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#1 kpingitquiet

Posted 09 August 2013 - 05:22 PM

Short of re-mortgaging the house for a Vitamix, is there a blender you can recommend to get smooth green smoothies? I wanted to boost my fruit and veggie intake, which is somewhat lacking in meals, by making small green smoothies everyday but today's experience was a definite sip-and-chew situation. I beat the crap out of it with my stick blender and it just wasn't enough muscle for the kale and apple. I think we can afford around the $80-100 range, so not crap but not fantastic either.

#2 CallMeFeral

Posted 09 August 2013 - 05:40 PM

We got a sunbeam cafe series - it's no vitamix but it does pretty smooth, just needs a bit of prodding to get circulating properly.  
If I was getting one now I'd probably give the Optiblend (I think it was) a go, the reviews are good. Still not the $100 mark though - I don't think you're going to get a green good smoothie one for that...

#3 poss71

Posted 09 August 2013 - 05:54 PM

An Optimum from Froothie - www.froothie.com.au - is cheaper and better than a Vitamix.

Still around $400 or so, but works a treat on green veg

#4 kpingitquiet

Posted 09 August 2013 - 06:13 PM

Glad to hear the Optiblend is good! Still out of our reach for now. I dug out our so-so blender from the yardsale pile and its an 800w Sunbeam "Multiblender". It seems to do a bit better than the ol' stick but won't know for certain until husband gets home with the almond milk. Hopefully it's good enough we can wait and save up for a better blender.

#5 librablonde

Posted 09 August 2013 - 06:22 PM

View Postposs71, on 09 August 2013 - 05:54 PM, said:

An Optimum from Froothie - www.froothie.com.au - is cheaper and better than a Vitamix.
Still around $400 or so, but works a treat on green veg
I also have an Optimum and it's great, a very powerful blender and so much cheaper than a Vitamix or Blendtec. I make smoothies, nut butters, sauces, grind wheat grain for bread making, make bread dough in it, it's excellent. I've used both the Optimum 9200 and the Optimum 9900 and both are great, although I'd say I prefer the 9200.

#6 ~Peahen~

Posted 10 August 2013 - 08:25 AM

im so glad I read this thread, I was all set to save for a vitamix but ill look into the Optimum.

OP I have a green smoothie most afternoons and I have a sunbeam multiblender I got as a wedding present almost 9 years ago. it does ok but I have to run the smoothie through the "smoothie" function twice which iturn heats up the smoothie a little so I now use frozen banana in there, just half a banana, so I am not drinking warm smoothie. id still like a smoother end product, I often have to chew bits of celery and c cucumber.

#7 wilding

Posted 29 November 2013 - 03:22 PM

I use the george foreman mix & go. I do everything from kale through to beets in it.

#8 bondi19

Posted 29 November 2013 - 03:23 PM

I have  a NEO slow juicer which is awesome - and nothing compares to a Vitamix - except - actually eating the fruit/veg raw/whole!

Two of my fave blended juice recipes -

Digestive Health Juice
Fennel 100g - blend
Green Apple 200g - juice
Pineapple 100g - blend
Papaya 100g + chopped mint 5g blender - blend
Ginger 3g - blend
Slippery Elm Powder ½ teaspoon
Alakaline Water 100mL
Chlorophyl 2mL

Hormonal Balance
Cucumber 200g - blend
Lime 20g peeled - blend
Green Apple 100g - juice
Beetroot 100g -juice
Celery 100g -- blend
Mint 30g -- blend
Alkaline Water 200mL
Tribulus 3 drops
Ashwaganda 3 drops

#9 pinksky

Posted 30 November 2013 - 05:30 AM

What about the nutribullet? I don't have one myself, but they look really good and are at your price point.

#10 queeniebird

Posted 30 November 2013 - 06:08 AM

I've been blending and straining!
( I mke a huge batch once a week and freeze in glad bags. They defrost very quickly!)

I've been blending and straining!
( I make a huge batch once a week and freeze in glad bags. They defrost very quickly!)

