I find myself in the market to buy a blender to make smoothies in the morning as I'm tired of eating the same rotation of bland cereals, poptarts, nothing, and toast as I try get ready for work. I'm thinking of picking up the Hamilton Beach 51103c model, but I heard that it's not good at blending ice and adding some ice on hot days to make it more icy is something I expect to be doing at one point or another. I'm trying to stick to the $20-$30 range for now, so I know my options are rather limited.
I figured there would be a group of folks on here that were into this kind of thing and was looking to see what other folks use and maybe even get some recipes for stuff to make. Going in my plan is to just get a bag of frozen mixed fruit and some pulpy orange juice to mix it up, but even just taking a quick look around youtube it seems everyone has their own mix that they swear by. Knowing me I will probably just end up making as close to a strawberry milkshake flavour as I can get every dam time.
Would also like to know of some good flavourless powders to add to the mix. Is there such a thing as just a general all purpose mix of vitamin/mineral powder that I can scoop a spoonful of into my mix?