Back in college, we used to joke that blenders were breeding in our basement. There were seven of us living in a house that had been continuously occupied by friends for years - a handful of people would move out, but one or two would stay and find a slew of other roommates, so that when I lived there I couldn't tell you who actually owned the couch in the living room (it belonged to someone in the previous set who left it, apparently with the intention of coming back at some point to claim it - which never happened) or when the basement had last been cleaned in its entirety. But we did clean the basement periodically, and just about every time we did, we found another cheap blender that had been left by a previous occupant of the house. I think we had five known blenders at one point.
In all the years following, I never again owned one. Reviews of them online were generally unhappy - or bipolar - for models costing less than $500, and I didn't feel the need to make anything that would require one anyway. But that changed in January. I finally decided that I wanted to make a foray into the world of smoothies and thought that my kitchen was lacking what might prove to be an essential appliance. So after extensive research, I made what was probably my best $80 kitchen purchase ever: I bought a KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender. For my purposes, it's as good as it gets without shelling out $500 for a Vitamix, the only blender that seems to get overwhelmingly positive reviews online. But it's $500. For a blender.
Little did I know how much use my KitchenAid would get. In the last six months, I've made a strawberry banana smoothie almost every day. They are delicious. And addictive. And - fortunately - good for you as well. I'd call that a win.
Strawberry Banana Smoothies
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 2-4 strawberries
- 1 banana
- 3 tablespoons vanilla low-fat yogurt
- 7-8 ice cubes
- sugar to taste (if desired)
Trim the strawberries and remove the banana peel. Blend the strawberries, banana, ice cubes, yogurt, and sugar (you probably won't need to add this since the banana and vanilla yogurt add a lot of sweetness, but some of you may like the additional sugar) in a blender. Makes one 12 oz. glass.