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9/17/19 2:18 A

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I use both an Oster blender (approx 4 yrs old) and a Vitamix (20 years?). I typically use frozen berries, spinach or kale, carrots... When I put kale and/or carrots in my smoothies, the Vitamix works better for liquefying that - mixing those in the Oster blender the smoothie definitely has more discernible fiber! But still very drinkable either way!

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9/15/19 12:07 A

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I used to make smoothies with a 1980's vintage Oster Blender (wedding gift from my first marriage)... it works but have to pace the machine much slower - don't throw in all the frozen fruits in all at once. Kinda depends on the instructions and how strong the motor is (most of the older ones were like 400 watts or so?).

Then fast forward a few years (*cough* more like 30...), I *did* end up getting a Vitamix (my late mother in law had a 70's vintage Vitamix that she gave my husband and we found out the Vitamix company has a recycling type plan - we called in and spoke to their reps, reading off the serial numbers and other numbers off the old one, and were able to get a Return Authorization and pre-paid label emailed to us to ship that old one in, and got a huge discount on one of their later models. It's a program kind of buried on their website so I don't guess they have as many takers now.). Sooo anyway, it's a much more powerful motor (and if you really really want to throw a lot of money at one, you can get the Pro models which are even stronger and hold up to many more hours of use chewing up ice and making frappuchinos and smoothies all day 6-7 days a week etc.).

But for now, the blender you have should work.

By the way... there is a school of thought that perhaps smoothies should be used in moderation... because the body doesn't seem to recognize drinks as having calories, and the temptation is to just drink smoothies all day. (It is easy to grab and go, I'll give you that, as that was part of the initial appeal for me!!). Healthy or not, the calories do seem to count. For myself, I noticed more of a spike in blood sugars. I'm guessing the fibers in fruit act one way when eating the whole fruit, and get changed somehow when presented in a smoothie format?

But... at least you get some fibers, as the smoothies worked better for me, in that department, than juicing, which filters the fibers out... so... just have to try it and see. For now, you'd be ahead to try it with the blender you have. Maybe add chia seed or flax meal to the smoothie after you remove it from the blender, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes to absorb and it will provide extra fiber and protein (I wish I had known about chia seed 20-30 years ago in my earlier smoothie making experiences!).

Not my intent to sound like a "Debbie Downer" because I totally love smoothies and can quaff them down like others quaff down a pint of beer!! But.... as I get older and lazier... smoothies don't always love me back!! (oh and little bits of chocolate is yummy with some fruit & veggies smoothies.... like unsweetened cocoa or cacao bits whatever whichever you have.).

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Edited by: PROVERBS31JULIA at: 9/15/2019 (00:08)
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9/14/19 4:53 P

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I use a blender. If the fruit is frozen, make sure it's in small pieces. I cut up over-ripe bananas and put them in freezer bags to store in the freezer. When I buy a lot of strawberries, I wash, slice and freeze on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. You can also freeze sliced peaches, nectarines. I take out what I want and blend the fruit with fat free a plain Greek yogurt.

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A lot of the smoothie recipes call for blended veggies and fruit. What kind of machine do you use to make your smoothies? Will a regular blender do it? Or do I need like a Vita-Mix

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