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23 Heart Healthy Vitamix Recipes

healthy vitamix recipesOprah says the Vitamix is “essential for anyone into healthy living." And I’d have to agree with Ms. Winfrey: if there’s one piece of kitchen equipment I can’t live without, it’s my Vitamix. In honor of my beloved blender, I wanted to share some of my best healthy Vitamix recipes with you.

The Vitamix is no ordinary blender. It has a high-powered motor that allows it to pulverize food in a way that’s not comparable to your ordinary blender. You’ll see why that matters in a minute.

Before we get to the list of heart healthy Vitamix recipes, I want to answer some frequently asked questions I get about the Vitamix.

1. Why should I consider buying a Vitamix? Here are the reasons I decided to buy one:

  • It’s versatile: this thing completely replaced my food processor. You can make soups, sauces, smoothies, juices, milks, nut butters, dips, spreads, ice cream, flours, desserts, and more.
  • It’s fast: the Vitamix pulverizes ice and other hard materials in a matter of seconds.
  • It’s a time-saver: my Vitamix has saved me hours and hours in prep time in the kitchen. And we all could use a little more time, right?
  • It’s healthy: the high-powered motor in the Vitamix breaks down the cell walls of fruits and vegetables, making essential vitamins and nutrients more bio-available. Translation: your body absorbs more healthy stuff. Plus, you can put entire fruits and veggies in there, so you get the health benefits of the skin, stems, and seeds that you would normally discard.
  • It’s used by most great chefs and restaurants: this may not sound like a great reason but hey, to cook like the best chefs you need to have the equipment they use.
  • It’s built to last and comes with an awesome warranty. Vitamix covers all parts, performance, and labor for the length of your warranty. Mine came with a 7-year warranty … that’s impressive.

2. Aren’t they expensive? Buying a Vitamix is definitely not cheap. They range in price from $375 to $700. But think of it as an investment in your health. Immediately after buying mine, I lost weight, looked better, and felt better than I ever had before. If you can’t afford one, you’re not alone. It took me a while to pull the trigger and save up enough money to buy mine. But for me, the investment was 100% worth it.

3. Which model should I buy? There are plenty of models to choose from. Being the frugal chef that I am, I purchased a less expensive one on Amazon for $378 (the 1782) and I’ve been absolutely thrilled with it. I suggest going to Vitamix’s product page and doing a comparison of the models. Amazon sells a few of the older models like I have, so that’s a good place to look too. Research the different models on Amazon here.

4. Is the Vitamix better than the BlendTec? When it comes to the Vitamix vs. BlendTec debate, I’ve heard mixed opinions. BlendTec is the only blender on the market that’s comparable with the Vitamix. Long story short, I think either way you can’t go wrong. But if you want to read a good in-depth review about which blender is best for you, check out the Vitamix vs BlendTec page on Blender Babe’s website.

If you have another question you’d like answered, scroll over the About tab at the top of the page to go to my Contact page. I’ll update this page with answers to your questions as I get them.

Now let’s get to the good part! Here are my best healthy Vitamix recipes (for a printable PDF of the recipes, click here):

Healthy Vitamix Appetizer and Dip Recipes

healthy vitamix hummus recipeHealthy “Mashed Potatoes” (Mashed Cauliflower)

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1/8 cup reduced fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat white cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • Black pepper (to taste)

Instructions:

1. Boil cauliflower for 6-8 minutes.

2. Transfer cauliflower and all remaining ingredients to the Vitamix.

3. Turn the variable setting to low and flip the Vitamix on.

4. Turn up to 6 or 7 and blend for about 30 seconds. You may need to use the tamper to push the cauliflower down.

Here’s the entire recipe: Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

Healthy Yogurt Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup fat free yogurt
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo
  • 2 T fresh chives
  • 2 T Frank’s Red Hot (optional)
  • 4 oz. blue corn chips (preferably salt-free)
  • Fresh parsley for presentation (optional)

Instructions:

1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix. Turn the variable setting to low and flip the Vitamix on. Turn up to 5 and blend for about 45 seconds. Use the tamper to ensure the dip mixes to a nice smooth consistency.

Here’s the entire recipe including the nutrition facts: Healthy Yogurt Dip Recipe

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 can salt-free Garbanzo beans
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 T tahini
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder or 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T water (or to taste)

Instructions:

1. Pre-heat broiler to low setting. Rinse and core the red pepper and cut into 2-inch thick strips. Cook for 8-10 minutes.

2. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix. Turn the variable setting to low and flip the Vitamix on. Turn up to 6 or 7 and blend for about 45 seconds. Use the tamper to ensure the hummus mixes to a nice smooth consistency.

Here’s the entire recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Recipe

Healthy Vitamix Sauce and Dressing Recipes

healthy vitamix sauce recipesChimichurri Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Parsley
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro
  • 1 T Oregano
  • 1 T Garlic
  • 1/4 cup Carrot
  • 1/2 cup Onion
  • 1/4 cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 T Vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper (to taste)

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into the Vitamix. Turn the variable setting to low and flip the Vitamix on. Turn up to 5 and blend for about 30 seconds. Use the tamper to ensure the sauce blends evenly.

Here’s a recipe for Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Easy Cheddar Pesto Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup basil
  • 2 oz. reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • Black pepper (to taste)

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into the Vitamix. Turn the variable setting to low and flip the Vitamix on. Turn up to 7 and blend for about 30 seconds. Use the tamper to ensure the sauce blends evenly.

Here’s a recipe for Sauteed Shrimp with Easy Cheddar Pesto Sauce

Japanese Ginger Dressing / Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos or low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger (minced)

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into the Vitamix. Turn the variable setting to low and flip the Vitamix on. Turn up to 5 and blend for about 20 seconds. Use the tamper to ensure the dressing blends evenly.

Here’s a recipe for a Blood Orange Salad with Japanese Ginger Dressing

Simple Mexican Mole Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 T raw cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 small dried chile pepper (or 1 T dried crushed red pepper)
  • 1 T sesame seeds
  • 2 T pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into the Vitamix. Turn the variable setting to low and flip the Vitamix on. Turn up to 7 and blend for about 30 seconds. Use the tamper to ensure the sauce blends evenly.

Here’s a recipe for Pan Seared Chicken with Mole Sauce

Healthy Vitamix Soup Recipes

vitamix soup recipeCarrot Soup with Fennel

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup orange lentils
  • 1 bulb fennel
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 T yogurt
  • 1 T parsley
  • Water (to taste)

Instructions:

1. Bring 3/4 cups of water to a boil in a pot. Rinse lentils, add them to the pot, and reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes.

2. Cut the ends off the onion, carrot and fennel and dice each of them. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat, and cook for 8-10 minutes with the olive oil, stirring frequently.

3. Combine the onion, carrot, and fennel mixture with the broth, juice from half a lemon, drained lentils, and salt in the Vitamix. Blend on medium-high setting for about 30 seconds.

4. Add water until soup reaches your desired thickness. Pour soup into sauce pan and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Garnish with a bit of yogurt and parsley before serving.

Here’s the recipe complete with nutrition facts: Carrot Soup Recipe

Lentil Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. sherry vinegar
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 T olive oil

Instructions:

1. Heat a stock pot to medium heat and coat with olive oil. Dice onions, carrots, and celery and cook for 5-7 minutes.

2. Remove vegetables and add water to pan. Bring to a boil. Add lentils, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain lentils.

3. Add lentils, vegetables, lemon juice, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, coriander, cumin, and sherry vinegar to the Vitamix and blend for 20-30 seconds.

4. Transfer back to pot and simmer for another 15 minutes with bay leaves. Remove bay leaves. Transfer to four separate bowls and top with black pepper to taste.

Here’s the recipe complete with nutrition facts: Healthy Lentil Soup Recipe

Lima Bean Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh lima beans (canned works too)
  • 1 leek
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup of dill
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions:

1. Shuck the lima beans and set aside. Trim, clean, and chop the leeks. Heat a pan to medium and saute the beans and leeks for 15 minutes in the olive oil. Add the garlic and continue to cook for another couple minutes.

2. Remove the veggies and add to the Vitamix. Add juice from the lemon, vegetable broth, water, and dill. Puree for about 30 seconds.

3. Transfer mixture to a pot and simmer for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Here’s the recipe complete with nutrition facts: Lima Bean Soup Recipe

Summer Squash Soup

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 summer squashes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 bunch of basil (about half a cup worth … reserve 1/4 cup for garnish)
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

Instructions:

1. Peel and chop the squash and mince the garlic.

2. Saute the squash in a pan over medium heat with the coconut oil for about 10 minutes. Add the garlic the last couple minutes of cooking.

3. Transfer squash and garlic to the Vitamix. Add remaining ingredients and blend together for about 20-30 seconds until it reaches your desired consistency.

