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  1. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I’ve heard lots of good things about vita mixes. Maybe I should give one a go-I don’t tend to eat much fruit either during Winter but I love vegetables 😀 I think I could totally take on that spinach because there are cherries and blueberries in it!

  2. Louise

    80 bucks on protein powder? No way. Your smoothie looks intriguing BTW, though not 80 bucks of protein powder intriguing. And what if this was another brand that made your smoothie taste like vomit? It’s a big gamble to take.

  3. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Every time I go into Whole Foods I think “I’m gonna do it this time, I’m gonna buy the $70 jug of protein powder and I’m gonna use it every day!” And then I don’t buy it.

  4. Monique

    I read about this on Twitter earlier and was waiting for this post. Yessss 🙂

  5. rice kernel

    Love your site! Just found this and I will be staying awhile to peruse. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Tammy

    Oh your dollar and cents logic surpasses even my own! Gorgeous smoothie.

  7. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    BANANAS ARE $2.50 EACH?! Good lord. No wonder you wanted a banana-less smoothie!!

  8. Lauren

    A better story, eh? Well, once on the Ricky Gervais Show, Karl Pilkington ate a beetle because he thought it was licorice.

  9. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Yum!! I have been buying bananas recently, even though they’re so expensive! I missed them too much. I stretch them out though – 1 lasts for 3 breakfasts 🙂 Your smoothie looks amazing, despite the freezing weather!
    Heidi xo

  10. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    I love this, Hannah. I wish bananas were cheaper by now, but we’ll just have to be patient 🙂 I’ll bookmark this!

  11. Christine (Merf)

    Chia seeds are never optional! 🙂

    Did our conversation about Canadian-Australian money lead to this urge to use your blender again? Haha!

  12. Fatbooo

    Yummmm!!! I got a similar mixer/juicer 2 months ago, haven’t touched it yet. Now i can try it out using this recipe 😀

  13. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Ooh, yum! I love cherries and this sounds like a perfect blend of ingredients. Definitely sufficient to make up for the sad loss of affordable bananas (or perhaps nearly sufficient…). A worthy reunion with your VitaMix!

  14. Priyanka

    Vitamix…that is cool. I just wish some fairy magically drops a vitamix in the kitchen one night 🙂

  15. gmasydney

    You deserve a medal for courage buying that protein powder. How many bananas will it be equivalent to?

  16. hungryandfrozen

    Gosh, $80! But then – it’s all about priorities. I spent $40 on a bottle of cherry syrup because I heard it made you get to sleep easier, even the guy at the counter of the supermarket said “gosh, that’s expensive”. (the syrup generally does what it’s supposed to, thank goodness). What would you recommend as a substitute for the powder?
    Capsicums here are going the way of your bananas – you’re lucky if you can get them for under a dollar each.

  17. Margaret

    That looks deliciously thick and creamy but I’m afraid I can’t eat anything frozen unless the temperature is at least 35 degrees C!! I’m still waiting for you to make soup with your Vitamix and show us the result. I vote for cumin in the soup! 🙂
    I love Vital Greens Phyto-Protein. You’ve probably tried it but didn’t like it??

  18. leaf (the indolent cook)

    That looks rather inviting! I’m quite intrigued by the flavours, and why everyone seems to love Vitamix (I have a blender already, but a difference brand.)

  19. Anna Johnston

    DUDE! How the heck are you eating this during the cold freezing awful weather we are experiencing? Seriously. I admire the healthy amongst us, I just can’t bring myself to do it. I wanna hear the ‘not very good story’ about the fruit…..

  20. Johanna GGG

    Who doesn’t love a banana to thicken a smoothie but there are alternatives – avocado or pumpkin might help or I wonder if even some unseasoned mashed potato might. I still buy bananas because I have them so rarely.

    I have also not been making as many smoothies as I would like – it didn’t help when my blender fell apart while making a smoothie but I have a new blender now so no excuses.

