Vitamix CIA Professional Series Blender
Above is a quick review of our
Note: This particular model/ series is no longer being manufactured however, you can check out their newer models here.
Investing in our Health
When Larissa and I became vegetarians in 2013, we did it ALL the wrong ways!
Sure, we gave up meat (we did THAT part right), BUT…we soon found ourselves becoming “junk food vegetarians.” In other words, we were eating a lot of highly processed foods with little or no health benefit.
Needless to say, as a result, our health and energy tanked. It wasn’t until we started learning more about the importance of nutrition and reduced our processed food intake that we started feeling better.
One of the first things we did to turn around our health was to learn about ways to get healthier foods in our bodies. Because Larissa doesn’t like a LOT of fruits and veggies, this was going to be a challenge (for her, at least).
Juicing vs. Blending: What’s The Difference?
One way we learned that we could get a LOT of nutrition into our bodies in a healthy and delicious way was through blending and juicing.
For the longest time, we mistakenly believed that juicing and blending were the same thing, but they’re not. You can learn more about the difference between juicing and blending in episode 4 of our podcast, Juice It Up!
Why Using a High-Quality Blender Really DOES Make a Difference!
Another big misconception we had when we first started on our plant-based journey is that all blenders are created equal. Not true!
In this video by Nutritionfacts.org, Dr. Michael Greger discusses how much more nutritional bang for our buck we can get from a good high-powered blender.
Essentially, when fruits and veggies are broken down to a greater degree than we can accomplish by chewing alone, more of their valuable nutrients become “available” for our bodies to use. This means that the body can absorb more goodness from these whole foods as they pass through the digestive system.
Other Recipes We’ve Tried
As mentioned above, we haven’t limited the use of our
We’ve also made a moist and flavorful blueberry orange quick bread (recipe from the cookbook included with the machine). For this quick bread, the machine blends the wet ingredients (including an entire peeled orange!) which are then added to a bowl with the dry ingredients and blueberries and mixed by hand. Bake in a loaf pan in the oven, and voila…delicious, nutritious bread!
We then tried minestrone (another
Would We Buy Our
Absolutely YES! We have certainly gotten a LOT of bang for our buck, and years after we purchased it, the blender is still going strong.
As with my review of the Omega VRT350 juicer, I’ve provided answers below to the questions we asked when considering which blender to purchase. I hope you find this review helpful. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or shoot me an email via our Contact Us page.
Speed: 240 RPM
Motor: 2-peak HP
Weight: 10 lbs. 9 oz.
Dimensions: 7.2 x 8.8 x 20 inches
Warranty: 5 year
- 2-peak horsepower motor that blends at speeds up to 240 mph
- The ability to chop, cream, blend, heat, grind, churn and more, with a single machine
- Laser-cut stainless steel blades
- Large 64-oz container made from BPA-free Eastman Tritan copolyester
- Spill-proof vented lid with plug for safely adding ingredients while the machine is running
- Soft-grip, ergonomically-designed handle
- Tamper with collar to prevent the tool from hitting the blades
- Easy self-cleaning – add a drop of dish soap and warm water and run on high speed for 30 seconds
Packaging and Ease of Assembly
Q: Was the mixer well-packed for shipping?
Q: Was it easy to unbox?
Q: Were the assembly instructions easy to read and understand?
Q: Parts well-labeled?
Q: Does it assemble smoothly? (nothing too tight/loose, etc)
A: Assembly consists of nothing more than placing the container on the base and attaching the vented lid plug into the lid. Tada…you’re ready to
Ease of Use
Q: Are instructions to use easy to understand and follow?
Q: Do parts come apart easily?
A: As with assembly, disassembly consists of simply removing the container from the base and the plug from the lid. Unlike conventional blenders, the blade is a permanent fixture in the container and cannot be removed.
Q: Are there small spaces that are hard to get clean?
A: No, the container has no areas that are difficult to reach. Easily clean your appliance by adding warm water and a drop of dish soap, cover with lid, and run on high speed for 30 seconds.
Q: Are the parts dishwasher-safe?
Looking for some more recipe inspiration?
Discover simple ways to incorporate more whole foods into your daily diet using a blender with this gorgeous cookbook featuring 200 delicious recipes and more than fifty full-color photos—the first widely available cookbook from the Vitamix brand.
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