In honour of this amazing Vitamix giveaway I am declaring this "I Love Vitamix Month". I will share a delicious quick easy Vitamix recipe every day during the month of January. YES!

I will post some of my favourite recipes made in a Vitamix. 

So for DAY 1 of "I Love Vitamix Month" and Day 1 of the new year, I thought that it only fitting that I post a green smoothie that we can all start off on a healthy note. So here is Vitamix Recipe #1: My Favourite Raw Vegan Spicy Vegetable Green Smoothie that accounts for your daily dose of vegetables. I drink this healthy veggie packed green smoothie almost every week. It is a fantastic smoothie for health, vitality, energy, detoxification AND hangovers! LOL! PERFECT for New Year's Day! Ha! Boy, will that cayenne pepper get your system going and wake you up! WOO!

I like this green smoothie a little bit salty than I have specified. But I am a vegan alkalarian, so I consume a lot of salts. But I find that most people prefer the quantities that I have specified in the recipe. I also add in a little bit more cayenne pepper. Start with a pinch and add more to taste. A little goes a long way! Give this smoothie a spin and let me know how you go! 

Happy New Year! May 2012 be filled with love, joy, peace, good health, nourishment, and anything else your hearty desires. Oink Oink!

I did not receive payment to host this event. However, I did receive a Vitamix machine to give away this month.

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Wake-Up! Spicy Vegetable Greeny

  • 2 cups romaine lettuce (about 6 leaves) or baby spinach
  • 1 cups tomato (about 1 tomato)
  • 1 cup coconut water or filtered water (use water if on Body Ecology diet)
  • 1 cup chopped carrot (about 1 carrot)
  • 1 whole cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 whole lime peeled
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp Celtic sea salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • some ice cubes
  1. Put all of the ingredients in your blender (I use a Vitamix) and puree until smooth and creamy. 
  2. Adjust salt quantities to taste. 
  3. Enjoy your daily dose of veggies for the day. YUMMO! 
  4. Serves 2.

Tips!

the best way to clean your blender

After blending up something sticky, gooey or smelly, just place a few drops of soap in the carriage with some warm water and blend on high until all of the congealed food slips away from the blades and sides. Then repeat this process. Then rinse with water and presto! Clean carriage. 
If you have smells or stains repeat this process with some bicarbonate of soda or lemon juice and water. 
Check out the video on A No Hassle Way To Clean Your Blender that I did as part of the Chow Tips Series.

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Tess, this is brilliant!  I whipped this up as my pre-dinner smoothie.  I usually have a salad prior to all my meals and thought I would give this a go.  I LOVE IT!  I liked the salty and spiciness of it.  It is “pre-chewed” and very filling.  I always put hemp seeds in my salad so I added some into this smoothie along with a handful of sunflower sprouts I grew.  I can see this as a great lunch “salad” smoothie.  Thanks for the posting of this one!  It’s a winner and will become a regular repertoire in my collection and will be consumed several times a week.  I also use my Vitamix machine several times a day.  I love it and can understand your feelings totally.  Look forward to more goodies coming down the line from you.  Sincerely, Kibby :)

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Hey Kibby!
Thanks for your lovely comments and for sharing your special blend of this smoothie.
I LOVE the addition of the sprouts and hemp seeds! Just wonderful.
Great to be connected, and look forward to swapping lots of yummy Vitamix recipes in the future! Happy New Year :)

Sorry, but long story. Shopping at Costco (my favorite store) I saw a demo for an expensive blender ($350).  They used a variety of great veggies and I felt that such a lazy guy like me could straighten up my body if I could easily blend up some good veggies for breakfast or more (emphasis on lazy).  At 64yrs and overweight I felt this may be the answer for my gross eating habits and sugar/carb/fat addictions.  Next, a friend gave me a new Krups blender.  Not near the horsepower but it was a gift.  The demo included info on blending seeds and cores for extra fibre and nutritional bene’s.  Do you know what diverticulits is?  The seeds did not grind up and I was sick for a month.  Now better and wanting some help on the trasisition to eating better.  Next saw DVD “Forks Over Knives”.  Wow what an educational film.  Now read “21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart” by Barnard and “The McDougall Quck & Easy Cookbook”.  I would like some assistance (hand-holding) from you on making this transition to a vegan or close to - way of eating.  The blender idea seems ideal for this lazy cook who does appreciate good food and longing for better health.
Thanks for listening.  PS. I’d love to win your great blender and give away the Krups.
Bill

