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    January 29th, 2013CindyUncategorized

    Vitamix Promotion Code

    Vitamix Promotion Code You know I talk a lot about my Vitamix. How it has improved my health and quality of life beyond any single appliance.

    I can not recommend a Vitamix enough if you are truly serious about good health and eating well. If you have ever been interesting in trying one, now is the time. Our 2013 Vitamix promotion code will give you Free Shipping and a 30-day risk free trial.

    ORDER Here

    (this link will automatically apply your discount)

    Vitamix Promotion Code 06-005220-04

    I so pleased to be able to extend this discount offer to you. Vitamix blenders come with a hefty price tag so any help is always greatly appreciated. Best of all you have 30 days to use your Vitamix to learn how wonderful it is. Of all the promotion codes and coupons that you might come across for Vitamix this one will provide you with the maximum discount possible. In fact, I am told that Vitamix does not allow the use of external or third party coupons for their products.

    How to use the Vitamix Promotion Code

    This code is valid only on the official Vitamix website. Upon selecting the blender and options that you wish to purchase and begin the check out process you will be taken to the shopping cart. Near the bottom right you will see a grey box with “Promotion Code:”.

    If you use our links, the code will already be applied, otherwise you may enter the code and click ‘Apply”. You can also place your order on the phone by calling 800-848-2649 and give them the code 06-005220-04.

    Take a change and try a Vitamix. You have nothing to lose, except perhaps some weight and trips to the doctor. For additional information see the vitamix code details.

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    November 10th, 2012CindyUncategorized

    With all the health rage to improve your health you can’t help but hear about the new Vitamix 7500. This appliance is without a doubt the king of all home blenders. Kitchen mixers, blenders, food processors and such have been around for a long time but it hasn’t been until recently that they have been taken seriously as instruments of healthy living and life betterment. But the Vitamix Corporation is not new to quality blenders for health. They have been making blenders for over seventy years. These are by no means your average blending machine. Capable of reaching speeds over 200 miles per hour while blending, the motor on these babies are amazing. They will blend anything and everything with ease. Upon first investigation into these blenders, it is not uncommon to get caught with sticker shock. Have no fear, there is a Vitamix promotion code available to help with the cost.

    The Vitamix 7500 blender really is an amazing machine. It provides you the perfect tool for preparing healthy, whole-food meals that are actually good for you. Fruits and vegetables get pureed in an instant to release all the nutrition available. With all of today’s chemicals and preservatives in our food, we need an ally in our battle for quality food and health. The Vitamix is that help we need. Eating more whole-food meals made in this super blender can help reduce high blood pressure, lower high cholesterol, balance blood sugar and more.

    Probably one of the greatest things that the company offers is a no risk trial. This affords you the opportunity to try a new Vitamix 7500 in your kitchen for up to thirty days for free. How often do you get to try something for a month before deciding if you want to buy it? With the high price tag and big claims you never have to worry if it’s a bunch of marketing fluff or if it is for real. You get to try for yourself the way you like and decide. Another thing is that there is no concern regarding quality. These blenders are built like tanks and come with the world’s best warranty. If you ever have a problem with it, just send it in to be fixed or replaced at no cost .

    The performance of this machine is truly unmatched. No matter how hard you try, you will not be able to find a Vitamix 7500 review that says anything bad about this blender. Its simple and efficient design makes it a winner in any kitchen. Do a search for a Vitamix reviews and you will not be disappointed. Some love the power, while others love the ease of use. No matter your focus, whether it be vegan foods, health improvement, easy meal prep, etc. your expectations will be met .

    Whether you decide to own a Vitamix 7500 or not, you will want to compare it to other blenders before buying a new blender. Sure, $500 sounds like a lot to spend on a blender, but it is an investment in your health and quality of life. Don’t you think you’re worth it? I think so, and you should too.

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    July 31st, 2012CindyUncategorized

    Alan could not believe how good it was. Got him on video of course.

