We’ve had our Vitamix 5000 for perhaps 6 months, and the verdict is in: big thumbs up. I’ve never been the biggest fan of fresh fruit, but throw it all in a blender with some ice and I can gulp down 3 servings at a time! Get whatever frozen fruit you want, let it thaw for a half hour, and throw it in with some flavored low-fat yogurt (which actually tastes good in a smoothie) and a piece of chopped fresh fruit. Or skip the yogurt and add a tablespoon of juice concentrate for a bit of sweetness. Or use sweet-tasting fruit like a banana and you don’t need the juice. I vary the Frankenstein concoctions each day: one day it’s blueberries, strawberries, and a banana, another it’s pineapple and mango and peaches. You can throw a little of pretty much anything that is good for you that you don’t like into a smoothie, let the blender do its thing, and you don’t even taste it. Once you get used to the gig, it takes 5 minutes a day to prepare and gobble down a lot of nutrition for the Lord’s temple. I’m not going to say it beats eating chocolate cake, but man… Where has this thing been all my life?
The Vitamix isn’t a cheap blender, but we’re persuaded that it’s a quality investment. With a powerful motor, a 7year warranty, and lots of rave reviews, we think it’ll last longer than buying 3 cheap blenders (that can’t hack the tough chop work) over the next 10 years.