Making the switch to a clean eating lifestyle is quite simple. But if you’re accustomed to eating frozen dinners and boxed snacks, this transition may understandably seem a bit intimidating.

After committing to clean eating, you’ll have to carefully choose the foods you eat—especially when it comes to packaged food—to avoid clean eating no-nos, such as chemical ingredients, added sugars and GMOs. In some cases, it might seem next-to-impossible to find clean versions of some foods.

That’s why it’s important to embrace cooking. You choose the ingredients and can be confident what you’re eating is clean and will benefit your health, not harm it.

Fortunately, a Vitamix is the perfect tool for your clean eating journey. The powerful blending capabilities of a Vitamix machine allow you to make healthy and delicious substitutes for many highly-processed foods loaded with ingredients that you must stay away when following a clean eating lifestyle.

The quintessential Vitamix recipe is the smoothie. You can fill the container with fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables and quickly pulverize these healthy, nutrient-dense ingredients into a silky smoothie. No added sugars. No chemical additives that you can’t pronounce. Just high-quality ingredients full of energy, vitamins and nutrients.

However, a Vitamix can blend far more than smoothies. Granola? Check. Hot soup? No sweat. Cakes? Absolutely! Put simply, you can make clean versions of many processed foods you’d typically buy with a single appliance.

Here are three of the dozens of clean eating recipes you can make with a Vitamix and achieve a clean eating lifestyle.

Smoothies

Smoothies purchased from chain stores are often loaded with sugars and cheap ingredients—sometimes with more than 100 grams of sugar in a single smoothie. There are exceptions but why not make your own? There are too many delicious and simple options not to!

Smoothie verde para principiantes

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup (120 ml) water
  • 170 g de uvas verdes
  • 85 g de piña pelada y cortada en cubos
  • ½ plátano pelado
  • 60 g de espinacas
  • 70 g de cubitos de hielo

Directions:

  1. Vierta todos los ingredientes en el vaso de la Vitamix en el orden indicado y cierre bien la tapa.
  2. Seleccione la velocidad 1.
  3. Encienda la batidora y aumente la velocidad poco a poco hasta 10 y luego al máximo.
  4. Triture durante 45 segundos o hasta obtener la textura deseada. Sirva de inmediato.

Sopas calientes

Canned or packaged soups are typically far from clean. With a Vitamix, it’s possible to cook a hot soup full of vegetables of your choosing. No stove required.

Crema de judías negras

Ingredients:

  • 720 ml de caldo de verduras bajo en sodio
  • 1½ cup (315 g) black beans, cooked, rinsed, drained
  • 1½ cup (360 g) chickpeas, rinsed, drained
  • ½ cup (80 g) onion, sautéed
  • 3 dientes de ajo asados
  • 3 cucharaditas de zumo de lima
  • 1 jalapeño sin semillas en cuartos
  • 1 cucharadita de comino molido
  • ¼ de cucharadita de sal
  • ⅛ de cucharadita de pimienta negra molida
  • ¼ cup (35 g) red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, diced

Directions:

  1. Introduzca el caldo, 155 g de judías, los garbanzos, la cebolla, el ajo, el zumo de lima, el chile jalapeño y las especias en el vaso de la Vitamix en el orden indicado y cierre bien la tapa.
  2. Select the Hot Soups program, or Variable 1.
  3. Encienda la batidora y deje que finalice el programa seleccionado, o aumente la velocidad poco a poco hasta el máximo y triture durante 6-7 minutos o hasta que salga vapor a través de la abertura.
  4. Reduce speed to Variable 4 and remove the lid plug. Add peppers and reserved ¾ cup (155g) beans through the lid plug opening.
  5. Triture durante 10 segundos más. Sirva de inmediato.

Postres

Yes, you can and should satisfy your sweet tooth, even when eating clean. However, boxed desserts such as brownies may include ingredients like partially hydrogenated oils (i.e., trans fat), carrageenan, preservatives and artificial coloring. A Vitamix allows you to remove these additives and and create alternatives of your favorite sweet treats that fit in with your clean eating lifestyle.

Lindsey’s Sweet Potato Brownies

  • ⅔ cup (160 g) sweet potato, cooked
  • ¼ cup (65 g) unsweetened applesauce
  • ¾ cup (165 g) almond butter
  • 1 cup (135 g) dried dates, pitted, halved
  • 2 huevos grandes
  • ⅓ cup (35 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cucharadita de bicarbonato
  • ⅔ cup (115 g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Directions:

    1. Precaliente el horno a 190°C. Rocíe una bandeja de horno cuadrada de 23 cm con aceite en aerosol.
    2. Eche el puré de batata, la compota de manzana y la mantequilla de almendras en el vaso de la Vitamix en el orden indicado y cierre bien la tapa.
    3. Seleccione la velocidad 1.
    4. Encienda la batidora y aumente la velocidad poco a poco hasta llegar al máximo.
    5. Mezcle durante 25 segundos usando la barra presionadora para dirigir los ingredientes hacia las cuchillas.
    6. Detenga la batidora y agregue los dátiles y los huevos. Seleccione la velocidad 1.
    7. Aumente la velocidad poco a poco hasta llegar a 7. Bata durante 15 segundos. Utilice la barra presionadora para dirigir los ingredientes hacia las cuchillas.
    8. Detenga la batidora y vierta el cacao en polvo y el bicarbonato. Seleccione la velocidad 1.
    9. Aumente la velocidad poco a poco hasta llegar a 7. Bata de 10 a 15 segundos. Utilice la barra presionadora para dirigir los ingredientes hacia las cuchillas.
    10. Vierta la masa en un cuenco. Eche las chispas de chocolate y remueva.
    11. Con la ayuda de una cuchara, pase la mezcla a la bandeja y hornee durante 15-20 minutos o hasta que el palillo salga limpio.