Vita-Mix Dreaming

February 14, 2008 at 5:01 am 23 comments

When we arrived at Matt’s aunt and uncle’s house today, I discovered that they have a Vita-Mix 5000! Of course, when I saw it my heart started racing, I started babbling something about “yummy” and “green” and…and…and I quickly took it out and started filling it with my favorite goodies for a smoothie!

  • 2 apples, cored (add 3 if you like it sweeter…or a banana)
  • 4-5 leaves of kale
  • 1 meyer lemon, peeled (but left white pith on for nutrients)
  • water
  • ice

I fired it up and it was blended in about 2 seconds. Literally. Ooooh….it was like heaven. I will be starting a savings account for one tomorrow. I’m in love.


Entry filed under: Green Smoothies, Raw.

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23 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tara  |  February 14, 2008 at 5:06 am

    I am saving for one too, penny by penny. I will get there and you will too. They sell re-conditioned machines on a little savings and a little less enviro-guilt than buying a new machine. πŸ™‚

  • 2. carrie-Anne Roy  |  February 14, 2008 at 5:26 am

    oh yes saving for one too.
    The hot stuff you can make is yummy

  • 3. livelightly  |  February 14, 2008 at 5:41 am

    Oh yes…Matt’s already been on eBay saying that there are tons of used ones out there so I’m not worried πŸ™‚ It’s just not a necessity right now (well, it depends who you ask….ha ha).

    There are so many things I would use it for…not just smoothies. Can’t wait to get one someday!

  • 4. Aimee  |  February 14, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    We’ve been wanting one for years. I told Mike that as soon as our blender blows up, then lets bite the bullet and get one. That means even MORE green smoothies so that I can get it to blow up!!!! πŸ™‚

  • 5. L.L. Barkat  |  February 14, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    It’s truly beautiful.

  • 6. Hallie  |  February 14, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    We are visiting some family and they have a Vita-mix. My brother-in-law had snagged it, but when we came to town returned it since he knows how much we’d complain if he kept it the whole time. If there was enough room on the kitchen counter here, I’d leave it out the whole time! I LOVE it!! Its going to be sad when I return home to my dinky blender. Ha.

  • 7. Nicole  |  February 15, 2008 at 3:12 am

    Last year, a friend of mine told me that she had one and that her parents had one just sitting on her counter and asked me if I wanted it. Did I WANT it?! Stunning. Such a blessing. πŸ™‚

  • 8. Kimberly Kelsey  |  February 16, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    I have a REALLY OLD Vita-Mix that I got on ebay. I knew I was never going to be able to afford a new one and have wanted one forever. I think I only paid around $50. And other than needing to have the blade sharpened, its in great shape. If you find an old one, they’re made to last πŸ™‚

  • 9. michele  |  February 16, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    I have been doing my kale/apple juice in my regular blender and its pretty chunky and there is a thick layer of foamy stuff that settles on the top. Not a great consistency.
    Does the vitamix make stuff more smooth and drinkable?

  • 10. KatIsSavedByGrace  |  February 18, 2008 at 1:35 am

    I just found your blog a couple days ago and I’m in love! I love nearly every single one of the recipe’s you’ve posted! Including this one, which I already bought everything I need for it. Starting tomorrow!

    I also realized that I read your other blog regularly, Walk Slowly, Live Wildly. I never realized these were both yours! Great blogs mama. I also have you on my myspace, lol! God bless!

  • 11. livelightly  |  February 18, 2008 at 3:56 am

    Nicole! That’s amazing. How fun.

    Michele…if you’re just doing the kale and apple juice without anything else, it will probably be kind of icky πŸ™‚ You should always start with something creamy as your base…bananas work perfectly. A regular blender with a sharp blade should blend it up just fine. Just try adding the banana and see if you like it better.

    KatisSavedByGrace…thanks for the kind words! I’m so glad you found us here.

  • 12. beautifulheritage  |  February 18, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    My mom had one and OH MY WORD was it loud! Like a plane taking off! But yeah…excellent workhorse, that thing!

  • 13. carrie  |  February 18, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Sara, Are you going to buy your vita-mix used. I can’t decide if I want to risk it.
    What are your thoughts.
    Love the cahllenge and have been inspired by you for months now–thanks.

  • 14. Nicole  |  February 18, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    I e-mailed you last week about potentially staying with us when you’re in Sarasota for the tour. I’m not trying to rush you to respond, but just wanted to make sure you got my message and that it didn’t go into your bulk/spam mail or something like that.

    Would you e-mail me to let me know if you got my message or not? Thanks.

  • 15. libby jane  |  February 19, 2008 at 5:33 am

    the thing I’ve never gotten about raw diets is how one could be sustainable anywhere with much of a winter? I would love to hear your thoughts on this, as I can see it’s super healthy, but most raw recipes include tropical fruits and all kinds of things that never grow up here in MN, much less in the winter! It seems like it would involve so much long-distance transport to eat much at all raw now…
    They sure do look yummy, though. thanks!

  • 16. David McDougal  |  February 19, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    I personally opted for the Blendtec blender instead. It is more powerful, faster, and the fact that it is electronically controlled, and auto shuts off was the seller. They are the same price, so either way you go it is awesome. Check out the stuff from Blendtec though. Heck they put up a website called to show off the power. If it can do a hockey puck, it can do 4 leaves of collard greens.

  • 17. Denise  |  February 25, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Sara, you have to check out the “will it blend” site. My kids love watching him blend weird stuff. I totally want one. I have been little miss sick-with-the-flu for 2 weeks and I think it is time to get back on the healthy morning smoothie wagon. I need nutrients!

    p.s. I love your 4 weeks raw pic on myspace. You look great!!!

  • 18. Jenna  |  March 6, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Sara, I’ve been checking out your blogs for ever now and just had to tell you that this post was PERFECT timing! I have been saving for a VitaMix for over a year and just got mine last week and this was my first green smoothie in it! Very exciting! I didn’t have kale so I used swiss chard but it was still delicious! Thanks so much for the great idea!

  • 19. Jenni  |  March 12, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Well I finally got around to trying this tonight. I didn’t have any kale so I subbed spinach and its delicious! So refreshing! I can’t wait to try other green smoothies! Thanks for the recipe! I love your site and have recommended it to lots of friends.

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  • 22. Lisa Cohen  |  July 21, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    I just emailed Brenda this morning to buy a Vita-mix blender (I included your aff code too – thanks for sharing your love for healthy food with the blog world). I just found out about your blog recently – and love your smoothie recipes. I made a smoothie for me and my two kids (6 and 3) this weekend and I know it would be so much better – and less seeds from the strawberries… because I hate lumps in my drinks – when the new blender arrives! I seriously can’t wait! And my little one gets sick often and I know it’s because he is such a picky eater with LOTS of food allergies and reflux – so eating holds many negative physical feelings for him… and doesn’t eat even close to the amount of vegetables he needs (no problem with the older one thankfully, who will eat artichokes, avocados, green beans, carrots, spinach with me and many of the other stuff I love to eat). So hopefully better health will be attainable with our new blender. Thanks again for keeping a blog!


  • 23. livelightly  |  July 21, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Lisa…thanks so much for the order!! You’re going to LOVE it. Definitely no chunks! πŸ™‚


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