Smoothies are all the rage these days, and why wouldn’t they be? We have come to realize that smoothies are an incredibly diverse, palate pleasing entity. Want to whip yourself up a nutrient dense, dessert-like treat? Have a smoothie. Want to increase your veggie intake by making one simple diet adjustment? Have a smoothie. Increase your fruit intake? Smoothies again. Increase hydration? Smoothies take the cake on this one too. It seems that smoothies are the answer to all of our nutrient needs (well…almost). It’s hard not to love smoothies. They’re easy to make and you can throw anything in them.
Of course, when it comes to smoothies it is important to have the proper tools for the job. The primary tool in this case is a blender. Now, I know all of you smoothie enthusiasts out there will want to dive in head first and buy the biggest, fanciest blender on the market, but when getting started it might be best to keep it simple. After all, you want to make sure to choose a product you are willing to use on a regular basis. Remember, your blender won’t do you much good from inside your kitchen cabinet.
Once you are feeling ready to buy you should ask yourself a few very important questions. For instance, how much clean up are you willing to regularly commit to? Some blenders have a variety of pieces that can be time consuming to take apart and clean. Some must be hand washed, while others can be thrown in the dishwasher.
And what about size? Well, in this case my friends, size often matters. Some blenders can be quite large and bulky. If you are limited on space, then a small, more compact style might be right for you. You might even want to go with a single serve blender. These wonderfully compact blenders allow you to create quick and easy, one serving smoothies that can easily be taken to go.
If you tend to blend a lot of leafy greens into your smoothies, then you might want to pay attention to motor speed. Motor speed is expressed in watts and can range from as low as 300 to as high as 1,500. The higher the wattage, the smoother the consistency. But not so fast my friends! That smoother product comes with a price tag. The higher the horse power, the higher the price.
This brings us to another very important question. How much are you willing to spend? If money is no object, then by all means, look for the best product to meet all of your needs. If money is an issue however, start small. Ultimately, a cheaper blender will get the job done. For those just getting started I would highly recommend investing a little less money in the beginning. Take some time to practice your smoothie making skills and develop recipes. Once you establish your commitment level you can find the blender that is right for you.
~Happy blending and happy health!