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Smoothies are blended beverages that are usually mixed with fresh fruit, vegetables, crushed ice and even frozen fruit or fruit juices. Smoothies have been around for ages now and people are finally discovering these drinks are not only totally delicious they are nutritious too.

Smoothies will not only boost your energy levels by helping to iron out highs and lows in your blood sugar levels, but they will also give you vitamins and minerals your body needs for optimum health.

 

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TIP! Make your own fruit smoothies. Smoothie products you can buy in the store or at a stand, can be full of calories.

 

Smoothie Maker vs Blenders

A smoothie maker looks very similar to a blender, It is an upright electrical device which is usually made from glass, plastic and/or stainless steel, but that is where the comparisons stop. A smoothie maker has a more powerful motor compared to a traditional blender, thus enabling it to better mix ice and frozen fruits.

The smoothie maker comes in many styles, brands and a huge price range, with professional ones costing over $1,000. On this blog we will review the all top smoothie makers, that we have used in the past . There is a smoothie maker out there for everyone, especially with all of the options and differences in price.

 

 

TIP! Nutrition for pregnant and lactating women is a top priority. One of the needs of a pregnant woman is to get enough protein; unfortunately this often comes at a time when she may not feel like eating.

Why Own a Smoothie Maker?

If you have never used a smoothie maker before, you may be wondering what the ‘big deal’ is and why getting one of these machines would be beneficial. If you have never seen a smoothie maker in operation, you could be forgiven for thinking that they are an unnecessary expense for the domestic kitchen. Smoothies benefit us in a different way from juices because smoothies contain the entire fruit, not only the juice. Smoothies have become more and more popular and although they are available bottled in supermarkets and freshly made at many juice bars, gyms and coffee shops, there is nothing like saving money and making them yourself from scratch at home.

When choosing your smoothie maker, it is essential to ensure that it is powerful enough to crush ice and blend frozen ingredients without strain on the motor. I will recommend that you choose a smoothie maker that has various speeds. Sometimes you may be in the mood for a thicker smoothie, while at other times you may prefer a smoothie that has a thinner consistency. I would also recommend that you choose a smoothie maker that does more than just make smoothies… Some of the better machines can be used to make an entire meal, as well as frozen fresh ice-cream.

 

TIP! Sneak more vegetables in your breakfast to increase your vitamin intake. There are several easy ways to do this, such as adding bell peppers to your omelette or sneaking spinach and carrots to your morning smoothie.

 

What You Should Know About Smoothie Makers

If you’re serious about making smoothies, then you should consider a high-end smoothie maker.The Vitamix and blendtec tend to be two of the most popular brands.

Freezing the fruit rather quickly, prepared for your healthy smoothie in order that it can go into the smoothie maker straight from the freezer keeps all the valuable nutrients as well as produces a lovely rich and creamy smoothie. The Vitamix can blend quick enough to produce frozen ice creams and sherberts, grind grains into flour, nuts into butters, cook your soups, and it is one of the most popular smoothie makers on the market today.

 

TIP! Making a smoothie to drink is fun and delicious. Here is a tip that will improve the already delicious smoothie to being more nutritious.

 

We will be posting videos that demo comparisons between the most popular makes and doing reviews pointing out the different features of each brand.

Raising a Healthier Family With Smoothie Makers

Smoothies are a great way to make your kids eat their daily servings of fruits and veggies without having to threaten or force them into doing so. Drinking smoothies provides vital vitamins, anti-oxidants, fiber and all of the positive aspects of consuming raw super-foods, without having the hassle of chewing away over an enormous bowl of veggies like some sort of trained farm animal.

 

TIP! Smoothies are a great diet drink that can also act as a meal or desert. All you need to make it is a supper blender, along with any ingredients necessary for the smoothie of your choice.

 

Do yourself a favor and read up on the different makes of smoothie makers, so that you select the one that will be best for your families needs.

We own a Vitamix 5200, but we have friends and family members that own different brands and this will allow us to do some in-home comparisons that we will post on this blog soon.

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HealthMaster LWHM Living Well/Montel 1100-Watt 2-Quart Fruit-and-Vegetable Emulsifier Review

Looks like this one is worth staying away from according to the reviews, another reason you should stick to the best when looking for a smoothie maker.  These cheaper options are cheaper for a reason.

