It’s easy to buy a Vitamix and then feel like the work is done. Yes, the Vitamix can help you:
- Lose weight
- Gain more energy
- Impress your partner
But you need to build some habits around your machine. Here’s what’s worked for us.
1. Green juice on tap
A little bit of green juice every day will change your life.
Let that sink in. Because it’s so, so true.
The energy boost you feel immediately after drinking some blended, whole-food green juice is intoxicating.
Get into the habit of having some every day.
We make a big batch every other morning before work and school. Other people like to make it in the evening.
You can store it in the fridge for a few days. After the third day, you’ll want to make a fresh batch.
We still like coffee in the morning because we like the taste. But if you’re looking for a coffee replacement, green juice certainly can be that.
In our home, making green juice is my responsibility. Who’s will it be in your home?
2. Sunday night detox (salad)
Our Detox Salad is one of those magical recipes.
- Fills you up
- Doesn’t make you feel full
It’s like something you’d see in the Whole Foods deli counter. Something so colorful and impressive, it feels like something you could never make yourself.
Well, now you can and should. Once per week, make a habit of making yourself a giant detox salad.
You can use the dressing from the original recipe. Or, leave it undressed and simply add some balsamic, sunflower seeds, and raisins.
It takes just a few minutes to coarsely chop all the veggies. And it lasts the entire week, especially if it’s covered in the fridge.
This is one of those Sunday-night recipes. Because after a long weekend of indulging, it feels so good to have some detox salad on Monday.
3. Dips for days
There are a million different dips you can make with your Vitamix.
Hummus is good. Salsa is great.
In our home, we love having our queso on hand.
The key is getting into the habit of making one of two of those dips every week.
Got dips at eye-level in your fridge? Now you have a grabbable veggie snack (that you can dunk in good-for-you deliciousness).
Snacking is a way of life. The trick is to making healthy snacking easy and enjoyable.
4. Because you can’t buy frozen bananas
Add it to your list. You should always have frozen bananas in your freezer.
Frozen bananas are the key to thick and creamy shakes. And they’re in nearly every frozen dessert recipe.
- Peel them.
- Slice them.
- Freeze them.
Don’t let *not* having frozen bananas force you into eating junk.
5. Soup kitchen
You can get really creative with Vitamix soups. And we’ll discuss that next.
But simple soups and stews and chilis are so nice to have ready to eat.
We like making double batches of our lentil chili.
Some for now. And some for later.
And to get the most value of batching soups, we use these surprisingly priced but well-worth-it soup cubes.
It’s important to have hot dinners, especially if your winters require it.
But it’s even more important that you’re in the habit of making those hot dinners in advance so they’re easy to grab and reheat.
6. Wow your partner
So much of how we use our Vitamix supports a healthy, minimalist, productive lifestyle.
But don’t forget to dig into some of the recipes that are special. The ones that will make your spouse go “wow!”
Our Creamy Wild Rice Soup is incredibly popular.
And our Thai spring rolls are really impressive (but also fun if you want to make it a date-night activity).
Stay creative, even after you’ve figured out the handful of things you like to make.
7. Take a blending sabbath
My most often used and most general advice is also my best: Take a break.
Pick a day that you refrain from blending.
We blend so much in our home. We blend for work and we blend for our life.
But on Saturdays we rest.
It’s a decision that we’ve made. And thus, we don’t need to grapple with the decision again.
No guilt, no excuses. One day per week, we give ourselves a little break.
Because living this lifestyle takes a lot of effort. And of course, you need to be disciplined to stick with it.
But that gets exhausting. And without a break, it’s unsustainable.
Your Vitamix doesn’t need a break. But your brain, on a regular basis, definitely does.
Thanks for reading this little guide to adopting habits around your Vitamix.
Any other Vitamix habits you can think of? Question about the recommendations? Leave a comment and let me know. 🙂
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