I bought mine at the Vitality Show. Because it cost me £399 I did not take the decision lightly and spent about an hour and a half at the stand watching about 8 different demos. It saved me between £8 and £12 right there and then as I did not need to buy lunch or snacks as I sampled soup, ice cream, smoothies, frappuccino, and untold other things... very delicious... very nutritious and very filling.
Back then I used to regularly buy frappuccinos at Starbucks and as they used to cost me about £3.50 a pop, I figured I'd get my money back relatively quickly. Anyway I pondered it for quite some time, weighed it up against the cost of Innocent Smoothies and made my purchase.
I used it a lot and even more so when I brought it into work and my Managing Director made me soup every day. But I did not take it home for my maternity leave and got completely out of the habit of using it.
Fast forward to 2010 and I popped into work during my maternity leave and decided to bring it home. I used it once and then left it in the corner of the kitchen.
The next bit is rather embarrassing to say the least. I left it dirty in the corner of the kitchen, and due to post natal depression that was where it stayed, like a dirty secret. It was slightly out of sight down the side of the microwave. Sometimes I'd barely have chance to wash the dishes, as I used to spend HOURS on the sofa breastfeeding Aaron, let alone do a big clear out. Whenever I spied it, I couldn't face dealing with it as it looked black inside. It represented all I wanted to avoid in life - it became symbolic.
Anyway roll on to Brit Mums Live 2012 and there was a Vitamix chap there (same one as Vitality) doing great demos, and again I stood and sampled lots of them, feeling embarrassed that I have never used mine to make ice cream.
|Vitamix at Britmums Live 2012|
She offered to send me a replacement and it finally arrived only last week. At first I was disappointed as it was a 32oz jug instead of a 64 oz, but then I decided to class it as an addition instead of a replacement, like a brother for my current one :-)
So I opened the lid with trepidation. The residue in there smelled like soil, kinda peaty like - eeewwww.
I washed it thoroughly.
I soaked it in Milton twice.
It was then sparklier than ever! I was pleased. Again it was symbolic; maybe I, like my jug, can scrub up well :-)
And now, I can use my juicer AND my Vitamix, meaning I have the flexibility to make juices AND smoothies. Very excited.
My energy is at an all time low and I was to lose weight and get slim before the big 4 0. So now it is time to get juicing.
So last week I got out my recipe book and inserted the following into my Vitamix:
- 2 peeled oranges
- 2 large slices of fresh pineapple
- An apple
- 3 cups of cold water (I did not have ice)
- 1 banana
- A dessert spoon of honey
So now I have two jugs which means I can use the small one when I just want to make something for Aaron and I.
Here's the juice I described above:
Love that me and my Vitamix are back in action.