Friday, June 1, 2012

I Think My Vitamix is Making Me Stupid

I used to know that broccoli and chocolate don't go together.

During our Trip to St. Thomas campaign last year, one of my colleagues, Mike Cannon, purchased a Vitamix and embarked on a smoothie adventure. He was beyond enthusiastic about the health virtues of his vitamin packed smoothies. He convinced another colleague, Taniza, and our insurance broker, Mark, to invest in a Vitamix. When my husband recently started talking about getting one, I got onboard and went to Mike for advice.
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From: Janet McNichol
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2012 10:11 PM
To: Mike Cannon
Subject: Smoothies



Is there an easy way to pull up the recipes on your website? Patrick is talking about getting a vitamix and I want to show him some of what you've made.


From: Mike Cannon
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2012 12:18 PM
To: Janet McNichol
Subject: RE: Smoothies



Cool--I highly recommend the 5200 model or the Super 5200. You can get to recipes on the blog by going to the Blog tab and then scrolling down to the Change Your Life in 30 Days carousel. That has about 22 recipes on there (tried to get to 30, but ran out of time). My site has a code where he can get free shipping if he buys one--saves about 25-40 bucks, depending on the model.


From: Janet McNichol
Sent: Friday, May 04, 2012 9:25 PM
To: Mike Cannon
Subject: vitamix

Patrick just ordered a vitamix for us through your link ;-)



From: Mike Cannon
Sent: Sunday, May 06, 2012 8:46 PM
To: Janet McNichol
Subject: RE: vitamix

Hot damn! That's awesome--thanks! You will love it.




From: Janet McNichol
Sent: Friday, May 11, 2012 5:05 PM
To: Mike Cannon
Subject:

Guess what came today?



From: Janet McNichol
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 3:11 PM
To: Mike Cannon
Subject: vitamix

I saw this on Pinterest and I’m making it for breakfast tomorrow morning. Really hoping it’s true that you can make broccoli taste like chocolate!

Healthy Chocolate Cherry Bomb

1/4 cup raw, unsalted walnuts (an optional extra step is to soak them in water overnight and rinse them well before using)
2 cups filtered water
1 cup frozen cherries (organic, if possible)
2 cups frozen broccoli florets
1 frozen banana
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon flax meal
2 large dates, pitted
splash of vanilla extract

Make homemade walnut milk by blending the walnuts and the water in a high-speed blender for one minute. Next, add frozen fruit and remaining ingredients and blend on high until smooth. Serve cold with cacao nibs sprinkled on top.



From: Mike Cannon
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 3:27 PM
To: Janet McNichol
Subject: RE: vitamix

I’ll be curious to hear how that turns out. I was just thinking about how cauliflower would taste in a smoothie, and broccoli is definitely something I need to add to my diet as well.

I am about to bust into the smoothie I brought today. Want to try some? It’s mega kale and spinach, masked delightfully by apple and berries. Also has chia seeds, maca, wheat grass, kelp noodles, a nanner, and some juices.



I chatted with Tanizia on my way to see Mike. Tanizia gave me some good advice. I was telling her how much I like the Dr. Robek's smoothie from Robeks and that I had duplicated it pretty well. She suggested I make that and then add some greens. 

Mike's smoothie was delicious and refreshingly chilled in his Klean Kanteen. I went back to my desk and ordered two Klean Kanteens.

Undeterred, however, I still tried the recipe above.

From: Janet McNichol
Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2012 3:11 PM
To: Mike Cannon; Tanizia Holmes-Cragette
Subject: vitamix

I think the Vitamix is making me stupid. I used to know that broccoli and chocolate didn’t go together.



But, I got right back on the horse (or for those of you who know me, I could say bike)....

From: Janet McNichol
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2012 3:11 PM
To: Mike Cannon; Tanizia Holmes-Cragette
Subject: vitamix

Berry/apple/banana/kale/flax seed/chia seed/protein powder/bee pollen/pineapple/orange smoothies chillin' in our new Klean Kanteens for tomorrow.


From: Janet McNichol
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 3:11 PM
To: Mike Cannon; Tanizia Holmes-Cragette
Subject: vitamix

Getting braver with the greens. I especially like the lemony zing sorrel gives a smoothie.


Next up: I want to try green tea instead of juice and water as the liquid. When tomatoes are in season, I'm looking forward to gazpacho and tomato juice from the Vitamix recipe book. I also want to try the Lemon Lime Basil-ade. Doesn't that sound refreshing?


We might just have to start a smoothie club in the office.