I haven’t always been a “smoothie gal” – but now I am. Since having the baby I have become more aware of what I eat and drink, and more determined to give my body the nutrients it needs to function well. I’m happy to report I’m eating more fruits and veggies than I was before becoming a mom. Thankfully, a new grocery store has opened in our neighborhood, and it takes me very little time to walk there and to stock up on fresh quality produce. The abundance of seasonal fruits and veggies inspires me and keeps me motivated. I love summer – and I love smoothies 🙂
Being such a new and passionate smoothie supporter, I was excited when I was contacted by Hamilton Beach and asked to review the latest addition to their range of blenders, the Wave-Action blender. The blender I use regularly is one I bought a few years ago. It is a versatile workhorse, and besides drinks I have been using it to make soups, dips and even mashed potatoes. They all turn out creamy and velvety, just the way we like it. I was curious to see how the Wave-Action blender would fare compared with my old blender, so I happily took on the challenge. Hamilton Beach sent me a Wave-Action blender free of charge for me to review. All opinions expressed here are my own.
The Hamilton Beach Wave-Action blender has a dishwasher-safe 48 oz. glass jar and it can be used to make smoothies, shakes, soups, sauces, or salsa. While other blenders spin contents around the walls of the jar, which can leave some ingredients untouched by the blades, the Wave-Action blender is designed to continually force the ingredients down into the blades for consistently smooth results. The blender is easy to use thanks to the four buttons which clearly indicate the function each is designed to perform. What I also like about this blender is that it comes with an ingenious stir spoon to mix thicker foods, and that it is BPA free in the food zones.
I used the Wave-Action blender for the first time to make eggplant salad. This dip-like dish is one of our all-time favorites, and I had made it many, many times before using my other blender. I was anxious to see how the Wave-Action blender would perform, and I was not disappointed: the salad turned out smooth and creamy in a matter of seconds. Impressive indeed!
I also used the Wave-Action blender to make several smoothies, including my favorite banana smoothie. A healthy concoction of simplicity and deliciousness, this smoothie is made up of 3 medium bananas, 1 cup milk and a few ice cubes. If necessary, you can make your smoothie sweeter by adding 1-2 tsp honey. My bananas were ripe and there was no need for me to add extra sugar or honey.
Once again, the Wave-Action blender surpassed my expectations: the smoothie was ready quickly and its texture was smooth and bubbly. So good!
Next up, I made my husband’s favorite raspberry smoothie. This smoothie is way too tart for my liking, but my husband loves it! Easy recipe – one 6oz container raspberries, 1/2 cup milk and 1 tbsp sugar – and an even easier preparation, thanks to the Wave-Action blender:
We recently bought a citrus juicer and I had about 2 cups of freshly squeezed orange juice left, so I decided to use it to make an orange & banana smoothie. I added about 1 cup of ice cubes and 2 bananas to thicken the drink, and I used the Pulse option to crush the ice in the blender. The ingredients were blended efficiently and the resulting drink was flavorful and smooth.
Overall, I was pleased with the performance of the Hamilton Beach Wave-Action blender and I intend to continue using it in the future. As a matter of fact, I think I will replace my current bulky blender with the Wave-Action blender, which is smaller, lighter, and easier to maneuver and to store. After all, this blender fully satisfies the current needs of my family: to eat healthier, and to make nutritious foods and drinks in as little time as possible. Healthful convenience, really fast – that’s the name of our game at the moment 🙂
Hamilton Beach is offering Chicago Loves Panini readers the chance to win one Wave-Action blender similar to the one I tested.
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post and answer the following question: Smoothie or milkshake? Which one is your favorite, and why?
Giveaway open to US residents only. One entry per person. Deadline for entries is 6PM central time on August 14th, 2015. One winner will be chosen on or around August 15th, 2015 by using a random number generator and will have 72 hours to respond to the winner notification email. I reserve the right to pick an alternative winner if the original winner does not contact me 72 hours after receipt of winner notification email.