BlendTec Blender Review & My Green Smoothie Recipe

FACT: I do not like vegetables.

I like broccoli and sometimes green beans, depending on how they’re prepared.. but in general, since I was a small child I was a carb loving, meat eating monstahh.

Enter the BlendTec blender.  I watched the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead documentary a few years ago, and truthfully I wanted a juicer after seeing it.  But the urge faded away.

Then I started to watch ItsJudysLife on Youtube and through their daily vlogs I noticed the blender that they had purchased. The BlendTec!  I guess it didn’t help that it was the new year and I wanted to eat healthier.  AND Costco was having a sale on the BlendTec blender AND I had a $40 gift card. I did do some research comparing the Ninja, the Vitamix, but in the end I still bought the BlendTec.  (Side note: When I was in high school I had a summer job at the local ColdStone Creamery and I believe that we used a BlendTec back then.)

How much was it?

….$358 after discounts and giftcards.

I.KNOW.  Justin thought I was a madwoman. HAHA!

I figured if I hated it I could return it using their generous return policy.

Well here we are… 3 months later, and we’ve used it exactly 87 times.  The BlendTec has a built in counter display letting you know how many times you’ve used it.  We’ve made tons of fruit smoothies and green juices.  The nice thing about a blender vs. a juicer is you get all of the healthy fibers from fruits and veggies mixed into your drink.

For a time Justin was using the blender EVERY DAY for smoothies and adding protein powder after workouts.  To my delight he agreed that it was a good purchase. *hehehehh  smug smile* We still use 2x a week at the minimum and aside from the rice cooker (I’m still a carb monster) and the microwave, this appliance is 3rd in line.

Is it loud? YES.  But it doesn’t stop me from using it.

The main reason why I wanted such a powerful blender was because I wanted to blend fibrous veggies (like kale) enough so that I wouldn’t FEEL the bits and pieces of plant material while drinking.  And I feel that it does a superb job.  There are many loyal Vitamix lovers out there, but I love my BlendTec :)

Just a note… for the following recipes we havn’t specifically measured out the ingredients but this is what we usually follow.  Adjust or remove ingredients as needed 😀

 

Justin’s “Famous Fruit Smoovie” Recipe:

  • Guava juice (enough to cover at least 1/2 of the dry ingredients, add more if too thick)
  • 1 whole, peeled orange
  • 1 handful of frozen strawberries (maybe 6?)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful of frozen pineapple
  • 1 whole apple, cored but unpeeled (optional)
  • A few tablespoons of coconut milk if you like a tropical feel (optional)
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (optional)

Janelle’s Green Juice Recipe: 

  • Water (enough to cover at least 1/2 of the dry ingredients, but I like to add more to get more of a juice feel instead of a smoothie consistency)
  • 4-5 handfulls of Spinach
  • 1-2 handfulls of kale (no stems!)
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 whole apple, cored but unpeeled
  • 1 handful of frozen strawberries
  • 1 handful of frozen pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds (for protein and omega-3s)

In the image above my mom had given me an acai & blueberry juice so I used it as a base instead of water.  Using fruit juice instead of water really makes for a yummier smoothie!

♥ E&I