Planting for Our Vitamix

| 5/19/2014 8:55:00 AM

Tags: Rodale Dirty Dozen List, Kale, Swiss Chard, Collard Greens, Vitamix Blender, Gardening, Smoothies, Mary Conley,

Mary ConleyDear friends,

Larry and I have been trying to eat more nutritious foods, and have improved immensely since gardening and farming. I use my blender for many things, but especially for fruit and berry smoothies. Recently, we purchased a Vitamix blender in order to make delicious green smoothies as well. Unlike juicers that waste the pulp, a Vitamix turns everything into liquid. We are happy with the results, but have only used it in spurts. That is because I want the greens I eat to be chemical free, and I don't always make it to Whole Foods.

We grow much of our produce, and do it organically, even building up the soil with homemade compost. This past week our belief in the importance of doing so was reinforced with Rodale's "2014 Dirty Dozen List: The Most Pesticide-Laden Produce You're Eating." Spinach was No. 6 on the list, and kale and collard greens were noted to frequently be contaminated with insecticides that are particularly toxic to human health. So, what to do? The article suggested to at least buy the "dirty dozen" organic.


Now you know why my gardening is changing. I planted kale and Swiss chard for the first time, and a much larger area of spinach. Yes, I planted for our Vitamix!


6/8/2014 3:58:30 PM

We love our Vitamix and green smoothies. One time we tried kale chips, but they turned out rather chewy and distasteful. When the chips are finished baking, what texture/color are they? Lightly browned on the edges? Still green? Very crunchy? Soft? I'd love to perfect the recipe, because I'd love to eat more kale!

6/2/2014 7:39:34 PM

What a great idea for a blog post! I, also, planted for my green smoothies. Can I copy your idea for a post?

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