Ok, so I am at the stage where I am trying to get my kids to eat more veggies. Smoothies seems like a great way to do that. The problem I had was that the blender we had - a fairly new midrange ninja - just wouldnt blend it to a consistency that the kids would drink. For example, strawberry seeds left, the ice would be unevenly blended, etc. On a side note - A few months back I made a roasted red pepper pasta sauce. It was awesome. My only problem was that when I blended it, the ninja would not pulverisze it to a smooth consistency. The sauce was still great, but left room for improvement. I have been eyeballing a vitramix for a few weeks (to solve both of these issues) and made the purchase. I wanted to ask, does anyone here own a vitamix, do you like it? Would you say the cost is justifiable?