I have been doing great on Medifast and pretty much 100% on program since getting back from vacation. However, I have been getting pretty burned out on the shakes. I have been in the process of putting together a bunch of delicious Medifast shake recipes and several of them require a blender. Unfortunately, I didn’t have one. So, in an effort to spice up my Medifast life, I bought a Rocket Blender at Target.
I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about the Magic Bullet blender, and that’s actually what I was looking for. Target didn’t have one, and even if they did, it would have probably been out of my price range. The Rocket Blender (made by Bella Cucina) looked like it was probably a Magic Bullet knock-off, but the price was right ($29.99) and they had it in stock. I was ready to start making smoothies right away. So I bought it.
The Rocket Blender bills itself as a 17-piece set. You can see what you get in the photo above. Basically it’s a blending unit with a large and small blending cup and then 4 drinking cups and some lids, some of which have holes and are presumably designed for straining.
I’m not sure why it was necessary to make this a 17-piece set because the extra cups seem a little redundant. I suspect it is to compete with the Magic Bullet blender which is an infomercial product and comes with all kinds of extra bonus features. However, if you’re on Medifast you’ll primarily need to concentrate on these three pieces:
On the left is the motor unit. It’s very simple. It doesn’t even have any buttons. On the right is the tall blending cup. The round black piece is the cup support with the blending blade. This is all you need to blend a smoothie.
Using Rocket Blender for Medifast Smoothies
I bought the Rocket Blender pretty much for the sole purpose of making Medifast Smoothies. I’ve experimented with a lot of different smoothie variations, but for this review, I am going to stick to a simple Dutch Chocolate Smoothie.
- I add a little bit of water, the packet of Medifast Shake mix and then I fill it up to the line with crushed ice. I’ve used regular ice cubes as well and the Rocket Blender grinds them up pretty well. But it takes a little bit longer. Since my refrigerator makes crushed ice, I normally use crushed ice.
- Set the mixing cup on the Rocket Blender and press down. The motor will spin to life and you are suddenly making a smoothie. You can twist the cup clockwise and it will lock into place so you don’t have to keep it manually depressed.
- Blend for a minute or two depending on how thick you like your smoothie. Keep in mind that the manual warns you not to exceed three minutes of blending at a time.
Then you just turn the cup over and unscrew the base plate. Stick on one of the drinking rims and you are good to go. I like my smoothies really thick and I use a straw because it really makes it feel like I’m drinking a milk shake.
If you’ve only been drinking Medifast shakes made with the mixing cup, you are totally missing out. This is a million times better. I was getting burned out on the shakes. Now I really look forward to them .
Cleanup is Super Simple
Ease-of-cleanup is highly important to me when it comes to kitchen equipment. I am happy to report that the Rocket Blender does not disappoint. Everything except for the motorized base is dishwasher safe. However, if you’re making multiple smoothies per day, here’s a simple cleanup tip might come in handy.
- Fill the mixing cup with warm water and a little soap.
- Snap it into the base and press down for blending action.
- Give it a quick rinse and dry it. It’s now ready for more smoothie-making action.
I‘ve been using my Rocket Blender for a little over a week. It sees some pretty heavy action as I use it to make several smoothies a day. I can’t vouch for how well it will hold up several months of this kind of abuse, but it seems well-constructed and I really love the way it works. It has really enhanced my Medifast experience as it makes the shakes taste soooooooo much better.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive, simple, easy-to-clean blending solution, I would definitely recommend the Rocket Blender.