I get asked all the time what blender I use. Currently, it’s the Vitamix 5200.
When I first started teaching plant-based cooking three years ago, I was using a pitiful little $30 Oster blender. It didn’t take many versions of cashew cream for it to throw a gasket and quit.
It was time to invest in a professional model.
I turned to the masses, surveying Facebook groups, reading reviews (did you know there are multiple websites dedicated to blender reviews?) and comparing the product specifications for the Big Two: Vitamix and BlendTec.
Ultimately, I decided to go with Vitamix based on overall customer satisfaction but then I had to pick a model.
There are three tiers: Smart System includes wireless technology and “self-detect” containers. I decided I didn’t need a blender that works off an app, as cool as that sounds.
The Space Saving line is a great option if you want to keep your blender on your kitchen counter all the time. The shorter, wider pitcher will fit under upper cabinets and still allow you to blend large batches.
I ultimately went with the Classic line. Easy to control, but plenty of power. I considered the 750, professional Series 750 and the 780, but settled on the 5200 and I am extremely pleased with the performance.
The Vitamix 5200 delivers smooth smoothies, creamy salad dressings, and instant hot soups for a reasonable price of approximately $400.
No time for blender envy! Plug your blender in and whip up my favorite morning smoothie recipe. This smoothie racks up 3 fruit servings, including the all-important berries, 1 serving of whole grains, and 1 serving of greens towards your Daily Dozen.
- 1 cup plant-based milk
- 1 cup chopped kale or spinach (1 big handful)
- 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 2 dates, pre-soaked
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 frozen banana
- Add everything to your blender and blend until smooth.
- Dates will blend much easier if they have been soaked in water first. I keep a weeks' worth in a small jar of water in my fridge so they are ready to go!
- If you want to use a fresh banana, just add 1 cup of ice to your smoothie.
- Don't be alarmed if your smoothie comes out super dark green or purplish-green…That is all the nutrients and phytochemicals!