    This is how I did it.

    • 2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
    • 1/2 cup Organic Chia seeds (I ground them up first)
    • 4 teaspoons of Stevia in the Raw
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/2 cup of Unsweetened coconut flakes.
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

    I put the milk, Cocoa Powder, Stevia and vanilla in the Vitamix. Turned it on, blended it. Then I slowly added the Chia and the Coconut flakes. Turned the Variable up to 5 and watched it blend. Maybe 30 seconds or a bit more. Came out like pudding.

    Poured the whole thing in a graham cracker crust and put it in the freezer. What you see in the video is one hour in the freezer. Took a piece for Alan then put it back in the freezer. Took it out after dinner but put the rest in the fridge.

    This thing is DA BOMBE!!!

    Now if anyone can tell me how to make a Butterscotch chia pudding, I would be eternally grateful. That is my favorite taste of all.

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    July 27th, 2012CindyUncategorized

    Hi, I have always agreed with adding sweet to get in the habit of drinking all that nutrition.

    If your long range intent is to reduce sugars, then yes, switch over to whole food sugars like an apples, well any fruit, especially dates/prunes/raisins are at least whole foods. And stevia if you can get used to the taste. but know that eating sweet substitutes keeps alive your appetite for sweets even if you are eating no refined sugar.

    If you have a long range intention to eventually go off the sweets, then wait for the right time ( when you really feel like starting) and go cold turkey. For us when we do it, it is 3 days till fruit tastes sweet enough. And once I have switched over to fruit, even one bite of something sugar sweetened feels way way too, makes my mouth pucker. Then you become able to taste all the natural sweetness in vegetables and nuts. almonds for example are something I find very sweet.

    I’ve made several recipe mostly smoothies and a couple soups. I’m finding the smoothies to not be sweet enough for me to drink. I made the Sweet Green Smoothie today and thought I’d never be able to choke this down. I added 1/2 T of honey and it was actually delicious. My book said it make 5 cups. I think that was a mistake as mine was only 1.5 cups. I drank it all.

    However, your tastes will change and adjust. It doesn’t happen immediately, but I promise, it will. Were you ever a coffee drinker? My mother can drink her coffee black and to me that is just nasty, but she saves lots of calories that way. Besides honey, you might also get some stevia / truvia type sweetener packets to add to things. Pitted dates are also supposed to add sweetness to a recipe. Personally, I think you should keep adding the sweet because the majority of the drink is so nutritious for you.

    I once went off artificial sweeteners. I did it mainly to get chemicals out of my life. The side effect was my decrease in my sugar craving. I was a candy a day person. I had stashes here in there in the house to keep my kids and DH from eating my candy. Come February I couldn’t believe how much candy didn’t appeal to me. My daughter then helped me empty out my stashes. She’s helpful that way. ;) I had more of a DT from not drinking diet soda, but my new found calmness in the sugar department really got me through it.

    I still though don’t like sour things and that is what I encounter with these
    Vitamix drinks. It’s reassuring that I’m on the right track to just add my
    honey or raw sugar. I might have some Stevia some where I’ll look.

     

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    July 24th, 2012CindyUncategorized

    Typically people like to use a lot of butter in my baked goods. But there are some recipes for desserts that substitute prune butter, fig butter and/or date butter in place. (I make the fruit butters in my Vitamix) Following is what I learnt from the food lovers fat loss program, and you will find a few little recipes of this nature for baked good recipes that use these types of ingredients.

    I did come up with a decent pie recipe that doesn’t use butter or oil. I took a cup of flour and added 8 dates and chopped it all up in my Vitamix. One time I made it, I added a couple of tablespoons of prune butter and a half teaspoon of whole flax seeds as well, and it made a decent pie crust.

    If you happen to be interested in recipes that use cane juice in place of sugar as a sweetener, look no further. They had some organic cane juice for sale at the farmers market.

