Introducing Mixie, Our New Vitamix 5200

January 31, 2013 · 3 comments

We have a fabulous new sous chef in residence at Chez Wee Teton Farmhouse this week.

Officially, her name is “Vitamix 5200,” but she’s so easy going and such a trustworthy soul, we’re already operating on a first-name basis.

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We love our Mixie.

Not only is she stunning to behold in her glossy red coat as she whips together an amazing soup or perfectly dices a cup of eye-stinging onion in a blink with no tears, she’s also a ninja nutrition powerhouse.

There’s almost nothing you can image coming out of her capable container that isn’t chocker-block full of screamin’ good for you vitamins, minerals, fiber, macronutrients, and all the stuff Dr. Joel Fuhrman and others insist will should might could maybe possibly* cause you to lose weight, reduce high blood pressure, and help your body recover from inflammation-related immune-system disease.

Have I mentioned here yet that between the two of us, Rick and I lost over 70 pounds in the past year? And that I’m off blood pressure medication (114/80 as of last Monday!), and that ALL my dermatitis has cleared up, my hair is thicker, and my joint pain has backed off?

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Of course, this isn’t all simply the result of having stuffed Mixie’s predecessor full of fresh goodies ‘til he conked. (At an impressive 15-years old, VitaMix 5000 had lived a good long life, bless his dearly departed heart .)

We also substantially reduced our intake of meat, wheat, dairy, and sugar, and amped our calorie burn starting in May by buying and using our new fitness trackers, the FitBit.

But I can tell you for sure: the VitaMix was a HUGE factor in being able to eat WAY MORE of what was beneficial, and once you start piling all the stuff on to your plate or into your glass that helps a body heal, there’s WAY LESS room for the nasty stuff.

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This was our breakfast on Tuesday.

See that green stuff? It’s kale.

There. I said it.

We eat raw kale for breakfast, along with home-frozen peaches, strawberries and bananas, as well as fresh apples and oranges and carrots. I think there was a quarter cup of hemp seeds in there as well.

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Just start up Mixie on Variable Speed 1, wind ‘er up to 10, switch to high, and stand back.

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In under a minute, a VitaMix can take an entire days worth of recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables and turn it into this:

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Absolutely delicious, full of stick-to-your-ribs life-giving vittles, at a fraction of both the time and the six bucks it would cost you at your local juice joint. Each.

Plus, I now get to share my kitchen with Rick, Winston**, AND our new best mixin’ vixen, Mixie.


Vitamix 5200

Vitamix 1710 Professional Series 500

*Out of fear of respect for a vigilant Federal Trade Commission always on the lookout for potentially misleading information, no one now claims that anything “will” do anything, or that results are typical or even to be expected at all, or that an apple a day is good for much. Of course, Grandma knew better….

To be clear, though: we at rickandkathy.com aren’t claiming that owning and actually using a VitaMix will make you healthier, leaner, more attractive, or have a longer, happier life. We just are 100% certain it has had that impact on us. Just sayin’….

** Winston would like his fans to know he doesn’t care for smoothies. He feels they are “just empty calories” and interfere with the proper digestion of the Chardonnay.

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Louise February 2, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Our immersion Braun is beginning to fade after many years of smoothie, soup, gravy etc.. On Colleen’s say-so I have tried lots of stuff in conjunction with bananas; gound flax seed, spinach and kale(raw), beets, squash, sweet potato (cooked), cranberries, plain yougurt, avocado, unsweetened cranberry juice, psyllium seed husks, and all manner of fruit. The banana makes it all happy; without bananas lots of other fruit is required to keep me guzzling. I feel so smug getting lots of veggies in the first meal of the day.

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kathy p. February 1, 2013 at 10:27 am

Fun! Looks like it does a powerful puree, and utter smoothness is important to me. We already enjoy lots of spinach, kale, and Swiss chard, but … sauteed with sea salt, garlic, mushrooms, and butter! Fresh and raw sound better for us — and yummy — in this super smoothie form.

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