    By the way thanks for the inspiration to make lumberjack cake – has been my culinary success of the weekend (and there weren’t as many as I had hoped)

  21. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    I love that smoothie! The kind you made above is my favorite – with spinach, berries, (never seen frozen cherries around so I usually take an apple), and protein powder. 😀 After trying several ones out, I’ve also come to love Sun Warrior rice protein. (I have to buy it via Amazon, and there’s only neutral flavor available here, but I also like that one.)

    One day, I’ll buy myself a Vitamix … 😉

  22. msihua

    $80 bucks? Really? That better be some amazing smoothie or you and I are going to have a long chat about managing costs young lady!

  23. Melinda

    $2.50 for 1 banana- Yowzers!!! Your smoothie looks delish- who needs bananas when you have raw vegan protein powder instead 😉

  24. Karen

    I have yet to find a protein powder (which I sometimes take when I exercise a lot) that actually tastes good. They all make me gag. But I have to say, with a good tasting protein powder, your shake sounds like an amazing deal! I totally agree with you though – why settle for ridiculously expensive bananas when you can get even more expensive protein powder! ;-))

  25. Errign

    Since you mentioned caterpillars…

    Once upon a time, baby Errign found a snack on her outdoor walker tray. It was a caterpillar.

    That’s true, actually. I ate a caterpillar. Gross. 🙂 Smoothies however, are not gross. 😀

  26. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)

    Love the smoothie!

    “Once upon a time there was a girl who couldn’t boil water. Then she became a contributor on a chef’s website and got published in a magazine and she’s still in shock about it all.” <—that would be me. In shock. lol


  27. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    looks delish!

  28. Vaala ◪

    Hmmm, that is expensive. But then I just bought some $80 boots despite having no job and therefore no income (I did, however, get M to buy me some more trail shoes which were more expensive). But then again, I once bought $400 ice skates. But where does one even get this ridiculously expensive protein powder thingy? And why does one need it?

    Here is my story…and it’s true! But not quite as exciting.
    There once were four beautiful barbies dressed in their finest pink outfits and they went for a wander in and over the hillsides of North Canterbury for hours and hours (and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours etc). They all got very tired and went to sleep on the bus all the way back home again.

  29. Erica

    I agree- a lot of the raw vegan proteins have a tendency to taste like…well…dirt! This smoothie looks pretty darn tasty. As the temps warm up here, I’m drawn more and more to smoothies

  30. penny aka jeroxie

    Never really tried vita mixes. How is it better though?

  31. Ada

    That smoothie seriously has my mouth watering. What a wonderful flavor combo!

  32. Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc

    I’ve heard about how powerful vita mix is, and have been wanting to ask you where you got yours. My blender/food processor can’t even make nut butters – I’ve been dying to make all the lovely nut butters. I read in your other post that you bought it from an Aussie retailer. Do they have ship to Melbourne too?

  33. Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily

    Yummy smoothie all around. I don’t think my story can beat yours but I’ll give it a try. “Once there was pinto bean named Minto, who dreams of a day where he could be a bean stalk. One day he found a nice place to rest his head and woke up 10 feet tall. The End”

  34. Xiaolu

    Wow those are expensive bananas — really makes me appreciate how affordable they are here now. I’m glad the protein powder was worth it and your smoothie does look rockin’ ;p.

  35. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Yayayay! I’m so glad you and your Vita-man have rekindled your affair. He’s a hottie. This looks delicious too. And you decided to try the Sunwarrior, woohoo!

  36. Crista

    You. Are. Hysterical! Just read your blog for the first time and I love it. I too am a health/fit/sweettooth living abroad. Kudos to you and your vitamix and I can’t wait to read more 🙂

  37. Susan

    I am not a fruit eater either but love veggies. I keep thinking I need to make smoothies to get my fruit intake, but I never get around to it. I can’t wait for bananas to go down in price too!