What Features do You Need to Look for in a Smoothie Blender?

Smoothie

If you are a big smoothie fan, or if you are a person who is trying to lose weight by drinking more smoothies and eating less solid foods, listen up. You have to pick the correct equipment. You have to invest in the right blender; otherwise, your smoothie adventure is going to hit some rough snags. The last thing that you want is turn preparing smoothies or blending smoothies into a chore. With the right equipment, you can keep things fun, light, quick and easy.

Make no mistake about it. If you are on a diet, you need to make things as convenient for yourself as possible; otherwise, it is too easy to lose track. If not, it is very simple to feel that you are punishing yourself and eventually, the hunger pangs get to you and you go back to your old eating habits. Similarly, if you are into drinking smoothies just for the taste, you want to blend smoothies as quickly and as conveniently as possible. You do not want to use a machine that may not have been designed specifically for smoothies.

Make no mistake about it. There are tons of blenders out there. There are many blenders with different brands and models. They look distinct from each other. They often have different specializations. This is what makes the whole process of selecting a smoothie blender quite frustrating. There are so many options that it is very simple to get lost. It is very easy to let the selection overwhelm you.

So, accordingly, I have prepared a buyer’s guide below that increases the likelihood that you can make a truly informed decision as far as your next blender purchase goes. When it comes to buying the right smoothie blender, you have to understand that you are not just buying a blender. You are also buying something that is specialized for smoothies.

Always keep the concept of specialization front and center in your mind. Otherwise, it is very simple to overlook this. Conversely, it is too easy basically to shop for a smoothie blend in the same way as you would a typical blender. What do you think the result would be? Do you think you would be happy? Do you think it would produce optimal results? Obviously not.

You have a specialized need. You are going to be using this blender for a specific purpose to produce a particular result because you want a particular liquid to drink. In other words, it is all about smoothies. So, you cannot really afford to screw around and use a one-size-fits-all or cookie-cutter approach to make your choice.

You are more than welcome to do that. You are well within your rights to do that, but let me tell you, if that is how you go about making your decision, chances are you would be quite disappointed and let down by the product that you eventually select. Do yourself a big favor and pay attention to the following elements when looking for an awesome smoothie blender.

The Motor must have Enough Power

Smoothie BlenderThe first thing that you need to look at is the motor. This is really important because this is the heart and soul of your smoothie blender. Everything else pales in comparison. Everything else is not as important. The motor turns the blade of the blender. If the blade does not turn quickly enough, it is going to take too long to create your smoothies, and in many cases, you are not going to get the consistency you are looking for.

You need power. You need tremendous horsepower, and you need to turn that blade as quickly and as powerfully as possible that your smoothies attain the right consistency. You have to understand that if you are preparing smoothies, you cannot settle for underpowered blenders. You really cannot. Make no mistake about it. There is a lot of hard work and heavy lifting involved.

Not only are the blades of your blender going to handle tough vegetables, they also need to turn quickly and forcefully enough to free up the nutrients in the veggies and fruits you put in that blender chamber. Similarly, if you are using chia seeds or flaxseeds, you need a blender that can do job pulverizing these seeds. Whether you use these seeds to mix into your smoothie, or you ingest these seeds directly, you need blades that are powerful enough and turn quickly reasonably to do a decent job. Finally if you are going to be pureeing or turning into smoothies raw carrots and kale, you need a solid motor that can give you a horsepower you need to liquefy these items.

Must be able to Withstand Punishment

A smoothie blender is something that you would be using every day. If you are on a smoothie diet, or you are in a green juice diet, you need to do it every day. All that pulverization, all that crushing, all that pureeing and liquefaction needs to be done day after day, week after week, month after month. Make no mistake about it. This is heavy-duty stuff. This is not the kind of duty and usage pattern that a typical low-powered blender can handle.

High-Capacity Pitcher

It is important to find blenders that have a large enough pitcher. The reason for this is you are probably blending huge batches of smoothies. This is especially true if you are doing green smoothies. People who go on a green-smoothie diet essentially replace solid food with liquid food. To compensate for the fact that this liquid food is not very dense in terms of calories, you have to drink more.

That is why you should insist on at least a 64-ounce pitcher. The larger, the better because you would need to put a lot of kale and green stuff and other natural ingredients there and liquefy them. You need a high-capacity blender equipped with a large pitcher. This enables you to prepare many servings of your smoothie so you do not have to prepare each meal individually.

