My husband and I bought this Vitamix® several years ago. It’s an amazing machine, much better than your average blender. I was told that it has a 2-horsepower motor in it!
I didn’t use it as much as I thought I would at first, but more recently I’ve had problems with chewing (cracked teeth necessitating crowns, TMJ, and more) and with digestion. So, I found a protein powder that agrees with my system and started making a shake, almost daily.
The protein powder that I use is plant based because I don’t tolerate dairy very well. It’s called Orgain Organic Protein™ Plant Based Protein Powder. I get the creamy chocolate fudge flavor. I buy it on Amazon; you can click on this link if you’re interested in seeing what the container looks like. (I get absolutely nothing from anyone for telling you this. This is not an advertisement. I’m just sharing what I use.)
So, here’s my recipe for my daily shake:
1 3/4 cups water
1 scoop of protein powder
1 Tablespoon chia seeds (Sometimes I leave these out.)
1 banana (approx 4 oz.)
3 oz. frozen strawberries
3 oz. frozen Fuji or Gala apples or frozen red grapes
2 oz. frozen blueberries
2 oz. frozen cucumbers
Perhaps you’re wondering why I even tried adding cucumbers. Well, last year I had an over-abundant crop of cucumbers in my organic garden, so I froze them. Last time we made pickles, they didn’t all get eaten. So, I thought I’d try something different in order not to waste what God has provided.
It’s actually really good! If you decide to try this, though, I would like to say that I tried the cucumbers with the vanilla flavor, and I didn’t like it. I only get the chocolate flavor now because it tastes delicious with that little bit of a twang! 🙂
One of the reasons that I love my Vitamix® so much is that it has such a wide range of speeds. I put the water in the pitcher then start the motor on the lowest speed with the lid off. I add the powder and chia seeds with the blade turning. (I tried this without thinking at my sisters house in her regular blender and made a mess!! Oops! Lol)
Next, I turn it off, put the pitcher on the digital scale, add the fruit, and put it back on the base. Then, I put the lid on and slowly turn the speed up to the highest speed. It is so fast that it pulverizes everything!
I set a timer for 1 minute. Why the timer? If you leave the motor running on high for too long, it actually starts heating up whatever you are pulverizing! I put on the timer because I prefer that my shakes be cold.
This Vitamix® has turned out to be such a huge blessing! I am able to get good nourishment that is delicious and that agrees with my system. Praise the Lord that He has been so good to us!
Today I’m thankful for the Vitamix® that God has given us!
I’m thankful for the protein powder that my body can tolerate!
I’m thankful for the delicious fruits!
I’m thankful for last year’s harvest surplus of apples and cucumbers and for the recent sale prices on strawberries and blueberries!
I’m thankful for the freezer and that it still works so well even after all these years!
God is so good to us!
What about you? Do you have any health challenges that require a little rethinking and doing things a bit differently? Do you have a blender? Do you like to make smoothies? What are your favorite fruits? What are you thankful for today?