I just use a standard blender for my smoothies it takes a bit but blends pretty smooth. Someday I want a fancy blender though
We love smoothies at our house. I always throw in spinach or other veggies for added nutrition for the kids. I think they are so much healthier than juicing because you keep all the fiber.
What all do you use the vitamix for? I hear a lot of good things about it but I would need to justify the cost.