Watch Ortrud as she demos strawberry-banana ice cream on the Vitamix Blender.
I have since gotten a Vita-Mix blender for myself and I can tell you that this is a great way to rupture the walls of the plant cells in the greens that go in your green smoothies, enabling your body to digest the greens better. (Thank you to Victoria Boutenko for her research on this!)
Let's say you are blending wheat grass with some saba bananas for your breakfast smoothie. If you make two batches, one in your regular blender, and one in your Vita-Mix, you will see the difference. Your regular blender will have little pieces of wheatgrass floating around while your Vita-Mix concoction will have a smooth consistency.
I have wanted a Vita-Mix for so long that I considered asking my sister to buy it for me when she was in the States a few months ago, but I found Ortrud Ting Yao on Google and decided to go with her. It was a little frustrating to get the Vita-Mix on my first attempt because their credit card machine was offline, thereby setting me back by about a week to get it (no worries; it wasn't their fault!) but I can tell you that the wait was definitely worth it!
Is a Vita-Mix blender a kitchen essential for the raw foodie?
This is debatable. Most raw foodies will say you don't need one. If your blender has a "pulse" setting, they will recommend that you use this to blend ingredients well. A regular blender will do.
I personally wanted one for myself because I have used my regular blender at least twice a day for several months now and it gets pretty warm even without running for very long. I didn't want to replace a blender every few months, and I wasn't about to give up my green smoothies. :) Also, the blades of my regular blender wore out in a few months and the greens just ended up moving around in little pieces. Prior to ever considering raw, a vegan blogger I followed recommended it. The promise of a 7-year warranty was what ultimately sealed the deal.
So it's really up to you! :) I just really like mine :)
Here's a great tip I got from Asha Peri, a raw foodie who runs Dahon Kusina and Creative Space: Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of your Vita-Mix so that you prolong the life of your blades.