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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Nicole August 12, 2011

I’m a college student going through a binge eating cycle similar to the one you’ve recovered from. You’ve served as an amazing inspiration to me the past year and I’ve been making tons of your recipes- the weekend glow kale salad is a favorite of mine, as well as the butternut squash “mac and cheese”- AND of course I LOVE voo and green monsters! Man, I could just list my favorite recipes forever! Anyways, I’ve been dying to get a great blender so that I can keep up with all your deliciously healthy smoothie recipes.
Thanks for everything-

Carolyn August 12, 2011

I love how the greens in the first picture in this blog makes it look as though the smoothie ingredients have “a great big, bushy beard”! I don’t know if you have seen ‘Hot Fuzz’, but, if you haven’t, you should!
(Also, I totally blend kale! My morning breakfast drink is coconut milk, green algae, chlorella, maca powder, Olivia’s mixed greens, kale, and water. =) )

Kim K August 12, 2011

Drooling at the blender and the thought of all the healthy yummy things I could whip up. As a self proclaimed blender killer I really need something that can take a licking and keep on ticking.

Elise August 12, 2011

Blender Envy. I need something to replace my like $15 Black Decker one.

Susan Hooks August 12, 2011

I’ve just started to make green monsters, and my cheap old blender isn’t cutting it! Also a girl living in Austin needs some frozen drinks if you know what I mean. :)

Dani @ Body By Nature August 12, 2011

I’m not entering because I have a Blendtec, just wanted to say that it is THE BEST blender!!

Emily August 12, 2011

I’ve never commented (I don’t think), but it’s sad when all along I’ve wanted to tell you how very much I appreciate and love all the good you share and offer us with this blog. I’ve referred many to this site and we all just love you, Angela. I’ve always wanted a BlendTec. Maybe this will be my chance!

Audrey August 12, 2011

I really need a new blender so this would be perfect!

Those smoothies look terrific. I’m eager to try the cherry-basil one. Sounds interesting!

Kimberly August 12, 2011

I love it! I need a new blender! It’s a must-have in order to “hide” veggies for my two year old!!!! <3

Therese August 12, 2011

I think my blender is dying on me and it makes me sad! Whenever I make smoothies it leaks out the bottom! Nooooo!!!!!

Debbie Mettler August 12, 2011

Would love a new blender so that I can make all these wonderful recepies :)

Sandy August 12, 2011

It did a great job grinding the flax. With my blender if I try to grind seeds to sugar it ends up getting stuck to the corners and I have to use a knife to pry it loose and grind again. repeat repeat repeat. Ugh annoying.

Lindsay@CookVeganLover August 12, 2011

All those smoothies sound great! Always looking for new ideas

Heidi Oran August 12, 2011

Amazing giveaway & delicious recipes!

Runblondie26 August 12, 2011

I’d love a new blender.

carrie August 12, 2011

I would love to win this wonderful machine.. I have only been dreaming of owning one!! Thank you for a great and generous giveaway!

Holly August 12, 2011

I sure could use a new blender, mine was dropped not too long ago and hasn’t worked the same since. I also need to try one or three of these smoothie recipes, they sound great ;)

Jen @ The RA Vegan August 12, 2011

So funny because just this morning I was making my green smoothie and thinking how I wished I could blend the kale completely smooth!! I would love a blendtec! I’ve been doing a 14 day green smoothie challenge. While I have loved it, when I go back to work in a few weeks I don’t think I’ll be able to do it daily because it takes my old blender close to 20 minutes to make a green smoothie blended enough that I’ll drink it.

Jeanna August 12, 2011

I love smoothies!

Diane August 12, 2011

I broke my old blender and am looking for a new one ^^

Hillary August 12, 2011

These smoothies look so good! I’m very intrigued by the Strawberry Cherry Basil mixture :)

Carolyn August 12, 2011

I would just love a blender as I don’t have one! Been lusting over a Vitamix…but never could afford it. I need to try the Green Monster!

Rachel M August 12, 2011

That is pretty awesome! Would love a high powered blender!

sarah August 12, 2011

I’ve been saving for a vitamin or blentec for the last few months. Can’t wait to get rid of the 4 appliances it will replace.

Vicky August 12, 2011

I read the title and thought, “oh my god,” and pretty much that was just repeating over and over through my head until i got to the bottom. You are so awesome. I have a blender, but as every smoothie lover knows, it can always get smoothier. :P

Michelle August 12, 2011

I would love one of these! My blender is awful for green monsters!!

Yin August 12, 2011

I would love to win this — need something to make smoothies with :D

Amy Lauren August 12, 2011

I would love to win! All of those smoothies look awesome, and I love how this blender will fit under the cabinet because my current one definitely won’t!

Amy Lauren
proudpatriot2007(at)yahoo(dot)com

Rachelle August 12, 2011

mmmmmm those smoothies look delish! but Kale?! you crazy!

Heather August 12, 2011

I would love a new blender! Sadly my last one kicked the bucket and I never replaced it.

ujin August 12, 2011

I would love a blender. I can finally try a GM smoothie!

Vanessa N August 12, 2011

I have got to try that strawberry cherry basil smoothie! I love herbs in my drinks. I have done some research on Blendtech v. Vitamix and I think I would go for the Blendtech b/c saving space is so important in my teeny tiny kitchen. For now, I’m still rocking my Oster because I can’t bare spending hundreds on a blender… I’d rather save those hundreds for a bigger kitchen!

Danielle F August 12, 2011

definitely making that mango smoothie today!! looks so yummy!

Abbie August 12, 2011

Oh my goodness, I have seen Blentec demo’s at Costco and the demonstrations are incredible. What an awesome giveaway! The smoothies look delicious also. The mango one is such a pretty color!

Roberta August 12, 2011

It would nice to have a chunky free smoothie morning.

Noelle August 12, 2011

Wow, what a wonderful opportunity! The recipes look and sound amazing. I think I will try the strawberry basil for lunch! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Katie August 12, 2011

I’ve had my eye on the vitamix for a while but don’t want to cough up the moola for it right now. Would love to give this one a go!

Thanks for sharing

Elizabeth August 12, 2011

Oh my! I’d love a shot at that blender!

Brittani August 12, 2011

I want a Blendtec so bad! I am really trying to eat clean and would love to start making my own nut butters and a Blendtec would be perfect!

Sophie August 12, 2011

yes, please!

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