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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sally August 16, 2011

OOOHH! Shiny new blender!

:) would love this for my kitchen!

sam August 16, 2011

A new blender would be amazing! I don’t own one, but love it when I am able to use my parents’. Smoothies and dairy free ice creams are my favorite things to make, but unfortunately, I’m unable to use a blender as frequently as I’d like.

This sure would be great!

Thanks so much for the opportunity Angela!

sam August 16, 2011

I’d love to be able to use a blender whenever I want! I don’t own one, but I always wish I did when I use my parents’.

Thanks so much for this great oppurtunity Angela!

Dylan August 16, 2011

I’d love to own a blender that actually works! I just have a standard run of the mill Oster Blender that takes forever to blend anything and even when it does, it isn’t nearly as smooth a texture as it could be. Thanks for offering this little giveaway!

jodi August 16, 2011

Love your blog & would love this blender

marci August 16, 2011

i want this!

Sam August 16, 2011

Ooooh! A Blendtec! I hope I’m not too late for the giveaway!

This would be SUCH a blessing :D

Lauren August 16, 2011

I would L-O-V-E to have this blender. Smoothies would make living with my in-laws more bearable for sure.

ashley @ cooking for john August 16, 2011

i would LOVE to win this!! hope i’m not too late to enter!

Heather Dawn August 16, 2011

I am in major need of a new blender! All of these smoothie recipes look amazing. I really want a Vitamix (Im registering for one when I get married next year, ha), but this would be the next best thing!

Danielle Johnson August 16, 2011

I need this! Hope I’m not too late.

Connie alvin August 16, 2011

I found your site a while ago; I fell in love!!! You’re amazing! I can’t get enough!, you are booked marked for daily, (couple times a day) to research And enjoy! I would be thrilled tomwin your blender! I am a crazy blending maniac! I have twin girls that are 5 months old. I make them your green monster smoothies, people think I’m funny! The girls LOVE the drinks…as do I! The blender would get great use antsy house!

Diana @ veggie next door August 16, 2011

Hoping and praying that I am not too late! I love getting refurbished technology. Not only is it usually cheaper – it’s greener too! Crossing my fingers :-)

Christy Jen August 16, 2011

i never win anything, so here’s to hope! Thanks again!

charlie August 16, 2011

Thanks for the great recipes! It sure is nice to have somewhere to come for kitchen help :)

Abby August 16, 2011

I’ll give it a try. I have a food processor and a blender. It would be nice to have the two in one.

Shannon [Tropical Eats] August 16, 2011

oooooh yummy!

the ultimate GM maker.

Eli August 16, 2011

This would certainly be a huge step up from the 6 dollar blender I bought at Goodwill!

Cassie Brady August 16, 2011

I just came across this post! I hope it’s not too late to enter. I’m a smoothie making machine! This would be perfect for me! : )

Kristin Ciotola August 16, 2011

I would love to win this so I can make healthy smoothies!

Janani August 16, 2011

I’d love to try a super machine like this!

jvegegirl August 16, 2011

so excited for this….:) :)

Lisa August 16, 2011

Those shakes look incrediable, I’d love to have that Blendtec blender to make them all! :)

Mary Clinch August 16, 2011

Am very jealous of those with these super blenders…would love to own one!

crystal genes August 16, 2011

Would love to own a powerful blender like this so I could finally make some of your smoothie and juice recipes!

Heather H August 16, 2011

I would love this!!!!!!!1

Shauna O'Keefe August 16, 2011

Love your blog!! A newbie to eating raw (not quite vegan yet)
I’m dying to get a better blender!!! Keep the recipes & ideas coming. 

Amy Spano August 16, 2011

Would love to have a green monster – Smoothie!! My black & decker blender just ain’t cuttin it! :)

Winnie August 16, 2011

i don’t have a vitamix or a blendtec, so winning a blendtec would be awesome :)

Emily August 16, 2011

The Mango Coconut Cream smoothie sounds AMAZING!

Claire August 16, 2011

Wow, nothing like a smoothie in the summer heat!

Stacy August 17, 2011

I’ve been needing one of these!

Evelyn August 17, 2011

The smoothies look delicious! Love this site!

Jason August 17, 2011

A blender like this sounds amazing!

lauri (redheadrecipes.com) August 17, 2011

We have a refurbished kitchen aid stand mixer and it is pretty bad a**! Can’t tell at all that its refurbished and it works great! And we saved a few hundred bucks!

Shauna August 17, 2011

My blender died so I’d love to win this! And your smoothie recipes are far more exciting than my regular! I will have to give them a try!

charlie August 17, 2011

Oh wow! This would be awesome for my kitchen!

Thanks Angela! And love the new recipes :)

Ashley August 17, 2011

I make my own green monsters regularly, but it takes me at least five minutes of blending to get all the chunks out. A quality blender would be terrific!

Jesse August 17, 2011

AHHH I’ve been on the hunt for a kick butt blender- this one looks amazing! That date smoothie looks fabulous. Everything tastes better with dates…almost…

Kim August 17, 2011

Great giveaway!

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