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Kickstart your day the healthy way! Sorry, that was a seriously cheesy rhyme, but I couldn’t help myself. By combining a plethora of fruits, vegetables and superfood extras into a quality blender for a few minutes, you will have the energy you need to make it through your work day. Caution, by using one of these high-end blenders you’ll have a well-bended, delicious and nutritious smoothie that will leave you feeling amazingly energetic, ready to take on your day’s activities (even on a Monday!). A quality blender can truly change your life; I know it’s changed mine!
What Are the Best Blenders for Smoothies?
At one point, I lived with a roommate who owned (insert golden, angelic halo here), a Vitamix. I know it sounds really extreme, but it was a life changer. Here’s why: Before using her magical blender to craft smoothies, juices, salsas, nut butters and soups, I was using my parents’ Osterizer Blender, which was a gift from their wedding in the 1970’s… tres vintage. Adorable in look, but not great at pulverizing harder vegetables (like beets). There are of course so many other blenders on the market, but the best blenders for smoothies are definitely ones in either the Ninja or the Vitamix family.
When I moved into a new home a while ago, I had to purchase several kitchen appliances. You can probably guess that I spent the most money on my blender. I ultimately ended up buying a Ninja Ultima Blender, solely because it was about $200 less than a Vitamix (which is still on my wishlist). There are many different versions of this product. The Ninja Ultima is the “middle of the line” model. I will caution you that if you are making soup in your Ninja, exercise patience while doing so. Let the vegetables cool a bit beforehand because the blender is powerful enough that when pureeing already hot vegetables, it can easily explode everywhere (or maybe that is because I had too many boiled sweet potatoes in the blender at one time). The Ninja is a warrior nonetheless, definitely holding its own in the smoothie blending war with its Vitamix counterpart.
Pricing and Features [Ninja Ultima Blender Plus, Model BL830]
- Price at time of writing: $247.37
- 72 oz. blender jar
- 1500 watt 2.5 horsepower motor
- Total crushing technology to break down ice whole fruits, ice and vegetables
- 10-speed range with pulse capability
- 3 single serving cups with a seal and lid for smoothies on the go
The Vitamix is wonderful for blending smoothies. It has three series, C (classic), G (next generation) and S (personal). These blenders are composed of quality, durable materials and come with a great warranty (5 years for the S model and 7 years for the C and G series models). Unlike the Ninja blending system, the Vitamix doesn’t pride itself solely on a sharp blade. It does use an aircraft grade stainless steel blade, but what really makes it so effective is its metal drive system that connects right to the base of the motor. This makes for better blends and gives the blender a longer lifespan. The blending containers of the Vitamix are engineered to efficiently rotate ingredients as the user changes the speed/power/torquing of the motor. There are several sizes from which to choose.
Features and Pricing [Vitamix 5200 Series Blender]
- Price at time of writing: $449.98
- 64 oz. blender jar
- 2 peak horsepower motor, 120 volts, 60 hz, 11.5 amps
- High-efficiency radial cooling fan
- Low-friction ball-bearing motor
- Hide-away safety cord extends 19″ to 6′ and has a grounded 3-prong plug
- Accelerator tool that makes it easier to process thicker mixtures
Put Your Blender to Work With Our Lower Sugar Protein Smoothie!
Our Low Sugar Protein Smoothie Recipe is a hit with our readers that pretty much requires a Vitamix or Ninja to break everything down successfully. It’s the perfect delicious start to your day to test your new blender out on. There’s various flavor combinations that you’ll be able to tweak to create a unique healthy smoothie. For those that prefer bowls, we’ve got a recipe for you as well.
Recipe for Clean Food Dirty City’s Green Warrior Bowl
Morning smoothies, or smoothie bowls, are one of the meals I look forward to most as I lay down to bed each night. I often dream about this recipe from Clean Food Dirty City as it’s one of my absolute favorites! I definitely recommend trying it out with your new blender!
- ½ cup coconut water
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup frozen mango (optional)
- 2 handfuls of greens (combination of kale, spinach, romaine, etc.)
- 2 tablespoons hemp protein
- 1 tablespoon soaked flax seeds
- Small piece of ginger (grated if not using a high-speed blender)
- Juice of ½ lemon
- Dash turmeric
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
- Pour coconut water (starting with ¼ cup) and juice of lemon in the blender.
- Add flax seeds and hemp protein. Then add all other ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Note: if you aren’t using a high-speed blender start with more coconut water and grate the ginger.
- Pour into a bowl and top with any fresh fruit or superfoods that you have on hand.
Infographic: 3 Healthy and Easy Smoothie Recipes
Here’s a handy infographic with three more recipe ideas for your new blenders!
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Ninja vs Vitamix Video
Watch the video below to see how the Ninja and the Vitamix compare in action. Jaden, from Steamy Kitchen, crushes ice, blends a smoothie and even makes peanut butter in this video to help show you how the two compare.
Which is Better, Ninja or Vitamix?
Overall, we’d recommend the Vitamix over the Ninja. The Vitamix is easier to clean and operate while the Ninja’s blade can dull over time and be tricky to clean. However, if the price is a concern, the Ninja is a good step up from the typical KitchenAid blender.
What do you love or hate about your blender?