Here’s a collection of tips that will make your Vitamix experience even better!
Buy organic whenever possible.
When I make my smoothies, I blend the ingredients to a smooth consistency before I add the ice. That way if it takes a bit longer to blend dates or more difficult things like that, by adding the ice after it’s smooth, my smoothie doesn’t turn into soup.
Apples & Pears
With most fruit, wash, keep the peel on the fruit, and just quarter and toss into the Vitamix. Some people prefer to remove the seeds, but I toss in the entire fruit including the seeds.
Peaches & Nectarines
Wash, keep the peel on the fruit but do not include the pit in the smoothie.
Some people blend the avocado seed- and it is edible, but I like my guacamole without the pit. :)
Oranges, Grapefruits, & Tangerines
Peel and use the entire inside- including seeds and the white covering, as it provides extra nutrition.
Lemons & Limes
A small slice of lemon or lime with the peel can add a fabulous taste to your favorite smoothie.
Use the entire pineapple except for the top and the shell. The easiest way to cut the pineapple is to lay it down horizontally, cut 1/2 or 1″ slices. Then, take the slice and lay it horizontally and just chop off the edges, leaving the little brown pieces. Slice the pineapple into quarters and put it in the Vitamix- including the core. That way you’re getting all the nutrients from the core and not wasting all that fruit!
Add spinach to most smoothies for added nutrition- without altering the taste.
Kale, Collard Greens, Mustard Greens, etc.
These are a bit stronger and need to be used in moderation as it will alter the taste of the drink. Once you develop a taste for the dark leafy greens, there are few things that taste better!
Foam in your soup or smoothie?
To eliminate foam in your soup or smoothie, follow the instructions for the recipe. When complete, just blend for an additional 10-15 seconds on the lowest setting and the bubbles will disappear.
Feed Your Plants
What do you do with banana peels? Blend them in the Vitamix with a cup or two of water, and feed it to your plants. They’ll love the extra potassium.
Dogs naturally eat grass as they crave green plants too. Whip up a bowl of green smoothie (without the fruit) and your dog will love you!
Have extra produce that you don’t want to waste?
We blend pears and apples from our tree into yummy mush, then freeze it in muffin tins and store it in the freezer. Many mornings we’ll pop a pear or an apple cube into the Vitamix to enhance the flavors and add some extra nutrition. This also works if we’re traveling out of town and have a fridge full of fresh produce- just blend it and freeze it, to use when we return. No waste!
Make blending easier
Add the juicy ingredients on the bottom of the blender (i.e. water, grapes, peaches, etc.) and put the things that are more difficult to blend on the top. This will enable the Vitamix to do a great job without having to dilute your soup, smoothie, sauce or whatever.
Low to high and high to low
I highly recommend always starting the Vitamix on low and on 1, then turn to 10 and then to the high setting. When turning it off, turn from high to low, from 10 to 1, and then off… always starting and stopping the Vitamix on low speed at level 1. This will prevent a lot of messes and will make blending much easier, and be easier on the machine too.