One of the most delicious ways to save a ton of money with your high powered blender is to make almond milk at home. To us here at BlenderBrain, choosing among the huge number of available dairy-free products in the store can feel pretty overwhelming. We have discovered that our favorites by far are home-made, in our blenders.
But Why Would Anyone Want to Make Almond Milk?
The fact is: commercially made soy milk, almond milk, and rice milk are one of the biggest scams of our generation. They are composed of over 90% water, yet they’re priced like regular cartons of milk in the store! That’s a pretty big mark-up for bottled water. Think about it; in the United States, almond milk can cost up to twice as much per gallon as gas. That’s nuts!
Plus, with mysterious additives like carrageenan and added sugar, the ingredients list on that milk substitute doesn’t always sound so wholesome. Now, we’re not saying that those milk alternatives at the store are bad for our health; in fact we have bought them just like you have! But for many reasons, the best milk alternative is really the one you make at home. You can control how rich and creamy the milk is, and you can flavor it however you’d like. Once you make almond milk and have a taste, the brands at the store are going to taste so bland!
And the best part? It’s cheap. It feels wonderful to turn a half-handful of almonds into a whole gallon of milk.
Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables in the world
Kale is definitely one of the healthiest vegetables in the world, and one of our favorites here at BlenderBrain. But the fact is, for all practical purposes there are an infinite number of vegetables to try! In this article, I will focus on other, less fashionable leafy greens.
For most people, greens are the healthiest food out there. One of the best ways people can figure out what the healthiest vegetables are is using the ANDI score, developed by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. ANDI stands for “Aggregate Nutritional Density Index.” This measure represents a food’s overall nutritional content per calorie. It’s a lot like measuring like the number of miles per gallon your car is getting. How much nutrition are you getting for each calorie you eat? In a certain sense, the higher the ANDI score number, the healthier the food! Kale measures 1000 on the ANDI score list, which is the highest the measure goes.
If you want to read a deep technical article about the ANDI score measurement, check out the article on Dr. Furhman’s website at this link. He’s got a pretty thorough ranking of foods there too that’s very easy to understand – and not just greens. Doctor Furhman is a food scientist and an overall cool guy who advocates for increasing your vegetable intake. I met him in New Jersey once when I was demonstrating the Vitamix 5200 at a Whole Foods Market, and I still feel starstruck. This other website called Nutrientrich also has a great list of foods with ANDI scores.
Green leafy vegetables are going to blow the socks off of any of those expensive heavily marketed “super foods,” like goji berries, raw chocolate beans, flax seeds, etc. Cheap greens will provide nutrition that will overshadow any expensive powder; don’t believe the hype! This is not to say your flax seeds and powders are worthless — their nutritional content is of course very different than even the healthiest vegetables. The message I’d like to convey here today is that greens are the best foundation for healthy eating. Those other foods are great to consider, but only after the greens are taken care of. So let’s get started.
Having a few go-to easy green smoothie recipes can be one of your most powerful tools for healthy living. But many people make it so hard for themselves! Making easy green smoothie recipes every day will give you far better health results than drinking a complicated magic potion only a few times per month.
I have a confession to make. Will and I don’t drink green smoothies every day, but I would say we’re the most faithful smoothie drinkers when we’re working, and we’ve been doing a pretty good job drinking smoothies most days on our travels around Asia. I love that drinking green smoothies keeps my skin from breaking out, and Will just wants something healthy to fill our bellies so we aren’t just eating junk food all the time.
This post is for the busy (and lazy) people, because WE UNDERSTAND! Sometimes we can fall into that rut when we don’t make anything – this can happen to anybody! I’m also writing this for people who just got their first high-powered blender, but they don’t know where to start or what to make first. We want to make sure you don’t let that new investment go to waste. When I first started getting into making breakfast smoothies years ago, I always had so many ingredients I wanted to add. The very first smoothie I made for myself was orange, cucumber, apple, spinach, grapes, and strawberries. It was brown but tasted okay. After just a week, I stopped blending. I ended up in a rut, because I thought it was too much hassle to have so many ingredients on hand all the time.
If you’re going to be blending regularly with any high-powered blender, it’s a good idea to explore your options and make your blender quieter. In fact, noise level is among the most common concerns people express when considering starting on the health journey of blending! Unfortunately, this concern stops an enormous number of people from trying at all. It’s sad, because the health benefits one can achieve using these tools are profound. But these careful people are not wrong to be concerned!
