Vitamix S30 Personal Blender Review, Recipes & Giveaway!

Hello friends! I hope you are all doing great and keeping afloat in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  This time of year usually means lots of time spent in the kitchen, cooking for family and friends and baking awesome treats.  I love giving the gift of food to my family and friends for Christmas, it’s always greatly appreciated and you can really get creative with what you bake, and how you package and present it.   My son, of course, has a list of toys on his Wish List. πŸ™‚

I am beyond excited to tell you Christmas is coming early around here, folks!  I have a huge giveaway for one of my amazing readers!  I was lucky to be included in Vitamix’s Canadian launch of their personal blender, the Vitamix S30.  They very generously provided me with a blender to test, review, go crazy making recipes with, and ultimately, fall in love with.  I use my S30 almost every single day, for smoothies, dips, sauces, and also for my favourite Sunflower Seed Pesto recipe which I will be sharing with you all today.

Vitamix S30  

First, I want to tell you a bit about this little powerhouse!  Do not be fooled by its size.  The S30 is crazy powerful, with a 790 watt motor, which translates into super smooth greens (no chewing those smoothies anymore! πŸ™‚ )

The Vitamix S30 arrived with a big book of recipes, in both English and French.  It’s filled with beautiful photos and recipes ranging from beverages, dips/spreads, dressings, soups, sauces and desserts.  This was a really nice added bonus to inspire new creations!  




I tried several recipes from the book, and today I’ll also be sharing one from it.  This delicious Cranberry Smoothie was so easy to make, not to mention delicious and nutritious.  

Vitamix Cranberry Smoothie
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  1. 1/3 cup ice cubes
  2. 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  3. 1/4 lemon, peeled
  4. 4 pitted dates, halved
  5. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 3/4 cup plain unsweetened rice milk
  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix 20-ounce container in the order listed and secure blade.
  2. Turn the dial to 1 and slowly increase the speed to 10.
  3. Blend for 40 to 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
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One of its greatest features is the portability of its container! In addition to the 40-ounce compact container which you would use for sauces, soups, etc., you get a 20-ounce personal container with a flip-top lid.  This is so convenient for blending smoothies on the go.  You can blend the smoothie directly in this container, remove the base, screw on the lid, and grab and go! It’s brilliant!  Honestly – in love with this feature!  

I’m not sure about you, but I have a pretty small kitchen, with limited counter space.  I like to keep my blender on the counter because I always notice I’ll slack on the smoothie-making if I store it and have to pull it out when I need it.  But, I hate the bulkiness and amount of room blenders normally take up.  The great thing about the S30 is its sleek and compact design which allows for keeping it on the counter without taking up a ton of room.  It measures approx 20”h x 9”w.  Also, the blender-base is removable and dishwasher safe, making things even easier. 

I made several of my own recipes using the Vitamix, including my homemade Hazelnut Spread, Berry Green Breakfast Smoothie, and a new recipe, Sunflower Seed Pesto.  I created this recipe to satisfy our love for basil pesto, but to make it nut-free.  My son started kindergarten this year, and his entire school is nut-free.  This has become a staple recipe in my house, the little guy loves it, and so do we. πŸ™‚  It’s also vegan, to allow even more people the option of eating it! 

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So, here it goes:

Sunflower Seed Pesto

Yield: 1/2 cup


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup unsalted shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place all ingredients into your blender. Blend at low speed for 30 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. You don't want to blend until it is a runny pesto, a thicker consistency is best.
  2. Serve this pesto with your favourite pastas, as a base for your pizzas, sandwich spreads, toss with veggies, and even mix it into your salad dressings.


Vegan Sunflower Seed Pesto 

Time for the fun!  Vitamix will be giving away one S30 blender to a lucky reader.  You must be a resident of Canada or the USA to enter.  This is a phenomenal value, worth over $400!  I’m so excited, guys!  Be sure to share this with your friends and family!  Enter using the Rafflecopter entries below.  Best of luck to you all. 

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  1. Great giveaway Sophia. I rarely enter anything but have always wanted a Vitamix.