Overall Rating (based on customer reviews): 2.0 out of 5 stars
2.0 out of 5 stars

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 The specs of ‘HealthMaster LWHM Living Well/Montel 1100-Watt 2-Quart Fruit-and-Vegetable Emulsifier’ are:
  • Manufacturer: HealthMaster
  • Product Dimensions: 19x13x11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.9 pounds

Here are some REAL customer reviews:

“Buyer Beware”

UPDATE 9/9/2010: This unit has been out for awhile now, and the complaints are rising steadily, not only here at Amazon, but other sites as well. The complaints, that surface either immediately or within 6 months are: Leaking containers,motors that…Read more

“Please listen to these 1 star reviews~I didn’t~They are true!!”

“make soup in 8 min walk away…Read more

“JUNK”

I got my healthmaster and same thing with in a couple of days the motor burnt out this really is a piece of junk i tracked down a different number to call to FINALLY get someone in customer service i am sending it back for a refund let see what happens i…Read more

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Get HealthMaster LWHM Living Well/Montel 1100-Watt 2-Quart Fruit-and-Vegetable Emulsifier at the best price available today.

 

Recipes that use Acerola In A Green Smoothie

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Acerola is available in the United States as a powdered or concentrated juice supplement. It is also available as a frozen puree.

I recommend using it in frozen puree form since it is closer to its whole food state, and will work much better when blending it in a green smoothie.

Acerola has a tart, citrus-like flavor. You can use it in place of any citrus fruit (orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, etc.) or pineapple in a green smoothie recipe. Blend acerola with other sweet fruit like banana, pear, apple or coconut.

The citrus-like flavor of acerola is accented nicely with cacao or even vanilla.

Acerola Smoothie Recipes

Acerola-Ginger Green Smoothie

  • 1 3.5 oz (100g) packet of frozen acerola puree
  • 1 medium banana, peeled
  • 1/4 inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 4 to 6 ounces filtered water

Calories: 245 | Fat: 1g (grams) | Protein:3g | Carbs: 35g | Calcium: 7% | Iron: 3 mg | Vitamin A: 73% | Vitamin C: 1236%

Acerola-Strawberry Smoothie

  • 1 3.5 oz (100g) packet of frozen acerola puree
  • 6 large strawberries
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 8 ounces homemade almond milk

Calories: 178 | Fat: 1g (grams) | Protein: 4g | Carbs: 43g | Calcium: 9% | Iron: 3.5 mg | Vitamin A: 73% | Vitamin C: 1321%

“Chocorola” Green Smoothie

  • 1 3.5 oz (100g) packet of frozen acerola puree
  • meat and 6 ounces of water from 1 young, Thai coconut
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach or other leafy green

Calories: 256 | Fat: 16g (grams) | Protein: 6g | Carbs: 23g | Calcium: 9% | Iron: 5.1 mg | Vitamin A: 72% | Vitamin C: 1224%…More at Acerola Green Smoothie Recipes, Nutrition and Health Benefits

Looks like we have some good recipes to add a super food into our smoothies , but this is not the blender to use we recommend you take a look at our posts on the Vitamix.

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Child Healthy Eating – Parents or Government

 

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While the Presidents wife has been pushing for healthier foods in school lunches, some in government have been trying to undermine her efforts.

It’s the same old story, try to educate the public on healthier foods, and the food industry lobbyist start to put pressure on the politicians.

Here is an example of the latest from ABC news

But a proposed congressional bill would undo some of the standards set in place by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), standards like restricting sodium, limiting starchy veggies like french fries, adding whole grains and boosting produce for school lunches.

“Obviously I have a little one and I would hope that they would get as much nutritional value into any meal,” said L.A. resident Stephanie Trott.

Parents like Trott are concerned about these proposed changes put in place by frozen-food manufacturers and potato growers that supply schools. They’ve lobbied Congress to halt efforts, claiming new standards are too strict and noting the government is overlooking the nutrients that potatoes and other starchy veggies offer.

Reminiscent of the Reagan administration calling ketchup a vegetable, there is a bigger food fight concerning tomato paste.

Currently the USDA calls 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce a vegetable. The USDA wants to increase that to a half-cup, roughly 4 tablespoon more and limit corn, peas and french fries to two servings a week.