#11 Minka1313

Posted 30 November 2013 - 06:17 AM

Hi Kpingitquiet,

I have a Tribest personal blender. I think it is like the nutribullet but a bit cheaper.  I do have to cut up the fruit a bit more then my old blender but it is so easy to clear up. The base model is about $110. I got the PB350 ($149) which comes with a grinding blade. This blade is great for grinding the chia seeds to a find powder. This blender is a bit on the noisy side but it does a great job at blending my frozen raspberries! I also bought the xL cup but I don't really use it. In hindsight I would get the cheapest pack that still has the grinding blade.


Also if you want to add a few more veggies to your meals you can also try super sprouts (http://www.supersprout.com.au) - fruit and vegetable powders. I originally bought the beetroot powder to make red velvet cupcakes because I don't like using the red food colouring and the beetroot powder worked fantastically. I use it now in pasta sauce and it gives it a really rich red colour. I also have a few of the other that I use in my smoothies.

Happy blending!

Oops, didn't see that your post was from August… What did you end up getting?

Edited by Minka1313, 30 November 2013 - 06:23 AM.

#12 starraffy

Posted 20 December 2013 - 02:26 PM

Juicer is better than a blender. Try Hurom,  Breville or LifeSpring they're all tested and durable.

and might as well try this smoothie recipe

1 cup oat milk
1 cup coconut water
1 tsp spirulina
2 tsp flaxseed meal
1 tbsp organic coconut oil
¼ cup frozen berries
1 tsp probiotics
2 tbsp organic natural yoghurt
A pinch if cinnamon
2 drops stevia for sweetness

Place all ingredients into a juicer until smooth

#13 starraffy

Posted 08 January 2014 - 06:33 PM

View Postpinksky, on 30 November 2013 - 05:30 AM, said:

What about the nutribullet? I don't have one myself, but they look really good and are at your price point.

What about this? have you used this? slow juicers are better than blenders..

#14 kpingitquiet

Posted 08 January 2014 - 07:44 PM

We wound up finding a great deal on a 2nd-hand Breville Juice Fountain. I've used it every day since we got it and am in love! I made some seriously tasty muffins with close to four cups of pulp mixed into the batter, too, so am still getting the fiber I need. Kiddo seems happier with veggie-fruit juices than she was with veggie-fruit smoothies, too, so win!

Thanks for the many suggestions :D

#15 caninestorm

Posted 08 January 2014 - 07:50 PM

I just have an old Sunbeam and it does the job fine. I add ingredients bit by bit and pulse them to get rid of chunks, then blitz them. Gets through kale etc fine!

#16 WinterIsComing

Posted 08 January 2014 - 07:50 PM

I think the point of the blender is that you consume whole fruit and veg, instead of just pressing out sugary water out of the juicer...

Goog to read Omniblend reviews, I remember asking a question about it about a year ago, noone knew anything,,

#17 kpingitquiet

Posted 08 January 2014 - 08:00 PM

Well, yes,. but a> good luck finding sugar in kale juice and b> I use the pulp in cooking so am getting every bit of the veg/fruit just in more interesting/speedy ways. And at a price point ($40 for a juicer she'd used for 1 cucumber a year ago lol) we could handle. We still eat plenty of fruits and veggies whole and/or cooked at each meal. This is just a way to boost our intake, particularly kiddo's.

#18 bikingbubs

Posted 08 January 2014 - 08:08 PM

I just have a normal blender, sunbeam cafe series.

#19 Quirk

Posted 08 January 2014 - 11:47 PM

Another thing to remember is that you need to add enough ice to cut through the actual fibres of the vegetables.

I find that if I don't add enough ice, it can stay rather fibrous, but ice makes an enormous difference.

#20 starraffy

Posted 09 January 2014 - 12:19 PM

View PostWinterIsComing, on 08 January 2014 - 07:50 PM, said:

I think the point of the blender is that you consume whole fruit and veg, instead of just pressing out sugary water out of the juicer...

Goog to read Omniblend reviews, I remember asking a question about it about a year ago, noone knew anything,,


A blender creates 'juice' from blending fruits or vegetables together, so the end product is actually not 'juice' but a fruit or vegetable smoothie-type drink that consists of the juice and the pulp or fibers together.

A slow juicer operates at a very low speed and slowly squeezes juice out of fruits and vegetables until pulp dries out. Nutrients are much retained here than using a blender.

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