There are new gadgets and gizmos being released into the market every day. It can be a bit overwhelming and daunting. Some people end up buying a ton of things they don’t really need, and then they are left with less money and dozens of contraption to perfectly chop sandwiches, flip pancakes, mince garlic, brush your teeth, do your taxes…well, you know what I mean. If you’re a foodie enthusiast, you may either have a blender already or have heard “I love my Vitamix/Blendtec/Magic Bullet/Breville/Cuisinart Blender!!1″ on almost every food blogger’s site out there. Why? What’s so great about a blender? “I don’t want to drink a bunch of smoothies and soup all day.” Well, once you step into the realm of high-powered / high-quality blenders, you may be surprised at just how many uses there are for them. I never even put my blender away. It always sits on the counter because I use it at least once a day, and I think having it out promotes regular healthy eating because it is already out and ready to go.
“Can’t I just use a Magic Bullet or other lowered-powered blender? It is so much cheaper!” – Yes, absolutely! If your blender works for you and satisfies your needs (food-wise, heh), then there is no reason why you need to spend more money just because everyone raves about some of the more popular blenders. Among Raw and Vegan foodies, the Vita-mix is a drooled over and sought after device. After having owned one myself for a little under a year, I can say with confidence that it lives up to the hype. It is a wonderful machine, and for the things I do and the amount of meals I make from scratch, it was a worth-while investment. If, lets say, you only need or use a blender to blend juice, water or milk and protein powder and maybe another odd thing here and there, then I would say you definitely could forgo getting a high-powered blender. Something like a Magic Bullet would probably do the trick. It all depends on what you are looking for in a blender and what you need it for. If the answer is “EVERYTHING!”, then I would consider a high-powered blender.
“The Vitamix and Blendtec look awesome, but they are very pricey. Is it worth it?” - This again depends on a number of factors, including your budget, your food prep needs, how often you make meals from scratch, how much power you need…etc. If you do have the budget for one a blender such as the Vitamix or Blendtec, and you do a fair bit of homemade meals and such, then hopefully this post will help you decide whether it is right for you. If you have a family member(s) that can also benefit from one, then maybe you could split the costs.
CONS of a High-Powered Blender?
- Price. They can be very pricey, even though most do have good warranties and payment plans and some brands also have refurbished and certified versions. (see bottom of post for links to cheaper blenders)
- You have a bunch of appliances already. If you do happen to have a lot of appliances (Food processor, ice cream maker, immersion blender, grinder etc…), then there may not be a need to invest in a blender
- You don’t usually make food. If you don’t make homemade meals often that require the use of a blender, then you could probably get by with a cheaper alternative like a Magic Bullet.
- It doesn’t do every single thing. One thing I have heard some people say is that blenders can’t “Do it all” – as in, sometimes you need to do steps to food before using it in your blender. For example, if you were going to make a creamy soup, you may want to pre-cook your veggies at least a little before blending them. I guess some people want to just be able to throw everything in there. Well, guess what? You can! There are plenty of raw soup recipes out there where you just toss everything in and let ‘er go!
- High-powdered blenders can replace a bunch of different kitchen gadgets so that you can have one powerful and versatile appliance instead of dozens of them. They can replace flour mills, coffee grinders, immersion blenders, ice cream machines, mixers, graters, vegetable choppers and more.
- I had always wanted to try making ice cream using frozen bananas, but my older blenders weren’t powerful enough, so finally being able to make creamy healthy ice cream is awesome! I have made things I never attempted before, since it was either not possible or too much work without a blender.
- You may be able to substitute multiple appliances for one blender in order to make dishes that require more prep work. Less dishes to clean is always a good thing!
- Because your options increase when you have a blender, there are more fun things to do in the kitchen. Blend, chop, puree, grind, stir, mix, combine.
- Replace hand-mashing, chopping, mixing and more by using a blender. Powerful blenders also do things with much more ease and swiftness! When I had a less powerful blender, it could only handle tiny amounts of liquid/food at a time and everything took quite a long time. Things would also get stuck and I’d have to open it up and move things around multiple times and even though, I’d still have chunks of unprocessed ingredients.
- One of the perks to fast food / take out is that it is almost instant, so we can turn to that too often. This usually means that we are eating unhealthy food and buying take out can be expensive. I find that I eat healthier much more often now that I have a good blender. Instead of grabbing a box of cookies, I’ll blend up some chickpeas and make a batch of chickpea cookies. If I don’t even feel like putting the time into that, I can blend up a healthy milkshake or ice cream using simply frozen banana. With dinners, I can either blend up a soup, make a vegan cheese sauce and pour it all over some steamed vegetables and I’ve got a darn healthy and delicious meal in hardly any time at all.
