Most of these smoothies are just “plug and play,” which means you only need a blender. If you don’t have a juicer, what you can do for the greens is to blend the main vegetables and strain them through a nut milk bag. With celery, cucumbers, or any sort of greens that you pop into the Vita-Mix, what you should do is wash them with a bit of 3% food-grade hydrogen peroxide, blend it all up, dump that into a nut milk bag, and squeeze out the juice.
For the fruits, you don’t need a juicer because the blender will do just fine. It’s hard to put the fruits through a nut milk bag anyway, because the fruit pectin or fiber tightly holds onto the liquid of the fruit. You’re not going to be able to blend an apple or orange and then squeeze as much juice out of them as you will be able to do with the vegetables.
The Vita-Mix is much easier to clean than a juicer, as well. With the Vita-Mix, you blend the smoothie, put the container in the sink, and if you want to scrub it, you can. Most of the time; however, you don’t have to scrub because you can just rinse it, put it upside down to dry out, and then you have it ready for the next day. One other blender, popularized by the “Will It Blend?” series on YouTube.com, is the Blendtec®.
It looks like it could be a good blender, but I don’t have any experience with that one. vi You can find more information about the Vita-Mix, plus get a free 30-day trial (and that 7 year warranty I talked about) through this particular link: www. UltimateSmoothieRecipes.com/Vita-Mix. And if you want to try the Blendtec you can also find it at a discount here: www.UltimateSmoothieRecipes. com/Blendtec