So yesterday, this happened:
Thanks to my mom throwing in for my birthday present, we are now in possession of the hippest of all hippie machines: the Vitamix Pro Series 750.
Yes, I tried to rationalize getting the lesser one, but I kept coming back to this one line in the ad copy for the Pro Series: "40% quieter run volume..." And there were the reviews... and the 10 year available extended warranty (done). So... yeah. :)
Since I am still unable NOT to anthropomorphize and therefore name every single thing that comes into our home, I am happy to introduce you to Vida. (No, she is not named after a girl who grows up in a mortuary wishing to be Jamie Lee Curtis and ended up with a morbid fear of bees; she is named in honor of my great Aunt Vida, thankyouverymuch.)
Vida got a short test run last night for a couple of light "night cap" fruit drinks, but this morning was the real test! So, without ado, I give you....
Sunny's Copycat Version
of Naked Juice's Kale Blazer
4 big handfuls of kale
1 big handful of spinach
1/3 cucumber, cut into chunks
1 celery stalk (with leaves), cut into chunks
1 very large tangelo, peeled* and sliced horizontally
1/2 (very large) Gala apple, cored and cut into chunks
1-inch piece of peeled ginger, cut in half
1 small lemon, peeled* and seeded and sliced horizontally
3/4 cup coconut water
Put all ingredients into the blender & process on Smoothie setting (or whatever setting works best for your blender). This made enough to fill a quart mason jar (the picture shows less because, yeah, I had already wailed on it by the time we got into the car!)
This tastes almost exactly like the Kale Blazer (retailing from $2.99 to $4.99, depending on where you buy it!) with several minor tweaks that I prefer:
- It's less sweet
- It's a little creamier (I think I put more spinach in there)
- It has a slight bit more "kick" (I think I put more ginger in there, too)
- It (obviously) has more substance/fiber to it. You could strain it if you don't like that.