The Whoorlie Smoothie

Oh, you guys. The Vitamix. THE VITAMIX. I love it.

(By the way, the Vitamix talk is all me. I have no ties to Vitamix – I bought it with my own money, and there is no sponsorship going on. And, as a reminder, if/when I write a sponsored post, there will always be a disclaimer at the end of the post. Cool? Cool.)

The whoorl household pretty much morphed into a smoothie test kitchen this weekend. I was trying out all sorts of smoothie recipes, while experimenting with my own fruit/veggie combinations. We had some hits and misses, but I pretty much nailed it with this one. It is an adaptation of the Laughing Gorilla from the Vitamix Live Fresh cookbook – I added some chia seeds and an apple and omitted one of the oranges. I christened the delicious concoction the “Whoorlie.”

You guys, this was so unbelievably delicious. When Wita hit the bottom of her sippy cup, she started crying. CRYING. We had to bust out a spoon and feed her every last drop, as you can see below.

Now, as much as I would like to say that EVERYONE initially loved the smoothie, Wito pretty much freaked out when he saw the green color. I asked him to take a sip, and although I could totally tell he liked it, he pulled the whole “I can’t eat it because it’s GREEEEEN” drama. So I poured it back in the blender, added a handful of blueberries, and voilá, purple smoothie. Suddenly, this smoothie (which tasted the exact same), “was the BEST SMOOTHIE EVER,” according to Wito.

Kids, man. What can you do?

You all have got to try this one out, but also, let me know if you have a favorite smoothie recipe!

Viva la Whoorlie!

  1. girlofsteele

    January 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I teach first graders and borrowed a friends vitamin to make smoothies with the class after studying healthy eating and fruits and vegetables. The teacher next door brought her class over as well and we had forty first graders excited as all get out about Groovy Green Smoothies. (We thought we would have a better chance of getting them to eat it with a snazzy name.) The kids took turns adding ingredients and we waited until the end to add the spinach for an exciting effect. They were amazed that it turned green and every single one of them tasted it, which felt like a breakthrough for me and my coworker. :)

    • whoorl

      January 17, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      That’s awesome!

  2. Amelie

    January 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    He is SO wearing an Old Navy PJs!

  3. Heather

    January 16, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    I’ve been so torn between a Vitamix & an Omega VRT 350HD juicer. I want to make the kids fresh apple & orange juice, but I want to make smoothies for myself. Will the vitamix make any type of thinner juice or is it just a smoothie machine? I’ve seen youtube videos of some very stoned looking people trying to make orange juice, but they’re really just talking about how powerful the vitamix motor is. They never actually pour any oj :(

    • whoorl

      January 17, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Yes! The Vitamix I bought (Turboblend VS) comes with a filtration bag, so you can blend smoothies and then pour through the bag to create a juice without any of the bulk. Yes, it’s an extra step, but takes about 1 minute and is fantastic. (I made a delicious romaine, lemon and apple juice this weekend. Yum!)

      • Heather

        January 18, 2012 at 9:28 pm

        Awesome! I’m sold. Just trying to decide now on which machine to purchase. Since it’s such a large purchase for us I’m really leaning towards buying it at QVC since they do the “4 easy payments!” and that saves me having to pay the interest on my credit card. Plus free shipping, of course if we buy there our selection is limited to the Creation Vitamix, which I think is fine. Ugh, I must have one!

  4. Pauli

    January 17, 2012 at 2:48 am

    You should check out: http://www.greensmoothiechallenge.com for some smoothie inspiration.

  5. Haley

    January 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Hi Whoorl,
    Someone might have already asked this…but I didn’t think I so….if I just have a regular ol’ blender will this whoorlie work? Or would I need to buy the big mamajama to get this going?

    • whoorl

      January 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      Hmmmm, I think you would have to chop the fruits up very well beforehand, and it might not be as smooth as a Vitamix might be…but give it a try!

    • jess

      January 18, 2012 at 10:47 am

      i’ve been trying green smoothie recipes with my ol’ kitchenaid blender. it’s definitely not as smooth (i get little bits of spinach) but it’s not a big deal

  6. Alexandra

    January 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Hi Sarah–Here’s our favorite smoothie (sounds bizarre, but really, it’s good!) is plain non-fat yogurt + a little milk or water + frozen berries (we like a mix of raspberries and blueberries) + a few tbs of agave syrup + big handfuls of raw kale (stems removed). Optional addition is a banana (frozen or fresh). The kale really doesn’t taste like anything at all, and even for those without a Vitamix (like me), the little bits are not bad. Just be sure to brush teeth before you go out :)

  7. Bonnie

    January 20, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    My favorite smoothie, is part plain greek yogurt, part plain keifer, a banana, pineapple, mango and coconut milk. Yummmmm. I also make one with the yogurt and keifer, a banana, some blueberrys and strawberrys and spinich.

  8. Faythe

    February 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I love my Vitamix. Not only can I control the ingredients, but the colors and textures too. It’s fun making healthy smoothies for my friends who don’t eat a lot of fruit and veg, they drink it instead when they visit and they like it.