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Getting Started: 3 Easy Green Smoothie Recipes

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.
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Make Your Blender Quieter: Prevent Hearing Damage

Make Your Blender Quieter

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.
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Lucky Jackfruit Shake


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!

Frozen. Jackfruit.

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.

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Sugar free full Fiber Vegetable Juice

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.

Sugar Free Full Fiber Vegetable Juice

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.  Continue Reading →

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Beet and Honey Froyo


If you know me, then you’ll know ice cream is one of my top 5 favorite foods. Number 3, to be exact. I made my first batch of home made ice cream in college, when my roommate and I “accidentally” kept an ice cream maker from our other friend. We experimented ice cream recipes all summer long.

The thing about ice cream makers, though, is that they’re never really ready for you when inspiration hits. Freezing the ice bucket for 6 hours? Am I even going to want to make ice cream in 6 hours? It’s not a risk I’m willing to take.

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DIY Hot Chili Oil

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.

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Welcome Back!

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:

  1. 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!
  2. New jobs! Selling other things! But we’re also both thinking of going back to school soon.
  3. 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!
  4. We got married! Maybe a post about this later.
  5. 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.

Stay tuned!

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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

As 2015 comes to a close, we fondly reflect on all this year has brought us, and we are super excited for what’s in store in 2016. We hope everyone is able to enjoy this holiday season with family, friends, or loved ones! Here’s to another great year of fun!

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5 Tips for New Vitamix Owners

Happy December, everyone! If this is your first time visiting Blender Brain, welcome! We have been having a great holiday shebang of a sale going on at our roadshows and online orders, and are excited to have met and sold to all the new Vitamix owners! Congratulations to all!!!!

While we’re super excited for new families who take home a Vitamix, but we also know that sometimes it can be scary to get used to something so awesome – we want to help! Here are some tips to follow as a brand new Vitamix Owner:

1. Take it out of the box and keep it on the counter! – We know this sounds a little silly, but sometimes we get owners who have had their Vitamix for a month and still haven’t opened the box! It is definitely the first step to start making some smoothies and juices to help kickstart your day. Will and I live in a pretty small apartment, but we made sure to make room next to our cactus plant so we can keep our Vitamix out all the time – this is important because it ensures you use it more than if you keep it hidden in the cabinets. We know it can be tough to make room in a small kitchen, but we promise you will not regret it!


2. Register your Vitamix Warranty – If you purchased your Vitamix through us, then your Vitamix is already covered under warranty via the serial number. But if you want to make sure that your Vitamix is registered, you can do that here. All the information you need for warranty is stuck on the back of the machine, including the Vitamix phone number and your serial number 🙂

**Important: If you happened to purchase a 2nd container with your Vitamix machine on the same receipt, then registering it online will ensure that your 2nd container’s warranty extends to 7 years. Otherwise, it will be covered under the standard 3-year container warranty.

3. Wash your Vitamix for the first time – It’s always a great idea to give your Vitamix container a quick rinse before your first blend. To wash your Vitamix, add 2 cups of water and a drop of dish soap into the container. Put the lid on and blend the water on high speed for 1 minute. Rinse the soapy water off the container and it’s ready for blending!

4. Start with something simple – The easiest smoothies are the ones you’ll make every single day. Find some easy go-to recipes, or, if you have a favorite fruit you love, then start out with that! Our favorite lazy smoothie is frozen mango with spinach and coconut water! Sometimes, less can be more, especially when you are first starting out and trying to get in “smoothie for breakfast” habit.

5. Join our FB group! – Have a question or want to share what you’ve made with others? Join our Facebook group! There are a lot of Vitamix groups out there, and it makes us happy to see so many different communities of blender lovers. Since we are blending away on a Vitamix for over 100 hours a week, we created our group to be a resource to you – we want to make sure you get the expert answers to your questions. Feel free to ask questions, share recipes, or any of your own tips and tricks~ We would love to hear them!

Happy holidays and keep on blending!

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Thanksgiving Favorites

Oh my goodness, I can’t believe Thanksgiving is in LESS THAN THREE DAYS! We have been running around like crazy in preparation for our holiday roadshows (which will run from Black Friday all the way to Christmas…I know, we’re workaholics!) If you haven’t already picked up a Vitamix for your kitchen, come see us at our roadshow!

How to fold a napkin turkey!
How to fold a napkin turkey!

We know that Thanksgiving can be a time of stress, especially when you’re the one responsible for preparing dinner! The Vitamix website is full of neat recipes, and we have rounded up some of the top holiday favorites to help relieve some of that Thanksgiving kitchen stress:

Soup Appetizers
1. Sweet Potato Soup
2. Bacon Cheddar Potato Soup
3. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Sides
1. Squash Frittata
2. Potato Cheddar Breakfast Bake
3. Butternut Squash Casserole

Condiments
1. Stress-free Turkey Gravy
2. Cranberry Relish Sauce
3. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Desserts
1. Sweet Potato Pie
2. Low Fat Pumpkin Pie
3. Apple Pie Ice Cream

Other Tips and Tricks
1. Substitute a quarter to half of your potatoes with roasted cauliflower for a lighter mashed potato dish!
2. Substitute your heavy whipped cream with coconut cream for a healthier dessert!

Have other tips up your sleeve? Share with us in a comment below!

Holler Box