“They do need to change a little but not take so much away from them,” said Whittier resident Jessica Casillas.

Some argue the government shouldn’t dictate what children eat, others say changes would be costly and burdensome.

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Some would argue that if the parents of this country are going to continue to allow the youth of this country to eat themselves into an early grave that it is the responsibility of the government to protect it’s citizens. It is obvious that obesity is an epidemic health issue for the American population and is a unnecessary drain on our health care system.

When the free choices of the people have a negative effect on the population as a whole, it is governments duty to put in place steps to try and remedy the problems. Healthy school lunches might be the only healthy foods some kids have the opportunity to eat, in light of what they are getting at home from parents whom themselves come from the  junk food generation.

 

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Robeks Launches New Smoothie Bowls vs Our Vitamix 5200

While the smoothies found at our house consists of some fresh or frozen fruits and assorted greens, I have to say the new smoothie bowls introduced by Robeks sounds interesting enough for me to want to do some experimenting here at home with our vitamix 5200 .

It shouldn’t be to hard to do some reverse engineering based on Robeks news release below, it seems like we could come up with some good homemade recipes.

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire – A new, tasty creation that unites the creamy smoothness of yogurt with the tangy, fruity taste of a smoothie – Smoothie Bowls – are now available at Robeks stores across the country. Eaten with a spoon, these delectable bowls are original to Robeks and can’t be found at any other yogurt or smoothie store. The uniqueness lies not only in the high quality ingredients, but the way they are prepared.Hard pack yogurt is carefully blended with fruit juice and whole fruit leaving small morsels of fruit intact and a thicker consistency. The result is a natural flavor burst with bits of mango, pineapple, strawberry, peach or other fruit in each bite of a Robeks Smoothie Bowl. Unlike Robeks traditional smoothies, Smoothie Bowls don’t contain ice.

I don’t think we’ll have much trouble matching the eat with a spoon consistency, since we can make ice cream in our

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vitamix 5200 by starting out with frozen ingredients. The trick is going to be finding out how long to blend it… if we start with frozen

home made yogurt and add frozen and fresh fruits, it would turn to a ice-creme

consistency in 30 seconds.  We will want to blend it a little longer to get a softer consistence.

I’ll try to make a video of this and post it here latter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why To Smoothie Your Fruits, Vegetables, And Berries

 

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You want to make sure that you are getting the most out of your smoothie maker both financially and for your own health.  You have sought out advice but want to make sure that you are doing everything correctly.  This article will provide much helpful advice for you.

When you are making your own smoothie, the best vegetables to use are organic vegetables.  By using organic vegetables, you are maximizing the benefits the smoothie.  When non-organic vegetables are used, you are adding unhealthy pesticides and chemicals into an otherwise healthy drink, which depletes the benefits of creating your own smoothie.

In regards to smoothie makers, it is important to consider the fact that you can not only make smoothies but also your own homemade milk from products such as cashews or almonds.  This is great to know because it will expand the way that you ingest nutrients and will also expand the usage of your investment in a smoothie maker.

Find support in a friend, family member, or co-worker for the changes in your life pertaining to your health, including drinking smoothies.  Having to tell them that you haven’t been using your smoothie maker will embarrass you after all the great things you said about how it will change your life, and this will push you to get back on track.

Ask your friends and family if they’d like to go in on purchases in bulk at local farms with you so you can buy more and get larger discounts. Apple farms, for example, will sell you bushel after bushel for decreasing costs per pound. Take a few cars up, load the back with apples, and share with everyone! They don’t have to have a smoothie maker to enjoy fresh produce.

When it comes to smoothies, one thing that you want to keep in mind is that you want to use a variety of ingredients not only to keep yourself interested but also so that your body gets the best variety of nutrients.  This is important because your body needs many different types of nutrients from many sources in order to function properly.

One amazing side effect of drinking smoothies regularly is that you’ll find that your bodily fluids smell a lot better, and that includes your breath. If you suffer from halitosis, make sure to include citrus, fennel, parsley, and spinach in your daily smoothie to keep your breath smelling fresh and your teeth healthy, too!

Did you know that smoothies can help you suppress your appetite? Having a glass will provide you with a ton of nutrients, but it will also fill your stomach and make your body think that you’ve just engaged in a heavy meal. The fiber in vegetables keep you feeling full for a long time, curbing your temptation to eat.

