Vitamix: Day 9 / Pesto

The other day I grabbed a package of this stuff at the health food store to try out in my smoothies.  It’s Vega Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer in berry flavour.  I’ve been looking for a protein supplement to add to my smoothies that is a) gluten-free, b) dairy-free, c) non-ass-tasting.  I added it to my smoothie this morning:

It wasn’t that great unfortunately.  The “berry” flavour totally took over the whole smoothie and just tasted kind of weird.  I was not a fan.  I still might try the chocolate version.  Can anyone recommend a better one?

In other super important news, I finally found some damn basil so I could make pesto again.  I used a slight variation of the same recipe, with real cheese instead of nutritional yeast.


2 cups fresh basil
1/3 cup olive oil
1 cup pine nuts
5 cloves garlic (I like garlic)
1/2 cup grated parmesan
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor until nuts are ground. Pesto should still have texture and not be completely smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

I wanted to see how the Vitamix did compared to my food processor.  Pros of the Vitamix: less parts, easier to clean.  Pros of the food processor: it was WAY easier to scoop out the pesto.

I don’t know if there’s some trick I haven’t learned yet about getting stuff OUT of the Vitamix, but I ended up trying to scoop it all out with a rubber spatula for about 5 minutes until I gave up.  Quite a bit was wasted because it was stuck in the blades.  It blended almost as well as the food processor, but I did find a few stray pine nuts.

I think I actually liked the nutritional yeast better than the parmesan!


  1. says

    Too bad the berry powder was nasty…your smoothie looks beautiful. And I forgot to make pesto with my summer basil…rats. Your photo has me craving some :)

    • says

      I also forgot to make pesto with my own basil. I had 4 different basil plants growing on my balcony that were never used. And now we are having so much trouble finding it anywhere!


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