20131018-085102.jpg I LOVE my Vitamix, it's blended over 4000 Ls and runs like a dream. But I like to spread the love, so when it was time to buy a new blender for home I decided to give the Blendtec a spin. I must say, I'm really happy with it. The Goods - Way smaller - actually fits on the counter, under the cabinets Easy to clean - square canister doesn't have any nooks or crannies Cheaper - almost $100 cheaper than the competition Superficial - really good looking The Bads - Less control - blend speed and functions are digital, there are no dials (I like dials) Messy - the liquid really splashes up the insides and on the lid Anyone looking to buy a real blender for their personal use, Blendtec is where it's at. The finished product is smooth, the timer function allows you to do other things while it's blending and the price savings can't be beat. If you want a Vitamix I don't blame you, I'm not a total convert, I just think the Blendtec is a great option for those of us on a budget. Ps. What's in the blender? Spinach, parsley, cucumber, apple, pear and water. Fricken' delicious.

photo cred Cat Off to the Vancouver aquarium we went yesterday.  I haven't been there in yonks.  What a great place. So fascinating and so beautiful.  But the only problem with outings like that is that you're forced to eat their hugely expensive food or bring your own.  The bring your own option was just too hard to organise yesterday. Hey, it happens. So as I was packing up the kids and the car I starting thinking smoothie. I haven't really been able to enjoy my usual daily drink because, Simmah doesn't have a Vitamix and, quite frankly I'm spoiled with my set-up at home. But if I make a huge smoothie and keep the ingredients simple, then Simmah's blender will do the job. AND...I get my smoothie, I save some money and everyone's happy. The VanAqua Special 4 cups filtered water 3/4 bunch organic spinach 2 bananas Blend water and spinach then add 1 banana at a time (if using a conventional blender). Yields 1.5 liters Bottoms up!

Did you know you can juice with your blender?! I shared this information with the Raw Food Toronto Meetup group a couple weeks back and a few were very surprised. I must admit when I first found out I was super excited too, it meant I could juice wheat grass at home!! I don't juice enough to justify buying a fancy juicer and I'd much rather spend the money on a good blender as it's way more versatile for a living foods lifestyle. Loose instructions for a day's worth of juice, about 2L 1 head of celery 8 leaves of kale 1 cucumber 1 beet 1 lemon apple (optional) pinch of high mineral salt (add after juiced) stevia to taste (add after juiced) Depending on the power of your blender you might need to chop everything into pretty small pieces, or even add a bit of water to get started. With my old blender (pictured above) I could get away with no water if I started with cucumber diced pretty small and then add the remaining ingredients from there. Once everything is blended up like a smoothie, pour the entire blender contents into a nut milk bag and squeeze out all that nutritious veggie juice into a bowl. Season with the salt and stevia. I keep the pulp in the freezer until I have enough for a batch of doggie cookies or raw crackers. Make sure you store the juice in an air tight glass container for no more than 12 hours. Once the pulp is removed the juice loses nutrients pretty quickly. This is why all those juice products sold in stores are mostly just sugar and preservatives. Do you have any idea how good that is for you!!!! Soooo good!