  2. Bill says:

    That smoothie looks like perfection in a glass!!

  3. jen says:

    I would love to win a S30 to give to my daughter for Christmas… she has wanted one for a long time and it just hasn’t been in the budget. Thanks for the offer!! jen

  4. Looks great, I would love to win one of these. Your pesto recipe would be the first thing I would make.

  5. Brenda says:

    That cranberry smoothie looks so yummy and vibrant! I love making smoothies so my very own Vitamix would make my life so much easier! Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  6. Kimberlee says:

    The Cranberry Smoothie looks AMAZING!

  7. Melinda Soule says:

    Thank you for sharing these delicious recipes!

  8. Jeanette Eckert says:

    I love cooking and use a cheap blender a lot, but dream of having a Vitamix for smooth consistency. Also, can’t wait to try the sunflower pesto recipe!

  9. clea says:

    What a versatile product! Thanks!

  10. Jill says:

    So excited about this giveaway!! I love Vitamix and recently broke my magic bullet, this would be fantastic for my morning shakes!

  11. We love smoothies but chunky ones are unappetizing. This would fit that problem!

  12. How wonderful! I would love this for smaller sizes and for travel! Such a smart idea that you can put a lid on the smaller jar!

  13. We’ve been going back and forth on which model to go with. I think this would be the perfect one!

  14. I would love to make portable smoothies every day!

  15. I don’t own a blender and can see so many uses for it!

  16. Oh geez. I tried to make a beet green smoothie once with my regular blender and let’s just say chewing pulpy sloshy beet greens is not the way I wanna go. Fabulous post my love – beautiful pictures (as always). Crossing my pretty little fingers (which want to be wrapped around the personal container with FLIP TOP LID. Omg.).

  17. Oh, would love this. I’m too lazy to lug out my giant blender all the time, so I think this would inspire me to actually have a smoothie every morning!

  18. great giveaway! I’d love to win this Vitamix

  19. This is a versatile product to have in the kitchen! Gave away our Magic Bullet to family so if I won, this will come in just the right time!

  20. arlene56 says:

    I blender is almost dead! Not getting a new one until I can afford a Vitamix!

  21. Lushka Smith says:

    So I can make soup in a jiffy and eat it right away. Been on my wishlist for years! Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Alicia Federico says:

    I need a Vitamix so I can make all your delicious recipes!!!

  23. I hope I win, I hope I win, I hope I win πŸ™‚ haha – great recipes!!!! and thanks for the opportunity to enter an awesome giveaway!

  24. I love how powerful Vitamixes are – my parents got one 30 years ago and it’s still going strong!

  25. Would love one to have for when the grands come over and want a smoothie. I hate the ice lumps my machine leaves in!

  26. We would love this for single-serving smoothies!!

  27. Mildre Pery says:

    It was love at first sight. The qualities of elegance, sleekness, power, practicality, and compactness attracted me.

  28. nancy says:

    i am always looking for new pesto recipes. Never thought about sunflower seeds. This will be my next one to try.

  29. Is it wrong to admit that I travel with a full-sized Vitamix? If I win this I could lighten my load!

  30. erin chamberlin says:


  31. Starla B says:

    I would absolutely love to win this because I have wanted a Vitamix forever. Being a full time college student and working two jobs, this would be perfect for getting good yummy food in my belly. I love the convenience of this and my current blender won’t blend hardly anything. I love a good smoothie for the road or before work. Fingers and toes crossed! πŸ™‚ xo

  32. Marissa says:

    Would loooove to win this! We are totally a smoothie/ blending/ mixing family and what we have now is falling apart! ypur nut free pesto recipe sounds great too! Thanks for your inspirations!

  33. I would love to win a Vitamix! One that doesn’t take up much counter space and has the to-go cup attachment would make it so easy to take a smoothie to drink on the way to work!

  34. Mary says:

    Love this blog & would love this Vitamix!

  35. Sara says:

    I would love to have a vitamin to try all your amazing recipes on here!

  36. Jacqueline Noel says:

    Wow the recipes look great! I hope to try them! Especially that pesto. MMM.

