You’re a real estate professional who spends a working day in a moving vehicle. A nurse banging out 12 hour shifts with 15 minute lunch breaks. A health enthusiast with a host of other interests and obligations and yet eating well and maintaining your weight loss are important to you.
You should try blending.
After working my personal blender (the one with individual cups) and my larger, Karate-chopping blender (no brand names mentioned…yet) I knew it was time to upgrade to one of the big dogs.
Either the Vitamix or the Blendtec.
I knew this because I was served some seriously awesome vegetable-protein smoothies at a friend’s house that I could drink—as opposed to chew. (A chewable smoothie, though tolerable is not something one anticipates.)
I was also concerned about my prolific vegetable waste: purchasing a ton of awesome veggies only to have many rot in the crisper because they were forgotten.
While I still think the Vitamix is the premier blender, perhaps because of its cool dials and massive base, a major retailer had a screamin’ deal on the Blendtec Classic 570 so that’s what I got.
I was skeptical so I put it to task, blending smoothies, an avocado aioli dip and a broccoli and cheese soup served hot from the blender (The “hot” setting allows the blade’s friction to heat the contents). The verdict: It’s awesome.
It’s not even the same type of appliance as standard blenders—mostly because of its ability to liquefy and puree fruits and veggie (or nuts, ice, etc.) Spinach can be blended into a chocolate-flavored smoothie—so kids get their greens and parents keep their sanity. Veggies like cucumber, carrots, celery can be effortlessly folded into smoothies that don’t taste like cucumber, carrots and celery. Whole-food soups can be made in minutes (using the hot soup function) and that says nothing of the possibilities with Frappuccino’s, dips, salad dressings and blended cocktails.
If you’ve lost weight with us and you’re determined to keep it off, a commercial-grade blender may make the whole food combining component to Phase 4 infinitely easier—tastier and more fun.
A standard blender or food processor will take you so far—but if you want to go all the way—even replacing a daily meal or snack with blended option—the Blendtec or Vitamix is the way to go!
Until next time,
Dionne is a certified Ideal Protein coach who lost 25 pounds following the protocol way back when. Since then she's learned to cook healthier meals (and actually eat them), get a daily dose of iron in the form barbells and kettle bells and is usually training to improve her time in an upcoming half marathon.