Back-to-school week is all about new beginnings. More so than January 1st, I find it’s a time when I will be making “New Year’s” Resolutions, mostly to do with school (better, more diligent note-keeping, much further-in-advance lesson planning, keeping my desk tidy, keeping on top of my marking etc…) but it’s also a time to take stock of what I’m eating, especially after a somewhat indulgent summer in France 😉
Most of my food resolutions involve eating more fruits and vegetables and making healthier snack choices and something I have been interested in investigating to cover both of these is fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies but even my trusty Diamond Blender, while pretty powerful doesn’t manage to blend raw fruits and vegetables enough that you can use them in a smoothie (also, kale…). It’s why, since I attended the launch of the KitchenAid Torrent Blender in June, I’ve been keen to get my hands on one to see if if can do just that – and help me more easily fit in my “5 a day”!
Well, I’ve had the blender less than a week and I can report that it manages raw carrots, cucumber, apples and kale with ease. Frozen fruits are made short work of too (no annoying “bits” of fruit skins floating in your smoothie!). I’m loving my daily smoothie!
The Torrent features the “Magnetic Drive” system that securely locks the pitcher in place while you’re using it. Unlike other blenders that sit on top of the motor, the pitcher slides in and out like a coffee maker, so it’s actually not as tall as a regular blender and if you have modern-sized kitchen cupboards (unlike me, sadly), there’s no need to move it out from underneath cabinets and no need to twist the pitcher into place, or hold down the lid during blending. I’m loving the four pre-programmed, hands-free settings (smoothies, juices, soups, sauces, iced drinks, milkshakes and more). Simply choose a program and walk away – the Torrent stops on its own. The built-in ingredient feed means you can add new ingredients at any point during the blending process – no mess, no fuss. My only negative so far is that it’s a bit noisier than a regular blender but the fact that most of the programs are around 1 minute 30 seconds means it’s running for less time but still gets the job done.
I’m looking forward to experimenting over the next couple of weeks and sharing more tips and a recipe with you but for now – here’s the great news, dear reader: You can…
Win a KitchenAid Torrent Blender!
Because I think everyone should “smoothie all the things”, thanks to the kind folks at KitchenAid Canada, I have one KitchenAid® Torrent Blender to give away to one lucky Canadian resident!
How to enter:
There are 3 ways to enter (maximum of three entries per person for the duration of the contest).
1. Leave me a comment on this post telling me how a Torrent Blender would help you stick to your “Back to School” resolutions.
2. Tweet the following message: Enter to win a @KitchenAid_CA #TorrentBlender on @eatlivtravwrite (Canada only) Details: http://bit.ly/WinTorrentBlender then come back to leave a separate comment letting me know you did.
3. For a third entry, follow both me (@eatlivtravwrite) and KitchenAid Canada (@KitchenAid_CA) on Instagram, then come back to leave a separate comment letting me know you did.
Eligibility and contest rules:
– Open to Canadian residents only.
– No purchase of any product necessary for entry.
– Winner will be chosen randomly (using www.random.org) from all qualified entries on Wednesday September 23rd 2015 after 6pm EST.
– Winner will be notified via email Thursday September 24th 2015 and will have 48 hours to respond to the email.
– The prize consists of of one KitchenAid® Torrent Blender in a colour of choice MSRP $599.99.
Disclosure: KitchenAid Canada sent me a Torrent Blender to use and review (full review coming soon when I announce the winner of the contest!) and will provide one (1) Torrent Blender for the winner of this contest. I have not been further compensated for writing this post and all opinions are my own.