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Hey lovely Bill!
I LOVE that you are on a healthy path and are so passionate about improving you health. Yes! I can help! Starting with blended healthy smoothies, soups, stews, and salads is a wonderful way to start. Check out the recipes on this site. Also, please feel free to email me directly. Me email address is on the FAQ section of the site. Happy New Year!
Cheers to your new health :)

Wow…Okay so this was so so brilliant! I would never think to put all these vegetables in together…I am a bit shy with my smoothies but I am a convert with the kick of pepper. What a perfect start to the day and get my butt moving. Will be making this one again :-)

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LOL! Yes! This has a kick that really gets you going! Happy NEW year!

I’m trying to change my diet for the better, and really want to try smoothies, but I find the idea of green smoothies a bit intimidating.  I also only own a kinda crappy blender.  I’m afraid of making the smoothie and hating it.  I read about them all the time in the vegetarian/vegan/raw blogging world, and I’m kind of jealous of everyone’s enthusiasm for me.  Why am I so afraid?

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@murdercakes - it’s okay to be nervous! i’m trying to get back into green smoothies after having a wave of nausea drinking one—- ENTIRELY unrelated. i have lupus, and sometimes that just happens—- but i miss them.

sometimes in the beginning you just have to plug your nose and gulp. i have a $40 hamilton beach jobby, and while it isn’t as awesome as a vitamix, it does the job.

start easy. spinach with a whole bunch of fruit. or the chocolate spinach shake! spinach is good to start with because it has a mild taste that is easily masked. the spicy green smoothies are for advanced piggies!

good luck and good blending!

Hey Murdercakes!
I was JUST typing something similar when I saw Maggiemunkee’s message come up!
Yes! It is very common to be nervous starting with green smoothies and also only natural that you would not want to waste ingredients if the blend isn’t tasty!
The best way to incorporate green smoothies into your life is gradually in stages.
Yes, start with spinach and romaine lettuce which are mild flavoured greens that are easily masked with fruit and chocolate. Start with sweet fruity green smoothies by using soft fruits like pineapple, watermelon, mango, banana, berries etc.
If you want to use hard fruits grate apples, pears and cut up oranges for your little blender.
Experiment with different fruity blends and then gradually reduce the amount of fruit and increase the ratio of greens to fruit as you progress. As your taste buds change you can try more exotic greens like wild edibles and make salty savoury smoothies.
Read my green smoothie page:
http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/resources/how_to/#/make-green-smoothies
Also, please feel free to email me directly with any questions you have.
Happy NEW year and cheers to your health with green smoothies! Oink Oink :)

hey tess, is there a facebook-free way to enter the vitamix contest? i abhor facebook, and can’t imagine signing up again for a contest (as great as a vitamix is, it is not as great as my facebook hatred).

i saw the part on extra twitter points, but maybe i’m just missing it?

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Hey Maggiemunkee!
Yes! You can sign up directly from the website.
Here:
http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/pigs/giveaways/vitamix_5200/
GOOD LUCK :)

nevermind. i used my looking eyes. :)

LOL! Great!
For the future: all of the giveaways will always be on the website under piggies-giveaways and on Facebook and Twitter.
Good Luck :)

Loving green smoothies for over a year now; got into them after joining local organic co-op, Rawfully Organic, and reading Green For Life. Winning the Vitamix would help maintain the lifestyle, and maybe step it up a notch. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Hey! Good Luck with the giveaway.
Make sure you share the link and prompt your friends to share you piggy name for bonus entries. That is how the last winner won the Breville Blender!
I LOVED Green For Life too.
They are an amazing healthy family and so inspiring. So happy to be connected with you :)

Please enjoy this highly entertaining clip called Green Drink Magic! Feel free to share this video or the recipe! : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvV7jcJyWcA

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Thanks for sharing Rich! Your video is really fun!

SWEEEET - er SPICY!  I’m going to share this on our site and probably include a variation of it in our upcoming smoothie book.

