Monday, November 4, 2013

Calling All Smoothie Lovers, It’s a #smoovember #giveaway!

You are going to love this! Hamilton Beach gave me the two blenders I am reviewing here, and they are also giving one of each away to lucky readers here. Two winners! Yippee! It’s #smoovember!

Most of us use our blenders for smoothies, right? So it made perfect sense to me that Hamilton Beach would design their new line of blenders around the smoothie. Let’s take a look at them, one at a time.

The Smoothie Smart blender is very solid and sturdy. I love the glass container – it’s a hefty appliance. I also like that the hole to add things (ice, liquids, or oil if you are making an emulsion) has a little flip lid; that makes it very easy to add ingredients while the blender is running. Of course, what makes this blender unique is the smoothie button – goof-proof if you are making smoothies:

What I like best about the Smoothie Smart is its size – it’s only 15 inches high, making it ideal for those of use with low clearance on our counters.

 Now, let’s take a look at the Single Serve blender. This is a very cute little gadget. I love the idea of being able to make a smoothie and then take it along with you. In my days of working in Corporate America, I brought a smoothie to work every day. I would make it in a big blender, and then transfer it to a travel container to bring to work. (And I’d have to clean the big blender as well as the travel container.) This Single Serve blender lets you drink from the same container you make the smoothie in.

There’s a lot to like about this blender; it’s a simple one-touch design, the container has volume measurements, and the lid has a sip top (similar to travel coffee mugs). At first I thought it was odd to be carrying the blade along with my smoothie, but I soon got over that.

Before I show you my smoothie, I need to talk about what else this blender can do. As you may know, I grind flax seeds all the time, to use instead of eggs. In reading the instructions for this blender I noticed that it could be used to grind coffee and I thought – I bet it can grind flax seeds. That was the very first thing I tried to do with this blender, and I am happy to report, it works!

Now, about that smoothie…

It’s November, so I dug into my stash of frozen fruit (from my pickings at the farm earlier this year). I combined a ripe banana with frozen blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries. Then I added ½ cup coconut milk beverage.Yummy!

The giveaway:

To enter, leave a comment here with which blender you prefer, and what type of smoothie you’d like to make. I will be picking two winners, one for each blender.

For extra entries:

Share this post on facebook and/or twitter, linking back here. Use hashtag #smoovember. Leave a second or third comment to let me know you did so!

Entries end on Tuesday, November 12th, at midnight eastern time. The winners will be announced on November 14th. In the meantime, have a great #smoovember!


Anonymous said...

I prefer the Smoothie Smart blender and would love to make a triple berry smoothie (blueberry, raspberry, strawberry). catoluck at icloud dot com

Kathryn @ Mamacado said...

Wow, I LOVE the single serving blender idea. Such a great option for a mommy on the run like me. One of my favorite smoothies is made with spinach, banana, yogurt and avocado. Mmmm.

Lisa J. Ritzema said...

I LOVE smoothies, but I especially love the single smoothie blender idea as with my blender at home, I often make WAY too much and it's difficult to transport it. My favorite smoothies include banana, mango, spinach and avocado using almond milk (or coconut milk to add even more of a tropical flavor!).

cindy said...

I'd prefer the smart smoothie maker so that I can make a batch for the entire family :) Thanks for the giveaway! I"d make a dairy free smoothie...probably something with a "no nut" butter and some vegan chocolate :)

dean said...

We make smoothies at least three times a week! Great way for me to hide lots of veggies in greenbean's! The smoothie smart blender would be best for our family of five! Great giveaway!

Sunflower said...

I think the smoothie smart blender looks great! I love berry smoothies and I drink a green smoothie every morning! Thanks for the giveaway!

Tara said...

I'd love to win the smoothie smart blender. My two year old son and I share a smoothie almost every day . His favorite is frozen banana and cherries with applesauce and oat milk.

Peggy of Allergy Free Test Kitchen said...

Both look great, but the single serve would be my first choice. I've been making pea protein, flax meal with a few strawberries and coconut milk shakes.

Dough Maven said...

I prefer the smoothie smart blender. I love using frozen fruit and almond butter and chocolate protein powder in my smoothies!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to use the single serve to make smoothies that are free of all my allergens--dairy, gluten, soy, pineapple, vanilla etc!

Unknown said...

I would prefer to use the Smothie smart blender, and the smothie could be strawberrie, pineapple, banana and lots , and lots of ice mmmmmm!!!!!

Unknown said...

I share it on twetter!!!

Elva Sanchez said...

I think the smoothie smart its better because i can decide to prepare one or more smoothies at a time! I love strawberry, banana and cocconut

Elva Sanchez said...

I think the smoothie smart its better because i can decide to prepare one or more smoothies at a time! I love strawberry, banana and cocconut

Elva Sanchez said...

Mary Palacios said...

I love smoothies! My favorite is coconut and banana!

Molly said...

The Hamilton Beach Single Serve would be perfect for making a smoothie in the morning and making a quick one after work when I don't have time to prepare dinner when I'm running to sports and meetings!
My favorite morning smoothie
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen mangoes
Vanilla Almond or Soy milk

My favorite dinner smoothie to make
1/2 of a frozen banana
4-5 frozen strawberries
1/8 cup of frozen blueberries
1/4 cup of frozen spinach
1 T of flaxseed or chia seeds
and Vanilla Almond or Soy Milk!