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Sunday, August 31 2014

Delicious and Nutritious Juices Everyone Would Love

Learn to drink these fruit and veggie combo juices on regular basis to gain vitality and health.

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Sunday, August 17 2014

My Experiment with Detox Juice and Smoothies

Do you also experience seasons or particular days when you want to feel lighter and cleaner inside?

I have long been thinking of doing an experiment; try to endure a full day just drinking juices and smoothies to detox a bit and help my body feel better, more refreshed and lighter. At the moment I did not believe in detox by drinking on juices all day long, or at least I didn't think I could do it. But finally I decided to give it a try and I succeeded. detox_smoothie_journey.jpg

Today I bring the experience of a detox day. A day with natural juices made at home, with the mixer or blender with fresh ingredients straight from the market.

I think it's good to do this once a month, to give our body a break, because you can not imagine the power that the bowel spends only having to digest the food we eat each day. It is a heck of a hard work. And it might come to a surprise for you (as it did for me), the fiber in fruits and vegetables makes us feel full and also help eliminate toxins which means clearly skin and boosted metabolism as well. That's why I've invested in this powerful multi-tasking blender Ninja Mega for this quest.



Here is my experience:



Right after getting up I drank a glass of hot water with lemon and a slice of ginger. It is already my daily ritual as I do this every morning to cleanse and eliminate toxins inside, so it made more sense today than ever to start the day with that.



Wait half an hour before the detox juice for breakfast

BREAKFAST

Cinnamon papaya smoothie

  • One-Fourth* papaya
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon of maca powder
  • Half a glass of soy milk or cereal
  • Half a glass of mineral water

Put all ingredients into the blender and the smoothie is ready in a minute! Yummy! I love the texture and the combination of papaya with cinnamon. In addition, it really made me full.

MID-MORNING SNACK

Pineapple Ginger Juice

  • 1/2 large pieces of pineapple chunks
  • 1 piece of ginger
  • water

Again, another interesting combination of flavors for a cool, diuretic and detoxifying properties thanks to the pineapple juice. Ginger is best liquefied but I spent all in a blender and despite having some pieces I did not mind, because I personally love ginger.

FOOD

Green smoothie

  • A large handful of spinach
  • A little green cabbage
  • 1 banana
  • 1 teaspoon of spirulina
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup of water

SNACK

  • Juice Green (Smoothie)
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1 small or 1/2 large cucumber
  • spinach
  • 1 teaspoon of spirulina
  • 1 large apple

For snack I used the blender. The apple is what brings a sweet touch. To me it was an apple that I liked but if you are the type that you like sweet when drinking juices or green smoothies, try to also take another fruits such as a pear.

DINNER

Green smoothie

  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach
  • Green Kale
  • 1 cucumber
  • parsley
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 teaspoon of spirulina
  • 1/2 cup of water

My experience

The day was fairly easy until the snack time then I was starting to get hungry. I had no headaches or didn't feel cranky,as these could be some of the symptoms people tend to experience. I think it helped that I drank a lot of water and stayed hydrated.

I do not know how I did it, I imagine that the psychological factors that helped was that I was really determined and mentally prepared. Personally I am the type of person who cannot sleep with hungry empty stomach. That's why I decided to go to bed shortly after dinner.

I didn't have any lack of energy the next day. On contrary I felt light and rejuvenated, yet also happy to eat solid again!

Thursday, August 14 2014

8 Tips For Choosing The Best Blender For Smoothies

We will show you some tips, 8 in particular on how to choose the best blender for smoothies

Whenever you are making a smoothie, the ingredients that you have chosen (such as fruits and vegetables) are generally mixed with a little kneading or rod (typical hand mixers). However, when you need to liquefy frozen foods or ice, the blender must be capable of crushing ice and enough power to make this work effectively.

My Old Old Blender....

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If you fail to choose the best blender with the required performance and the correct power, two things can happen: your smoothies do not go as you expect, or your blender will break within a few days.

There are many types of blenders to make smoothies that we can find in the market. We must ask what is the best blender for our smoothies, and stop and think for just a few minutes what we want in the appliance, what uses will it give you.

Before you decide to buy a blender, it helps to consider the 8 following important factors:

1. Watts Power

The best blender will require a minimum of 350W engine but we strongly recommend exceeding 500W. Perhaps this is the most crucial criterion in the decision to buy a blender. The high power will help to liquefy the smoothie ingredients without your appliance forcing power to do so. You can process and mix harder food quickly and smoothly. For example, you can crush ice and blend frozen fruits, vegetables, frozen drinks ... eliminating the chances of finding pieces of uncrushed ice. A blender that turn the blades at high speed and power will give us the texture we want.

2. Price

If you have money to invest, high end blender can be a great option. A high-end mixer offers some features that will solve many problems. Today spending at least $ 100 can get you a really good blender that can last us many years if we make good use of them. We do not recommend spending more than money in the acquisition of a blender if not going to use it professionally in a restaurant, school, etc ... Obviously, for that type of blenders the cost will be around $500 and more expensive.



3. Pitcher

The jar that comes with a blender is also a crucial aspect to consider. The size of the jar, for example, is a very important factor. How many people at home are you cooking for? There are a lot of family? Or do you just live by yourself? Obviously you will need to buy a blender with a large jug if you have a lot of family members.

Therefore, make sure you buy a blender that offers the ability to make and store shakes according to the size of your family. Typically, jars are usually from 0.6 liter, 1 liter, or 1.5 liters. Note that if you only want to use for your baby, you have a unique model for this purpose.

We have our ideal size, now the question: We bought a plastic jug or glass? Note that the plastic does not break easily when dropped. However it can scratch and is more permissive to bacterial accumulations, stains, odors and deformations. A glass jar will always be heavier and can break easily when you accidentally drop it while we put it in the dishwasher. However, glass is easily cleaned. Choose plastic without doubt, nowadays the jugs materials not scratch easily and are very similar to glass.

4. Design

Although it may seem obvious, there are numerous models of blenders with all the colors and styles that you can imagine, choose one that fits well in your kitchen. And watch the size; it may be that in the closet that you planned to keep it does not fit. So make sure you have enough space available before deciding to purchase a blender in particular.

5. An Easy And Convenient Blender

Make it easy to use is also an important issue. Choose a blender with operating button that allows you to specify the blending power. It would be even better if you can find one with a button that gives the option of crushing ice.

6. Easy To Clean

A mixer should be washed right after making the shakes. Choose a model that allows easy cleaning after use can be a big time saver. Those blenders with many buttons can be difficult to clean if you spill liquid between the buttons. There are options with touch panels that will prevent the accumulation and stains.

7. Stability

Other considerations to take into account are the stability of the apparatus. If your blender has a heavy base and a tight lid when operating at high speed can move and even falling out of marble. Watch for walk their little snooping around the kitchen why they could fall over. Just make sure you look mixers having a wide base of heavy metal to improve its stability.

8. Warranty

Even the best blender will not last a lifetime.But it should be long-lasting enough given that you take good care of it. And it has to be unless you use it so often without proper care. With that said, it's good to make sure you have some years on the manufacturer's guarantee. A good quality blender should give you at least 2 years warranty.

So if you're seriously about to buy a good blender, consider this small article we have written to help you in your choice.

Let us give you some options to buy blender, all at good prices, with good warranties and good manufacturers.

  • Vitamix 1300w TurboBlend 4500 for $397
  • Ninja Mega Kitchen blender 1500w, 5 Years Warranty at the Price of $ 199 is the best option if you ask me.