When I was approached about reviewing Montel’s Living Well HealthMaster System, I was skeptical. I'm not one to buy things that are "as seen on TV" and although I like Montel Williams more than I would like to admit, his Living Well HealthMaster System looked like a blender. But since my blender smells like burning rubber every time I use it, I decided to bite the bullet and give this newfangled contraption a shot.
Montel’s Living Well HealthMaster System is advertised as a "fruit and vegetable emulsifier" instead of a mere blender. It's supposed to replace your blender, your mixer and your juicer to help you prepare healthy, fresh food in no time flat. The HealthMaster is not a flimsy appliance. It is a behemoth! When I unpacked it, Jasper ran up to it yelling "robot!" which is high praise in his book. It does bear a startling resemblance to Darth Vader:
Anyway, the HealthMaster ships with several recipe booklets that show you how to make a variety of smoothies, soups, drinks, and desserts. I decided to make a smoothie, since we tend to have a lot of fruit in the house at all times. I was duly impressed at the speed and ferocity with which the HealthMaster rendered ice and berries and bananas silky smooth. In my experience, homemade smoothies usually have a little bit of chunky ice or pulp, but this smoothie was totally smooth and ice cold, almost like a sorbet. One you can drink through a skinny straw.
I haven't used the HealthMaster to make a soup yet but I think that's what I'll try next. This thing is heavy duty! My only complaint about Montel’s Living Well HealthMaster System: I wish it was a little smaller for easy storage. It takes up a lot of counter space, so I don't think most people would leave it out for easy access. Which is a shame since you can literally whip up just about anything with it…