Operation Supervixen is my own personal transformation programme. In June 2015, I decided I was utterly fed up of being miserable, unwell and feeling like I wasn't reaching my full potential in life. To combat this, I decided I was going to radically transform my diet, maintain an exercise routine and centre my leisure activities around personal development. To keep me accountable and help others in the process, I started Operation Supervixen.
I don't know about you, but one of the biggest barriers to healthy eating for me is the fact that I am a damn fussy eater. Despite massive improvements in the past five years or so, there is still no way I can get around the fact that I am a very picky eater. This is especially true when it comes to fruit and vegetables. Try as I might, I just cannot get myself to like them! Besides the taste, the textures just don't really sit well with me at all. There are a few exceptions; surprisingly, I like spinach, I like sugarsnap peas and I like RAW carrots.
Thankfully, there are ways I can get around how much I dislike the good stuff. In a way similar to how you might treat a child, if you can hide the veg from me, it's a lot more likely I'll eat it it. Or, more accurately, I'll drink it.
In my journey to a healthier lifestyle, I've found I am 100% more likely to eat fruit and vegetables when they have been blended into a smoothie and so, I had to invest in a decent blender.
I've had the Breville Blend-Active Personal Blender for a good few months now and I am super, duper pleased with my purchase. For a handy £20 or so, it is well worth it. As advertised, the blender is capable of blending ice and frozen fruit/vegetables. It's surprisingly powerful for such a cheap machine. It's perfectly capable of making my usual two smoothies a day containing a variety of both fresh and frozen produce, nuts, seeds and powders.
Noise wise, it depends entirely on what you're blending. The harder things you put in there, the noisier it gets. However, I've recently been blending avocado into freshly made juices and I am amazed at how quiet it is when you're not working through frozen items! Practically silent. Even when you are blending frozen veg/fruit, the noise isn't too bad. I'm happy to use my blender in early morning or late night, whereas I wouldn't dare put the washing machine or do the hoovering too early/too late!
Again, how quick it is depends entirely on what you're blending. When using fresh, soft produce, two thirty second bursts is more than enough. It needs more like 2-4 minutes, with appropriate breaks in between so it doesn't overheat, when blending more heavy duty items such as ice or frozen fruit and veg.
To get the most out of this blender, I've found the order in which you add items to the mix is essential. If you don't get the order just right, you'll find it takes far too long to produce a nice smoothie, or you'll get to the end of your smoothie and realise there's still whole berries in there, oops!
Personally, I've found adding liquid first, then any protein powder or similar you might be using and finally, harder ingredients last, then giving the bottle a good shake, is the best way to get a nice, smooth texture in the fastest amount of time.
The thing I like best about this blender is the bottle system. No need to pour anything into separate containers! You just just blend your smoothie in the bottle you will actually be drinking from. So quick, so easy, so convenient and less mess to clean up.
The cheaper version comes with 2x 600ml bottles, or you can pay about £10 more to get 2x 600ml bottles and 2x 300ml bottles. I actually decided I wanted extra bottles for mine, but Breville charge £10 per replacement bottle! I ended up just buying the Family sized blender instead because it was more cost effective to get extra bottles this way! I now have two blenders, two sets of blades, 4 x 600ml bottles and 2x 300ml bottles for £50. If I'd bought my blender and then bought these bottles on their own, it would've cost me £60!
Oh, and finally: I REALLY recommend AT LEAST rinsing the blades and the bottle as soon as you're done with them for ease of cleaning!!