- Smoothies – Green Smoothies, Fruit Smoothies, Veggie Smoothies… A perfect healthy breakfast or meal on the go. A simple formula for a green smoothie is Almond Milk + Handful of Leafy Greens + Handful of Frozen Fruit and blend till smooth. Here is a simple Pear Green Smoothie recipe!
- Fruit & Vegetable Juices
- Pancakes – Mix pancake batter quickly (especially handy when you are adding banana, oats, sweet potato, pumpkin etc…) in your blender and pour right from the blender into the skillet!
- French Toast Batter – Vegan french toast can use banana instead of eggs, so blending the ingredients can save time instead of having to mash them by hand.
- Flours – Save money by grinding up your own flour. Buy Buckwheat Groats, Oats, Flax Seeds, Chia Seeds and whatnot and grind them till they are a flour consistency. Boo ya!
- Ice Cream – Make guilt-free healthy ice cream using ingredients like frozen fruit, frozen bananas, coconut milk, almond milk, cacao powder, vanilla extract, sea salt, mesquite powder, pitted dates, peanut butter…etc. Store leftovers in the freezer.
- Sorbet - Blend frozen fruit until smooth and creamy.
- Hummus / Bean Dip – Store bought hummus can be pricey, as can spinach dips, pestos etc. Get a cheap bag of dried chickpeas, soak them then blend them up with a few other ingredients and make a crap-load more hummus for the same price as a small container of store bought. Fresh tastes better too!
- Sour Cream - One way of making vegan sour cream is to use silken tofu as a base, or blended cashews.
- Artichoke Spinach Dip
- Chutney – Storebought chutneys have very high amounts of sugar. This recipe only calls for 2 teaspoons.
- Olive Tapenade - I need to make this sometime!
- Guacamole – The Happy Herbivore has a great lower fat Guacamole recipe using Edamame! –> Low Fat Guacamole
- Soups – Canned soups are full of insane levels of sodium and preservatives. Whip up some heavenly creamy soup quickly in your blender. If you have some random leftover vegetables in the fridge like half a carrot, a lonely turnip or 2 awkward broccoli florets, add them all into a soup! Try this creamy sweet potato soup.
- Pate – You can make some pretty convincing faux tuna salad or crab salad or pate with ingredients like chickpeas, sunflower seeds, nori, lemon juice, pepper, sea salt, dill, celery… Mmmm! This curried sunflower spread is one of my favourites.
- Faux Tuna
- Iced Lattes / Lattes
- Nut Milks / Rice Milk
- Chocolate Milk / Hot Chocolate – add some cacao powder and sweetener to your nut milk for some fresh chocolately milk!
- Milk Shakes
- Coconut Whipped Cream – One of the most delicious things to add on top of milk shakes, lattes, ice cream, desserts, pudding…
- Nut Butters – Did you know that some store bought peanut butters contain icing sugar? What the heck. Make your own healthy nut butter!
- Tahini / Seed Butters
- Jam / Fruit Spreads
- “Cheese” Sauce for Mac’N’Cheese, Nachos, Vegetables… This stuff is so good. Mix some nutritional yeast with almond milk, sea salt, corn starch, blend and then heat on the stove for a couple of minutes and get ready for yummy cheesey sauce to pour on everything. Recipe Here!
- Salad Dressing
- Apple Sauce / Apple Butter
- Tomato Sauce – Jarred / Canned tomato sauce can be very high in sodium. Homemade tomato/pasta sauce is oh so good and you can decide how much salt goes into it.
- Chocolate Frosting – Blend avocado, cacao powder and sweetener for an amazing frosting or pudding.
- Cashew Cream – Might be one of the most delicious things ever.
- Raw Desserts – Raw Vegan Snickers. Omg.
- Healthy Powdered Sugar – Grind up some Xylitol until fine and you have some powered sugar-free “sugar”.
- Vegan Cream Cheese
- Pumpkin Pecan Butter Tarts
- Cookie Dough Dip
- Pizza Crusts using Spaghetti Squash, Cauliflower, Sweet Potato and more.
- Creamy Cauliflower Sauce
- Cereals - mix brown rice, salt, water, apple cider, cinnamon, apple etc and make your own healthy cereals and oatmeals.
- Chocolate Hazelnut Spread – And vegan nutella fudge.
- Coconut Butter – Coconut Butter can be pricey, but you can make your own with dried coconut! It takes a bit of blending time, but it is much cheaper.
- Kale Chip Batter
- Mayonnaise <– That recipe uses nuts. For a recipe with a tofu base, click here.
- Healthy Caramel Dip
- Fruit Leathers – Strawberry-Peach Fruit Leather Recipe
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* I wasn’t sponsored or asked to make this post in any way. I’m just a fan of blenders and feel like they are one of the few appliances worth getting if you are into cooking and living a healthy lifestyle.