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Mornings are crazy in my household. Breakfast varies for me on a daily basis and there are days when I barely manage two slices of turkey bacon in the microwave before I’m rushing myself and two children out the door. (Don’t get me wrong. My son always gets breakfast, so it’s really just me who needs something more in the morning.) This past week I decided to try making smoothies at night so I can grab and go in the morning. My son is also a smoothie fan, but we don’t always drink the same ones.
I recently received the Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor and I’m excited because it does SO MUCH! I do have an Oster blender, but it’s not as versatile as this fun tool. I can even process my daughter’s food in it! Seriously. So many things.
My smoothie tends to be protein powder (or Shakeology), a cup of water, a banana and a tablespoon of peanut butter (sometimes.) If I don’t use peanut butter, I may throw in a cup of frozen strawberries.
This blender has a square base, and the pitcher itself is an Extra Large 8-cup BPA-free TRITAN™ Jar that’s dishwasher safe and impact and temperature resistant. It’s fairly simple to clean and I like that it stands easily when off the base. Also, it appears to holds more than my other blender. If you look closely, all of my ingredients are in the blender, but the jar is much bigger than my standard blender, so it looks like it’s missing something as far as the smoothie goes.
The food processor portion is a separate container, which is great! The downside is the food processor can only handle up to five cups, and my other food processor is a little larger. That said, it has a BPA-free food processing bowl, stainless steel slicing disk and chopping blade. I do like that they share the same base and that gives a lot more space in the cabinet I keep all of our kitchen appliances.
Now the base features. The buttons are easier to use, and the blender will pulse itself. So it’ll run, slow down and let the chunks of food settle, and then speed back up again. It’s more intuitive, and I was able to leave the blender for a few seconds to grab something else (remember, mornings are hectic) and the blender didn’t have to be held in place.
Tell me your favorite smoothie recipe. Bonus points if I can make them the night before, saving me even more time!