Michy brought it home yesterday, and I was so excited to get started... but didn't have a chance until this morning. I've used it four times today. I can tell this is going to become a staple of my cooking.
One of the main reasons I wanted a vitamix was to make smoothies. I love to have smoothies for breakfast, and I kept killing our immersion blenders... they just weren't holding up to the daily abuse. I also wanted to be able to get a smoother consistency with veggies and be able to include more veggies in my morning drinks.
My first experiment was more of a juice than a smoothie but still yummy and gave me a good idea of how to work the machine.
1 apple, 2 carrots, 1 beet- chopped
1 cup of water, the fruits and veggies, followed by about a cup of ice. I also threw in a tablespoon of Udi's DHA Oil blend
It took less than a minute to reach the right consistency
The munchkin and I enjoyed glasses of this all day long.
clean-up was super easy. rinse, add water and a couple drops a dish-soap and run for a minute.
The next thing I tried was making pancake batter. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures while I did this, so you will just have to trust me that it worked great and tasted wonderful. I had a great recipe for oat flour pancakes from Renee Hastings, who has been doing nutrition counseling for a program I have been involved in at Heartsong Yoga. Basically it involves grinding oats in your food processor to make a flour to use for vegan/ gluten free pancakes. The vitamix easily ground up the oats to a great flour consistency. Oats are so much cheaper than some of the gluten free flours out there- so I have a feeling I'm going to be making oat flour alot.
One of the coolest things I had heard about the Vitamix was that it would actually make hot soup- right in the blender. I decided I had to try that. So I combined a cup of water, a half cup of raw cashews, 4 tomatoes, 2 cloves of garlic and some spices to make:
Delicious creamy tomato soup!
Munchkin approved (and notice he is still enjoying his apple carrot beet juice!)
My final experiment of the night (which I am enjoying as I type) was a couple squares of 100% cacao baking chocolate, coconut milk, vanilla, and stevia for a frothy hot chocolate.
Right now I've got some raw almonds soaking on the counter that will turn into fresh almond milk first thing in the morning.
I also picked Michy up from work today and got a ton of produce so we can experiment with some green smoothies. I am already in love with this machine. I can't wait to see what else we can come up with.