If your thinking about purchasing a smoothie maker the Vitamix 5200 is the one we use and we love it.

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Smoothie Maker – Proper Nutrition Is The Foundation For A Healthy Life

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Healthy Eating Tips

Nutrition plays a vital role in our lives. It is at the center of our health, well-being, energy levels and our self esteem. Knowing what to eat and how to maintain your optimum nutrition levels is key. This article will give you that information and tips on how to achieve it.

If you want to eat more nutritious foods at home and away, you live in very propitious times. Although our markets are filled with an endless array of nutrient-poor foods, you can also choose from a wide variety of much healthier options than were previously available, from low-carb high-fiber tortillas to power-packed super fruit smoothies. For people too busy to cut up vegetables for work lunches, you can purchase little packages of precut fresh veggies and dip. In many ways, while it has become harder to dodge all the unhealthy choices, it has also become exponentially more convenient to find better nutritional choices.

TIP! When considering your nutrition, be sure to watch out for foods that may appear healthy but end up being quite the opposite. There can be a lot of hidden fat and sodium in otherwise healthy looking snacks.

Healthy Eating

Building healthy eating habits is vital to a sustainable plan for healthy nutrition. The overall effectiveness of a healthy diet, hinges entirely on whether or not the dieter can stick to it. Diet alterations that are easy to accept are preferable to extreme modifications that a dieter will struggle with, even if the effects are not as great.

make sure to start each day by eating a nutritious breakfast. This is the most important meal of the day and is much needed fuel to begin the day. Try eating items like oatmeal, low-fat yogurt, smoothies, whole grain toast, whole grain waffles and lean meats. This will not keep you full, but will help keep you full until your next meal.

TIP! Make your own fruit smoothies. Smoothie products you can buy in the store or at a stand, can be full of calories.

While vacationing, don’t forget the importance of eating healthy. Vacation is the best, and worst, time to indulge. It’s easy to get off your healthy eating kick and fill yourself with junk food. Try to incorporate some fresh and local fruits and vegetables into your meals. Don’t over do the alcohol or sweets. A treat once in awhile is great, but remember moderation. Your body will thank you for it.

When you are on a diet, remember that healthy eating starts with what you buy. Your cart at the grocery store should be balanced the same way you balance your meals. This means making about half your purchases in produce, a quarter in grains, and the final quarter in lean protein sources. This way, the healthy options are always available when you get hungry.

Smoothies are a great diet drink that can also act as a meal or desert. All you need to make it is a blender, along with any ingredients necessary for the smoothie of your choice. Fresh fruit, yogurt, and milk are the main ingredients and all of those are exceptionally healthy foods.

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The best way to maintain healthy eating habits that last a lifetime is to start early. You should encourage your children to eat well. Give them healthy options and keep their diets varied. Your children will be more likely to grow up with a taste for trying new things and healthy habits for satiating cravings.

Start your children off right. Early nutrition builds healthy eating habits. Giving in to your child’s demands for high sugar, high fat and fried comfort foods will only set them on a path for obesity and malnutrition later on. Insist that they eat fruits, vegetables, healthy low fat proteins and whole grains.

Now that you have some great advice and knowledge on the subject of nutrition, and how you can incorporate that into your own life and healthy eating habits, you will be much more likely to stave off sickness, disease and other physical ailments that generally come with poor nutrition.

 

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Drink Your Way To A Healthier You With a Smoothie Maker

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Most people don’t know as much as they should about nutrition.  Consequently, although they might want to eat better, they don’t know how.  Reading this article will give you a good grounding in basic nutritional tips, which will definitely give you a leg up next time you are trying to wise food choices.

Smoothies

Make your own fruit and vegetable smoothies. Smoothie products you can buy in the store or at a stand, can be full of calories. If you make your own, you control how nutritious it is.  Plus, it is easier to fit into your eating plan. Use ingredients like skim milk, Greek yogurt, bananas, frozen or fresh fruit and ice, and various fresh seasonable vegetables to make a healthy, low calorie smoothie.

Make sure to start each day by eating a nutritious breakfast. This is the most important meal of the day and is much needed fuel to begin the day. Try eating items like oatmeal, low-fat yogurt, smoothies, whole grain toast, whole grain waffles and lean meats. This will not keep you full, but will help keep you full until your next meal.

