• 1 tomato
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 clove garlic not peeled
  • one slice of lime
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of ice

Last year some of you may remember that I purchased a Vitamix, it truly is worth every penny, it’s my fault that I’m not using it to it’s fullest potential.  Yes, it gets used regularly, but it’s a pretty pricey machine to just make protein shakes in.

This week while I was at Costco, it was a rare moment when there was hardly anyone in sight.  The Vitamix display was setup and ready to go with no one to listen to the pitch.  The salesman has made a fruit smoothie.  They make it look so easy, I feel like I make everything look so difficult.  This was my time to ask him a simple way to get the most of my mixer.  Every time I taste one of their creations, whether it be sorbet or soup, it’s chock full of nutrient rich ingredients.

He was kind enough to recreate the fruit smoothie and then proceeded to show me a veggie drink.  A lightbulb moment.  I know we eat well, but most days I’m running and running, like many of us.  It gets me to thinking that although I may not down bags of potato chips or eat fast foods, I may not be getting enough veggies in my diet.

Originally, this was a key factor in my purchase.  The Vitamix is strong enough to pulverize vegetables, therefore alleviating the need to extract the juice , loosing important vitamins found in most skins.

Well, I made my first juice last night and it was pretty darn good.  We all had one just before bed.  I’m going to pull out the book that came with my Vitamix and do a little juicing research.  It can’t hurt.

Here’s the recipe for a healthy version of a V8

Place all the veggies and salt in the mixer, add ice.  Blend gradually getting up to high speed.  Let it go through the thick smoothie phase, you’ll see it start to turn to liquid.  Feel the plastic to make sure it’s not heating it to a soup and you’re good to go.

Do you have a favorite juice blend you’d like to share?  I’m eager to hear about it!