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12/22/11 10:08 P

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You do know that I am a fan of your light hearted humor. LOL I also am one who does things my way. I also had someone who took "guiding" me a little too extreme. I rebelled masively and he backed up. LOL

So on to a cheaper but appropriate blender for you. I'd say go close to the top of the line. I just bought a Kitchenaide and what I've heard it does the job and then some. I will be using it next week after I clear out some things to make room for that and other Christmas gifts for my kitchen. I'll let you know about it. It was on sale a JC Penney's for $109. Not bad at all.

If you want to save more money go to Amazon.com and look at what they have, look at the reviews and then buy used from a seller with 98% rate or above. Realize they may stick it to you for shipping. You normally can find out what that would be before buying.

I'd also go on Craig's list and check that out.

I am still sold on high speed for Green Smoothies and low speed Omega juicers for juicing. That is where I'm at on both.

Stop by and chat up a storm with us again. You are always welcome. I'll leave the light on for you.

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12/22/11 9:57 P

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I have heard that the high speed blenders break down the fibers better but I'm not sure my digestion system needs all that help. I have a lot of intestinal surface from what I've been told and I don't want any atrophy to set in from lack of something to do. I do give "breaking down the food" point due consideration. I would like a little more than that, as important as it may be, before I spend big the big bucks on a blender.
I spent way too much on my bike but not as much as I would like to have been able to. I believe that the bottom of the line is not worth the money, and the top of the line is equally so for other reasons. I look for something that has above average quality, ask a lot of questions, then make my purchase when the new line comes in and the prices are reduced. High speed blenders don't change every year so my strategy can't be applied. Besides, I can't refinance my car to buy a blender.
I rode my son's soft-tail mountain bike for years because he wasn't using it. He uses his Vitamix, though not for smoothies. I ride my bike to improve my endurance and strength, but I don't train. I eat to support my body and improve over what I was doing in the past. (While on my own I put it through a lot of abuse for several years, a vegetarian yet milkshakes, sodas and potato chips qualified). I don't get too intense about my diet today. My first wife, a wonderful and talented person, always had hard fast rules about what to eat and how to eat it. They would change every 6 months or so and I gave up trying to keep up. The message was "your not doing good enough" and that plays a part in my laid back approach to my diet today. I don't count the number of times I chew my food nor do I slosh my drink around in my mouth for the proper length of time before swallowing. My body did a heck of a job keeping me alive when I was pushing it to the limits. What I'm doing now must seem like a vacation to my digestive system.
I appreciate all the input I get from reading the posts from so may different people. I don't post much because I tend to shut down the thread. My humor/sarcasm isn't taken as lightly as it is intended and I often get way too wordy (see above).
I admire your passion but I don't share your passion. Your energy has brought life to this once near non existent team and I am tremendously grateful for what you have been able to do. I, along with many others, are doing much better because of your involvement. Thank you.
Now if you can help me find a good quality blender at a wholesale price........

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12/22/11 8:39 P

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R2: Hands down no question at all that when you process green smoothies it is best to use a high-speed to break down the fibres in order to get it in a form that we can utilize fast in our digestion. Some use blenders, some use food processors, I have a new blendtec and would not use anything else for my green smoothies.

I am getting a Vitamix for making raw food soups,etc.

May I ask something here. How much money do you spend on your bicycle that you train on? Another question: Is the quality of the food going into your body/the item you use to get it for your body to digest worth any less?

I'm not certain here. Perhaps you did buy a less expensive used bike for your training.

I am not being smart arse here, I am putting my passion for health in a way to explain to you how much value I put in the tools I use.

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12/22/11 8:31 P

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I've been using a Cuisinart CB-600 for several years without any problems, until now. The gears are going out and they don't replace them unless it's under warranty. I've been overworking it lately and was impress that it did so well, however, I now need to look for another blender. I had a Blendtec for about a week. Bought a "refurbished" unit that was well used. It had a cracked jar and the touch pads were illegible. The jar was smaller than what I was used to and it only had 3 blending choices. The Cuisinart did a better job of blending in my opinion. My son has a Vitamix that he makes soups with and he likes it but I can't afford to spend that much.
I figure if I can get 4 or 5 years out of my Cuisinart I can get another one and it would be several years before I'd outspend what the Vitamix costs. I have two concerns: What blender stands out as a quality blender under everyday smoothie mixing? Are the nutritional advantages of a high speed blender real or sales hype? I hope I have another week or two before I am forced to make a choice. If anyone knows someone who is a green smoothie drop out and wants to sell their Vitamix cheap I could be persuaded to take it off their hands.)

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11/29/11 8:41 A

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I don't think the VitaMix is really worth it. I had one and while it was great I don't think it did a couple of hundred dollars more than my thirty dollar Oster. That being said, if you want one, get one.

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ORGANIC811LFRV's Photo ORGANIC811LFRV Posts: 4,483
11/29/11 6:51 A

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The magic bullet cannot do nuts and seeds the way that a blender can. If you cannot afford a Blendtec or a Vitamix look at coffee grinders-that is your best bet. I bought my Blendtec on the 3 payment plan. I'm glad I did. Bar-none it is the best for green and fruit smoothies. I am getting a Vitamix for Christmas. It's pricey at first to go healthy but your life will thank you for it.

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11/28/11 10:21 A

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I have and oster that I got at walmart.com (It was the best at the $50 and under at the time) and it workes fine.

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11/22/11 2:06 P

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I use an Oster that I bought at WalMart for $25. I did a little research before buying it and it seems Oster is just a great brand for blenders. It chops up all that spinach & kale really well! I wanted the Ninja blender but can't afford that.

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11/18/11 9:01 P

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I use my Magic Bullet in a pinch but I prefer to use my blender. Mine is the Waring Pro. I went online to Target.com and looked up blenders and read and read and read some more customer ratings. The Waring Pro seemed to be the best for the money (I believe it was about $40). Funny thing is - I love watching the cooking competition show Chopped and it's the exact same blenders they use in the kitchen there! lol. It's a great blender for the price.

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11/16/11 12:22 P

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Honestly, I just use a cheap yard sale blender, and it works fine!

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11/15/11 5:38 P

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I have a hamilton beach. Sorry, but I don't remember the specifics. It is the big 56 oz one and it is great!

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11/15/11 5:00 P

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I had a first gen vitamix until it broke. I now have an Oster I picked up at Wal-Mart.

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11/15/11 4:13 P

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Besides the vitamix and blendtec (can't afford one) what do you use for smoothies??? I don't even own a blender right now!!! I was looking for something to grind seeds/nuts and someone suggested the Magic Bullet...does that also make good green smoothies???


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