Smoothies are a great diet drink that can also act as a meal or desert. All you need to make it is one of the super blender listed on this site, along with any ingredients necessary for the smoothie of your choice. Fresh fruit, yogurt,vegetables and milk or water are the main ingredients and all of those are exceptionally healthy foods.

When considering your nutrition, be sure to watch out for foods that may appear healthy but end up being quite the opposite.  There can be a lot of hidden fat and sodium in otherwise healthy looking snacks.  Smoothies can end up having a lot of fat calories and sugar depending on the ingredients used.  Both Vitamix and Blendtec  include a healthy smoothie  recipe-

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book to help you choose a healthy smoothie. Energy bars can be a hidden source of a large amount of calories.  Fat free foods can contain the same amount of calories as regular versions.

If you want to eat more nutritious foods at home and away, you live in very propitious times.  Although our markets are filled with an endless array of nutrient-poor foods, you can also choose from a wide variety of much healthier options than were previously available, from low-carb high-fiber tortillas to power-packed super fruit smoothies.  For people too busy to cut up vegetables for work lunches, you can purchase little packages of precut fresh veggies and dip.  In many ways, while it has become harder to dodge all the unhealthy choices, it has also become exponentially more convenient to find better nutritional choices.

So as you can see, nutrition doesn’t have to be mysterious or complicated.  Frequently, nutrition can be improved by following a few regular tips consistently and sticking with them.  If you follow the ideas suggested in this article, you will find your nutritional health improves from this point forward.

 

 

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Smoothie Maker – Healthy Eating Plate vs MyPlate

MyPlateNot long after the Government replaced the food pyramid with the MyPlate, and as the name suggests it is a plate with portioned out food groups to help show what people should eat to stay healthy. The Government wanted something so simple a child could understand how to use it... the problem according to Harvard Universities School of Public Health (HSPH) is Myplate leaves a lot of important facts out of the equation.

As you can see it says nothing about the different types of grains, for example whole grain bread is much better for you than white bread, but under the government's Myplate they rate the same space on the plate.

Also French Fries are potatoes and potatoes are vegetables, but neither earn the vegetables space on the Harvard's Healthy Eating Plate as you can see below.

The same holds true for the types of proteins and the fact that the Healthy Eating Plate does not show dairy as a daily requirement and actually discourages it's daily use.

The Healthy Eating Plate gives more information to help you understand more than the MyPlate does.    Walter Willett, Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and chair of the Department of Nutrition at HSPH said:

“Unfortunately, like the earlier U.S. Department of Agriculture Pyramids, MyPlate mixes science with the influence of powerful agricultural interests, which is not the recipe for healthy eating,”

“The Healthy Eating Plate is based on the best available scientific evidence and provides consumers with the information they need to make choices that can profoundly affect our health and well being.”

The scientists at HSPH say the USDA's MyPlate is not good enough because it should tell you that:

  • Whole grains are better for your health than refined grains.
  • Some high-protein foods such as fish, poultry, beans and nuts are healthier than red meats and processed meats.
  • Some fats are beneficial.
  • Potatoes are different to other vegetables.
  • You don't have to eat dairy at every meal: in fact there is little evidence that a high intake of dairy foods protects against osteoporosis, and a much bigger amount of evidence points to a high dairy intake being harmful to health.
  • You should limit your intake of sugary drinks.
  • Physical activity is an important part of weight control.

 

So how does all this effect us and our smoothie maker?  The thing is both Harvard and the Government missed the mark, because they were catering to masses and trying to keep things simple.

Instead of the Healthy Eating Plate saying " The more veggies and the greater the variety - the better" and "Eat plenty of fruit of all colors", how great would it of been to explain how easy it is to drink your veggies and fruits if you have a smoothie maker?

Just take a look at the video on our Blendtec vs Vitamix post and see all the vegetables and fruits that go into a good smoothie... there is no way most people will eat this much of a good thing everyday without a smoothie maker.

You can also use a smoothie maker to eat healthy protein, not just from a protein drink, but you can take real almonds and make almond butter, which is much better for you than the processed peanut butter you buy in the store that is loaded up with sugar.

