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heavy duty blenders: Vitamix vs BlendTec?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I found new BlendTec blenders available at Costco for $400 (plus MN sales tax probably).

All that I have read about heavy duty blenders says HealthMaster is a piece of junk and I assume the same for Ninja blenders.

The only 2 quality machines I have read about are Vitamix ($600 at Costco) and BlendTec ($400 at Costco). There are plenty of refurbished ones on the market but I like the idea of a brand new one with an 8 year warranty (BlendTec) , a DVD and book including how to program it and use it.

Anybody have experience with either of these machines? Thanks... emoticon

I presently have a pretty good KitchenAid blender with a stainless mixing jar but it just cannot make ice cream and my smoothies have a few lumps in them, especially strands of fiber from certain veggies.

  
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KNEYRUS 2/25/2012 10:54AM

    I love my blendtec and how smooth it makes everything, love making nut paste and hummus in it too. Check out comparing videos on youtube, those help quiet a bit.

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DARA52 2/24/2012 11:47PM

    I hear they rival each other. I get by currently with a Hamilton but know it won't handle carrots! My new favorite so I may have to do some research also. Let us know what you find out.

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FRESHBAKEDPI 2/23/2012 11:32PM

    I have a vitamix and I LOVE it! emoticon

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MSLZZY 2/23/2012 10:39PM

    Totally clueless-sorry!

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CAROLJ35 2/23/2012 9:25PM

    Have you checked these out on Amazon.com?
I know nothing about those blenders, but do know I am happy with an inexpensive Oster blender, Cuisinart food processor and a Magic Bullet.
Have you checked Consumer Reports on these machines? I swear by their opinions.
Good Luck!!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/23/2012 9:16PM

    Sorry I don't know anything about either of those blenders. But I too would go with the new one...but that's just me.
Have a great Friday and an awesome weekend!!!

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Smoothie with kale & pinapple today...yummy

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

About 5 small kale leaves (got 2 big bunches for $5), 1/2 can of pineapple in juice, 1/2 banana and 1 scoop of soy protein isolate, plus, of course, 2 pkts stevia. It is delicious. Drank half for breakfast and had a bowl of organic ginger oatmeal with soy milk. I will drink the other half with my lunch of small turkey meatloaf sandwich (1 piece of bread).

It is hard to believe having a smoothie almost every day for a week has made me feel better...but I do!!! It is not only the good veggies and fruit but also the extra protein (either a scoop of soy protein or a scoop of egg white powder). Plan to continue. Am considering buying a better blender as some of the fiber is not getting ground up well.

Does anybody have any thoughts on the Healthmaster vs the Ninja blenders?

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PATRICIA4472 2/25/2012 8:25AM

    I haven't explored the world of green smoothies yet. Thanks for the reminder that I can add kale and drink it! emoticon

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DARA52 2/24/2012 11:51PM

    I love kale, pineapple, mango and coconut water. Yummm...

I have a friend who loves her Ninja but everyone has different needs.

And welcome to the Green Smoothie team. Yvonne/Travelnista has awesome recipes she shares with us. She does raw food as well and those recipes sound good also!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/23/2012 9:13PM

    I love the Ninja that my DD got me for my birthday last year. Don't know anything about the Healthmaster though. Sorry. Your smoothie sounds yummy. Wish I could have one with the protein but I am still limited on my protein so will hold off on that until I get clearance.

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GRAMMACATHY 2/23/2012 11:34AM

    Your meal sounds healthy and delicious. I have two second hand Vita-mixes. I love them so much, I am afraid to get rid of one in case the other breaks down.

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MCGS62 2/22/2012 9:14AM

    I'm not surprised about feeling better I got away from my grapefruit for a while and picked up eating more bread and eggs --mow That I am back with the grapefruit I feel way better

no preference on blenders though

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LOSER05 2/22/2012 9:14AM

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MSLZZY 2/22/2012 7:14AM

    Interesting combination for a smoothie. I can't give
you thoughts on blenders as I have a 36 year old
Sunbeam that works just fine. It was a wedding
present and seems to do the trick. HUGS!

