Orange Spinach Green Drink
A little while back I saw a video that compared a KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender to a Vitamix, Blendtec, and a few other blenders. I was amazed at how well the KitchenAid performed in comparison to the other blenders but I was skeptical.
And that is where it all started. I just had to get my hands on a KitchenAid blender and put it through it’s paces. I needed to see if it would work for people wanting to incorporate more raw foods into their diets, but just didn’t want to put down the $450.00 (or more) for one of the other high-speed blenders.
To sweeten the deal, I decided to run a contest and give away the blender just to let you all know how much I appreciate your support of Rawmazing!
This is the blender I bought. And a wonderful woman named Shannon won the contest. We had over 1115 entries!
Over the weekend I put the blender through it’s paces and here is what I found. Read to the end to see how I rate the blender.
First, I made these smoothies (top picture). It handled the frozen strawberries and peaches beautifully. We even threw in a whole orange (minus peel) and there was no trace of any fibers when the drink was done. I was pretty excited. For a frozen, blended smoothie, I would give it an A.
Next, I made the spinach orange smoothie above. I wanted to see how the blender did with a green drink. When you add greens, a lot of blenders start to fall down. But, the KitchenAid did a great job. We really packed the container with greens and did have to stop it 2 times to redistribute the contents (the Vitamix plunger is wonderful for this), but as soon as it caught, it blended beautifully. It did take a little longer to get the consistency that I like. Another A.
KitchenAid raw “Mayo”
Next came the raw mayo test. As you can see, this is where the Vitamix starts to pull away from the KitchenAid. Even with a lot, and I mean a lot of scraping down, I just couldn’t get the same results that I get with the Vitamix (see below).
VItamix raw “Mayo”
You can see there was a pretty big difference. On to the almond butter.
I can make a decent almond butter in a few minutes in the Vitamix. Normally I use my food processor because I like the final product better. You can see how to do that here: Almond Butter.
Try as I might, I ended up with a beautiful almond flour, but never a butter.
Almond Flour (not butter)
If you are looking for a much less expensive blender for your smoothies and green drinks, this blender does an excellent job. For the heavier, more gourmet foods, it came up a little short. You can purchase the blender here: KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender
Spinach Orange Smoothies
- 1 orange
- 2 large handfuls spinach
- 1 cup grapes
- 1/2 cup ice
- 1 1/2 cup water
1. Place all ingredients in high-speed blender. Blend until smooth.