So you all know how I love my green smoothie for breakfast every day. Those are not the only smoothies I make though. I make fresh fruit and veggie smoothies for my kids and I also puree fruits alone or blend in some kefir and freeze them into ice pops for a nice refreshing treat. I’ve even used my blender to whip up some of my apothecary skincare concoctions. Out of my many small kitchen appliances, I would have to say I use the blender the most.

RIP Old Faithful

I have made jokes about my trusty old 1970s era Osterizer Galaxie bar blender AKA ?Old Faithful? in past posts. It has served me well. But, alas, Old Faithful?s last day came last week. I was blending up a green smoothie and all of a sudden it started slowing down. It?s normal humming sound started to sound more like moaning in pain. I knew that was it. I blended away for about 2 hours, trying to get one last jar out of Old Faithful, and then that was it. I thought I had several good jars to last me about a week so I had time to figure out a replacement, but once I tried the smoothies I realized that that was not the case. My formerly smooth smoothies were lumpy and clumpy. I consider myself a trooper and I love my smoothies, but I have to admit I had a really hard time choking these down every morning for that week. So I had to find a new blender and fast.

I prefer a smoothie…not a chunky.

Of course I wanted a Vitamix or Blendtec.

Everywhere I turn hear or read about someone?s newfound love affair with either their Vitamix or Blendtec uber blenders. They make smoothies, nut butters, grind whole grains into fine flour, turn water into wine, etc. I mean, who wouldn’t want one of those? As much as I am aware of all of the features and benefits of these two fine and fabulous machines (and I recommend them in my a-store for those of you who can afford them), I just could not find a new or refurbished one that I could afford now without having to make several monthly payments.

So I began looking into less expensive blenders that would serve my current needs. I don’t really make nut butters or flour, but need something that can blend leafy greens, their stems, and different textures of fruits and vegetables to a smooth, drinkable texture. I don’t need it to be totally liquefied like a juice?just smooth without clumps. I figured that any new blender that is on the market today would be an improvement over Old Faithful, so I thought of some other criteria besides blending speeds. I needed the pitcher to be larger than 5 cups, and I prefer a glass pitcher over plastic because I avoid BPA and phthalates. I consulted with some of my holistic nutrition buddies and got some recommendations for KitchenAid, Oster (I guess they got too cool for ?Osterizer?), Ninja, and Waring.

And the winner is?

I looked at the reviews on Amazon, and they all seemed to have overall pretty good consumer reviews. I decided to go with the Oster, because I found one that the reviews stated that it made great smoothies, had a 6-cup glass pitcher, and because my old one was an Oster(izer) and I figured it would be reliable and user-friendly (even though the Ninja looked kind of bada$$ and the Waring came in pretty colors). It was a very reasonable price, and I even got it cheaper with my bonus points and a gift card. Thanks to Amazon Prime (which I highly recommend if you shop on Amazon a lot), I had it in two days.?

Of course I had to try it out right away, so I whipped up a green smoothie with the ingredients I had on hand and voila! I got a lovely, smooth, milkshake-like consistency. It also got the job done in no time at all, where even in Old Faithful?s best days, making my smoothies took up a good chunk of my afternoon.

Ooh…pretty. And yummy.

Are the more expensive blenders better than what I got? I’m sure of it. And I’m sure I could have found lots of great new healthy things to make using one of them. But for now, my new trusty Oster will be just fine. After all?my birthday is coming up in a couple of months…not to mention Flag Day, Arbor Day?lots of opportunities for someone to give me one as a gift, right?

In today’s batch:
  • Raw milk kefir
  • Baby romaine lettuce
  • Fresh basil
  • Arugula
  • Celery
  • Granny smith apple
  • D’Anjou pear
  • Kiwi
  • Banana
  • Maca powder
  • Juice from one lemon
  • Banana

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