Since owning this I have had no problem getting 5 fruits and vegetables daily, I often drink them, and it's very filling, since the Vitamix gives you 100% of the fruit. With enough ice, in order to avoid brain-freeze, You really will drink it slowly enough that it's not going to become a problem for calories. My 4 fruit plus protein powder and spinach smoothie keeps me full all day long.
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It's definitely worth the added expense. For one thing if you do overload it, it shuts down, preventing you from breaking it. My tip, read the manual, watch the DVD and use their recipes for the first few times you use it. Both me and my boyfriend made the mistake of treating this like a high powered blender (it's a kitchen tool! Do not underestimate this device) and overloaded it. In ten minutes it does work fine again, but it's scary thinking you may have broken such an expensive item.
It makes the smoothest smoothies, kneads dough, grinds wheat into flour, grinds coffee, and can easily replace several kitchen tools. It made the most delicious butternut squash I ever had. I'm always excited to try new recipes in it. They also offer excellent customer service when you call.
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