Blendtec Giveaway!

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Nothing like a Blendtec giveaway and 3 new smoothie recipes to kick off the weekend, right?

Happy Friday indeed!

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Blendtec sent me a refurbished Blendtec Total Blender to review on the blog. I’m going to have a fun little giveaway to get your own engines revving and give this beast away to one lucky reader.

And boy, is this thing a beast!

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As you may know, I purchased a Vitamix last year and I’m in love with it. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the Blendtec. My standards are pretty high when it comes to blenders, so I’m a tough cookie smoothie!

This is a refurbished machine, which means that it was slightly used but it was inspected and processed in the Blendtec factory to restore it to ‘like new’ condition. Honestly, you’d never be able to tell that this machine wasn’t brand spanking new! It is in mint condition. You can also save quite a bit of money if you purchase their refurbished models.

Plus, you get to be all eco-friendly by recycling…what’s not to love?

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Here are some specs:

  • You can make smoothies, fresh juice, ice cream, milkshakes, cappuccinos, margaritas, soups, sauces, bread dough, dressings, salsas and more
  • The Total Blender comes with an exclusive Smart-Touch Technology which means when a cycle button is pushed, the Total Blender automatically speeds up and slows down, then shuts off when the cycle is complete.
  • It turns ice to snow and actually comes with an Ice-Crushing Guarantee and has1560 Watts of blending power
  • Blender includes: 32 oz. BPA free wet + dry container, Total Blender Motor Base, FourSide Pitcher, Vented Pitcher Lid, Recipe Book, Owner’s Manual, instructional CD
  • It has 6 pre-programmed blend cycles (below) that are designed to produce optimum results for a range of blending tasks such as soups and sauces or whole juice. The instruction manual tells you how long each cycle goes for and it’s also displayed on the screen when blending.
  • The pitcher is a wet and dry which means you don’t have to purchase another container like you do with the Vitamix.

 

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After reading up on this bad boy, I threw a blending party and Eric and I got to be the lucky taste-testers!

Of course, the ultimate test for any blender is a Green Monster smoothie made with KALE! If you’ve ever made a smoothie with kale and it was chunky, I feel your pain. I suffered through that for a couple years before I finally bought my Vitamix beast.

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After putting in my Green Monster ingredients, I hit the ‘smoothie’ button. I quickly realized that the smoothie setting (30 seconds) was probably not intended for Green Monsters because the greens didn’t pulverize enough after 30 seconds. I ended up blending for 3 smoothie cycles (1.5 minutes) instead of one.

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After 1.5 minutes, it blended well and the kale was virtually smooth, but perhaps not as smooth as the Vitamix. It was a really close call, but I found the Blendtec was a tiny bit more coarse in texture as compared to my GM’s made with the Vitamix.

But again, it was so close, it’s almost a non-issue. And I’m sure many people don’t blend kale like my crazy self!

edited to add: Some of you told me to use the LIQUIFY setting for kale as it works much better! Good to know. :)

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Up next, I made a few fruit smoothies and I was very pleased with the outcome. wlEmoticon openmouthedsmile   Blendtec Giveaway!

Strawberry Cherry Basil                         Mango Coconut Cream                           Banana Data Cinnamon

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These smoothies turned out I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E.

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I tried another ultimate test for this beast- grinding flax. I’ve used a few blenders in the past that didn’t grind flax well, so I was anxious to test it out with the Blendtec.

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Let’s just say it was PULVERIZED! Amazing job!!!

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All in all, I think the Blendtec Total Blender is a great machine.

Here are some specifics that I love about it:

  • Shorter height (15”) compared to Vitamix (20.5”) which means that it will fit under any counter top
  • Easy to remove lid (I find the Vitamix lid is hard to put on and off)
  • BPA free container
  • Digital display (while not necessary, it is sleek and fun)
  • No need for a Tamper stick like you need with the Vitamix. (The Tamper stick is included with a Vitamix to help push down and process ingredients. No need for this with the Blendtec)
  • Contemporary & sleek design! Looks great on the counter.
  • Wet + dry container all in one

 

 

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Now how about some of those smoothie recipes to kick off the weekend?

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Mango Coconut Cream Smoothie

  • 1.25 cups coconut water
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 frozen banana (or 1/4 cup coconut ice cream)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds or ground flax (optional)

 

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Strawberry Cherry Basil Smoothie

(My fav new smoothie!)

  • 1/4 cup (or a bit less) loosely packed basil (trust me it WORKS!)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 cup pitted and frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup hulled and frozen strawberries
  • Chia seeds or flax (optional)

 

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Banana Date Cinnamon Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana (peel before freezing)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 pitted medjool date
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2-3 ice cubes, as needed

 

(That one is for Kristi!)

By the way, what the heck is this? Nooooooooooo!!!!

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To enter the giveaway:

Leave one comment below and you are entered! I’ll be drawing the random winner on Tuesday of next week.

Goodluck to all! Big thanks to Blendtec for this amazing opportunity!

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Ashley August 15, 2011

I would love to win this to blend my kale! My generic model doesn’t nearly do the trick…thanks for the opportunity!

Christina August 15, 2011

WOW your smoothies look great, I’ve recently made the choice to lead more of a plant based/raw lifestyle and have become an everyday smoothie girl! I’m sure this blender will outlast my current one, thanks for the opportunity Angela.