  37. Norma Villasenor says:

    I would love to have this for my kids so I can make them smoothies everyday. I have been wanting a really good blender but it’s out of my budget.

  38. It looks absolutely amazing and love the size!

  39. Shana says:

    I have never had a smoothie. I need to start drinking them so the proper equipment is a must. It would be nice to win one instead of having to buy one!

  40. Debra says:

    Your recipes look wonderfully tasty. Thank you for the opportunity to win a vitamix. I have been pricing them and dreaming.

  41. karen says:

    I would love to be able to make green smoothies. My current blendeer makes it seem like I am chewing smoothies rather than drinking them )

  42. To make blended vegetable soups and smoothies πŸ™‚

  43. Yes! I would love this in my kitchen as I have been doing more juices and smoothies lately. Would love to have this in my home. My current blender /magic bullet just doesn’t seem to be able to cut through those fibers as nicely.

  44. I’d love the Vitamix S30 because I live in a pretty small place with an even teenier kitchen, it would be nice to have a blender that would be able to sit on my counter!

  45. Tiffany says:

    I would love to win this!!

  46. Becca F says:

    I’m sick of chunky smoothies and would greatly appreciate, care and love my vitamix

  47. I have wanted a Vitamix for soo long! I love having smoothies but my blender is unfortunately not the best. Your pesto seriously looks delicious by the way!! I would totally try your recipe if I won!!

  48. I make smoothies every day and I like the idea of a powerful yet smaller more portable blender.

  49. Sure, I was hoping for one of these for Xmas!

  50. Pascal says:

    Because Vitamix is awesome. One of the best small appliance one can get.

  51. Gosh, they are amazing! Who wouldn’t want one? I’d probably use it most for green smoothies.

  52. Well we’re getting a bit tired of making smoothies in our food processor! However we keep delaying wanting to spend the money on a legit blender….

  53. Nice giveaway!

  54. I’d love to a vitamix – I’ve hear such great things about what it can do, and my current blender just doesn’t get the right smoothie consistency – I think a vitamix would fix that!

  55. Sarah says:

    I would love to have a more convenient way to take fruits and veggies to work, without them taking up half my bag!

  56. Helen says:

    That cranberry smoothie … yum! Would love to make it!

  57. My blender is on its last few days and I haven’t had enough extra cash to purchase a new one between paying for school and books and crazy expensive bus passes. It makes me really sad because im havent been drinking smoothies everyday πŸ™

  58. I would love a Vitamix blender. I make a lot of soups and sauces that I would use such a powerful blender for.

  59. I’d love one to replace my horrible old blender that has to run for 10 minutes to make anything smooth. Also…your recipes would be so fun to try!

  60. Casey says:

    I would love the Vitamix because I am in desperate need to replace my sad and pathetic blender. And finally be able to make Green Smoothies

  61. Stephanie crank says:

    Omg I would love to win this our blender went out a few months ago and a single income for a family of three it’s hard to afford a new one. I also have a little boy about to be 5 months old who in February will be starting solids so I need something to make his baby food in!

  62. I’d use it for everything! Smoothies, sauces, soups, pesto, you name it, I’d use it!

  63. I’d love to win this for my husband! He’s tried every blender and is not satisfied with any of them! They never seem to do what he needs them to do! I’d love to be able to have smoothies for breakfast!

  64. I desperately need to replace my Magic Bullet, it’s been great, but is starting to die… When I take the blender part off the base continues to spin for a little and it’s starting to scare me hahaha! Also that cranberry smoothie is gorgeous!

  65. i would loveee to win!! being able to quickly make personal green smoothies would make my life a million times better πŸ™‚

  66. Gregg says:

    I love my 5200, would love an S30 for work!

  67. i would love this for personal green smoothies and nut butter!!

  68. Pam says:

    Oh, this would make my life so much simpler! I’m the only one who eats a lot of raw, so this would help out so much!

