In February I tried Jason Vale’s Super Blend Me! program. This is a new program Jason Vale has put together. As the name implies, it is a blending (think smoothie) program versus a juicing program. All you really need is a blender, which it seems most people own.
There is a book available along with the app. At the time I tried it, the book was not yet available in the US, and the app was only available on Apple products. However, the book is now available in the US along with the Android app. Whether or not you buy the book, the app is well worth it. It has videos and recipes for each blend, along with the ability to make a shopping list for any or as many days as you’d like.
I liked that a lot of the blends could be prepped ahead of time. The ones that could, I put in baggies, labeled, and put in the freezer. On the label I wrote the name and anything that needed to be added to the blend. Most of the blends in this program have a protein added to them whether it be a protein powder or some type of nut butter. The protein and the liquid (usually a nut milk or coconut water) I added at the time I did the blending.
The blends are super convenient. I was able to make all of them in the cup blender of my Ninja. The ones that I didn’t prepare ahead of time only had a two or three ingredients, so all I had to do was put them in the blender and go. The ones that I prepared ahead of time also only took a few minutes because all I had to do was empty the bag of frozen food into the blender cup, add a thing or two, blend, and go. I also used a lot of frozen fruit over fresh, so that in itself made the blends very convenient. Since I was using frozen fruit, I did not add ice to the blends.
These blends are heavy on fruit, so if you’re looking for a way to get more fruit into your body, this will do it. I recently read that people that are cold all of the time often are so because they do not eat enough citrus fruit. After doing the program for ten days, I noticed that I was no longer having that cold feeling. It has made enough of a believer out of me that I have continued to eat an orange everyday with my lunch.
However, I have decided that this program is not for me. I did lose a few pounds, but I did not get that boost of energy and all around great feeling that I get from juicing. I’m glad that I did it and gave it a whirl. I’m also glad I have the app and the recipes. They were all delicious, and I’m sure I will have one now and then. In fact, my plan is to prep a few and put them in freezer bags in the freezer so that they’re ready to go. There are also some other recipes within the app for protein balls that I would like to try.
Do I recommend this program? Absolutely. I realize that we’re all different and what works for me may not work for you and vise versa. If your diet could use some better quality food and this is what it takes for you to get it, then go for it. If this is what it takes to get you to make the first step towards eating more plants, it’s worth a try. If these blends are too much fruit for you, you could try making them with a little less fruit and more greens. Make it your plan, your way.
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. I Corinthians 10:31