So I would say out of the two plates that Harvard's Healthy Eating Plate is the best, but take the information and as Emeril would say "kick it up a notch" and use a smoothie maker to make it even better.

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The Battle of the Super Blenders: Blendtec vs Vitamix

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There is no debate in the industry that the two best smoothie maker / blenders are Blendtec and Vitamix, but  there is a healthy debate of which one is the best.  We are going to give you the facts to help you make an informed decision.

Blendtec WildSide HP3A Blender ————————————–-Vitamix 5200

Perfectionists searching for the perfect blender have their work cut out for them. In the battle of Blendtec vs Vitamix, these superpowers are well matched. Both of these do the work quickly and easily. Their powerful motors and blending capacities chop up food making it easier for the body to digest and utilize. After comparing power, size, looks, operating sound and price, the shopper will pick the unit that works best for his or her needs.

Blendtec vs Vitamix Power

Although Vitamix 5200 only has a 2 hp, low friction, ball bearing motor operating at 120 volts, it keeps up with the 3 hp, direct drive motor operating at 1500 watts in the Blendtec HP3A. The HP3A has 25. pre-programmed cycles and four changeable preset buttons while the 5200 lets the operator choose the speed he or she needs. Although the 5200 does not have a pulse option, operators simply turn the machine on and off when they need this feature.

 

Blendtec vs Vitamix Size and Looks

Consumers like the smaller size and looks of the Blendtec. This unit is more attractive, 5 1/2 inches shorter and weighs almost 3 pounds less than its competition, which weighs 11 pounds. With the 64-ounce container, Vitamix at 20 1/2 inches is too tall to fit under normal cabinets. The square shape of the 64 ounce container on the HP3A keeps most products mixing without problems. If the action stops, the operators simply turns off the machine, removes the lid and breaks the air bubble with a spatula. However, the 5200 comes with a tamper, which stops the air pockets from forming in thick liquids.

 

Blendtec vs Vitamix Sound

Unfortunately, both blenders are noisy with their high-powered, hard-working motors. However, the 5200 is slightly quieter and preferred by some noise sensitive people. Its motor whine is not as high-pitched and piercing as the sound its competitor makes.

 

Blendtec vs Vitamix Price

The Blendtec is cheaper by $40 to $100. Although both units offer seven-year warranties, the HP3A has different times of protection for the motor, container and blade assembly. A warranty on the 5200 covers all components for full seven years.

As both of these super blenders work very well, the buyer has a difficult decision to make. The Blendtec HP3A has a more powerful motor, is lighter and smaller with a more attractive design and is cheaper. However, the Vitamix 5200 is quieter, gives a full seven year warranty on all parts and has a better designed mixing system with the tamper. Both of these get the job done.

 

Blendtec vs Vitamix Video

This video was made in 2009 and the price of the two blenders are now pretty much the same, not the $100 difference as shown on the video.

Here are three reviews from the Amazon site about the Blendtec HP3A

1- I’ve repeatedly tried to dramatically increase my consumption of raw fruits and greens with little success. It is extremely difficult to chew large quantities of produce. Blended food is the answer. I have prepared all manner of concoctions using the Blentec WildSide blender which are delicious and nutritious. The Blendtec works as advertised. It is loud, but tolerably so. My drinks, smoothies and sauces are blended to smooth perfection in a remarkably short period of time. I definitely recommend getting the 96 oz container. I prepare food for one, or sometimes two, and find this larger size to be perfect. The container is also very easy to clean. I debated whether to buy the Blendtec or the Vitamix; after researching, I decided on the Blentec and am very pleased with my decision. The product is expensive, but it works very, very well. I use it several times a day. Think of it this way: instead of cooking your food on a stove or in an oven, you are processing the food in a blender. You are essentially cooking without heat.

 

2- This blender is top-of-the-line and I’m seriously impressed. The power is incredibly strong and it’s very easy to use (despite being digital). It starts slow and speeds up as you desire. BUT BEWARE!!! The top may appear to be on tightly but if it’s not YOU’RE IN TROUBLE! You really need to double-check each of the 4 seals on the top to make sure it’s tightly sealed all around. They really should have designed it with a “click” or something to let you know the seal is on – IT’S HARD TO TELL! After my first “explosion” experience I’ll always be a bit nervous that the seals aren’t tight enough. But it’s still the best blender out there.