  69. I would love to have a convenient way to make my smoothies.

  70. Karen says:

    To try your smoothie

  71. Lisa Grandstaff says:

    I must confess, I have a full-sized Vitamix, which is awesome, although for some things, a bit cumbersome. I had seen those ads for “the bullet” and felt almost guilty for thinking how convenient such a little thing would be, but it bothered my feelings of happiness and “loyalty” to my Vitamix, ha ha! If THIS little pal, this smaller cousin came along, I’d never have to worry about THAT again. This is great… I love the Big Gun for making soups and stuff, but they are a tad large for a single-serving smoothie. Thanks for sharing your results with the smoothie recipes!

  72. I love my Vitamix and this could become my work blender!!! What an exciting option that is!!!

  73. Linda Bradshaw says:

    I would love to have this so I could make smoothies. Handheld mixers don’t work!

  74. It would be perfect for my college dorm room!

  75. Gina says:

    I just found out I’m going to be a first time Grandma this summer & I would love to get this for my daughter. She’s having such a hard time keeping anything down-this would make it a little easier for her to get the nutrition she needs……before & after the baby comes!

  76. Andrea Brickey says:

    Nutritious way to get fruit and veggies.

  77. Susan Kelley says:

    This would be a wonderful tool to make some immune building smoothies to get through the cold and flu season!

  78. I would love to have my own Vitamix S30 blender so that I can make smoothies and dips for myself and my family. I love to make my own food that is natural and organic, but using a blender doesn’t quite get many consistencies right. This product looks like it would be the perfect addition to my kitchen! Fingers crossed!!!!

  79. itzia says:

    i want to make some smoothies!

  80. Peter says:

    I’ve been thinking about a Vitamix for such a long time, but haven’t been able to spend the money to make it happen yet. This would be the perfect way for me to get it!

  81. Melissa Hale says:

    I would use a Vitamix for everything, but especially my morning green Smoothies!

  82. Deirdre says:

    I have a juicer, but I would prefer not to waste the pulp. Blending would be so much better and what better ay to do it than to have my own personal juicer.

  83. Lynn says:

    I have a full size Vitamix which I LOVE – but this personal size would be so convenient for my smoothies on the go!

  84. Soozle says:

    Id love to win as this would be excellent for a home cook like myself πŸ™‚

  85. Kremena says:

    A mom from my sons’ school told me about it,I wanted to see!Amazing,want one!I will win it or l buy it!

  86. angela says:

    I would love one because I and my kids love smoothies,and healthy shakes….I would love this becausr then I could make me something different that is healthy compared to ehat I would givr my kids……..I would enjoy this everyday and be healthy too =)

  87. Lisa says:

    I looooove its small size!

  88. I have smoothies at least twice a day and I’ve already gone through one blender and am waiting till this second one gives way. If I could I would already have a Vitamix, but they are out of my budget. I would LOVE to win this so I don’t have to go through blenders anymore!

  89. maie says:

    Hi! hoping for Santa’s generosity, don’t have a blender and would love to win one, thx

  90. Susy says:

    Oh My! I have watched demo after demo of the VitaMix and have put it on my wish list but this one is amazing!

  91. Donna says:

    What a great giveaway – and thanks to kitchen for introducing you!

  92. Christie says:

    Would love one for smoothies!

  93. Lisa C says:

    I’ve been considering a new blender or food processor recently since my husband and I are switching to a plant based diet! So winning one would be fantastic!

  94. Gail says:

    Because Of throat cancer I am on a liquid only diet, probably for life. Lots of soups and smoothies. This would be amazing to have

  95. Mommyx2 says:

    Love it! Looks awesome…we have a full sized Vitamix & it was a gift…best gift ever! So, if I won, I’d gift it to someone to make it their best XMas yet!

  96. Hilda says:

    Due to swallowing issues, I use my current blender daily and have had to contact the company regularly for replacing parts that wear out…fortunately, I bought an extended warranty on it! After reading up on the blender you’re giving away, I’m thinking perhaps it’s time for a new one with a bigger motor! LOL

  97. Audrey says:

    The smaller size would be great to keep in the motor home!

