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Autumn Berry Smoothie

A chill was in the air on this November Sunday in Ohio, and I craved a quick boost… something light and easy — both easy to make and easy to eat. Fortunately, our fruit bowls, cupboards and fridge were well stocked after an end-of-week grocery spree. I gathered together a few organic, fresh or dried fruits, nuts and seeds, threw them in the Vitamix, and this was the result:

autumn berry smoothieThe Autumn Berry Smoothie

The ingredient list is simple and the portions are only roughly measured, so if it tastes a little off just keep adding stuff until it tastes right to you. It would also be totally okay to substitute, given that the whole thing was improvisation — I’ll make a few suggestions along the way to give you ideas.

1 banana The riper, the better!
1 apple I used a Winesap heirloom variety because it’s in season locally, but any would do… best to keep it organic, though.
2 handfuls of strawberries These are pretty much end-of-season — hope you froze some berries! We didn’t, so it’ll be a long, cold, berry-less winter for us. But frozen organic blueberries would be a good alternative.
1/2 handful cranberries This puts the “autumn” in an Autumn Berry Smoothie.
dash dried goji berries I thought about using dried cherries instead — I think that will be my next variation.
dash flax seeds I don’t have anything clever to add about flax seeds. Just throw them in, they’re good for you.
dash chia seeds I wanted a bit more protein in there, and I sort of like the texture. It reminds me of tiny bubble tea bobas.
1/2 handful raw walnuts A big tablespoon of peanut butter would work, too, if you don’t have any walnuts.
small scoop mango sherbet We didn’t have any fresh mango, but just a bit of the half-forgotten mango sherbet in the freezer added that needed mango edge.
1 large ice cube We have a giant, cocktail-sized cube tray, so you might need a couple of regular-sized cubes.
~2 cups unsweetened almond milk Some nice grass-fed, natural skim milk would work here, too!

Wash, core, de-stem or peel the fresh fruits, as needed. Put everything except the chia seeds in the Vitamix or blender and blend until smooth. Add more almond milk or another ice cube or two if you want a lighter texture. Add the chia seeds last and blend on low just to mix them thoroughly into the smoothie. Pour into a glass, garnish with something handsome and drink up!

“I love it so much, I would recommend it to the dead!”

Not, perhaps, the words I would have chosen, but Slate’s Catherine Price was offered that heart-felt endorsement as she carried home her newly purchased Vitamix.

The Incredible, Life-Changing Vitamix!After a few months of owning one, Karina and I have an answer to her title question, “Can a $400 blender change your life?” Without hesitation, our answer is yes!

Yes, $400+ is real money, and being a bit of a cheapskate at times, I felt a little squirmy spending that much on a blender. Yet, I’ve personally burned through several lesser machines (literally, with their productive lives ending with puffs of smoke from charred metal or rubber). And my once-an-engineer-now-a-designer side can appreciate the promise of a carefully crafted, well-built machine.

Its unyielding power and mechanical design can chop or liquefy pretty much anything — I’m sure we could start our own steel recycling plant to produce metal shavings from wrecked cars. Entrepreneurial ideas aside, our daily diet has received a huge infusion of fresh, often raw foods that are light, healthy,  delicious and easy — smoothies, hummus, salsa, soup, cauliflower “rice,” cacao-nib mochas and more. This was an especially good fit for us as we continue our migration to a more plant-based diet, adding welcome variety to our mix of cooked veggies, salads and juicing.

Read Catherine’s full review (which I found via Shawn Blanc), then come back here and get your own Vitamix (as always, buying through our link will help us offset the cost of keeping this site up and running). Then wait for that big box to arrive and start changing lives with your own veggie-fruity goodness.