So, I began to research the different kinds of blenders out there that would do a better job of making a smoothie than my current blender. What I found out was that there was a huge price difference between the higher end blenders, and the lower end.
However, I watched this video of two ladies who were comparing the taste and value of two blenders - the Vitamix, and the Nutribullet. The Vitamix runs about $400.00 upwards, depending on how many bells and whistles you think you need to have, and then there is the Nutribullet, which varies in price from $79.00 to up to $200.00 at some stores.
After watching this video, I was markedly impressed that the Nutribullet would be the best bang for my dollar, especially if it was able to come close to blending the smoothie ingredients as well as the Vitamix.
Soo... I purchased my Nutribullet at Costco for a reasonable price of $79.99.
One feature that I really like about this Nutribullet is that I can make the smoothie, add a lid to it, and drink the smoothie straight from the cup that it was blended in, which saves any additional cleanup, and makes it easier to go with!
So far, I have been playing around with different recipes and every day my "green smoothie" tastes different! I use kale or greens such as spinach, argula, swiss chard, or whatever greens I can get at our local farmer's market as my base, usually about 2 cups or handfuls. Then I add whatever fresh or frozen fruit I have on hand, such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, bananas, pineapple, cherries etc. Then I add about 1-2 cups liquid, either in the form of orange juice, almond milk, or coconut milk, along with 1 tsp of vanilla, and 1 Tbsp chia seeds.
This seems to result in a wonderful green smoothie that I can take with me, and drink throughout the morning, knowing that I am getting a great start to my day with all the fresh veggies and fruits.
I have also noticed a marked difference in my appetite. I am not as hungry throughout the day, and some days only have to eat one meal after drinking the smoothie.
Today I tried adding an avocado to the greens, and it was awesome!
So, if you haven't jumped on the green smoothie bandwagon yet, it might be time to give it a try. It is a great way to get your fruits and veggies all in one big swallow!!!