    Cane juice is a beverage; a really sweet one

    but still. I don’t think it’s sweeter than sodas (they seem less sweet because of the acids added). It’s pleasant. You can get it fresh pressed in tropical street markets.

    You may have never thought of it as a baking ingredient, or maybe a sweet tea base. However the flavor of cane juice would work really well with black tea. If there’s something else where you use sugar water or a light simple syrup, you could try cane juice. I’m producing mixed drinks, mostly.

    Fruit butters are similar to jams or jellies but with less sugar

    I actually don’t even add sugar in some of my recipes. For prune or fig butter, I boil them in a pot on the oven. If you’re using figs, cut the hard tops off first. I strain out any liquid.

    If you want, you can use the liquid as prune or fig juice (and you may or may not want to add some sweetener then).  I put the prunes or figs in the Vitamix and process until they’re ground. You can store in the refrigerator for a few weeks. I make a big batch and store in the freezer. It makes a nice filling for cookies.

    You can also use prune butter in crepes. I tried making prune butter with figs instead of dried prunes, but it was just to watery. You need to get most of the water out to get the right consistency. I use the same type of formula for cranberry sauce.

    When I strain the cranberries, I add 4 cups of water a 1 cup sugar to the strainer and I end up with cranberry juice. What doesn’t strain gets ground into cranberry sauce. I’ve seen some nice recipes that use date sugar instead of regular sugar. You can buy date sugar in the health food stores, but so far, almost any recipe I’ve tried that calls for date sugar works equally well with dates ground up in the Vitamix. I don’t even bother to boil them first, just rinse and throw in the Vitamix.

    For those of you who are interested in this type of detailed recipes for weight loss, I’d recommend you check out the program to see if it’s worth to you :)

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    July 20th, 2012CindyUncategorized

    This is my observation for myself after using my Vitamix for almost two years
    now. Read everything you can about green smoothies and then just decide for
    yourself what you prefer and the most important thing is to change it up. I got really scared when I read that one person overdosed on spinach concentrated smoothies and had to go to the hospital so it is important to be careful, even with healthful drinks. That being said, my tastes have evolved so that I now really enjoy a V8 type smoothie without any fruit on occasion.

    I think newbies like the fact that they are hiding vegetables in a drink that tastes sweet. I know I did. However, I bet your tolerance to the taste of the vegetables will evolve over time so that you don’t need the sweet. I do think the next evolution I need to take in my V8 type drink is the salt. I have switched to sea salt, but I still need some or find it too bland.

    This morning I mixed a whole cucumber, 1 large tomato, two celery stalks, 3 carrots, a scoup of black bean salsa hummus, and water and buzzed it all up.  Then I added some worstershire sauce, 3 capfuls of lemon, and a small amount of sea salt. Buzzed that and lastly went back and added a lidful of ice. My trick for me because I like my smoothies cold and like to blend everything up first.

    The Vitamix is so versatile, don’t get stuck in a rut, it was meant to be a grand experiment in your health.

    However there are a few things you will want to note when you purchase the machine:

    1. The motor should be able to act smoother at lower speeds. Aside from the intial kick this one sputters. If the spinning isn’t smooth at all, return it and exchange for another one.
    2. Out of the box, the blade assembly should loose (could unscrew it easily by hand) – check it before getting it to work as you may have risked having it come off at high speed.
    3. The speed dial shouldn’t be constant: When it reaches full speed (while on variable mode) you should notice a different between 6-7 and between 7 and 10
    4. Always start with the dial on the lowest and the flip switch on low, then ramp the dial up to 10 and flip it up to high

    All in all, Vitamix machines are known for their high quality, and it is even hard to find two consecutive machines that fail to live up to that quality standard.

    And personally I have no problems at all with the end result the Vitamix is providing: great smoothies, nut butters, hummus etc… all have worked out very well for me so I hope yours will work well as well.

