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Welcome Back!

Hey folks –

As you may have noticed, we’ve changed platforms! So things are looking a little bit different right now, and a little bit under construction (let us know if a link doesn’t work…). We’ve gotten a few messages asking us where we’ve been and if we’re still alive, and, we admit, time has definitely gotten away from us!

To catch you up with us, here are some highlights from this past year:

  1. Will and I have moved on from being live Vitamix demonstrators earlier this year; while we loved meeting and helping so many people at the booth, it was just time to move on. We are so grateful to have been able to meet many people at our booth, and we hope to keep inspiring people through the Blender Brain site and blog!
  2. New jobs! Selling other things! But we’re also both thinking of going back to school soon.
  3. We’ve actually have been testing and accumulating more recipes this past year, but just haven’t gotten around to posting because of our new jobs 🙁 But we promise to be better about!
  4. We got married! Maybe a post about this later.
  5. We moved out of our swanky apartment that you get a glimpse of from our youtube videos. Actually, we moved out today. Where are we moving to? No idea! We are going to be going on a grand Asia adventure and will be visiting Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, etc. And yes, we have packed a Vitamix in the suitcase.

Well, I guess that’s pretty much it. Our past year has apparently been pretty uneventful, ha!

Anyway, we’ve moved over most of our content to this new site and are excited to revamp Blender Brain. We will still be a hub to help Vitamix users with their blenders, but we will also be expanding our niche with reviews (which many of you have been asking for!), ebooks, and even more recipes.

Stay tuned!

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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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As 2015 comes to a close, we fondly reflect on all this year has brought us, and we are super excited for what’s in store in 2016. We hope everyone is able to enjoy this holiday season with family, friends, or loved ones! Here’s to another great year of fun!

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5 Tips for New Vitamix Owners

Happy December, everyone! If this is your first time visiting Blender Brain, welcome! We have been having a great holiday shebang of a sale going on at our roadshows and online orders, and are excited to have met and sold to all the new Vitamix owners! Congratulations to all!!!!

While we’re super excited for new families who take home a Vitamix, but we also know that sometimes it can be scary to get used to something so awesome – we want to help! Here are some tips to follow as a brand new Vitamix Owner:

1. Take it out of the box and keep it on the counter! – We know this sounds a little silly, but sometimes we get owners who have had their Vitamix for a month and still haven’t opened the box! It is definitely the first step to start making some smoothies and juices to help kickstart your day. Will and I live in a pretty small apartment, but we made sure to make room next to our cactus plant so we can keep our Vitamix out all the time – this is important because it ensures you use it more than if you keep it hidden in the cabinets. We know it can be tough to make room in a small kitchen, but we promise you will not regret it!


2. Register your Vitamix Warranty – If you purchased your Vitamix through us, then your Vitamix is already covered under warranty via the serial number. But if you want to make sure that your Vitamix is registered, you can do that here. All the information you need for warranty is stuck on the back of the machine, including the Vitamix phone number and your serial number 🙂

**Important: If you happened to purchase a 2nd container with your Vitamix machine on the same receipt, then registering it online will ensure that your 2nd container’s warranty extends to 7 years. Otherwise, it will be covered under the standard 3-year container warranty.

3. Wash your Vitamix for the first time – It’s always a great idea to give your Vitamix container a quick rinse before your first blend. To wash your Vitamix, add 2 cups of water and a drop of dish soap into the container. Put the lid on and blend the water on high speed for 1 minute. Rinse the soapy water off the container and it’s ready for blending!

4. Start with something simple – The easiest smoothies are the ones you’ll make every single day. Find some easy go-to recipes, or, if you have a favorite fruit you love, then start out with that! Our favorite lazy smoothie is frozen mango with spinach and coconut water! Sometimes, less can be more, especially when you are first starting out and trying to get in “smoothie for breakfast” habit.

5. Join our FB group! – Have a question or want to share what you’ve made with others? Join our Facebook group! There are a lot of Vitamix groups out there, and it makes us happy to see so many different communities of blender lovers. Since we are blending away on a Vitamix for over 100 hours a week, we created our group to be a resource to you – we want to make sure you get the expert answers to your questions. Feel free to ask questions, share recipes, or any of your own tips and tricks~ We would love to hear them!

Happy holidays and keep on blending!

