest of ingredients but hold off on the flour.  Pulse the vitamix to mix and chop this all together.  Pour out ingredients into a bowl and mix in the flour using spoon or hands.  Heat up a pan with a bit of coconut oil and pop them on that till they are lightly browned…enjoy!!
Makes roughly 10 burgers

Day 2 and 3 – Getting in the flow of the Vitamix!

Today was a bit more of a test keeping to our Vitamix Challenge.  With schedules tightened, it made preparation of unique meals and blends a bit tougher.  Last night while packing up lunches for today, I was however able to blend together 5 separate shakes in under 30 minutes.  I kept the nutritious spinach salad shake the same as seen in our video here.  I blended up a fly by the seat of your pants fruit smoothie, typical of what you’d order up from Booster Juice.  My post morning interval run shake was as follows:

  • 1/2 cup of oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup fresh brewed coffee
  • 1 banana
  • Raw maca powder
  • 1 scoop of vegan protein mix
  • 2 tbs “ish” of almond butter
  • 1 tbs flax seed
  • 2 or so tbs of coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup homemade rice milk
  • small handful of pumpkin seeds

The final servings of our Raw Sweet Potato Soup has proven the powers of a filling liquid meal to us, as we have struggled to finish them at lunch.  Now for dinner, I will have to say… the cauliflower mashed potatoes that we prepared on day 1… will not make its way into our permanent cookbook, nor will it find its way back into our Vitamix anytime soon.  Not only did the thin texture not quite feel the same as mashed potatoes, but the flavour just didn’t feel right in each and every bite.  Needless to say, thats what this challenge is all about, trial and error!!

UMJ (Ultra Mel and Jon)’s Superblend – makes 2 servings

This one is pretty much a combination of anything and everything that provides an abundance of vitamins and minerals.  The amazing power packed nutritional content of this shake is only one-up’d by the taste!  Will be a staple for us especially during training!Superfood blend

  • 1 large handful spinach
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 pomegranate
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 tbs chia seeds
  • 3 tbs hemp hearts
  • 2 tbs homemade Ghee
  • 2 spirulina tabs
  • 1/4 cup pumkin seeds
  • Organic orange juice with pulp
  • 1 english cucumber
  • 1 cube of fresh ginger

While day 2 and 3 put our preparation skills to the test, we are becoming accustomed to the almost pure liquid diet and are functioning quite well on less eating sessions per day.  And while we are consuming less calories each day than what we are used to… neither of us are noticing a hit, as the foods we are eating are blended down for easier absorption.  This is a great example of the 80/20 principle, get 80% of the nutrients that your body requires from 20% of your diet.

With three days behind us now, and a few failed or less desirable recipe’s under our belt, we are getting a great feel for what our Vitamix can do!

 

Day 1 – Vitamix it!!

DAY 1

Wake up and first thing on the adjenda is the Crossfit wod “Filthy 50″.  Pre workout shake we keep light:

  • Banana
  • Quinoa
  • Raw maca
  • Strawberries
  • Almond milk

Post workout breakfast we try to up the cals and get a good energy boost for the day:

  • Mixed frozen fruit (peaches, strawberries, grapes, pineapple)
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 table spoon coconut oil
  • 1 scoop of vegan protein powder (mix of brown rice, hemp and pea protein)
  • 1 kale leaf
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1/2 golden beat
  • pumpkin seeds
  • Almonds – raw
  • Spirulina
  • Mushroom powder (mix of 14 different kinds of mushrooms ground down)

Lunch – Salads on the go!

Check out our video to see how easy it was to toss together the nutrients of a salad and Vitamix its way into an on the go shake!

 

Having today off let me get a few extra mix-ins made up for use during the week.  I whipped up a batch of rice milk (1 cup cooked brown rice with 4 cups of water…Vitamix it), some TASTY almond butter (3 cups of raw almonds and 1/4 cup of EVOO… Fire it up!), Creamy cauliflower mashed potatoes (1 head of cauliflower, 2-3 cloves of garlic, 1/2 cup of almond milk and salt and pepper to taste) and finally a batch of homemade salsa using recipe from Rich Roll’s cookbook Jai Seed CookBook  

 

DinnerMel with sweet potato soup

Raw carrot and sweet potato soup! (figured we would try to incorporate some raw foods here and there) This will make two good sized portions and will be approximately 350 cals each.  This recipe compliments of www.greenthickies.com

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 small sweet potatoes
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 avocado
  • 3 small dates
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 large leaf of kale
  • 1/4 cup of white kidney beans

 

 

Vitamix Challenge

We have recently bought a Vitamix blender from Costco and have had a blast experimenting with this new toy. We’ve been making everything from smoothies and soups, to rice milk and homemade peanut butter in our jet powered machine!  It’s a funny topic whenever it’s brought up to those who have one; they swear by it, saying it’s the best investment in their diet and health they’ve ever made. For those without one, they are blown away at the thought of spending over $500 on a blender.

Starting on Thanksgiving day, October 14, 2013, the two of us are going to set out to answer “How versatile can this blender really be and is an expensive Vitamix blender really worth the money?”  We will challenge ourselves to eat for 5 days only what we can make in our Vitamix.  Any and all foods are fair game (of course not deterring from our current vegan diet) as long as it is made/blended/chopped in our #UltraAwesome Vitamix. The theory is that by using a Vitamix, you are capable of breaking down some foods into smaller sized particles therefore making them easier for your body to absorb therefore allowing you to get bigger bang for you buck in the foods you buy. Makes sense…but is it really a noticeable difference? That’s what we’re hopefully going to find out.

 

Vitamix

We have accumulated recipe ideas from a variety of sources to give us a good start:

–       – Rich Roll’s ecookbook is purely plant based and a good chunk of the recipes call for using a Vitamix.

–       – Pinterest has grown to an astonishing source of information including lots of recipes for us to test out.

–       – And of course, our own creativity has led us to some delicious (and some not so successful) experiments.

 

We will be making some foods on a single serving basis and some in bulk quantities to last multiple days.  Our final day will also include a small road trip down to Calgary, which will force us to plan and prepare travel friendly foods for us to bring.  We want to truly be able to give people an idea of how convenient/difficult it may be to work this machine into someone’s day-to-day routine.

The majority of posts, recipes, video’s will be posted on our website at ultramelandjon.com, and will also be tracking things on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  Feel free to contact us if you have any recipe ideas, questions, or requests for what you’d like to see us try out!

 

 

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