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Blogged twice on Saturday and forgot on Sunday....

Monday, February 20, 2012

Did get to swim on Sunday and had a great time in a different pool that was warmer than my usual. I asked when they open in the morning and they said the pool is crowded from 5 am to 6:30 so that will not work out for me. But will figure out a way to go after work once or twice a week.

I have lost a full 5 lbs in the past 2 weeks and am very pleased with that. I still am not logging all of my food but am making better choices and staying away from sugar.

This week on Thursday I will get a food allergy blood test done and also will get my preop exam (upcoming hernia repair with mesh on March 2nd). I am starting to wonder if only 1 week off from work will be enough, but time will tell. I will be sure to ask for some restrictions like no twisting and turning (so scanning in the scanning room would be out) and no lifting more than 5 lb. Hope that will help when I go back to work.
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/23/2012 9:10PM

    WAY TO GO on your 5 pounds lost!!! Hope all went well with you food allergy test. Praying for you for your hernia surgery...

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MCGS62 2/20/2012 9:35AM

    Good job on the 5 lbs.

be careful with recovering take it slow there is no magic number of days for healing.

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MSLZZY 2/20/2012 7:07AM

    Great loss-5 pounds less is wonderful. Good luck with
the allergy testing and preop. Your doctor will know if
one week off is enough. HUGS!

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Evening Blog...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Couldn't swim as the pool was too cold (have arthritis and fibromyalgia) so I went in the whirlpool and after 10 minutes they shut that down and drained it!.... So I went to the steam room for about 10 minutes and took a long, hot shower. Didn't get much exercise today but got a really good start on my medical reimbursement paperwork. For some reason I do not come up with $3000 for medical expenses (not counting dental, but including prescriptions). I know I paid $3000 out cause I reached the max out of pocket my June 22nd. So now I am trying to get the dental EOBs and bills from the glasses store. I went on line and the EOBs on line say they are no proof of billing!!! Oh, bother!!! emoticon

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/23/2012 9:02PM

    Keep after them until you get the information you need.

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MSLZZY 2/18/2012 9:04PM

    The make it hard so you will give up and forget about it.
Stick to your guns!

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Saturday...no smoothie today. and my "stupid human trick"

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The omelet had 1 egg plus a scoop of egg white powder, 1 tomato and 1 cup of mushrooms. I cannot eat raw mushroom so browned them in some sesame oil and put the other ingredients (plus a bit of water) in the blender and poured that on top of the mushrooms. Flipping this over was a bit trickty but managed. Then ate this high protein omelet with some chunky salsa with black beans and corn in the ingredients.

I love the green coconuts and went out on the front steps in my nightshirt to use a hatchet to open it and just finished drinking the coconut water and for dessert will have the soft coconut meat (my cat, Poof, will come running when he smells it).

Plan to go to gym at 5:00 today. The pool was closed yesterday so I am really looking forward to my usual half hour swim. (I might add 15 minutes of floating to relax....have you ever seen someone float standing up? One of my stupid human tricks.)
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/23/2012 9:06PM

    What a great day!

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FRAN0426 2/18/2012 6:52PM

    The omlette sounds good and have a great time at the pool---I love going to the pool for exercise.

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MCGS62 2/18/2012 4:46PM

    Raw mushrooms- I tried them once , just the thought of where they grow is enough to convince me that cooking them is a very good idea.

That sounds like a good floating trick!!
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SUSIEPH1 2/18/2012 4:26PM

    Sounds all good to me !!

Have fun!!

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THINAGIN2 2/18/2012 2:40PM

    Enjoy your afternoon at the gym! Swimming sounds like a fun passtime for the day but a little cold for my pool!
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MSLZZY 2/18/2012 1:37PM

    Have a great time at the gym and standing up while
floating would be something I would do.

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