Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.
If I had my way, I’d play DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s Summertime on repeat, all summer long. (Disclaimer: You need to be at least 35 years old to remember this tune, or have an affinity for early 90’s music.)
The weather is hot and girls are dressing less
And checking out the fellas to tell ’em who’s best
Riding around in your jeep or your benzos
Or in your Nissan sitting on Lorenzos
When I was a young teen, radio stations would plop this anthem into rotation the minute the mercury rose above 20°C, where it would repeat endlessly until back to school flyers started circulating. It was the perfect “chill out” song.
Today, while I still love summer music, I also love cooling down with a refreshing fruit smoothie. After all, nothing says “summer in a glass” more than the tangy, cool blend of ripe fruit, creamy yogurt and refreshing ice. Until recently, I spent a little too much money ordering these delicious concoctions from drive thrus and juice bars, but now, I do it all at home.
Introducing the Hamilton Beach Wave Station Express Dispensing Blender. Two things you need to know right off the bat: First, it is currently on sale at Walmart Canada for just $14.94, so immediately after reading my review, I suggest you order one online or run out to your nearest store. (In fact, I’ll wait here if you need to quickly pop one in your cart. Remember, you’ll receive free shipping at Walmart when you shop online!)
Second, this machine is a beast. With a 500 watt peak power motor and 9 blending functions, the Wave-Action system continuously pulls mixture down into the blades for smooth results every single time. Plus, its 48 oz. dishwasher safe DuraBlend jar is large enough to make four 8 oz. smoothies at once – perfect for families and entertaining.
This summer, chill out with a Tropical Smoothie.
The following “recipe” (if you can call it that – I simply throw together some good foodie stuff) serves two. As you can see, there’s plenty of room to make four smoothies, all within a compact small appliance. And hello! Check out the fabulous, fun colour!
I use 1 cup of Pineapple Coconut Water (PC has a great one), 1 cup of Ice Cubes, 1 cup of Frozen Tropical Fruit Blend (this one is mango, peach and strawberry) and 1/2 cup of Vanilla Greek Yogurt. If I wasn’t using coconut water, I’d throw in a banana, but coconut water has so much potassium that I’m afraid to overdose (if there is such a thing). Did you notice the handy dispensing spout? An entertainer’s dream!
Give the machine a few pulses to break up the ice. (If you’re doing this while your family sleeps in on a Sunday morning, consider this an effective wake up call.) Then, blend your way to smoothie goodness, while marveling at the Wave-Action. All of the contents are drawn toward the center and pureed until smooth. It really is quite hypnotizing.
Once smooth, use the dispensing spout to fill your glass with fresh, cold, honest-to-goodness vitamin overload. And clean up? A breeze. In moments, you’ll be on the patio with the best chill out drink and your favourite summer tunes. Maybe a little DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince?
So, how do you chill out during the summer season? Let us know what your favourite smoothie is, and if you have a chance, give us the quick recipe! It would be great to try a few different cold concoctions while the weather is warm. You could win a Hamilton Beach Wave Station Express Dispensing Blender! Be sure to fill the following form with your qualifying entries. And now, I’m off to sit back and unwind (summertime)!