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Here are our recommendations for our favourite smoothie maker models from our reviews of the past year. We have included the best model under $50, between $50 and $100, $100 to $200 and over $200.

Best Smoothie Maker Under $50

Our winner: Oster BLSTPB-WBL My Blend 250-Watt Blender

An amazing 63 out of the 89 people who have left a review on give the Oster My Blend four stars or the maximum five stars. The general comment amongst those who gave it four stars was that they would have given it five stars if the lid design had been better! This is a minor point on a machine that performs brilliantly – and less than $30 if you get it from Amazon!

Extract from customer review:-

“You just blend, put the lid on, and go! It’s great for drinking on the way to school or work and it is so fast to make!”

This model from Oster is a personal blender and allows you to make a delicious ‘smoothie to go’ because you make it directly in the carrying bottle. The supplied mixing bottle is a BPA-free 20 ounce container which fits into most cup holders perfectly – whether this is on the treadmill, your bike or in your car! The container is dishwasher safe so clean-up is a breeze.

It has a motor powerful enough to crush ice and frozen fruit – but if you overdo it and overtax the motor, the neat resettable fuse feature avoids you damaging the machine because it cuts out, allows fifteen minutes for the motor to cool safely – after which time, you can restart the machine. There are several recipes supplied with this machine – or why not try out some of the recipes on this site?

We all like the sleek design, the variety of colors, the fact that the bottle is BPA-free and comes with a carry hook. The Oster My Blend is a great, personal smoothie maker.

Best Smoothie Maker $50 – $100

Our Winner: Cuisinart Blender Review, Cuisinart CPB-300 Portable Blending and Chopping System
Follow the link to visit our review of this model. We love it and so it seems, does just about everyone else! With an amazing 87 people out of the 147 who have (so far) left a review on Amazon, giving this amazing machine the full five stars!
Extract from customer review:-

Cuisinart CPB-300“I was ready to write a great review for this blender the moment I got it, but I thought, no, I should test it out, see if it fails to perform over time. It’s been months and it’s just been a wonderful blender, no problems. The pulse button is a very handy addition, because it modifies both HIGH and LOW buttons with one push, so it’s very one-hand-friendly. It’s got a strong motor, which is not too noisy … you can smoothly lift the cups to stop it automatically, which is super smart. Altogether a very neatly designed product.”

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Making Smoothies with the Vitamix Barboss

“You look like it’s Christmas and your birthday at the same time” said Stacey as I opened the UPS box. “I feel like it is” I replied as I lifted out my shiny new red Vitamix BarBoss. I think I even squealed.

Now you should know a couple of things about me to appreciate how unusual this reaction is. I don’t like to shop. Acquiring new things more often fills me with a sense of overwhelm than satisfaction. I do not normally feel deep attachment to kitchen appliances. But this was special.

I’m fairly addicted to green drinks and smoothies and I’d just finished burning through my second Black and Decker blender in 16 months.  I wanted something that would last and something that would do the job. The Barboss promised to be both. And it’s kept its promise. At four years old it’s still going strong. Plus for the last 6 months the Barboss has been in near-commercial use in a community kitchen. In short? It rocks!

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Here are some pros and cons:

Pros Cons
Reliable noisy
Strong Price can be prohibitive at $400-$500
Long lasting – 15 year warranty Plastic pitcher – I’d prefer metal so that I could blend hot soup in it without fear of chemicals leaching from the plastic
No lumps – can handle nuts and hard vegetables and bring them to creamy smoothness
Automatic shut-off so you don’t have to stand around and listen to it
Has lighter and stronger settings so as not to ‘overblend’ a mixed drink
Can be used to blend compost from food scraps to use in the garden
Makes great ice cream


Kassandra Brown

Author, Kassandra Brown says “Helping kids make meaningful contributions in the kitchen is messy but worth it.”

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Tips and Tricks to Make Smoothies Fun For Your Kids

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These tips and tricks to making smoothies as much fun for your kids are helpful in creating valuable quality time as well as encouraging children to eat more healthily. Modern families constantly rush from one place to another for sports practice or music lessons while gobbling down fast food. Share a special moment by encouraging children to slow down and indulge in healthy foods.

Editors Note, get some great fruit smoothies for kids recipes in this article.

Use the following advice to make snack time a fun experience for everyone.

Initiate Exciting Food Shopping Adventures for Smoothie Ingredients

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Involve children in shopping for the ingredients and make this fun too!

