Whether you are a college student, vegan, health-buff, hippie, urban apartment dweller, or fill-in-the-blank-here, a hand blender is a kitchen must. As a vegan newbie back in college, my good friend and fellow diet converter was the proud and boastful owner of a shiny hand blender. She’d rant and rave of the glories of the hand blender but it all mostly went in one ear and out the other. We eventually parted ways, as many friends do, and when the dust settled, I was in a new neighborhood with no local vegan conspirators to handle my blending needs. Being on a budget sent me to the local Target where I bought a cheap plastic blender that didn’t last more than 6 months. That and the next few replacement blenders had their share of hummuses (or is it hummusi?), smoothies, margaritas, re-fried beans, dips, spreads, and tapenades. I couldn’t imagine life without those blissful little blenders.
And then the unthinkable happened. I received a $50 gift certificate and the inspiration to purchase a hand blender. Looking back, I can’t recall the “why”, only the “must”.
The Perks of a Hand Blender
1. Easy to clean
2. Easy to store
3. Less dishes to wash
4. Can stick it directly into mixing bowls, pots, jars, and cups (so you’ll be way more likely to blend things when you know you ought to)
5. They are shiny
Purple Power Vegan Hemp Smoothie
- Grape juice or juice (CHECK THE LABEL! Make sure it does not contain high fructose corn syrup because that is just nasty.)
- Banana and/or pear (Gives it a nice thick consistency without using yogurt or ice cream)
- Blackberries, blueberries, or generous handfuls of other miscellaneous berries
- Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Powder (I am not particularly attached to this specific brand, but it is what is on hand at the moment and I like it. Unlike other protein powders, it is only hemp.)
- Hand blender (I guess you can use a regular blender)
This is not rocket science. Put the bananas and berries into a cup. Add some juice. Add 1-2 spoonfuls of hemp powder. Blend, baby, blend. Enjoy!