 

3- We bought the Blendtec “Total Blender” at Costco about a month ago and have been really happy with it. Leave it to me to always be looking for something better. I read online about Blendtecs new “Wildside” with the larger pitcher and 4″ blade (vs 3″ blade on the Total Blender). According to Blendtecs website, this 4″ blade basically blends better and faster than the 3″ blade. As happy as I was with the 3″ blade, I could only imagine how happy I would be with the 4″ blade.

Well as it turns out, bigger is not always better. The first smoothie we made with the “Wildside” was one of our favorites. Applesauce, orange juice, and frozen strawberries. When we got done, there were still big chunks of strawberries in the smoothie. Ok, so we put it through another blend cycle and they are still there. Four blend cycles later, we still had chunks of strawberry. This never happened with the 3″ blade.

I call Blendtecs customer service today to try and get a handle on this. The lady on the phone thinks maybe we didn’t have enough liquid in the pitcher to blend properly. I realize you must have a certain amount of liquid to blend. When we did the four cycles on the 4″ blade, it was nearly all liquid because the frozen strawberries had not been blended up. The applesauce and oj would not have been so thick that it would not blend. The lady says she could listen to the machine run over the phone and see if there was possibly something wrong. I told her there was absolutely nothing wrong with how the blender was running. Just how the blender was blending. Needless to say, the customer support was really no support. But I don’t think she did anything wrong. I believe there is a design flaw with the “Wildside”.

So I get off the phone with her and set out to prove (somewhat more scientifically) that it is not a problem with the machine, rather a problem with the design. I throw the ingredients in (same as above) the Wildside and press the smoothie button (#2). It gets done and guess what, there are big chunks of frozen strawberries in my smoothie. I go get the “Total blender” pitcher (3″ blade), transfer the contents from the Wildside and press the smoothie button. It gets done and guess what, I have a perfectly blended, SMOOTH, smoothie.

I cannot be the only person who has discovered that this 4″ blade in the Wildside pitcher does not work. At least it doesn’t work with the 1560 watt motor that it comes with. What I think is happening is that the extra width of the 4″ blade (and no extra power to turn it) is creating a space between the tips of the blade where the frozen strawberries are kind of just hanging out and not being blended.

I’m not a blender engineer but I do know this: The 3″ blade works and the 4″ blade absolutely does not! Which begs me to ask, did Blendtec even test this before it was offered to the public. Or is the “Wildside” just a gimmick to sell more blenders? We love the “Total Blender” but will be sending the “Wildside” back to Amazon. What a disappointment on Blendtecs part not to mention a waste of our time.

Here are some reviews on Vitamix 5200 I found online… you can not purchase the 5200 from Amazon is why no reviews were found there,

 

1- Pros: super fast clean up, fast food prep, healthy fast food, fun to use

Cons: loud, rather large, a little awkward lifting
Model Number: 5200
“This is PURE awesomeness. I love this machine. Super easy to clean. Super easy to blend things, recipes are complete joy and I know what I’m putting into the machine.
What comes out is wonderful. I know I have an issue with cancer so my lifestyle has to change for the better. Often I worry about my nutrition and not getting enough mainly because of the time constraints of preparing food. This has to be the most convenient device to prepare food and keep it healthy with super fast clean up. SO VERY HAPPY with my machine!”

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Pros: no wasting food. smooth drinks and chunky salsas

Cons: not a fan of the lid clips

Model Number: 5200
“Purchased the package with the 3 blenders jars. This was after reading reviews, trying out the in-laws Blendtec and Vitamix, and of course saving up for it. It is a huge purchase after all. Really appreciate the low speed functions to make chunky soups and salsas, and the high speed for hiding veggies in my super-smooth fruit smoothies. Ultimately decided on this over the blendtec because of really slow low speed, and being able to have complete control over the speeds without having to waste time reprogramming. Veggies and fruits don’t go to waste because if they look like they’re turning they get tossed into a smoothie, wasting food used to be a huge problem for me so i can see myself recouping the costs in the long run

