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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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The Vitamix is my favorite kitchen tool for blending perfectly smooth sauces and smoothies, making my own nut and seed butters, grinding fresh gluten-free flours, and more. Interested in purchasing one? Check out the great deals on reconditioned Vitamix machines, or investigate new Vitamix machine packages. Payment plans are available!

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What's a Vitamix?

A Vitamix is a high-performance blender that allows you to make whole food juice, cooks steaming hot soup from scratch, and even makes healthy homemade ice creams. You can make nut butters and grind flour. You can chop vegetables and knead bread dough.  All of this with no attachments and easy clean up!  It easily does 50 different kitchen tasks, and can replace the jobs of 10 different appliances.

A whole food diet is the key to a long and healthy life. This is easily accomplished by eating terrific-tasting, nutrient-rich whole food meals made in the Vitamix machine. Make whole food juice that's full of fiber and flavor in under a minute. Cook soup from scratch that's hot, hearty and satisfying in just 4 minutes. Make frozen treats that are full of fruit and low in fat in only 30 seconds. Grind fresh whole grains into flour and knead dough for healthy home made bread in one 5-minute operation.  The Vita-mix is the easy way to cook with whole foods!

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Every purchase of a Vitamix comes with a 30-day no risk in-home trial and a 7 year warantee. You also get a great cookbook to help you get started.  There are payment plans available to make it more affordable, so it doesn't break the bank. Be sure to check the "Special Deals" section to see if any factory reconditioned Vitamix machines are available - they are just as good as new ones, still come with the warantee, and are much more affordable. I have a reconditioned Vitamix and love it.  

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My Vitamix Story

I was introduced to the Vitamix as a teenager when my parents bought one. I was undergoing major jaw surgery, which required a 6-week healing period post-surgery period with my mouth wired shut.  Since I needed to be on a pureed diet during that time and my mom knew about the wonders of the Vitamix from her healthcare practitioner friends, she and my dad purchased one. We all fell in love immediately! It made my special diet during surgery recovery a breeze, and ensured that I was eating nutritious, wholesome food while my body was try to heal.

After my jaw surgery, we continued to love the Vitamix, especially me. A vegetarian at the time, it was especially useful for me to make healthful pureed bean soups, vegetable purees, smoothies, and tofu pudding!  I loved experimenting with the Vitamix, and it provided a great option for easy after-school snacks during my busy high school schedule. I would even bring my friends home over the lunch hour to make healthy pureed soups!

While in college and once I was living on my own after graduation, I desperately wanted a Vitamix. I was totally frustrated with the inefficiency of standard blenders in comparison my parents' Vitamix. Once I transitioned to a whole foods diet and stopped eating gluten, dairy, eggs, and a variety of other allergens due to severe health issues and allergies, I needed to cook all my own food and found myself in the kitchen constantly.  I knew a Vitamix would make my life easier, and make cooking more fun.

I finally took the plunge in August 2009 and bought a factory reconditioned Vitamix. My culinary life changed forever! My smoothies were better and smoother. I could make hot soup in minutes from fresh vegetables, without ever having to turn on the stovetop. I could grind my own gluten-free flour, make my own pumpkin seed butter, and create my own smooth and creamy cashew milk.  I could create fresh fruit sorbets in seconds.  

Now I use it 2-3 times a day (seriously), and all my friends are always amazed what it can do!  The Vitamix is not only an important part of my kitchen, but  an important part of my lifestyle. It makes it easy for me to maintain a gluten-free, allergy-free, whole foods diet, without sacrificing taste or creativity.  This diet has brought me back from the brink of intense digestive pain, acne, and a variety of symptoms caused from Chronic Lyme Disease, and the Vitamix helps make is possible to do it with ease.  Food is our best medicine, and the Vitamix is like having your own pharmacy right at home.

I decided to become a Vitamix associate because I truly believe that this machine can change your life. It allows you to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet easily, and gives you the power to make fresh, wholesome food quickly and affordably.  Certainly, it is a financial investment, but well worth it; your health is the best thing you can spend money on. There are payment plans to make it more manageable, and after you make your first homemade batch of nut butter or your first perfectly creamy smoothie, you will appreciate every single cent you are spent!

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Be well!