Guest Blog Post – Seattle Mary’s New Vitamix Blender & Smoothie Recipes

You may remember Seattle Mary from her great vegan sweet and savoury recipes this past summer. Well, A-Tooch’s (only?) vegan foodie bff is back. This time, she has unleashed her cooking power on her new Vitamix blender. Check out these delicious recipes that vegan, vegetarian and carnivore foodies will salivate over.

Mr. Vitamix – true love right here

Seattle Mary: Most ladies may wish for designer purses, perfume, shoes or clothes on their holiday wish lists. Me, I wish for food-related goods (ok, I may or may not have asked for some Stella McCartney perfume as well). A couple years ago, it was a crockpot that changed my life. This year, it was a beautiful thing called a Vitamix blender. I started hearing about how amaze they are and after careful research, decided I must become a proud owner of such brilliance. I hinted so much at how badly I needed Vitamix in my life, that my husband surprised me with one at Christmas! Let the smoothie obsession commence.

What better time to have a fun new blending machine than right when January rolls around and you’re trying to step away from the cookies and holiday treats, and replace them with healthy green things. I’ve been blending up some different fruits and veggies to see which smoothie combos I love the most. Here are some super easy and delicious smoothie recipes to give a try, even if you don’t have a Vitamix.

Simple Green Smoothie
1 cup apple juice
Handful of your fave kind of kale (purple, dino, green, etc.)
1 banana
1 cup ice

Combine apple juice and kale and blend.  Add banana and ice; blend for 60-90 seconds.

Berry Smoothie
1 cup water
1/2 cup plain yogurt (soy, Greek, coconut milk, whatever you fancy!)
1 1/2 cups frozen berries, I used blueberries, raspberries, strawberries

Combine and blend!

Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie
1 cup milk (I used rice milk)
1 cup of your fave peanut butter
1 banana
1 tsp sugar, maple syrup or agave (optional, adds a bit of sweetness if you are using fresh ground pb)
1 cup ice

Blend for 60-90 seconds.

Some tips to note:
You can slice up peeled bananas and pop them in the freezer, just reduce the amount of ice you add.
I’ve found the pre-packaged containers of fresh kale mix are awesome for smoothies because they combine different kinds of kale, already chopped up, and usually go for a decent price.  Sometimes they have little bits of carrot in the mix – bonus!!

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