A Blender?

Spinach

You might notice along my little path of gratitude that I’ve not mentioned many things, focusing as much as possible on people, opportunities, and situations.

This one’s different. It’s a thing.

Specifically, it’s a blender. But it’s not just any blender…

It’s a Vitamix.

Something like three years ago I debated long and hard on whether or not to spend the money on a Vitamix. At several hundred dollars it’s no small investment, and when it comes to my history with small appliances it wasn’t unrealistic to think it would spend most of its life on a shelf in the back of the pantry.

I took the risk and just the opposite happened. It’s become such an integral part of my routine — almost daily — that when our kitchen was remodeled its location was part of the discussion. (It’s in a cabinet within easy reach.)

The reason that the Vitamix has become such an integral part of my day is that it’s enabled me to consume healthier foods — foods that before I would have bypassed as unappetizing. Spinach started it, first frozen and now frequently fresh. I wanted more green vegetables, spinach is about the only green vegetable I like, and thus smoothies were borne. Today’s lunch, for example, was a smoothie with fresh spinach, a Honeycrisp apple (with peel, where I’m told many more nutrients live), some prunes, cinnamon, fibre powder, and ice. It’s not just something healthy I can drink, it’s something I actually look forward to.

I credit the dietary changes that the blender enabled with being a critical part of my weight loss.

If it broke, I’d replace it in a heartbeat. In fact, the carafe did crack earlier this year, and I ordered a replacement without hesitation.

It’s a Vitamix. And I’m very happy to have it.