How to Get Your Husband to Eat More Veggies (also, the story of the Blendtec)

I have waxed philosophic about how awesome my husband is on multiple occasions.

He is truly an incredible individual and the perfect partner for me.  Now, neither of us are perfect, but we are perfect partners.

Having said that, he does not eat nearly enough vegetables.  Recently, a colleague of his was telling him that he started juicing.  He offered Jeff a glass of juice, which he actually drank.  When I heard about this, I jumped on it.

“You mean you’ll actually drink that?!?!”  Never in a million years had I thought he would consider drinking a green smoothie or juice.  Bingo, I thought.  I can fit a whole day’s worth of veggies in a smoothie.  Plus, I’d been itching for an excuse to buy a Blendtec for a year.

I had been looking over the high powered blenders, the Vitamixes, the Blendtec, OmniBlend etc, and had decided a while back that I wanted a Blendtec.  (Lexie’s Kitchen has posted a great overview and comparison, if you need a place to start.)  The online shopping fest began, and I was actually very fortunate to find a new one for a very reasonable price on ebay.

We’re doing a green smoothie every weekday now.  Sometimes on weekends, but not nearly as consistently.  I’ve also used the Blendtec to make cookie, muffin, and quick bread batters, protein shakes, all kinds of stuff.  It really is versatile and super easy to clean.  I’m happy with the purchase for sure.  More happy, though, that I am finally able to get the nutrition from veggies into my husband on a regular basis.  I like him and I’d like to keep him around for a while ;)

Can you see all the nutrients in there?

I could have tried to make the smoothie look all nice, in a glass, with a garnish or something but let’s be honest.  You’re not here for the food photography.  This is how we roll in the GFF household.  BlenderBottle for the win. Those things are genius.

This is not a revolutionary green smoothie recipe, it’s pretty basic.  However, it packs in a lot of nutrition, a lot of greens, and it’s tasty. It’s a winner in our house.  I’ve pinned a bunch of green smoothie recipes on my cleverly named “Green Smoothie/Juice stuff” board on Pinterest, so feel free to take a look and see what tickles your fancy.  There are a ton of great ideas out there.

The players:
  • 8 oz cold filtered water
  • 2 big handfuls of baby spinach (maybe 3)
  • juice of half a lemon
  • one apple, cored
  • half a medium cucumber
  • 2 medium carrots (peels on)
  • if needed, 3-5 drops of Now Foods Liquid Stevia
  • ice
The game:
  • Chop your apple and veg into big chunks.  Add to blender.  Blend. Serve (this is 2 servings for us-one for each of us).  Drink.  Feel virtuous and healthy.  Be happy that there’s several servings of veggies in that one glass (or shaker bottle.)
All in all, I’m really happy with the Blendtec.  It fits well under my cabinets on the countertop, is super easy to clean, is no louder than my cheap blender was, and gets my husband to ingest vegetable matter.  Truly a win.
If you’d like some more gluten free stuff, go check out Gluten Free and Fit 101.  Lots of info there to read while you sip on your smoothie.

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  1. AmandaonMaui says:

    I have a Blendtec as well, but I really need to experiment with it more. I usually use it for smoothies, but I also have used it to grind oats and quinoa for flour when I’ve been out, and to grind flaxseed as it is cheaper in its whole form.

  2. Erin says:

    Hey Amanda!
    Absolutely! I love making coconut butter from shredded coconut also. You look at it and think “I just saved about $5″ :)

  3. This is great! Who doesn’t want to fill their loved ones with healthy fare?! I’m also loving your short review on the Blendtec… might have to buy one of those soon! Keep up the veggie packing ;-)

  4. So far I have only gotten my husband to drink two green smoothies. I haven’t given up yet though. He drinks a V-8 each day, which is full of sodium, but he is not one to get much salt elsewhere so I don’t fet about it. Still … if he can drink V-8, there’s hope he’ll one day drink green smoothies with me! ;-) Congrats on your new Blendtec, Erin! I see lots of experimenting in the future. :-)


  5. Erin says:

    Thanks for stopping by Melaina! Prior to this, he only would eat romaine lettuce, green beans, and broccoli. They had to be eaten by themselves, prior to the rest of his meal, so he could “enjoy my food.” The smoothies have been truly awesome. And so is the Blendtec!

  6. Erin says:

    Personally, I think V8 is kind of nasty and the green smoothie would taste much better! Perhaps you can start with a cocktail green smoothie and move your way into a “virgin” version…I tend to think the only reason people drink V8 at all is because of Bloody Mary’s! But, I am biased against tomato juice in general, which is odd because I love tomatoes in all their other iterations.

    Anyway….good luck! Maybe a margarita green smoothie with lots of lime. The spinach will blend right in ;)

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