As the experts, we have a different experience using high powered blenders from most people. We didn’t just use it every morning. Tini and I were around the loud sound of the Vitamix for 12+ hours a day for years! I did that job for eight full years. After I left, I realized I miss the detail I heard in music when I was a kid. It’s a sad fact, and one I wish I had considered; this change in my hearing is likely permanent. However, even if I didn’t fear for my ears, I abhor the sound of exposed blenders now! I will always use a sound enclosure to make my blender quieter, because I know the health benefits are worth the investment.
It was a hot day in August. We were getting ready to move, low on ingredients due to a grocery moratorium. I was all alone, on a work sabbatical. I wanted a smoothie and I wanted one bad. So I looked in the freezer. This stuff was old and I wasn’t really sure it was gonna be any good. But it was eye opening. It was a LUCKY JACKFRUIT SHAKE!
Flashback: I’m so lucky. The one I love, Justine, peeled a bunch of Jackfruit. We were going to eat it together. But then something wonderful happened. Justine had an intense allergic reaction.
Hey! Will here. Do you want a smoothie that will give you real superpowers? A sugar free full fiber vegetable juice that tastes great? In our house, we call it Wake Up Juice. If you like V8 juice and want to make your own version, you’ll love these tips for making your own recipe. If you have diabetes or another body problem that’s really scary, my opinion is that maybe you should develop a taste for this if you want to fix your body.
Here’s my story: I was in my late 20’s, and I was starting to get pretty fat. Well, at least I was heavier than my too skinny self before. Maybe I looked about the right size, but I was on a road to nowhere good. In fact, the doctor said my blood pressure was a little high. I was a champion blender salesman – a professional shouter. “COME ON DOWN! IT’LL WHIP CREAM, IT’LL CHURN FRESH BUTTER, GRINDS MEAT, GRINDS GRAINS, KNEADS DOUGH!” You get as many free, extra sweet smoothies in that job, 10+ hours a day. I started out at 140 pounds, and, a few years later, I was at 165.
It was time for a change – a smoothie for a new time. I needed a sugar-free, full-fiber vegetable juice, so I started throwing vegetables into my drinks as if they were fruit. It was just impossible to drink. I would end up with thick, fibrous, kale pudding that was so bitter, you’d do a little shudder shake after every sip. So I started to really experiment.
Over the years I have developed a taste for spicy food. Specifically, hot sauce. But not just hot, it’s gotta have flavor. And I don’t like any of that ketchupy sriacrha nonsense. At first when I got something called “hot oil” at the Chinese food restaurant I was a little afraid. No vinegar? No sugar? Big chunks of dried peppers? I started by gingerly using only the oil portion and tossing the solids.
But, somehow over the years I have developed a taste for globs of this stuff. Put in on my vegetables, put it on my meat, put it in my soup and noodles and salad. I would buy a jar of the plainest chili oil I could find and, a couple weeks later, it’s all gone. Spooning an enormous glob of this feared condiment as onlookers gasp and cover their children’s eyes makes me feel like a circus freak and a superhero all rolled up into one. An expensive habit. And why do they always make it so salty and oily? It became a gamble – each brand was different. One had tomato in it – not my thing. Too much variation in the market and too much risk. Time to make my own.
Hey folks –
As you may have noticed, we’ve changed platforms! So things are looking a little bit different right now, and a little bit under construction (let us know if a link doesn’t work…). We’ve gotten a few messages asking us where we’ve been and if we’re still alive, and, we admit, time has definitely gotten away from us!
To catch you up with us, here are some highlights from this past year:
- Will and I have moved on from being live Vitamix demonstrators earlier this year; while we loved meeting and helping so many people at the booth, it was just time to move on. We are so grateful to have been able to meet many people at our booth, and we hope to keep inspiring people through the Blender Brain site and blog!
- New jobs! Selling other things! But we’re also both thinking of going back to school soon.
- We’ve actually have been testing and accumulating more recipes this past year, but just haven’t gotten around to posting because of our new jobs 🙁 But we promise to be better about!
- We got married! Maybe a post about this later.
- We moved out of our swanky apartment that you get a glimpse of from our youtube videos. Actually, we moved out today. Where are we moving to? No idea! We are going to be going on a grand Asia adventure and will be visiting Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, etc. And yes, we have packed a Vitamix in the suitcase.
Well, I guess that’s pretty much it. Our past year has apparently been pretty uneventful, ha!
Anyway, we’ve moved over most of our content to this new site and are excited to revamp Blender Brain. We will still be a hub to help Vitamix users with their blenders, but we will also be expanding our niche with reviews (which many of you have been asking for!), ebooks, and even more recipes.