Gotta love the Vitamix.  I use mine 3x + a day too!

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Great! Thanks Joe.
Yes! Isn’t Vitamix AMAZING?!

I’ll have to pass on this one, garlic in smoothies makes me gag.

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This is good..(and spicy)! Although, it makes me want a Vitamix super bad since I keep getting chucks of random veggies, haha, one day! Thanks for sharing your recipes!! I can’t wait to try other ones. :)

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LOL! Oh, I hear ya! Yes, you need a Vitamix! Glad you enjoyed this smoothie :)
Thanks for taking the time to leave a lovely comment. I really appreciate it.

I just made this in my Vitamix.  Wasn’t sure what to expect but WOW!  Salty veggie goodness!  Love the garlic and the cayenne pepper.  My new fave!

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Oh, I am SO pleased you gave this a go. It really is a winner. So full of alkaline green goodness. This is one of my favs too :)

Made this for the first time last night.  [Trying to transition to a healthier, more green (fruit and veggie) focused diet for more energy.]  This smoothie was awesome!!  I have and love my Vitamix and this is my new favorite drink.  What a great way to get lots of veggies in your daily diet.  This one will stay in heavy rotation!!  Thx

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LOVE it Barbara. I really like this blend too. You might enjoy some of the other savoury gazpacho-style smoothies then. Can’t wait to hear what you think of those. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience :)

Hello, thank you for the receipe, I can’t wait to try it. I can find Celtic Sea Salt that is in many of your posts.  Can you explain more about it?

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Donna, here’s my scoop on salt:
I use Celtic sea salt in all of my recipes to increase the healing power and digestibility of whole foods, bring out the natural flavour and sweetness in fruits and vegetables, help strengthen the proteins in gluten free flours, and to balance out the expanding quality of cold pressed butter and oils. I generally use finely ground Celtic sea salt as it dissolves easily.
The type of salt you use is extremely important. Regular table salt is generally mined from inland deposits, heated to extreme temperatures, iodized, bleached, processed, refined and diluted with anti-caking agents. It is toxic if consumed in large quantities. Furthermore, potassium iodide or sodium iodide is added in the processing to create iodized salt, and sugar (dextrose), sodium bicarbonate, and sodium silico-aluminate are added to make the salt white and easy to pour. This salt is bereft of any kind of nutritional value and has no health benefits.
Sea salt, on the other hand, is obtained through a simple natural process of dehydrating sea water under the sun. Because it is naturally hand harvested and slow sun dried, it retains most of the natural minerals from the sea, such as calcium, magnesium and potassium; and trace elements that can be easily absorbed by the body. This natural sea salt is vital for life and has important medicinal properties. The brain is 85% water encased in salt water, and the body is 75% water. Healthy cell function requires a PH level of about 7.4, and natural salt water helps to rid the body of excess acidity.
Sea salt enhances the healing power of foods, and helps to alkalize the body and bring it back into balance if use correctly and you are on a diet devoid of highly processed foods. I only use Celtic sea salt as it is naturally alkaline and so rich in minerals—containing over eighty! Himalayan crystal salt is also loaded with nutrients. Celtic sea salt helps to provide energy, replenish the body’s electrolytes, fight bacterial infections, aid healthy digestion, and combat environmental pollutants and free radical damage.
But how much salt is required for health varies from person to person depending on how much sodium we lose through perspiration and other bodily functions. Obviously, those people living in hot climates will require more water and salt. I am not advocating excessive amounts of salt. But just pointing out that a little bit of good quality clean natural sea salt has enormous health benefits. Listen to your body and let your instincts be your guide, and consult your physician about your salt intake. I will often add a pinch of Celtic sea salt and a pinch of sodium bicarbonate to my filtered water for a quick alkalizer or energy boost.

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Thank you!  Such great info! I’ve been using sea salt for years, I just have never run across celtic sea salt. I must look a little harder for it. I do see it can be purcahsed online.

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Yes, or at health food stores. Enjoy :)

Hi there. I’m allergic to Avocado, can you recommend a substitution?

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Raw coconut meat or a little bit of tofu, or blanched almonds or raw unsalted cashews would work in here. It changes the personality of the smoothie, but it still delicious.

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