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Pros: long lasting, professional performance
Cons: none
“Vitamix is the best thing ever. This is my second machine…the first one died after about 12 years going strong…that and I just wanted a new one! This machine is so much more than a blender; its a better health machine. You won’t regret it. Use it for every meal and use the recipe book. You’ll be amazed and what this thing can do!”
If your trying to decide between the two, your going to find mostly satisfied customers in both camps and very biased reviews from dealers of both.
Another thing you might want to consider before making the final choice is Vitamix has been in business for 85 years and Blendtec for around 24 years.
Here is something that is interesting is Vitamix earlier this year lost a lawsuit to Blendtec on Paten infringement of the mixing jar. You can read about it on Cleveland.com

After four years of arguing over the design of one of its commercial blender jars, Vitamix Corp. must pay more than $11 million in damages for infringing on a competitor’s patents, a federal jury in Utah decided.Vitamix Corp., an 89-year-old Olmsted Township manufacturer of high-end commercial and household blending machines, said that its XP blending jar was not based on one made by K-Tec Inc., but was created from its own designs and patents. Vitamix said its patents predate K-Tec’s.

But the jury in federal district court in Salt Lake City found otherwise last week, ruling that Vitamix’s jar was too similar to K-Tec’s five-sided Blendtec jar.

The jury said K-Tec is entitled to $8.9 million in lost profits and $2.1 million in royalties because of Vitamix’s infringement of two K-Tec patents.

In April, U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell issued a summary judgment agreeing with K-Tec and leaving it to the jury to set damages. She could rule later on whether damages should be tripled, to $33 million, and attorney’s fees awarded.

“We respect but disagree with the court’s ruling as well as the earlier summary judgment that Vitamix’s container was an infringement of the other company’s jar,” said Anthony Ciepiel, Vitamix’s vice president of sales and marketing.

So in this battle of the blenders who reigns supreme, Blendtec vs Vitamix?  Looks like you have the deciding vote :-)

 

 

 

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Start Feeling Better With The Montel Williams Health Master

Montel Williams HealthmasterWe asked a owner we know of the Montel Williams Healthmaster to send us a post that explains what she thinks of the Healthmaster. Below is what Jan sent us.

The Montel Williams Health Master is a revolutionary appliance that is much more than a blender. Not only does it provide 1100 watts of power, but it can also replace just about every other kitchen tool that you are currently using. It will liquefy vegetables, pulverize fruit, grind nuts, make salad dressings, grate cheese, whip cream, blend smoothies, crush ice, make cocktails, juice, dice vegetables, prepare dough and yogurt, and emulsify produce. The Health Master retains the antioxidants, Phyto-Nutrients and vitamins so you are getting all of the goodness from your food.

Buy this amazing appliance today and you can throw out your coffee grinder, spice mill, mini chopper, food processor, blender, ice cream maker, ricer, juicer, milk shake maker and cheese grater. Get rid of your mandolin slicer because the Health Master does it all. You can even crush 2 quarts of ice in seconds.

The Health Master has a large lid opening at the top so you can easily add whole vegetables and fruit. The centrifugal friction cooks everything naturally. The polycarbonate 70 ounce plastic pitcher comes in red or black, and has six blades which are stainless steel and suitable for dry and wet blending. The unit has 8 variable speeds and can make soup and ice cream in no time at all. The safety valve that is built into the lid allows steam and pressure to be released when you are making hot foods. Your machine will shut off if it gets too hot allowing it to cool down and not overheat. Everything is dishwasher safe except for the base of the unit making it easy to clean. The best thing about this appliance is that it has a 100-year warranty on the motor.

The foods that you can prepare with the Health Master are only limited to your imagination. You can whip up your own bread or make delicious drinks. Mix martinis in a snap or prepare natural ice cream. Prepare the dough for a tasty vegetarian pizza, and make chocolate fondue for desert. The Montel Williams Health Master also comes with a healthy eating plan and 4 delicious recipe books.

If you are watching what you eat and are looking for a new healthy eating plan, this amazing appliance is the way to go. The Health Master makes a wonderful gift and will be treasured by your family and friends. Start feeling healthier and buy it today so you can look and feel better tomorrow.

While we think her post is a little bias and some what hyped, it is what she thinks of her Montel Williams Health master. While we never used this blender, it certainly is a lower cost alternative to the Blendtec and Vitamix. The lifetime warranty on the motor does help alleviate the fears that this machine can’t compare to the much higher cost, big two.

If you can’t afford one of the more proven blenders this is probably the best  low cost choice.

 

 

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