Jane August 15, 2011

Woohoo! I thought I missed out on the giveaway and then I read that you were picking the winner NEXT Tuesday! Sign me up and pick my name! Smoothies here I come! Hope this makes nut butteres as well.

JennyL August 15, 2011

Thanks for the giveaway!! You have an incredible number of readers! A new blender would be amazing!

Leslie August 15, 2011

My blender just died, so I hope I win! :)

heather August 15, 2011

love your website and have a puny crummy blender;(

Jess S. August 15, 2011

wow, there are a ton of people who’d like a new blender! looks awesome.

Samantha August 15, 2011

I’m using my mom’s old food processor from 1978 to make smoothies, I would LOVE a new blender!

Jen August 15, 2011

I recently moved out of my parents’ house and bought a Target blender thinking it would get the job done. Oh, how wrong I was! Every smoothie I’ve made so far has been chunky (and not in a good way)! I’d love to win a new blender :)

Lori August 15, 2011

Love your recipes!

Lauren August 15, 2011

I love all your recipes. They are delicious and SIMPLE! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!

sarah August 15, 2011

Man, oh man. My last kale smoothie was more like a…kale and fruit salsa? I’d be in love to own this bad boy!

cassie m August 15, 2011

WOW that mango coconut smoothie sounds AMAZING!

Dee August 15, 2011

My ancient VitaMix (circa 1982-83) pitcher leaks and parts for repair are no longer available. Would love a new monster machine to turn those greens into smooth as silk smoothies! Thanks for the wonderful information on your web site!

Renee R August 15, 2011

Oooh! I would love love a new blender- mine just shorted the other day! Great giveaway!

sue August 15, 2011

please please pretty please!

Jayci August 15, 2011

My current blender leaves my kale super chunky. Yuck! I’d be thrilled to win the Blendtec!

Amanda August 15, 2011

My roommates introduced me to the green monster a few months back. I’m hooked!!! However, my blender is a little outdated and I can’t seem to avoid the kale chunks. Ewww :( I’d love a new one. Pick me! Pick me!

Megan August 15, 2011

I’ve never heard of this blender! I was looking at the VitaMix but I will have to look at this one too.

Katy Taylor August 15, 2011

thanks for all the delicious recipes! and the blendtec would be fun!f

Cole August 15, 2011

just found this blog and LOVE all the recipes!! thanks for sharing!

Samantha August 15, 2011

Loved reading about the Green Monster Movement! A new blender would be awesome to try some of these recipes!!

Ashlee August 15, 2011

I JUST got back into making regular green monsters these last few weeks! And I looked up prices of vitamix’s and blendtec machines the night before you posted this but since I’m in college decided my “fund” for one would be about 4 or 5 years down the road! lol Perfect timing! ;) I actually tried parsley in a recipe last week and could barely STAND it, so the thought of basil is iffy for me. Although it is my all time favorite herb, I’m worried it would taste as horrid as the parsley did! But I also blended it with about 3 cups of Kale (which you’re right, barely blends in regular blenders) so that may not have helped the taste.

Meghan August 15, 2011

I would love this to blend greens and to make flax seed meal!

Maria August 15, 2011

I want to give this Blendtec to my 95-year mother-in-law so she can have an option other than Ensure ready-to-made drinks.

Tasty Yummies August 15, 2011

Oooh, pick me, pick me.

Dawn August 15, 2011

Oh I would LOVE to win this!!!

Tracy Dalrymple August 15, 2011

I have discovered green monsters and banana ice cream thanks to you. And even in my regular little blender they are awesome. This would be a great addition.

Jennifer August 15, 2011

These look so yummy! I’ve been lusting after a blender that can handle my greens :)

Jennifer August 15, 2011

These look so yummy! I’ve been lusting after a blender that can handle greens

MarathonVal August 15, 2011

That Blendtec looks fantastic!! My current blender is incapable of grinding anything (flax, oats, etc) without smoking and coming close to bursting into flames.

Hali D August 15, 2011

Would love to win this blender! I want one to make better green monsters so badly! :)

Jessica Long August 15, 2011

oh, i need one of these so bad!

Orlita August 15, 2011

My Oster beehive actually does a pretty good job with kale. But it has begun leaking and splattering (mostly for me, right when I’ve blended the kale w/ water and before I put in the frozen stuff; doesn’t leak for my boyfriend, who is a frozen-stuff-then-liquid kind of guy), so we’re dreaming of a Cadillac blender. Hope we win!

Ashlee August 15, 2011

I remember the first time I tried to make a green monster with kale in a target blender…..I had to chew it! Yuck!!! I quickly learned that I had to blend for a much longer period to get it drinkable. Haha

C B August 15, 2011

Green monster constitution 2nd amendment states- all citizens have the right to bear blenders.

Joan August 15, 2011

My blender is tiny (and I mean tiny). I really would like this! Thanks for the giveaway, as always :)

Emily August 15, 2011

I would LOVE a blendtec!! I’m pretty sure though that if you play around with the settings, you’ll be able to blend kale just as smooth as a vitamix. Afterall, if it can blend an iphone, kale shouldn’t be an issue ;)

Trish Murray August 15, 2011

I’m new to juicing and recently discovered your website. I’d love a new blender!! The one I have now is probably 7 years old.

Colleen August 15, 2011

Love your blog & all the great recipes. I always look to your site when I need a new recipe to make. I could really use a Blendtec for some of those yummy recipes!

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