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things to make in a Vita-Mix

No cream required: Tahini gives this soup its buttery flavor and silky texture -- and makes a serving of dark leafy greens unusually enticing. Sliced avocado dressed with lemon and sprouts jazzes up ordinary crusty bread and rounds out this balanced meal.

Banana Oatmeal Smoothie: 2 whole Chiquita Bananas (best with brown flecks on peel) ■2 cups Ice ■1/3 cup Yogurt - preferably Greek yogurt flavored with honey ■1/2 cup Cooked oatmeal ■1/3 cup Almonds

made almond flour with raw nuts, and oat flour with quick cooking oats in the Vita-Mix. I also added frozen berries to the first side, let it set up, then flipped. Kids loved 'em!

Tom's Fruity Medicine Chest Smoothie Tom makes a large batch of this smoothie nearly every morning. The fruit in it changes according to the seasons. In the summer we use peaches and nectarines instead of pears and apples. This smoothie has been paramount in the lives of many people we have helped. It can literally change your health in a matter of days and hours. The fruit is a rich source of soluble fiber and a host of vitamins and antioxidants. The greens offer powerful phytochemicals. Cabbage is a potent food that affects many pathways in the body. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory. The lemon offers vitamin C and bioflavonoids. And yes, it tastes great, as many of the people in our cooking classes will tell you. This smoothie makes enough to fill a Vita-Mix so divide the recipe in half if you are using a regular blender. Serves 2 to 4        2 apples, cored and cut into chunks 2 ripe pears, cored and cut into chunks 1 to 2 cups water 2 lemons, juiced 1 to 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced 5 kale leaves, rinsed and torn 5 romaine lettuce leaves, spinach leaves, or collard greens, rinsed 1 cup coarsely chopped green cabbage, optional Place the apple chunks, pear chunks, water, and lemon juice into a blender fitted with a sharp blade or a Vita-Mix and blend until smooth and creamy. Add the ginger, black kale, romaine lettuce, and green cabbage, and blend again until very smooth. Add more water for a thinner smoothie. You can taste it now and if it is too “lettucy” for you then add another pear and blend again. Add more water for a thinner consistency. Optional Additions: Kiwi fruit Fresh parsley or mint Flax seeds Soaked Goji berries Bee pollen