  98. It would be much easier to make green smoothies

  99. I have a shake almost every day and I love the convenience of a personal blender. Nothing beats a Vitamix!

  100. Vivian says:

    It will be easy for me to make smoothies, pestos, and nut butters. Anything to help me make food fresh and tasty for my little one to eat helps, too.

  101. Amanda says:

    I would hope to win it for my brother, he is a smoothie master! He can make amazing drinks out of just a few ingredients and it tastes delicious. I’ve tried but I don’t come close. He is some kind of Smoothie wizard πŸ™‚ His blender just broke a couple of months ago and we’ve been craving his smoothies. He and we could really use a great blender!

  102. Lien says:

    I would love to win one because I want to make green smoothie for my kids. Plus, I love the personal size.

  103. Michael T says:

    We have a full vitamix we use for plenty of things, but my wife enjoys making smoothies for her breakfast. Would be nice to get one that can make it in the same container and take it to go.

  104. Tracy says:

    I would love to win this for my son who will be moving out next month.

  105. Laura says:

    Both recipes look great!

  106. amber says:

    No more bits of unblended green kale in my teeth.

  107. sue h says:

    I would love to have my very own vitamix S30 so I could stop using my old blender to make my smoothies. And because I never win anything so I thought I try to win this.

  108. Andrea says:

    I want the Vitamin S30 because I love smoothies on my way

  109. I have a smoothie a day. I would love this.

  110. Lolita says:

    I’m dreaming of making green smoothies but my blender is too wimpy to let me do it

  111. Would be lovely to have this for green smoothies and sauces!!!

  112. Love this

  113. Patrice says:

    I have heard great things about the vitamix! Would love to try the recipes!

  114. Ruth says:

    I love that it’s a to go cup!

  115. This would be perfect for making smaller smoothies for my kids.

  116. carmelcath says:

    I’ve been drooling over for a while

  117. Maryanne says:

    I need smoother smoothies for my toddler!

  118. Ally says:

    I have never had a nice blender before and would love it if I could make green smoothies and try other recipes of yours without going deaf from my blender

  119. Evie Brown says:

    I need this Vitamixer to start my journey of eating more healthy, and especially with my medical challenges. …fibrillation and Chronic fatigue syndrome. b

  120. cherie stephens says:

    I LOVE anything from Vitamix.

  121. I would love for ice to be in one consistency as well as my smoothies and to make other fun foods in the blender for the entire family

  122. What an awesome looking blender! Looks great for smoothies!

  123. infysam says:

    How long can I go on eating raw food and no refreshing change in life? That is why I need vitamix blender πŸ™‚

  124. Liberty T. says:

    I would absolutely love to have the Vitamix because I have a little guy on the way and I would love to get him started early on nutritious smoothies!

  125. Karen Lynch says:

    I would love to get more veggies in our diets and this would help with making that possible.

  126. Jerri O. says:

    This Vitamix would be so awesome with my recent move of going plant based!

  127. Doris Jeske says:

    This would be a plus in being able to make “healthy” foods even healthier!

  128. I lack veggies and fruits in my diet mostly out of laziness, so what better way to get both than to smooth it and soup it up! Vitamix will make me a healthier person!

  129. This is the perfect size for me and my extra small kitchen. I’d definitely be having breakfast smoothies every morning

  130. Kristina Thompson says:

    I would love this for my mom. To help her eat better to live longer

  131. I’ve recently become a smoothie lover. My favorite has bananas, chocolate, peanut butter, and espresso. Great way to start the day!

    • Rebecca Moore says:

      Sounds Good!
      If you have the time could you post the recipe?

  132. I would love to win it πŸ™‚

  133. Pick me πŸ˜‰

  134. Stephanie Cunningham says:

    I would live to be able to make and take healthy smoothies on the go!

  135. Stacey Roberson says:

    I would love to have my own Vitamix blender to make breakfast smoothies before I head out to work.

  136. Sandy Parker says:

    I would love to win this, I love Vitamix and healthy smooothies!!

  137. brett says:

    I love cranberries and for some reason never have thought to put them in a smoothie. This is great!

