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. 🙂

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.

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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! 🙂 )

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!  

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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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Ingredients
  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
Instructions
  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. 🙂  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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.
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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. 

Thanks for being here,

sophia

 

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Mint Chip Milkshake (Vegan, GF)

Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake

I do believe I just made the drink of my childhood dreams.  My all time favourite icecream flavour has always been mint chocolate chip, and today, it’s my son’s favourite as well.  He never, ever gets anything different, it’s mint chip all.the.time.  I was also a huge fan of milkshakes growing up (who wasn’t??) and thought of combining these two delicious childhood favourites into one leaner, greener drink.  

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I had so much fun making this and photograpphing it.  It was really hard not to take sips of it, but then I finally sat and enjoyed my awesome milkshake on the porch with a huge grin on my face.

There’s no artifical colour here, the beautiful green colour comes from healthy baby spinach.  The flavour has the perfect amount of mint, and you can top your milkshake with chocolate chips like I did, or cacao nibs for a less sweet, more bitter flavour.

Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake

Mint Chip Milkshake

Yield: 1 large milkshake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • 1 large frozen banana
  • handful of fresh mint leaves, stems removed (about 10-15 sprigs)
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 1 tablespoon vegan chocolate chips for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips into a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with chocolate chips. Enjoy!
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Berry Green Breakfast Smoothie

If your mornings are anything like mine, they don’t offer too much time before we need to scurry off to preschool and work.  My son, like me, also doesn’t have much of an appetite first thing in the morning.  Smoothies have come to the rescue, for both of us.  He’s always liked fruity smoothies, who doesn’t, but he was a little reluctant when he saw a bunch of baby spinach leaves going into this morning’s smoothie.  I guaranteed him this drink was packed with all the awesome things that make him strong and healthy.  Moments later we had a green-smoothie-guzzling boy.  You really don’t taste the spinach in here, it’s just an added antioxidant bonus!  It also doesn’t need any sweetener, as the fruit is sweet enough.  If you don’t have flax seeds, go ahead and use chia seeds, but don’t skip this ingredient.  It’s another one of those amazing hidden ingredients which you do not taste but are bursting with nutrients like omega-3 and fiber.

Berry Green Breakfast Smoothie

Berry Green Breakfast Smoothie

Makes approx. 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup organic baby spinach
  • 1 cup organic strawberries
  • 1/2 cup organic blueberries
  • 1 small organic banana
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients into a blender.  Let your child do the whizzing, it works wonders in helping them eat/drink what they help prepare.
  • Drink immediately, enjoy!

Berry Green Breakfast Smoothie

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Healthy Chocolate Smoothie & A Giveaway!

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

One of my favourite ways to pack nutrition into my day, and into my son’s little body, is by making nutritional, filling, and tasty smoothies.  I love starting my day with them, or having a little pick me up in the afternoon.  My son also loves making them with me, and no matter how many times he has helped, he always jumps when the blender starts going!   Also, there’s no denying I am a chocoholic, so wherever I can sneak it in, in a healthy way, I go for it.

This is one of my favourite recent smoothie creations incorporating dark, rich cocoa with oats, dates, and refreshing almond milk.  I am a huge fan of homemade almond milk, but, like most of you, I have days where there simply aren’t enough hours to possibly make some.  When I’m looking for convenience and whipping up a quick breakfast or snack, I use Almond Fresh in my smoothies or granola.  Their milk is certified non-GMO and vegan, and I have a soft spot for the fact that they are a Canadian business.  The kind people over at Almond Fresh sent me coupons to give away to one of my readers.  I encourage you to leave a comment below and I will randomly select one person to send $20 worth of vouchers to!  If you just happened to stop by here, follow my blog and you will be entered twice!  (Yay for free stuff!).

I will announce the winner here on Friday, October 25th.

So, here is my smoothie recipe.

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

Makes 1 large smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 teaspoon organic pure cocoa powder
  • 2 medjool dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • cacao nibs and oats (optional) as topping

Directions:

  • Place almond milk, banana, oats, dates, cocoa powder and ice into blender and blend.
  • Pour into mason jar (everything tastes better in a mason jar, doesn’t it?) and top with cacao nibs and oats.
  • Enjoy!

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

I also follow Almond Fresh on Facebook and also saw that they are giving away a huge prize – A KitchenAid prize pack valued at over $2000 + a year’s worth of Almond Fresh.  My husband bought me a KitchenAid mixer for Christmas a few years back, it was one of the best things that ever happened to me and my kitchen! If you’re feeling lucky, I would totally go over and give it a shot!  Contest ends soon (November 1st).  All you need to do is choose your favourite Almond Fresh refreshing drink and share it with your friends on Facebook!   By clicking on the photo below, it will bring you directly to the contest page.

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You’re all so creative and inspiring with your recipes, I have faith in you. 🙂  Even if you don’t win the grand prize, you still have chances to win DAILY prizes, and you’re allowed to enter 5 times per day, so your chances just got better.

I’m really looking forward to my first giveaway, so let’s get chatting!  Although the vouchers are only valid in Canada – I would love to hear from all of you.  I’d like to know, what is your favourite and most used smoothie ingredient?

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

(Although this post was sponsored, all recipes, smoothie photos and opinions expressed are my own.  I pinky swear.)

Blueberry Chia Breakfast Smoothie

I love starting my day off with a smoothie.  They keep you full, they are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, they are energizing  and downright delicious.  Also, they are ready in minutes, making them the perfect breakfast-to-go.  Fruit smoothies alone are super healthy, but I like to add Vega One nutritional powder to mine to really get amazing health benefits out of them.  One scoop of Vega boasts 50% daily intake of vitamins and minerals, 15 g protein, 6 g fibre, 1.5 g Omega-3, antioxidants, probiotics and greens.  I also love adding ground chia seeds to my smoothies since they are a complete protein loaded with fiber,  calcium, and b vitamins, which is a great way for vegetarians to ensure they are getting enough in their diet.  One tablespoon a day is the recommendation.

Blueberry Chia Smoothie

Blueberry Chia Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 of a ripe banana
  • 1 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy beverage of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
  • 1 scoop Vega One nutritional powder in chocolate flavour

Directions:

  • Toss all ingredients into your blender.
  • Pulse until smooth. If you would like it a little runnier, add a splash more of almond milk.
  • Pour into your favourite glass or tumbler-to-go and enjoy!

Blueberry Chia Smoothie