How Drew Manning Blended Away Pounds

Jessica Hamlin
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A blender is a fairly typical kitchen appliance.

But the past several years have seen the rise of high-end blenders that are like Lamborghinis compared to the usual, more affordable “compact cars” of the kitchen.

Vitamix and BlendTec are two such blenders at the top of the price scale that are favorites among health nuts and food bloggers.

When fitness trainer Drew Manning needed to lose 75 pounds as part of his self-imposed Fit2Fat2Fit challenge, he found BlendTec to be an integral part of his pound-shedding routine.

As part of his Fit2Fat2Fit challenge, Manning decided to forego his fit physique in 2011 and gain weight—about 75 pounds—in order to better empathize with clients who struggled with obesity. Manning then lost the weight in a year using diet and exercise and returned to his tone, healthy self.

“To this day I still make some sort of something everyday,” Manning said about his BlendTec. “It’s by far my favorite blender.”

In the interest of full disclosure, Manning received a BlendTec Stealth model free from the BlendTec company and he and BlendTec founder Tom Dickson appeared together in one of BlendTec’s “Will it Blend?” videos, where random objects are placed in the BlendTec in order to show the blender’s power. In Manning’s case, he put in foods that he ate as part of his fit to fat journey: a whole can of Coke (can included), uncooked mac and cheese, pastries and sugary cereal.

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Though Manning received the BlendTec as a gift, he says he has used it consistently since 2011; it has never required any repairs and he found it superior to the Vitamix he previously used.

“It blended well but the plunger thing was always annoying,” Manning said of the Vitamix. “Blending with ice and nuts burnt out the motor.”

Spinach shakes made in a BlendTec were a big part of Manning’s fat to fit transformation and he still makes them frequently. The famous shake includes banana, spinach, peanut butter, protein powder, almond milk, flax seed and ice and Manning says even self-professed veggie-hater Whoopi Goldberg gulped it down when he visited “The View.”

“You’ll never have a smoothie with chunks of anything in it,” Manning said.

In addition to shakes and smoothies, Manning does a lot of “whole food blending” that is not as much about making a healthy concoction that tastes good as it is about nutrient dense ingredients.

“This is a great way to get those nutrients in and chug it,” Manning said. “For me it’s about health.”

Manning also makes nut butter using a separate BlendTec WildSide jar that attaches to the blender.

“It’s a cheaper way to make peanut butter [with] no added ingredients,” said Manning.

He likes to use his homemade peanut butter as a pancake topping, a spread for apples and bananas as a snack and in spinach shakes.

Manning also likes that his BlendTec Stealth model, like the nearly soundproof blenders used at Jamba Juice, is quiet so he can use it to whip up something early in the morning and not wake his family.

As for drawbacks, Manning says if you don’t put ingredients into the BlendTec in the recommended order then you will have to stop the blender and mix and push around ingredients to get them to blend more easily.

Manning also finds that dry roasted nuts as opposed to whole unroasted nuts work better when making BlendTec nut butter.

Lately, Manning has been living in Hawaii and using a BlendTec Designer 625 model that has preprogrammed cycles for foods like soup, ice cream, smoothies and juice.

Overall, it seems the active Fit2Fat2Fit guru has met his appliance match in BlendTec.

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