Sound

One of the easiest to overlook factors when looking for blenders is the sound factor. It is too easy to pay attention to how fast the engine turns the blade. People naturally gravitate towards questions of power, wattage and overall durability. While heavy-duty use is important, and you should insist on it, you should also pay attention to lifestyle issues.

Make no mistake about it. If you have a blender that basically wakes up the dead or makes quite a noise that people can hear from down the street, you have a problem on your hands. Eventually, somebody would knock on your door telling you to cut it out. Do yourself a big favor and pay attention to the noise level issue.

Thankfully, there are blenders on the market that would not only enable you to crank out one awesome pitcher of smoothie after another, but they would do it quietly. Of course, you would probably have to pay a premium for that privilege, but hey, we do not live in a perfect world. The peace of mind you get as well as the peace of mind of your neighbor is definitely worth the few extra bucks you would have to fork over for a quieter smoothie blender.


References

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Strawberry Apple Smoothie Recipes

Apple Smoothie

I have been living in Japan for the last year, and one thing I love about Japan is that the fruit here is so good. Especially the apples.

My favorite apples have always been Fuji apples. Back in Canada, there were usually only two kinds of apples that I would buy: organic Braeburn apples, and organic Fuji apples. They are both so crisp and sweet. They cost a little more than other apples, but they are still cheaper than most other fruits or berries.

A slice of apple, with a little almond butter or peanut butter on top, is one of my favorite snacks. Apples have a lot more sugar than berries, but I figure it is still way better than reaching for a chocolate bar.

Apple Smoothies

Sometimes I will add an apple to my smoothie. Especially if I am out of bananas. An apple, even half an apple, can give a lot of sweetness to a drink and easily replace a banana. Apples go well with a lot of berries. Strawberries, raspberries, bluberries and blackberries are all a good combination with apples. Apples tend to grow in cooler climates, and most of the popular berries are also non-tropical crops.

One of my favorite pies is apple-blackberry pie. Even a smoothie version is this dessert is good. All you need is two or three frozen bananas, half a cup of blackberries (ideally fresh blackberries), and a sweet apple, plus a cup of your favorite non-dairy milk. Super good.

There are a lot of good apple pie smoothie recipes out there. They main key is to use enough banana to make it thick, and to use enough cinnamon to give it that pie taste. And of course, the better the better the apples, the better the smoothie.

Some people use apple juice as a base for some of their smoothies. I prefer to always stick with nut milk. Fresh apples are great, but apple juice is usually from concentrate, or at least pasteurized. Something about the way they process the juice takes out a lot of the natural health benefits, and it also changes the flavor.

So I avoid apple juice, orange juice, and most other kinds of juice, unless it is fresh-squeezed. Fresh squeezed orange juice is not too difficult to find, or to make, but other kinds of juice, including fresh apple juice, are not as easy to get. So, stick with a nut-milk base. Or, if you don’t want to mix apples and nuts, you can just use a cup of filtered water as a base, or ice. But I myself prefer smoothies that are not too watery or icy. I like my smoothies almost room temperature. They say it is better for digestion that way. The only time I make super cold smoothies is in the middle of the summer.

Recipes

Here are some apple strawberry smoothie recipes for you to check out. I have also included an apple pie smoothie here, just in case you haven’t seen my dessert smoothies article yet.

Apple Pie Smoothie

  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • half cup organic strawberries
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 fresh organic apples
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • quarter teaspoon nutmeg

Apple Hemp Smoothie

  • 1.5 cups hemp milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 organic apple
  • 5 organic strawberries
  • a handful of spinach
  • 1 scoop hemp protein powder (or hemp hearts)

Easy Apple Strawberry

  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 1 organic apple
  • 1 cup organic strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • half a frozen banana (optional)
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Chocolate Apple Smoothie

  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 1 organic banana
  • 1 organic apple
  • half cup organic strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder

Apple Mango Oatmeal Smoothie

  • 1.5 cups almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 organic apple
  • 5 organic strawberries
  • half a fresh mango
  • quarter cup rolled oats
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional)

I like to recommend buying organic, when it comes to apples. With some fruit and vegetables, it matters less, because less pesticides are used. But in the case of apples and strawberries, a lot is used. The top 3 most pesticided fruits are peaches, strawberries and apples. Some of the residue can be washed off, or peeled off, but not all of it. With many fruits it is not essential to buy organic. But with those 3, plus blueberries, nectarines and cherries, try to go organic.

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