Super blenders allow you to prepare healthier food faster. They are like 10 machines in your kitchen all combined into one as they can fulfill so many different functions as well as unleash the power of foods and the way you can prepare them.
24 Oct, 2013, By ElizabethThe most amazing appliance ever conceived. I can juice the whole vegetable and fruit now without needing to remove the pulp, which has been helping tremendously in keeping my blood sugar levels constant. I have invested in a dry-jug (a worthy addition to this machine and the wet-jug that comes included), and the ease of mincing and grinding of grains into fine flours, and grinding of coffee, is a dream! The variety of foods that this machine can make are unreal – my humus taste better than any deli-bought version, my nut cheezes are stupendously delicious, and I have been making raw hot soups! Cannot wait to experiment some more. Well worth every single cent!
With a super blender you can do the following kinds of things:
– Grind coffee/grains/meat/beans/herbs/spices
– Make raw nuts butters and frozen deserts from fresh ingredients in 30 seconds
– Puree soups/smoothies/batters/porridge/fondues without the need to add liquid – all made within 2 mins
– Juice whole fruit with peels and pips – start to cleanup in under 4 mins. The pulp of juices is often the most nutritious part of the juice and thus juicing with a super blender as opposed to a juicer has its advantages!
– Kneads bread
– Whips egg whites and cream
– Shreds cheese
But how is this different to a standard blender you may ask?
A standard blender can only blend soft produce with liquid so fruits need to be peeled and vegetables need to be par-boiled; with water added for all recipes. They cannot grind coffee or grains or knead bread, and nut butters cannot be processed until they are smooth. The ability of normal blenders to grind ice; nuts and dates is limited. The motor usually burns out much quicker which is why the warrantees are so much shorter. Due to its speed a super blender is self-cleaning too – just add a drop of organic dishwashing liquid and some water, and your machine is ready for its next use.
Ok, so getting a super blender is a no brainer, but what are the differences between super blenders?
If you can afford it, the Vita Mix is certainly the queen of her class. It’s been voted ‘Overall Best in Class’ by the American foodservice industry four years in a row. It comes with a 7-year warranty and everything can be done without attachments. If that is a little out of your price range, the Omniblender is a fantastic option, made with the lastest energy-saving technology and a powerful motor, and great value for money.
11 Feb, 2014, By KerryI really wanted a powerful high speed blender so I could make almond milk and smoothies and I think the Omniblend is a great choice if you can afford a Vitamix. It turns things into liquid in seconds, and I use it to make almond milk, soups and pesto as well. I did a lot of research before I bought this blender and in terms of value for money, and quality it really came out high. Haven been disappointed!
Well then, Should I buy a Juicer or a Blender?
If you are serious about living a raw food healthy lifestyle, you ideally want to get both. However if you can only afford one machine at this stage, this is what you need to know:
A blender will produce a more fibre-rich juice and so the result is more of a meal rather than a nutritional boost, however, juice from a slow-speed masticating juicer is more nutritious as less heat is created in the process.
So in effect juicing is designed to extract as much densely packed nutrition from vegetables as possible by removing all the fiber (pulp), which makes it faster and easier for your body to assimilate all this nutrition without activating your digestive system.
But there is nothing wrong with fibre – your body needs food! Juicing is only one tool you need in a raw healthy food lifestyle but it isn’t a replacement for eating real food. Juices also result in a spike in blood sugar, whilst pulped juices allow for more sustained energy. In addition, juicing is ideal for cleansing and detoxification as well as for people with very sensitive digestive systems that may be sensitive to a high fiber raw food diet when the first start.
So if you have to choose, rather get a blender to make juices with fibre, especially if you are new to juicing!