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    July 16th, 2012CindyUncategorized

    Not sure if you should ever make hummus in VitaMix? First you need to know that besides it is going to take sometime to tamp ingredients down, it would sometimes sound like it was broken and adding more water. All these are pretty normal.

    I thought this was a serious problem and I just used the food processor instead. But after tasting today to see any season adjustment or add more water (can’t imagine it needing it), everything about the machine just suddenly made sense to me. I’m taking to a family gathering & my cousin was going to make a veggie tray. I also want to make another batch for trip to NC. I’ve been using my pressure cooker to do beans. So far have done the garbanzo for hummus (& lentil casserole which can be made into a salad)

    I made hummus the other day using the VM and it came out great after I added a little more lemon juice. I also added Tahini and a little water and some cilantro. I cooked the garbanzos until they were pretty well done too. When mixing, I did not flip the high switch, but used the higher settings on the variable dial and I did have to use the tamper too.  To get all of the hummus out of the blades and below, I used a skinny spatula, one about an inch wide.

    I add olive or grapeseed oil to my hummus, but my new trick is after I get as much out of the container as possible making hummus, I make a V8 type smoothie and the last ingredient I add is ice. That really helps clean out the machine and makes it easier to do a general clean up.

    I don’t always use dish soap but rinsing for many smoothies, but after anything with oil I put in some dish soap and water and run the machine. Ice seems the best to clean the machine.

    I don’t use the Vitamix for Hummus – I use the food processor or Blendtec. I’ve got the Wildside jar for the Blendtec, so it’s even easier to get things out. HOWEVER – if you don’t have a narrow spatula for getting food out the Vitamix (or other blender) jar, I think you’d really like it. I consider it a necessary tool for our blenders. Once you spatulate out all you can, you can put the jar back on the Vitamix, put the lid on, and give it one quick pulse. Any hummus or whatever sticking to the blade flies off to the jar sides where it’s easy to
    get.

    Anyway, you can purchase VitaMix from its official store: http://www.vitamix.com/ (I also got mine from there)

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    July 8th, 2012CindyUncategorized

    OK, I’m probably going to become a pariah here, but I have had a blendtec, currently own a vitamix 5200, and still love my little Magic Bullet, but what do I use the MB for? Making protein drinks that come out almost like Wendy’s frostys. Not quite, there’s some crunch to the ice pieces.

    I’m sure I could do better with either the B or V, but the thing I LOVE is that it actually helped me speed up my diet results and make everything so effortless, and when I’m finished, I just take the blade and container off the little machine and turn it over, unscrew the blade, and am ready to drink directly from the container. With my B and V, I found I had to fight getting my thick frosty out of the container, losing some of that delicious goodness in the process. And interestingly there is a jar that compensates for that just like how the old Osterizer used to blend into mason jars strongly. I see the Blendtec Twister comes with a special spatula for getting stuff out.

    A lot of us have skinny spatulas for our blenders. I have made several testing and found out that you can actually use one of those to get most of the stuff out, then put the jar back on the blender and pulse the blades for a second so anything stuck to them flies off.

    With my thick smoothies and shakes, I pour what comes out easily or with a little prompting from a spatula. After a couple minutes the rest usually melts to the point where it will pour.

    It’s easier to get stuff out of the Blendtec jars. It’s probably easier still with the Wildside jar, but I just got mine and haven’t played with it.

    You don’t need to buy the Twister jar to get skinny spatulas. You can get them online or in stores.

    By the way, I also have a ninja pulse, which comes with a small pitcher and 2 large tumbler size containers that have screw on drinking caps. I use it to make my smoothie in this large tumbler unscrew the blade housing and screw on the closable drinking cap and I am all set. I would be drinking from the container I blended in. And I just love it.

