I am a complete and utter health bunny, always looking for the latest kitchen gadget, health kick and exciting recipes to inspire and motivate my clean and green vegetarian diet. I pride myself on being active, strong and well fuelled, as the quality of the foods you consume directly effect the energy that you get back out. A great way to eat healthily is to use fresh ingredients and consume them as quickly as possible once cooked. The less you cook the food the more vitamins and nutrients remain. So what could be more fitting for a fitness junkie than a fantastic Vitamix Total Nutrition Center Blender!
Now Vitamix are a world renowned brand selling to both public and commercial clients within leading food chains and restaurants. The humble home blender that you can pick up for around £50.00 is not a scratch on the god that is the Vitamix, as this is certainly the Ferrari of all blenders, and gallantly worth its weight in gold. So what makes a Vitamix cost ten times more than your average blender I hear you ask? Well at first glance it wasn’t clear to me at all, that was until I saw it in action.
Looks can certainly be deceiving, and the minimalist switches and single power dial reminded me of the modern yet retro styled American kitchen equipment you find in the supermarket; like those statement coloured pastel shaded matching kettle and toaster combos, with rounded edges and sometimes finish in polished chrome. Yes they look pretty, but inside they’re exactly the same as the thousand other white plastic kettles lined up next to them. However this is where the Vitamix shines through, with it’s understated exterior and heroic interior, this machine is literally the Arnold Swarzenegger of blenders with outstanding performance and unsurpassed durability. It has the ability to chop, cream, blend, heat, grind and churn with a single jug that is lightening quick and incredibly self-cleaning. In seconds it can create exquisitely fresh smoothies, hot soups, and frozen desserts at the push of a button. The Total Nutrition Center is the universal tool for family meals and entertaining and is incredibly versatile.
The 2.0-litre jug makes 2-6 servings in a single blend, perfect for feeding the whole family or preparing meals for the fridge. It also includes a full-colour, hard-bound cookbook with hundreds of taste bud tantalising chef-tested recipes and a tutorial DVD to get you started. A Tamper, or poking stick as I like to call it, is included to help you to process thick mixtures like peanut butter and frozen desserts. It fits securely into the lid of the jug with a special collar designed to prevent it from going in too far and hitting the blades. Oh yes the blades, the weaponry of every blender, only the difference with the Vitamix are that the blades are completely blunt to start with. Regular blenders will lure you in with shiny razor sharp blades that take your fingers off, only to blunt off and become less effective with use. The Vitamix blades will never cut you, are safe to touch when not in use, and will never deteriorate in quality or efficiency because it is the monster of a motor that packs a punch and drives the blades at such a speed that effortlessly smashes ice in seconds, the usual culprit in destroying home blenders.
The Vitamix can also make hot and frozen foods without the need of a heating or cooling element, so there is no need for ice cream makers, saucepans or steamers. Because of the speed of the blades, Vitamix can turn a jug of cold water and whole vegetables into a steaming hot fresh soup in just five minutes, with the high intensity and speed of the blades causing friction in order to boil the soup. And making healthy fresh fruit ice cream without adding sugar and egg couldn’t be easier, as you simply freeze your fruit first and pop it into the jug followed by a squirt of natural honey, a splash of single cream and a 30secs blitz for super fluffy soft ice cream. No mess, no waste and no fuss. To clean the Vitamix simply add a little warm soapy water and blitz on full power for a few seconds and it’s gleaming clean and ready for the next dish. You can literally prepare your breakfast shake, drinks, soup for lunch, sauces for dinner and iced fruit for afters in under ten minutes without the stress and hassle of washing up.
What also sets the Vitamix ahead of all other blenders is its incredible 7-year full warranty, and that’s not something in the small print with a thousand get-out clauses; the warranty covers the motor, blender, base and container for any defect in material or workmanship as a result of normal wear and tear. Within 30 days of the receipt of a returned product, Vitamix will repair the component, replace the machine free of charge or issue a full purchase-price refund at their discretion. They also offer a 30day in-home trial, which if you’re not 100% satisfied with the product you can return it for a full refund and they’ll even pay for your return shipping. Although you wouldn’t get mine out of my hands even if I were sleeping, as I adore my Vitamix.
You can watch a video of me using my Vitamix here: