It’s a new year and most of us want to reset our metabolism and improve our eating habits. I usually start the year off with either a juice or smoothie cleanse. It’s to make up for the nutrient-depleted foods eaten over the holiday season and because my body is craving real whole foods. Some whine that eating healthy involves way too much work, but really, if you have a good blender, you’re set.
A blender is one of the handiest kitchen appliances you can own. You can whip up just about any recipe or solution in a matter of minutes, especially if you have a quality blender. To kick the year off, I’m sharing 300 Best Blender Recipes Using Your Vitamix to inspire us to make healthier food choices. Although this book calls you a Vitamix, you can use any powerful blender. Think of all the arm power it saves you by using your blender to make every day recipes and formulas.
300 Best Blender Recipes starts off with some Vitamix education. My first Vitamix lasted less than two years, so I wasn’t happy with the brand. Then I received one as a gift and it’s been working great for over five years. I also have two other blenders that work hard for me and handle any ingredients I fill them with. So you can use whatever blender you have at home to make any of these recipes.
I think another misconception some people have is that blenders are only for making smoothies. But, these little workhorses will surprise you with their abilities. They can blend anything from nut butters to skincare treatments as shown in this book.
300 Best Blender Recipes is divided into seventeen different chapters which include Nut Butters and Cheeses, Sauces, Dressing – Marinades and Spice Blends, Dips and Dressings, Soups, Burgers and Loaves, Fresh Flour and Baked Goods, Desserts, Ice Cream – Sorbets – Milkshakes and Ice Pops, Truffles and Energy Balls, Baby Food, Nondairy Milks, Smoothies, Smoothie Bowls and Parfaits, Whole Juices and Blends, Blender Cocktails, and lastly Skin Treatments, Scrubs, Masks and Lotions. Each chapter starts off with Tips for Success and has a variety of tantalizing and innovative recipes that are a breeze to blend.
Desserts are popular in most households and you’ll find a delectable variety in this chapter. How about some Peanut Butter Pie, Vegan Chocolate Cashew Pie, Raspberry Chocolate Tofu Pudding or some Pear and Lemon Cupcakes.
I did not know you could make flour in your blender. A guide is provided that explains how much wheat berries you’ll need to produce a certain amount of flour. This includes some grains and beans as well. The handy Tips for Success share the exact steps need to make your own flour. After grinding your flour you can make the bread, pancakes and muffin recipes included in this cookbook.
There are also gluten-free and vegan recipes for people with diet restrictions. Making your own baby food is big and there are several recipes for veggies, greens, fruit combos and hearty dinners.
If you’re interested in making your own skincare products, there is a diverse selection of mask, scrub and lotion recipes. Get a spa treatment by making the Cucumber, Avocado and Turmeric Face Healer or the Parsley and Oasts Body Scrub. Most of the ingredients are available at your local grocers or health food store.
300 Best Blender Recipes is a well-rounded recipe book that covers all your basic needs plus more. It’s a handy book in have in my cookbook collection.
Disclosure: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.