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Vitamix for a Cause

IMG_1340We are looking for donations to subsidize our two farm shares that go to lower income families. We thought this would be a perfect way to help pay for those shares.  Buy a Vitamix by using our link, get free shipping and Long Life Farm will receive a small commission that will go to subsidize these shares.  Smoothie recipes will also be provided throughout the season with your Long Life Farm share.

The best way to try and get more vegetables and fruit into your diet is to drink them.  Don and I bought each other the Vitamix for Christmas two years ago. It is part of our daily routine.  At first we were experimenting with all sorts of recipes for smoothies, but now we tend to keep it simple. This makes it easier to make it a habit.  While some people drink smoothies to loose weight (watch the movie: "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead"), our main motivation was using up excess greens and veggies, as there were too many to eat.  What we found was that these smoothies made us feel great, so now they have become our morning vitamins.  Even though we  are organic vegetable farmers,  when the season gets going and gets chaotic, it is sometimes difficult to plan the healthiest meals for our family. By drinking a morning smoothie we are drinking at least 1/2 of our daily fruits and vegetables.  Nutritionists say we need 9-12 servings of fruits and vegetables each day (1/2 cup is a serving, unless it is leafy greens, then it is 1 cup per serving).  Our morning routine is bananas, apples or pears and greens.  We use a different green each week so as to get the most diverse minerals and vitamins from each one (kale, spinach, dandelion greens, Swiss chard, hearty lettuce). Our Vitamix pitcher is 64 oz and we add:  2 bananas, 2 apples or pears, 2 handfuls of greens, 2 cups of water and a handful of ice and blend for just under a minute.  My second favorite is adding a beet to that mixture.  I also like pineapple in place of the apples or pears.  Cook's Illustrated has rated the Vitamix as their favorite blender.  There are juicers out there that separate the pulp from the juice and many people toss the pulp which is a real shame since our bodies need that fiber.    Can you imagine adding chopped butternut squash and some chicken broth to your Vitamix and letting it go for 7 minutes? The result is hot, creamy butternut squash soup to enjoy for lunch!  We also like 2 cups of frozen fruit and 1 cup of So Delicious Coconut milk. After 1 minute, it is a delicious and healthy sorbet.  We also take donations on this page by clicking on the donate button.  We are a for profit entity so donations are not tax deductible.

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