I want to be the mom who always has fresh-baked cookies on the counter. Who comforts and nourishes her family with love through the amazing meals she cooks. Whose kids talk about her epic dinners and Thanksgiving spreads long after they've grown up and moved away.

Alas, I'm just—not.

So at first blush, the idea of spending hundreds of dollars on a kitchen appliance didn't really appeal to me: It will be totally wasted in my kitchen.

But when my husband became a vegan and my kids entered their picky eating phases, I realized that I had to do something to make adding veggies and fruit to our diet easy. So I took a leap and got a Vitamix—and it's one of the best decisions I ever made.

The morning smoothies alone make this amazing, professional-grade blender worth it. My kids do not like anything that isn't cheese, but we are able to get them to drink smoothies that we pack with spinach, berries, beets and honestly whatever extra vegetables we have in the fridge.

(We add a little bit of this protein powder to the smoothie to give it some extra nutrition and delicious chocolate flavoring.)

If we were to buy smoothies from a shop, they'd be close to $10 each, so the Vitamix has paid for itself already.

I have also gotten brave and experimented with the soup function recently, and it totally works (like this one for carrot ginger soup ). And the possibilities are endless : baby food, nut butter, ice cream, dressing, dips and so much more are definitely in my future.

Best news yet? The Vitamix is on super sale right now! Go!

Vitamix Explorian Blender


Original price: $269.95
Sale price: $179.00

Vitamix Ascent Series Smart Blender


Original price: $499.95
Sale price: $349.99


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