  138. Molomatic says:

    My family really should eat more fruits and veggies. This blender would make it so easy! Thanks

  139. Nicole Vosburgh says:

    I would love to make almond butter, smoothies, & more!

  140. Jenise Cox says:

    So glad I found your blog & FB page!

  141. Caroline says:

    Would love to be able to add healthy smoothies into my daily routine! What a great way to start 2015!

  142. Sarah B says:

    I love the to-go container on this Vitamix!

  143. I need a blender that doesn’t smoke when it’s being used!!

  144. Your sunflower pesto pasta looks absolutely delicious! Seeds are affordable than pine nuts and can still taste yummy as ‘pesto’! The Vitamix S30 looks sleek and compact! I would love to win this! Thank you Sophia!

  145. The S30 will be a perfect addition to my daily fitness routine!

  146. Shirley Morrow says:

    I would love this to improve my health and my husband’s . Nutrition is the key to longer life.

  147. shannta says:

    to make pnut butter and other things my blender cannot make

  148. Rebecca Moore says:

    I’ve been looking for this new (Personal Sized) Blender in stores, but no one carries it! I’m sure it’s Perfect, the others are a little too large for my needs. I can’t afford one, so I would Love to win one – I’ve been wanting one for so long. Hear my prayers.

  149. recipes look wonderful & tasty. smoothies, sauces, soups, etc YUM

  150. I’ve been dreaming of my very own Vitamix!

  151. Courtney says:

    My daughter has a rare food allergy called FPIES. She’d love to have her own smoothies every morning and it would be AWESOME to get some veggies into her πŸ™‚

  152. I haven’t seen these vita-mixes before! How cool!!

  153. I’d love to use it to make smoothies and and nut milk for the whole family.

  154. I saw this on the Vitamix facebook page and started looking at your blog…I can’t wait to make the sunflower seed pesto-seems like such a great alternative to pine nuts (so expensive). I’m trying to make weight for a boxing tournament and whenever that happens, I start hoarding recipes to make post fight. Your blog was SUCH a fantastic find and I want to make everything!!

  155. Kim says:

    It would be great to have a S30 to take with when traveling. Love my Vitamix.

  156. Pat says:

    A personal blender within a large family is a practical idea (and easy to wash) πŸ™‚

  157. Rita says:

    I would love an S30 vitamix for those smaller amounts needed in recipes and to make smoothies for one or two people.

  158. AlexisB says:

    I’d love to have this to make my green smoothies!

  159. Such a great giveaway Sophia! I am in love with the recipes you posted too! I love that cranberry smoothie. I love cranberries! That pesto sounds and looks divine too. Good luck to all the entrants…I already have a Vitamix and LOVE it!

  160. Valeir says:

    This looks like an amazing product!! Heard a lot about it, would love to have it!!

  161. Bella says:

    I would love to win because my husband has been on a quest since a very important knee surgery to lose weight. We are trying as much as possible to make that weight loss easy but it’s not so easy when you are on a fixed income and in school. I would definitely love to win because it would mean a lot to be able to make for him nutrition filled recipes like the one featured just above and all over this website, and to help him on the continued road toward recovery and weight loss. Not to mention, It would be great for making the juices we need to when my wisdom teeth have to come out next month!

  162. I would love to have a vitamix to make healthy meals for my family, including my dog who has severe food allergies and needs home cooked meals!

  163. I would love to win to turn a new leaf (so to speak) and return to my best and most fruitful lifestyle of healthy food and living! This looks like an incredible product and my goodness Sophia your recipes are incredible vibrant and i guess what Im trying to say is, i want to try and taste everything! Having the right tool to venture in our quest for delicious food would be a dream.

  164. I love the healthy lifestyle that Vitamix offers! Could I. be so lucky to win one? Merry Christmas’

  165. Cheryl Burella says:

    Love the personal size travel container! Thanks for the opportunity to own this giveaway.

  166. Lori S says:

    I am trying more vegetarian and vegan recipes and this Vitamix would be amazing as I continue towards a plant based diet.

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