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    July 6th, 2012CindyUncategorized

    First of all they are both extremely powerful blenders, and you’ll be able to get the same results in either one. If money’s a concern, I would suggest you to go with the Vitamix 5200. Otherwise, the 750 might be a good choice. I tend to think of it as going more directly against the Blendtec blenders. Both companies make quality products, and folks generally decide which based on ‘bells and whistles’ - not ability and results. I think the competition is good for consumers; Blendtec changed its earlier poor lid design to something much more like Vitamix’s; Vitamix now has blenders, like this one, available with a hybrid of Vitamix and Blendtec features.

    Vitamix-5200

    Anyway, the Vitamix 750 is 40% quieter than the 5200, something I would really appreciate. The jar that comes with it is short enough to fit under a cabinet, and that jar is the full 64 oz. that the taller Vitamix jars are. Other shorter Vitamix jars are 32-48 ounces. The wider based jar is easier to remove sticky things from, like nut butters. Vitamix believes the jar with the 750 blends more efficiently; but I don’t expect that to be noticeable. There are several presets (as with the Blendtecs) on the 750: smoothies, soups, frozen desserts, purees and wash. As with any blender with presets, you may have to run the blender for a few seconds longer with some recipes. The presets run the blender at changing speeds for preset times. Some people like presets, some hate them, some like having the option to use either them (and/)or a dial, and some just won’t buy a blender with presets as an option. You can just dial up to the speed you want on any blender I’ve seen. With the 750, the same dial switches to the presets or to the 1-10 speeds (sets on the left, speeds on the right). It has a pulse switch as well. The 5200 has a variable/high switch: for many recipes you ramp up to 10 on the dial, then flip that switch to high. The 750 has 20% more power, but it’s unlikely you’d ever see that difference. Williams-Sonoma, the seller of the 750, claims it’s the most powerful blender made. It is not – but again, I don’t think you’d be able to tell any difference. Anything at or above the power of the 5200 may just be overkill.

    But you asked which someone who answers this would get. I would get the 750. I like the option of presets (with them you need the tamper less or not at all, and I love having the machine turn itself off so I can just walk away while it’s doing its thing), the jar design, and particularly the less-noisy thing. If I were thriftier, I’d get a reconditioned 5200, not necessarily the CIA-named one, as it’s the same machine as the non-private-branded 5200s OR a reconditioned 7500. Buy 10,000 5200s and they’ll put any name you want on them. I think that’s the number. It’s loads of money, wouldn’t it be? And I don’t know that, for me, the 5200 would be thrifty. I bought a 4500 – same blender as the 5200 but without variable speeds – which really is the incredible sort of machine you would expect from Vitamix. But I liked automatic cycles, so I bought a Blendtec, too. So much for thrift.

    Vitamix Pro Series 750

    I mentioned the tamper. It’s used for two reasons. One is to prevent cavitation – a pocket of air above the blades that the ingredients swirl around, rather than their travelling through the blades. If you’re not using a programmed cycle, blend with it in place – many recipes will take half the time. It’s also used to tamp thicker things down as they blend. You need this less with the jar design of the 750, and also need that less with the variable speed cycles. There can still be cavitation with that jar design (with any jar design), but not with the presets that vary the speed and match the speeds well to the viscosity the cycle anticipates. Not that it’s that big a pain just to leave it in place.

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    July 1st, 2012CindyUncategorized

    Made this today and if I do say so myself, just as good as going to Starbucks.

    I combine a handful of white chocolate chip morsels and half a tall glass of vanilla almond milk (commercial Almond Breeze version, but the lower calorie vanilla) and heaping spoonful or two of instant coffee in the container and buzz until you can’t hear the morsels anymore. Then I go and measure 3/4 of the tall glass of ice and then add that into the container and finish buzzing it.

    You can add a frozen banana if you desire or some yougurt I am sure or another flavor if chips. Experiment, whatever you do it will be delicious and cheaper than Starbucks. You already made the big investment on your Vitamix!

