I always get asked what blender or what juicer I use and you may be surprised to know the truth. I’m using a Hamilton Beach powered juicer. It was maybe $100 and works perfectly fine. If this baby were to say sayonara I would look into slow masticating juicers as I know they are nutritionally the better option. However for now, Mr. Hamilton does quite a fine job. My blender is a “Torpedo” which is supposed to act as both a blender and juicer in one. Let me tell you that the Torpedo is one sad excuse of a juicer. But in all fairness what did I expect when purchasing such an appliance from Wal-Mart. I’m on my second Torpedo. My first one died and of course, my organization skills left me high and dry of a rather important receipt. Props to Wal-Mart for letting me exchange my dead Torpedo for a new one sans paper. It’s not the greatest blender but hey, it works-for now. The way I see it, why spend $700 on a blender that claims to do everything my little Torpedo can? I’m in no way dissing the almighty Vitamix or the Blendtecs of the world. I do see the value in such an investment-it’s just not an investment I can justify at this time. I would jump for joy if I ever got my hands on either one of the two leading blenders. A little while ago, I actually had the chance to win a Vitamix.
Winning is the best way to get anything. Winning is free. Simply Green Smoothies held the contest some months ago and in order to win you had to submit a video of you either singing, rapping, or reciting a poem about green smoothies. Immediately I threw my hands up and said “YES! I get to rap AND win a Vitamix?!” Those who know me know I love rap. You’d never be able to tell looking at me but deep down I’m a fiery gangsta chick. I even bring my own music to a boot camp class I attend within a gym. The radio just doesn’t pump me up for cardio as well as the g’s do. Music makes or breaks a workout my friends. So anyways, back to the contest. After my few moments of visualizing myself rocking the baddest beats around and spitting out the ‘illest verses…I realized I was daydreaming. As much as I’d love to be the female version of Eminem….I’m far from it and well, if I actually wanted to win…I needed to get real. So I pushed aside my wildest dreams of making a rap video and relied on my ever so natural poetic skills. Despite my humorous effort, I did not win. The man who won impressively sang opera about green smoothies and I don’t think anybody can top that. You can check out my entry video below.
So the Torpedo and I continue to whip up some pretty killer smoothie recipes (such as this one) and its all g. Just gives me more time to practice rapping is all.
This “Go Green” Smoothie is another blend that is low on the glycemic load. I do add a few drops of stevia when I desire a little more sweet love. When I was placing all the ingredients in the blender I was sure that it would just be a “meh” recipe. I mean-pear? Really? How exciting could a pear make a green smoothie? Turns out that a pear can rock a green smoothie, and hard. Poor pears are always underrated. We need to give them more credit. The best part is that the bruised babies are the best in a smoothie. So go on and collect your pears that are about to go bad and whip up this nutritious blend that as always (coming from me), serves as a full meal.
“Go Green” Smoothie
*Makes 1 large serving (or 2 small)
- 1 large handful of spinach
- 1 ripe pear
- ½ avocado
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce (or 1 small apple)
- 3 Tbsp. hemp hearts
- 1” piece of fresh ginger, peeled
- Squirt of lemon juice
- 4 drops of liquid stevia (optional)
- 2 cups crushed ice
- 1 cup cashew milk (or any milk or milk alternative you desire)
- 1 cup water
- Add all ingredients to your blender and mix until creamy and combined.
Do you guys have a Vitamix or a Blendtec? Who wins that battle as far as you are concerned?