Include children in the shopping phase so they feel involved from start to finish. Discuss farming and the environment during visits to the grocery store or head to the local Farmers Market for fresh ingredients. Explore food textures and colors with curious young minds. Ask little shoppers to assist with picking out smoothie ingredients. A basic shopping list for smoothies consists of:

  • Fruit (strawberries, blueberries, peaches…)
  • Low-fat yogurt
  • Fruit juice

Some parents use milk (almond, soy, etc.) instead of fruit juice. Others mix in honey and flaxseed oil to boost antioxidant properties. Ask your children what they like and try to keep it healthy as possible. Smoothies are incredibly versatile and even children with food allergies can enjoy them. Continue reading

Going Green: Smoothies that Blow Your Taste Buds Away

The best smoothies come from the freshest fruits or vegetables available. Not only is the taste exceptionally delicious but the health benefits a person can get from these beverages are as brilliant. But, if anyone wants to go all out in improving their health, then it’s so important to go green with your smoothies and let me explain why.

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What exactly are Green Smoothies?

Just hearing the term “green smoothie” gives you the impression of a green colored beverage that promises good benefits yet tastes really awful. Don’t worry, though, because these smoothies are prepared in a way that will give you a more delicious flavor to suit your taste buds.

A green smoothie is a blended mix of green leafy vegetables like broccoli, parsley, celery spinach, kale and the like. Don’t think much about it just yet so you will not get nauseated. The main ingredients may have unsavory appeal but to make green smoothies more palatable, milk, fruits and other ingredients are combined with the vegetables. Then just trust the chef or person making the smoothies because they will surely do their best to give you an irresistible green smoothie that will make you buy again and again. If, for example, you are the one making it, then you can make it according to how you want it but make sure you don’t forget to put the base ingredients. Continue reading

Smoothies Might Just Be The Best Food For Seniors

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Organic and raw food diets are fast becoming trendy once more among the health and fitness-conscious…but what about for the elderly? They arguably have more reasons to benefit from a diet that places special emphasis on the nutrients which fresh, non-processed, easily digestible, and chemical-free food provide. These, and the following, form great reasons why smoothies and shakes are good dietary additions on a regular basis, or even substitutes for solid food meals for senior citizens during illness or convalescence.

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An elderly relative can be helped to get the vital dietary nutrients they need by drinking smoothies

Four Reasons Why Smoothies Are Good For Seniors

  1. They are easily masticated and digested.
    smoothies are easy to makeYounger people like the consistency of smoothies and shakes because they mask the grittiness of certain ingredients that need to be drank, especially for pre- and post-gym workouts. Beyond this, however, a diet in smoothie form is especially beneficial for the elderly because it helps them chew less and digest more.  Even so-called “soft food” could prove hard to eat by people who have already lost most of their teeth. And medication or supplements which older people might find hard to swallow can be easily mixed in a smoothie.
  2. Smoothies provide a good base for dietary supplements.
    Older folks who are prescribed special dietary supplements but often forget to drink or take them with their meals can actually combine them with ingredients to form one meal. Vegetables and fruit can be mixed with powder or liquid supplements for a delicious, refreshing shake. What’s even better is that a big batch can already be made and refrigerated so a smoothie is always ready to drink as needed or desired.
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Seven Easy to Make Low Calorie Smoothies

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Smoothies can be a part of a healthy diet. There are a number of smoothies that are delicious and easy to make and if you are watching your calorie intake or trying to lose weight, low calorie versions are a great option. Why not try one of our seven, easy to do recipes for low calorie smoothies listed below.

Our Top Seven Low Calorie Smoothie Recipes

1. Fruit Soy Smoothie
Soy has been shown to lower cholesterol and promote heart health. Soy is also rich in antioxidants that can help protect against cancer. soy milk smoothies are not only healthy, but they are also great alternatives for vegans and people who are lactose intolerant. Below are the ingredients that are needed to make a fruit smoothie:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of cherries
  • 1/2 cup of soy milk
  • 1/2 cup of soy yogurt

Directions: Blend all ingredients together until a smooth texture is formed.

2. Ice Cream Soy Smoothie
Below are the ingredients that are needed to make the ice cream soy smoothie:

  • 1/2 cup of strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 large peach, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of soy milk
  • 1/2 cup of soy ice cream

Directions: Combine the banana and the soy milk and blend them on high for one minute. Add the remaining ingredients and blend for 30 seconds. The smoothie should be creamy and smooth. It should also have small pieces of strawberries and peaches. Continue reading