    Another tip is that, the secrete ingredient in a Starbucks Frap is xanthan gum. Its a natural gum base that is a thickener (a lot of gluten free people will use
    xanthan to thicken foods) and it gives that Starbucks mouthfeel and it will keep
    your homemade frap from separating. It might seem expensive for that little bag of powder, but you only need a tiny bit and it lasts forever.

    However, you gotta know that a part of those bacteria is used, but nothing biologically active or anywhere nearly harmful. Which reminds me, I forgot to take my “probiotic” this morning – so I missed getting those thousands of live bacteria…

    I remember someone came and told me this, “hey, you know that black stuff annoying our cabbages? Bet if we ferment some sugar water with that it might end up containing something we can get out of the moonshine and dry and grind to a powder and use to thicken Frappucinos and give structure to gluten-free breads.”

    But I mean the bacteria of which I speak is not a pathogen nor a helpful bacteria for people if you have some knowledge about it. Whatsoever, the 31 day fat loss cure program (this’s where my inspiration came from) also suggested against it, so try it and you will see everything yourself eventually.

    DIY Watermelon Smoothie

    By the way, I also have self-designed and created a cup of Watermelon Smoothie today with my kids. What I really wanted to tell is, we make popsicles out of this, and all our leftover smoothies. Our kids love them, and I am happy they aren’t eating sugary, chemical-filled junk. It’s also a nice way to use up leftovers, especially in summer.

    Another good summery treat, which has totally gotten us off ice cream, is we blend frozen bananas with a tiny bit of milk to make “ice cream.” Sometimes we add peanut butter, which is heavenly. We also sometimes add carrots, spinach, mangoes, or strawberries. It’s so good we use it to positively motivate our children.

    Also, I love freezing red grapes to add to smoothies. I just wash, dry and pull them off the stems. As long as they are dry don’t seem to have the mush problem so don’t need to flash freeze. Just pop them in a plastic bag.

    More resources for you guys:

    http://www.mahalo.com/how-to-make-a-frappuccino/

     

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    July 1st, 2012CindyUncategorized

    I saw the surgeon today about the pain I have been having and he said it was common to have pain at the site of the port when there is mesh use to adhere it to the abdominal wall. So yay there, but the BIGGEST Yay is that I weighed 343.0 so that means in the last 20 months I have lost 207.0 pounds! That is so cool and I am so happy! I thought I have lost a bunch more but was too nervous to weigh for fear of a gain.

    Also, the way PP is designed, you DO count points for ingredients when making a recipe. EVEN if the recipe is all fruits and vegetables, they will still do this because otherwise a lot of people would drink large amounts of calories in smoothies and soups and fruit concoctions.

    Of course there’s a certain amount of wiggle room in this – You may have doubt about at what point does “free food” become a recipe? But I think it makes a lot of sense, just because it’s so much harder to overeat plain fruits and plain vegetables. And the total allowances for the day are pretty much figured on people having 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables.

    For the weight loss and the perseverance. Don’t be afraid to look at the scale, you will either see that you are doing really good, or that you need to do a little better. And it sounds like you are doing really good! :-) And I so happy that the pain was not something to worry about. It is good to have someone (doctor) reassure you that everything is okay.

    On the other hand, Last night I was sitting on the couch when the phone rang. I hopped up and darted to the kitchen. After the conversation when I went back to the couch I realized that I had “hopped up”. This may sound strange, but it’s been a couple years since I’ve “hopped up”. I usually push off the arm of the couch. Same thing with getting out out of low cars – need to push my hands on my thighs or grab the edge of the roof for a hoist. Yet another reason I realized it was time to do something about this body – I should be able to hop off couches and out of cars at 28!

    My brother told me the other day that he had to hold his breath to tie his shoes – if he ever decides to do WW I’ll pick him up and drive him there! I spend a lot of time with him and he’s been curious so I’ve explained all about points to him. He asked me “can you borrow points?” So I told him about banking. He said “no, I mean can you borrow them from other people, I think I could do it if I had 80 points per day?” He cracked me! :-)