You’d be hard-pressed to find a healthier, more well-rounded way of eating that takes less time to prepare than Vitamix smoothies. Simply select ingredients based on seasonality and availability, blend everything in seconds, and take your finished smoothie wherever you go.
In this post, I’m going to share tips for making the best Vitamix smoothies as well as my favorite smoothie recipes.
Vitamix smoothies are a part of my daily routine. Regardless of the weather or season, there is nothing like a green smoothie to kickstart my day, boost my energy levels, fuel me after a workout, satisfy my cravings… you name it. I could honestly live off of smoothies.
I started making smoothies years ago when I was in college. Back then I owned an Oster blender and made a smoothie every morning. The blender couldn’t handle much more than soft fruit, spinach, and powders, but my budget didn’t allow for anything fancier.
A few years (and blenders) later, I got my first Vitamix. My husband’s grandma was downsizing and generously gifted me her then 20-year old Vitamix. I was so excited to finally make smoothies with kale, celery, or ginger without having to worry about my blender not keeping up. The funny thing is that not even a month after I got the blender, my husband’s grandma got herself a brand new Vitamix because she missed it so much.
I think that many people can relate to this. I get a lot of emails inquiring about travelling with Vitamix, whether it’s taking it on the plane, packing it safely into a suitcase, or using it in a country operating on a higher/lower wattage. Personally, I don’t travel with my Vitamix, but I do feel the pain every time I have to part with it and potentially not have the option to make a smoothie.
High-speed blenders, such as the Vitamix, are able to perform certain tasks that standard blenders are simply not able to, e.g. make green smoothies with consistent, lusciously smooth and creamy texture. There is nothing worse than a smoothie with chunks of frozen strawberries or stringy kale leaves. Nobody likes to chew their smoothies.
Powerful blenders have also the ability to blend fruits and vegetables in their entirety. There is no need to chop up or prep ingredients. Vitamix can easily pulverize tough pineapple cores, fibrous kale stems, woody ginger peel… everything is pureed into a rich and creamy smoothie with no chunks or bits to chew. Smoothie enthusiasts love this because it let’s them pack more nutrition into their drinks. Chefs love this because it saves them time.
There is literally no limit to what kind of smoothies you can make in a high-speed blender.
Tips for Making Smoothies
Smoothies are one of the easiest things to prepare. All you need are fruits and/or vegetables (my favorite combination is frozen fruit and fresh leafy greens) and liquid (water, coconut water, almond milk…). You could end right there or also add superfoods (bee pollen, chia seeds, goji berries, maca, spirulina…), protein powders, and/or flavor boosters (extracts, spices, sweeteners…). That’s it!
How to Make a Custom Smoothie
So, you have a smoothie in mind. You reach for your blender container and start gathering all the ingredients only to realize that you don’t actually have everything you need. The good news is that it’s quite easy to mix and match ingredients to create your own custom blend. Enter the perfect smoothie formula.
If you are new to smoothies, you may want to start with more fruit and slowly implement more vegetables. You could also add more flavor boosters in the beginning and gradually move to superfoods instead. Here are a few examples:
- Start with a banana, then try an avocado.
- Swap a pear for zucchini.
- Substitute an orange for a cucumber.
- Move from spinach to kale or collard greens.
- Replace juice with coconut water or even plain water.
- Try adding green powder instead of cocoa powder.
Quick Smoothie Fixes
If you make a not-so-good smoothie, there is always a way to recover it.
- Too thin: add a frozen banana, avocado, yogurt, oats, flax seeds or chia seeds.
- Too thick: add more liquid.
- Too icy: add a banana, avocado or yogurt.
- Too sweet: add citrus fruit, strawberries, tart cherries, or green apple.
- Too bitter: add sweet fruit, flavor boosters and/or flavored protein powders.
- Too bland: add flavor boosters and/or flavored protein powders.
One more tip: if you think that your smoothie is absolutely unsalvageable but you don’t want to waste all those ingredients, freeze it in an ice cube tray. Any time you make a new smoothie, throw one of those smoothie cubes in. It’s very unlikely you would be able to taste it. And remember – if your smoothies don’t taste incredible, you either need to change your recipe(s) or upgrade your blender.
Vitamix Green Smoothie Recipes
Sometimes the hardest part about using a Vitamix blender is finding and trying new recipes. If you need a new recipe, here are a few of my favorite green smoothie recipes:
This cucumber pineapple smoothie is one of my favorite green smoothie combinations – not too sweet, not too thick and super hydrating. The flavor is tart-sweet and the consistency is creamy yet refreshing. This is one of the green smoothies you’ll want to make again and again.
Another smoothie that is one of my go-to green smoothie recipes. It’s smooth but not overly creamy, slightly sweet, slightly tart, and vibrantly green. This smoothie is perfectly balanced and great for any time and season.
Kale can sometimes be overpowering in smoothies, but this smoothie is different. While it’s packed with dark leafy greens, it tastes fruity, slightly sweet, and perfectly tart. It’s a great morning pick-me-up.
If you try any of these recipes, please, leave a comment and rate the recipe below. It always means a lot when you do.