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Thanksgiving Favorites

Oh my goodness, I can’t believe Thanksgiving is in LESS THAN THREE DAYS! We have been running around like crazy in preparation for our holiday roadshows (which will run from Black Friday all the way to Christmas…I know, we’re workaholics!) If you haven’t already picked up a Vitamix for your kitchen, come see us at our roadshow!

How to fold a napkin turkey!
How to fold a napkin turkey!

We know that Thanksgiving can be a time of stress, especially when you’re the one responsible for preparing dinner! The Vitamix website is full of neat recipes, and we have rounded up some of the top holiday favorites to help relieve some of that Thanksgiving kitchen stress:

Soup Appetizers
1. Sweet Potato Soup
2. Bacon Cheddar Potato Soup
3. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Sides
1. Squash Frittata
2. Potato Cheddar Breakfast Bake
3. Butternut Squash Casserole

Condiments
1. Stress-free Turkey Gravy
2. Cranberry Relish Sauce
3. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Desserts
1. Sweet Potato Pie
2. Low Fat Pumpkin Pie
3. Apple Pie Ice Cream

Other Tips and Tricks
1. Substitute a quarter to half of your potatoes with roasted cauliflower for a lighter mashed potato dish!
2. Substitute your heavy whipped cream with coconut cream for a healthier dessert!

Have other tips up your sleeve? Share with us in a comment below!

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Dessert Binge: Chocolate Cake

I’ve been having the worst (or the best?) sweet tooth lately. Whenever we do our roadshows at Costco, we have to go into the bakery to get our wash water for the day, and every morning I have to walk past the delicious smelling cakes that they are baking! I just had to take matters into my own hands.

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Midnight Dessert Cravings + Giveaway

Have you ever had those moments when, all of a sudden, you have a huge hankering for ice cream? And you know that there aren’t any ice cream cartons in your fridge, and you don’t want to go out and buy it because you’re trying to cut ice cream out of your diet, anyway. But then you argue with yourself for a while and finally convince yourself that you deserve a dessert, and so you stand up to go to the corner store, only to take a glance at the time: 1:36am. What store is going to be open at this time of night?

Well, the good news is, you can make an easy ice cream at home, with a lot less fat and in a lot less time than traveling to the store and trying to pick a flavor. A while back, we made a post about making an all natural sorbet, purely from frozen fruit. While that is just as tasty of a treat, there are times when I just want something that tastes rich and creamy, just like real ice cream, and this is the perfect recipe.

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Stackity Stack of Pancakes

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We made pancakes for breakfast yesterday! And I made a video! Actually, I thought I made a video. Turns out I pressed some random button that was NOT the record button…so I’m sorry to say I have no video after all 🙁

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Goodbye, Alaska!

Today is our last day in Alaska, and we are getting ready to fly back to California tomorrow. From the Alaskan fairgrounds to both Costco’s in Anchorage, we have met so many wonderful people and want to thank everyone for making this trip fun and memorable!

If you are visiting our site and wondering about the PFD sale, our friend Chris is continuing the sale at the Dimond Costco until October 11th! So if you weren’t able to pick one up while we were there, say hi to Chris for us!

Goodbye, Alaska! Until next time 🙂

 

 

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To Sugar or Not To Sugar

My last post was about using Agave Nectar, and we get a lot of questions about other types of sugars to use in recipes. There are a lot of types of sugars and sweeteners out there, and it can be confusing which one is the most nutritious. We like to tell our customers that sugar is sugar, no matter what form (syrup, nectar, floral, etc). No matter which type you end up using at home, always use your sweeteners in moderation!

If adding a little bit of sweetener will help you drink your green smoothies, then we encourage using your favorite type of sweetener. A lot of us grew up drinking sweet drinks like apple juice, and we’ve been conditioned to drink sweet things, so don’t feel bad about wanting to add in a little extra sweetener at first! The goal is to use less sweeteners to your morning breakfast smoothie every day, until you don’t feel a need to add any at all. This may take a little time getting used to, but it’s all about adjusting your taste to more natural foods.

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All About Agave

If you have been to our demonstration, you might have noticed us using agave nectar as the sweetener for our juices and frozen desserts. We try to keep our demonstrations Vegetarian/Vegan, meaning we stray away from using any meat, dairy, or animal products. Out of the sweeteners that are appropriate for such diets, we choose to use agave because it has a neutral flavor and doesn’t affect the taste and flavor of our recipes too much.

Now, we get a lot of different opinions about agave nectar at our booth, so we thought we’d make a post about it to clear up some misconceptions…