Going Green

My mom would give me that "mom" look if I told her this, but ... I'm burping lemons. It's Day 3 of owning my brand-spanking-refurbished Vitamix 5200 and I failed to make the Best Smoothie Ever. That's OK; I'm sure there's a learning curve.

Several months ago, I decided I REALLY wanted a Vitamix for the following reasons:

  1. I am trying to eat more greens.
  2. I am a vegetarian who loves hummus and almond butter and smoothies and all other things blended.vitamix
  3. My kids love smoothies, and don't seem to care that I put "salad" in them.

But the thing about Vitamixes is, they are not cheap. In fact, they are probably the most expensive "blenders" out there. Conversely, we are not wealthy ... in cash, anyway. So I started saving my money, a practice that I am not used to. Our general M.O. in the household is to buy first, ask questions later. Saving money is not our strong suit. Fortunately, I knew I was not going to perish if I didn't have the Vitamix right away, so I started squirreling away extra pennies (of which there were few) from paychecks and freelance gigs.

In the meantime, Bill and I pored over reviews, articles, and YouTube videos trying to find a comparable product that would be both powerful and durable. We found no match. We also discovered that Vitamixes are made in the good old U.S.A., which made me feel a bit better about spending the money. Bill also found out that Vitamix sells reconditioned blenders at a discount.

Long story short, I finally bit the bullet, and I received my Vitamix last Tuesday; it hasn't seen much downtime since. The kids have always been huge fans of smoothies, even when I made chunky, grainy ones in my old blender, so tt wasn't hard to get them to try the new, smooth version. The fact that I can get green food into the kids every day of the week more than pays for the Vitamix.

All was going swimmingly until this morning, when I attempted a kale smoothie with lemon in it. Regardless of the fact that I added pear, banana , and strawberry to the concoction, it ended up tasting like lemony kale. My son, the sweetie that he is, slowly sipped it. My daughter wouldn't touch it. You win some, you lose some. However, if I don't get my act together, I'm likely to lose them completely.

That said, do any of you have a good smoothie recipe you'd like to share?