4. Transfer to four bowls and serve.

Here’s the recipe complete with nutrition facts: Summer Squash Soup Recipe with Fresh Basil

Healthy Vitamix Smoothie Recipes

Green Smoothies

green vitamix smoothie recipeApple Cinnamon Cucumber Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 tsp. Truvia (a natural sugar substitute)
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1 handful greens like spinach, kale, beet greens, or collards
  • 3 cups of water

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into the Vitamix. Turn the variable setting to low and flip the Vitamix on. Turn up to high and blend for about 30 seconds.

Here’s the full recipe with nutrition facts: Apple Cinnamon Cucumber Smoothie

Apple Peach Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 green apple
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 2 cups of water

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into the Vitamix. Turn the variable setting to low and flip the Vitamix on. Turn up to high and blend for about 30 seconds.

Here’s the full recipe with nutrition facts: Green Apple Smoothie with Peaches

Banana Zucchini Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 organic apple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1 cup skim milk or unsweetened almond milk
  • 8 ice cubes

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into the Vitamix. Turn the variable setting to low and flip the Vitamix on. Turn up to high and blend for about 30 seconds.

Here’s the full recipe with nutrition facts: Green Banana Smoothie

Mango Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen mango
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tsp. Truvia (a natural sugar substitute)
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1 handful greens like spinach, kale, beet greens, or collards
  • 3 cups of water

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into the Vitamix. Turn the variable setting to low and flip the Vitamix on. Turn up to high and blend for about 30 seconds.

Here’s the full recipe with nutrition facts: Green Mango Smoothie

Pear and Kiwi Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 pear
  • 1 kiwi
  • 2 T flax seeds
  • 1-2 cups spinach or other greens (optional)
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 2 cups of water

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into the Vitamix. Turn the variable setting to low and flip the Vitamix on. Turn up to high and blend for about 30 seconds.

Here’s the full recipe with nutrition facts: Pear Smoothie w/ Kiwi & Flax Seed

Fruit Smoothies

vitamix fruit smoothieCarrot and Peach Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups frozen peaches
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 cups of water
  • 3 ice cubes

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into the Vitamix. Turn the variable setting to low and flip the Vitamix on. Turn up to high and blend for about 30 seconds.

Here’s the full recipe with nutrition facts: Carrot and Peach Smoothie

Cherry Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into the Vitamix. Turn the variable setting to low and flip the Vitamix on. Turn up to high and blend for about 30 seconds.

Here’s the full recipe with nutrition facts: Cherry Banana Smoothie

Mixed Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups of water

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into the Vitamix. Turn the variable setting to low and flip the Vitamix on. Turn up to high and blend for about 30 seconds.

Here’s the full recipe with nutrition facts: Mixed Berry Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups skim milk or unsweetened almond milk

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into the Vitamix. Turn the variable setting to low and flip the Vitamix on. Turn up to high and blend for about 30 seconds.

Here’s the full recipe with nutrition facts: Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Tropical Fruit Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1 handful greens like spinach, kale, beet greens, or collards (optional)
  • 3 cups of water

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into the Vitamix. Turn the variable setting to low and flip the Vitamix on. Turn up to high and blend for about 30 seconds.

Here’s the full recipe with nutrition facts: Tropical Fruit Smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Drinks

healthy milkshake recipeChocolate Protein Shake

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 3 T raw cocoa powder
  • 1/2 scoop pea protein powder
  • 1.5 cup low fat milk
  • 1 T Truvia
  • 5 ice cubes

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into the Vitamix. Turn the variable setting to low and flip the Vitamix on. Turn up to high and blend for about 30 seconds.

Here’s the full recipe with nutrition facts: Chocolate Protein Shake

Healthy Chocolate Milkshake

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup raw, organic cocoa powder
  • 1 cup whole milk (use unsweetened almond milk to reduce calories even more)
  • 1/4 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. Stevia
  • 1 handful of ice (or more depending on how thick you want it)

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into the Vitamix. Turn the variable setting to low and flip the Vitamix on. Turn up to high and blend for about 30 seconds.

Here’s the full recipe with nutrition facts: Healthy Milkshake Recipe

Hope you enjoy the recipes! If you’re ready to pull the trigger and are looking for the best deal on a Vitamix, I highly recommend getting one on Amazon (that’s where I got mine for under $400). Research the different models on Amazon here. Note: I get a small commission if you buy one through the link, which allows me to keep giving you free recipes like these.

For a printable PDF of the recipes, click here