Most of these smoothies are just plug and play which means you only need a blender. If you don’t have a juicer, what you can do for the greens is to blend the main vegetables and strain them through a nut milk bag. With celery, cucumbers, or any sort of greens that you pop into the Vita-Mix, what you should do is wash them with a bit of 3% food-grade hydrogen peroxide, blend it all up, dump that into a nut milk bag, and squeeze out the juice.
For the fruits, you don’t need a juicer because the blender will do just fine. It’s hard to put the fruits through a nut milk bag anyway, because the fruit pectin or fiber tightly holds onto the liquid of the fruit. You’re not going to be able to blend an apple or orange and then squeeze as much juice out of them as you will be able to do with the vegetables.
The Vita-Mix is much easier to clean than a juicer, as well. With the Vita-Mix, you blend the smoothie, put the container in the sink, and if you want to scrub it, you can. Most of the time; however, you don’t have to scrub because you can just rinse it, put it upside down to dry out, and then you have it ready for the next day. One other blender, popularized by the “Will It Blend?” series on YouTube.com, is the Blendtec®. It looks like it could be a good blender, but I don’t have any experience with that one
What About People in Places without Great Access to All These Fresh Fruits and Vegetables?
The best thing to do is be creative. Be resourceful to find what you need. For example, there are different powders you can use that you will find online. We’ve done our best to provide you with sources for the products, as well as alternatives if you can’t find them. While writing this book, I realized that not everyone would have access to some of the ingredients listed. So, I went through the whole book and provided viable options for just about anyone.
Is This Book the First of a Series of Books?
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. You haven’t even read this one yet! I’d love to hear what you think of this book, so please let me know when you’ve tried a few of these recipes. If you want to contact me about things you’ve learned or tried from this book, you can do so by sending an email to
Those are probably the best tips for those who don’t have access to fresh produce all the time. But, I imagine that if you’re out there in the middle of nowhere (for example, in the middle of a desert) and you’re reading this book, then you’re probably pretty resourceful already and have likely found an oasis of organic produce in your area.