By now you know I’m a fan of the Vitamix. I use it at least once a day and consider it worth the investment (yes, it’s a bit expensive). I make whole fruit juice every morning to ensure we get our daily serving of fruit. To keep from getting in a rut, I vary the “recipe” or fruit combinations. I now have a new favorite: Cherry Pineapple. Yum!
Here’s how I make it. In the container of my Vitamix I add ¼ cup water, ¼ of a fresh pineapple (include the core), 2 prunes (for sweetness–you don’t taste them), and 10 frozen cherries. Process on Variable Speed from 1 to 10 then switch to High speed. It takes less than a minute and yields 1 eight-ounce glass or 2 four-ounce glasses of juice. Try it!
This weekend we attended a blueberry festival in a little town in Florida, where we sampled a variety of products made with blueberries. It inspired me to create a blueberry recipe for a smoothie. Although it’s easier in a Vitamix, the food processor or blender will work (any appliance that purees). This one is a healthful breakfast for two, and very delicious. Enjoy!
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or yogurt or soy milk)
- 1 orange, quartered and peeled
- ½ banana, peeled
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- ½ cup frozen peaches
- Add all ingredients in order listed to the Vitamix container.
- Secure lid. Turn on Variable Speed 1, gradually increasing to 10 then High.
- Blend for approximately one minute. Use tamper to move food into blades if necessary. (if mixture is too thick, thin with a Tbsp. of water)
- Turn off Vitamix, remove container, then pour into two glasses.
Yield: 2 servings
Note: Drink through a straw. Blueberries stain!
Process until smooth.
Very Berry Shake
It’s hot. We’re in the midst of summer, a time when we love a frozen treat. You can burn fuel driving to the local ice cream shoppe, spend several dollars for a milk shake, and return home feeling guilty for overindulging on sugar and fat. Or you can save time, money and calories by making your own milk shake. Here’s a recipe I make in my Vitamix.
- 1 cup 1% or skim milk
- ½ cup frozen cherries
- ¼ cup frozen berries medley (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries)
- ¼ cup frozen strawberries
- 1 prune for added natural sweetness (optional)
- Add all ingredients to the Vitamix. Secure lid but leave the plug out to insert the tamper.
- Run the Vitamix on Variable Speed 1, gradually stepping up to 10 then High. Use the tamper to push the frozen fruit into the blades.
- Run until the mixture is smooth but do not overprocess. When the consistency resembles a milk shake (about 1 minute), stop the Vitamix, remove container, and pour into a glass. Enjoy!
Yield: 1 large or 2 small shakes
Variation: Pour extra mixture into molds to make frozen pops.
If you make this for the kids, you don’t have to tell them it’s good for them. Using whole fruit and milk, you have a delicious treat that contains vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. The milk adds calcium. Treat yourself and your family guilt-free!
Years ago, while vacationing in Mexico, I had a breakfast drink at Sanborn’s called Jugo de Seis Frutas. I can’t remember the six fruits, but I can’t forget how delicious it was! I’ve experimented with juices and smoothies until I’ve recreated the flavors. Mine is a juice of four fruits, with a splash of skim milk for a little protein. This is our regular breakfast drink.
- 1 orange, quartered and peeled
- 1 apple, quartered and cored
- ¼ pineapple, quartered and peeled
- ½ banana, peeled
- ½ cup milk
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Add all ingredients in the order listed to the Vitamix container.
- Secure the lid, but leave the plug out for the plunger.
- Start the Vitamix on Variable Speed 1, increase to 10, then to High Speed.
- Use the plunger to move the fruit to the blades.
- Run for approximately 30 seconds or until drink is smooth.
- Pour into two glasses and serve.
Yield: 2 large or 4 small servings
Does your busy schedule occasionally upset your digestive tract? Sure, you’ve seen those TV commercials about probiotics, but have you priced any of those products? I have. According to Dr. Oz (and countless other medical and nutritional authorities), you’re dollars ahead if you follow Grandma’s advice and eat your prunes.
You don’t like the taste of prunes? I certainly don’t. But here’s a suggestion: hide them in your fruit smoothies. I add 5 (one serving, according to the package) prunes to the following recipe, which serves 2. Tastes sweet and keeps your plumbing running smooth, too.
1 cup milk or soy milk
1 orange, quartered and peeled
1 apple, quartered and cored
1 cup frozen peaches or assorted frozen fruit
Add ingedients in the oder in which they are listed to the Vitamix container. Secure lid. Set to Variable Speed 1 and turn on the machine. Gradually increase to Speed 10 then flip switch to High. Process for 1 minutes.
Makes 2 servings.
No added sweetener is necessary because the prunes are very sweet. If prunes still are a turn off for you, think of them as dried plums. 🙂
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I refuse to pay a lot of money for sugar-free fat-free ice cream when I can make my own. If there’s no fat and no sugar, what are you paying for?
Today I made strawberry ice cream (or perhaps I should call it ice milk) my way. It’s so easy with the Vita-mix. Here’s how:
Strawberry Ice Milk
- ½ cup skim or 1% milk
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 Tbsp. Splenda® sweetener
- Pour milk into the Vita-mix wet ingredients container.
- Add Splenda and strawberries.
- Turn on low then gradually step up speed to high. Use the tamper to push the strawberries into the Vita-mix blades.
- Run Vita-mix just until strawberries dissolve and mixture resembles ice cream.
Yield: 2 servings
Variation: Use real cream or half-and-half for richer ice cream
From RECIPES FOR RECOVERY ©2011 Cheryl Norman
Guilt-free Strawberry "Ice Milk"
Isn’t this a yummy way to satisfy two of your daily fruit servings plus a little dairy? Enjoy!
I got this idea from the Vita-Mix website while watching a demo video for a green smoothie. Here is my recipe for a meal replacement shake. It provides a serving of dairy protein, a serving of vegetables, and two servings of fruit in each shake.
Meal Replacement Drink
1 cup skim milk
¼ cup nonfat dry milk
¼ cup Splenda® or other sugar-free sweetener
½ tsp. Vanilla extract
1 orange, peeled
1 apple, cored and quartered
1 cup frozen mixed fruit (I use a peaches, pineapple tidbits, strawberries, and melon mix)
1 cup frozen spinach
Add ingredients to the Vita-mix container in the order listed. Start on Low then gradually flip switch to the High setting. Blend for approximately 90 seconds or until fully blended. Pour into two large glasses and drink immediately.
Ignore the icky green color. This smoothie is delicious, nutritious, and filling. You can experiment with variations by adding carrots or cabbage combined with other fruits. I recommend always including an apple and an orange for balanced nutrition.
If you don’t have a Vita-mix, visit their website. There’s nothing comparable on the market. I’ve owned one for 14 years and can’t imagine life without it!