View Full Version : Green Smoothies in the food processor?
07-30-2007, 02:27 AM
I don't have a Vita-Mix or high powered blender of any sort, so I make my green smoothies in a food processor. They come out with a milkshake type consistency and quite grainy, but I have not had a problem with it.
However, I can't help but wonder what the difference would be in a Vita-Mix. Would the smoothie be satin-like in consistency regardless of what you include in it?
Inquiring minds want to know....:D
07-30-2007, 07:27 AM
That's cool that they come out good for you! In the VM, since the VM is sooooo powerful - they do come out thinner. But whatever works! That's cool!
07-30-2007, 08:39 AM
The green smoothies don't work in a regular blender? I don't have a vita mix, but was going to try to make them in the blender- my 1'st one today actually. I hope it works. I have to try these green smoothies I keep reading about.:)
07-30-2007, 08:40 AM
Oh sure they will work, but not be as smooth. But yes, many folks use a regular blender...
07-30-2007, 09:46 AM
I don't have a vita-mix, but do have a pretty good blender. My smoothies come out just fine, I couldn't imagine using my fp for these.
07-30-2007, 12:09 PM
I use a regular blender and they come out fine. I can't let it sit too long though because the tiny bits float to the bottom. It's kind of like that 'slush' you get when you've reached the end of a slurpy. You can use a straw but you almost have to chew it. Also, I made too much saturday and had 16 oz left, so I put it in the fridge. I had to add water to it because it had thickened. I guess the fiber had absorbed the water? Once my blender dies, I'll probably get a Vitamix though.
07-30-2007, 01:23 PM
I've tried making smoothies in a food processor and didn't care too much for the texture/consistency. But I agree that you don't need a high-powered blender. It may take a little longer to blend in a regular blender, but they work just fine for green smoothies.
07-30-2007, 01:25 PM
Thanks for the replies! I guess I am the only one who makes them in the food processor :o I tried in my somewhat archaic blender but it didn't work well at all.
Only thing I hate is that my smoothies made in the food processor have numerous small pieces of green in them.... gets stuck in my teeth and looks really unattractive. I also have to chew sometimes if I get a large piece of green.
I like my smoothies somewhat thick and I do eat them with spoon instead of drinking them. I am curious as to what it would be like if I used a Vita-Mix and added liquid to make it drinking consistency. :confused: If I ever stumble onto $400 I may find out! ;)
07-30-2007, 01:29 PM
Oh I have green gunk in my teeth all the time - Shrek would be so very proud of me! LOL! I just take a drink of water - swish it around and it's gone - makes me drink more water. My smoothies are always thick too.
There's talk about refurbished Vita-Mixes - cheaper - dunno.
I love my VM though - so worth the money. I have used it for I know about 9 months at least, either once a day or sometimes 2x a day!
07-30-2007, 02:58 PM
VeganForLife, with a vitamix is it mixed so well that there are no little bits left that will float to the bottom and thicken if the smoothie sits for a while...say a couple of hours? My bits aren't big. It's just kind of slush-like on the bottom if I go back a few hours later. It would be nice if it stayed nice and liquidy.
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