Welcome Home, VitaMix! #NewBDK @Vitamix #Health

Welcome Home, VitaMix! #NewBDK @Vitamix #Health
23 Jan 2014

Last night, I made an investment in my health.

I purchased a VitaMix blender!

I have been wanting one ever since I started going to Liquid Nutrition to buy smoothies. I could see all the ingredients being added, and how the blender just pulverizes everything in it. A quick check, and it was indeed a VitaMix.

A couple years ago, I was a regular at a vegan restaurant in Burlington called KindFood (now LettuceLove). I am not sure what type of blenders they use, but they would put garlic, celery, ginger, kale, spinach, cayenne peppers, different types of seeds, natural peanut butter, tomatoes, etc… and it came out so smooth.

Words of wisdom

I realize it is a lot to spend on a blender. My Dad used to tell me as a kid “a rich man cannot afford to buy cheap things”. I used to scratch my head and wonder what he meant by that. We were never rich. I grew up in a blue collar family, and we did not have a lot of money.

We’ve owned a few blenders, coffee machines, and various other small appliances. We have never spent a great deal of money on them. We always opted for the cheapest unit. They would serve their purpose, break or stop working, and we would go out and buy yet another cheap replacement.

Then it hit me…

This is what my Dad was talking about. Over the course of the years Wendy and I have been married, we have probably spent thousands of dollars on small appliances that were cheap.

It was time to break that trend!

We saved up for this. I have been researching blenders since October, when I started my #NewBDK journey. There are several great ones out there. One comparible to the VitaMix is the Blendtec. I have a few friends that have one, and swear by it.

I posted a comment on my Facebook wall asking for feedback on what blender they have, how they use it, and how long they have had it. It was clear that the hardcore health nuts all preferred the VitaMix. The Blendtec came in second (as it did in most of the performance tests). It has a slightly higher horsepower motor, and several presets. However, there are features on it that I would never use, and features it didn’t have that I wanted. The VitaMix was the perfect fit for me. Is it overkill for my current use? Of course. But that is the thing… for my current use.

The possibilities are endless!

The VitaMix is more than I have needed in the past. I currently only make smoothies. I have a couple different recipes I use. I have been reluctant to use harder vegetables as I was afraid my Hamilton Beach Wave blender would not be able to grind it up. It has been feeling the pressure of daily use, and in the past few weeks, getting noisier and performing at a much lower rate. This worried me, as I was trying to turn Wendy on to smothies. She tried one that I was not overly happy with, and didn’t enjoy it. It was lumpy, and not smooth enough.

vitamix package tall container

I am looking forward to creating all kinds of things with my new VitaMix… not just smoothies! Fresh hot soups, guacamole, salsa, hummus, and healthy ice cream for the girls. Flipping through the recipe book, and researching recipes online, I am sure I will be able to recreate many of these amazing recipes, for me and my family to enjoy.

This is just one more step in the right direction on my #NewBDK journey.

Big Daddy


Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, blogger, and social media manager. Craig likes to go camping, travel, go on road trips, watch movies, read with his girls, build stuff, operate the grill, and play bass guitar. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space. Known as Big Daddy Kreativ, his blog specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, automotive, events, parenting, movies, tech, recipes, health, pets, reviews, and giveaways.


  1. Jody @ Mommy Moment : January 23, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Way to take the step and invest in yourself and your family. Proud of you Craig, it has been awesome following your journey.

  2. Kerrie @Family Food and Travel : January 23, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I love love love my Vitamix – honestly the best appliance I’ve ever used! Can’t wait to see what you’ll make with it :)

    • Me too. I never thought I would love an appliance… but i gotta say, it has done wonders for me in the past few days. I made fresh salsa last night… it turned out amazing! I can’t wait to try making soups and various other juices and smoothies.

  3. You will not regret it! I use mine everyday – it is an amazing machine. They have a great PDF on their site that has a recipe chart for green smoothies – you should have a look at that. The best thing is that we make healthy shakes really thick, so it’s like eating ice cream!

  4. Jennifer Van Huss : January 23, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    So excited to see the amazing recipe that come out of it! I saw how excited you were last night on Twitter! I knew a post was coming soon!! Is it sad I’ve never heard of a vitamix until last night??

  5. holliepollard : January 23, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    We had one in the office at ShesConnected, first time you make the icecream you will be hooked, oh and the soup was oh so good. I am still saving for one.

  6. How exciting is this?!!! Can’t wait to hear about all of your creations.

  7. I have heard lots of good things about these. personally I love blended drinks so I may be purchasing one soon myself. You are doing so good with your goal!

  8. AMotherhoodBlog : January 24, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    That is a NICE blender! I am due for a new one soon too and started making shakes more, maybe we should go with a nicer one like this! Great to see you keeping up with your goals!

  9. very cool! I’d love to try making soup in these. so cool and less mess to clean up.

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