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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.