Here’s a familiar scene: you place all your superfood ingredients in a blender for the smoothie of your dreams. The anticipation builds for what is sure to be the superfood breakfast to die for. All ingredients are in and the moment has come, so you press blend…and you wait. And wait. You stare at the bottom ½ inch of the contents in your blender – which is the only place where anything’s moving – and hope that the rest of the ingredients will soon join the party. But alas, they don’t. Now you have to stop the blender, shuffle things around with a spoon, blend and repeat. And repeat…and…well, you get the picture.
If you know your blender is just waiting to mock you like this, it’s time to superfood your appliances and upgrade your blender. Here are 5 reasons why it’s time.
1. You’re spending way too much time making your smoothies
Green drinks and other superfood smoothies are awesome ways to get incredible nutrients in your body with out the fiber loss from juicing. Unfortunately, if the scenario above is one you have to deal with every morning, you may be less likely to make that nutrient packed smoothie. It’s likely that you’ll especially stray away from this routine if you’re short on time. High-powered blenders do the work in a fraction of the time, so you’re guaranteed to get your superfood meal blended up even if you’re short on time. Don’t forget to use your homemade hemp or almond milk in your smoothies too!
2. It’s time to eat a better butter
In just under a minute, you can make your very own nut butter in a high-powered blender. Making your own nut butter at home gives you control of the salt levels (or the control to skip the salt), allows you the freedom to skip hydrogenated oils and gives you the power to know what’s in your food. You’ll also reduce packaging waste and have the choice to superfood your nut butter by adding ingredients like Coconut Manna, chia seeds or hemp oil. If you have a child with a peanut allergy, you can make your own cashew, almond or sunflower seed butter and rest easy knowing that there was no cross contamination.
*If it’s not the right time to make an investment in a high-powered blender, you can still make nut butters with your food processor, it just takes some of that stopping and scraping described earlier.
3. You want to make sorbets and ice cream
Yes that’s right: a blender can make ice cream and it can make it good. The benefits of making your own sorbets and ice creams at home are really a no brainer. Just like making your own nut butters, you are in charge of the ingredients, so you there is no need for preservatives and additives. If you’re lactose intolerant with a sweet tooth, this Hemp & Banana Ice Cream from the Nutiva Kitchen not only satisfies the sweet tooth, but it’s also loaded with superfood hemp! Entertaining your guests in the summertime will be even more special when you present your freshly prepared homemade ice cream.
4. Skip the extra trips to the market and make your own flours
High-powered blenders are ideal for making your own flours because the motor in them has a higher wattage that won’t burn out like a low-wattage blender would. This will give you the power to make your own flour! Making your own flour is ideal for those with food sensitivities, frugal livers or DIYers. With a superfood blender, you can process your own garbanzo bean flour, sunflower seed flour (as a great almond flour alternative to those with nut allergies), and even make your own gluten free flour! You can also grind up spices like cumin and cinnamon quickly and easily.
*Note: be mindful of how long you process your flour. If you keep the blender on for too long, you may end up with butter.
5. You’re craving soup and you’re low on time
One of the coolest things that high-powered blenders can do is make soup –hot soup – quickly. By simply adding ingredients to the blender and slowly speeding up the power, you could end up with soup in less than 10 minutes. Ready to give it a go? Try this Cream of Asparagus Soup or this incredibly easy Roasted Tomato Soup.
What’s your favorite way to use your high-powered blender? Share your tips with us in the comments below.