Best Blender for Smoothies with Frozen Fruit

Time usually flies by and while Christmas is approaching, summer will be on the horizon so quickly that we’ll be left wondering how did the time go by so quickly? And when warm weather approaches, you know what that means? That’s right, it’s frozen smoothies time. Even though it’s very cold outside right now, I can’t help but get excited about warm weather and smoothies. There’s a reason for speaking about it at this time. You see, in order to make the silkiest of smoothies with frozen fruit, you’ll probably need the best blender for smoothies. And considering the holiday sales are out in full force at this time, why not plan ahead and grab yourself a bargain blender? It’s always a good idea to plan ahead!

We all want high quality blenders for the best price and this might be the only time to get it. But, you don’t need to spend too much money to get a good quality blender because there are tons of impressive products available at an affordable price. I just want to go through some of these products that you can look out for. On top of this, there are tons of useful guides you can look at. For example, if you’re looking for the best blender for smoothies under $200, then this article might be a good read. But personally, the best high-quality and durable model I’ve ever used is the Oster Versa. It’s usually fairly costly but it’s available for around 175 bucks at this moment in time. I’ve also used some models that are more expensive. I’ve found these to perform very well but I just don’t see the value in buying a blender for 500 to 600 dollars. I’m quickly going to go through some of the models that I’ve tried.

Oster Versa – 5/5

I’ve already mentioned how I think this is the best smoothie blender that I’ve ever used. This is due to the combination of price and performance. I don’t think there are many other products that provide as much value for money as this one. It certainly competes well with the premium BlendTec and Vitamix blenders. I’ve always found the smoothies to be very fine in texture as this pulverizes the ingredients very powerfully. The size is quite compact so you should find it convenient to move this around and store it in the kitchen. Additionally, it has a very user-friendly interface that will allow us to use this without experiencing any problems. The build quality of the Oster Versa is another highly impressive feature. Another jaw-dropping advantage is that of the inclusion of a 7-year warranty, something that you don’t see very often with electrical appliances.

BlendTec Designer 675 – 4/5

Don’t get me wrong, the BlendTec Designer 675 is probably the best smoothie blender around. Certainly when it comes to making smoothies, it performs brilliantly well though it’s probably not as versatile as the Versa at making other things like dips and sauces. One thing is for sure, the smoothies will be so smooth in texture that you’ll probably only be able to get a similar drink in a restaurant or a proper smoothie bar. As I’ve said already, the performance side of things is superb but this will only be suitable for someone who doesn’t mind spending over the top. I personally didn’t appreciate how expensive this was.

Breville Boss – 3/5

The Breville Boss is a very good blender for smoothies, but it is quite expensive.The Breville Boss is another supposedly high quality blender that I’ve tried. But, I wasn’t a big fan of this. It can cost up to 600 dollars though I did get it on sale for around 400 bucks. Even at 400 dollars, I think it’s very expensive especially after I compared it with the Oster Versa. To be honest, it performed at a similar level of the Versa despite costing almost four times more. That’s why there’s no point in even speaking about it any more.

As you can see, just because a blender costs a lot of money doesn’t mean that it will be the best blender for smoothies. I prefer my Oster Versa every time despite having tried premium blenders in the past. Even if you can’t afford the Versa, I would still tell you to do your research to find a good quality inexpensive blender as making smoothies can change your lifestyle!

My Favorite Breakfast Smoothies Recipes with Protein Powder

If you're trying to increase your daily intake of protein powder, add in some protein powder in your breakfast smoothie.I have heard a lot of people complaining about other people that use protein powder. They usually have a disgusted expression and state that bodybuilders use these.

The main thing to remember is that protein powder is used to provide the body with more protein, something the body needs for optimum nutrition. There are lots of arguments against using protein powders in a healthy diet. But you cannot argue against the fact that it does fill you up and if consumed the right way, it can allow you to control your weight a little better. Additionally, most of us already know that protein is needed for healthy skin, nails, hair and various other features of the body.

These are the reasons that I try to have a protein smoothie every morning for breakfast. After all, this will provide you with essential nutrients while also preventing you from overeating later on in the day. Just bear in mind that you will need the best smoothie blender if you want the best tasting smoothie.

I usually try different recipes but here are some of my favorite ones.

Power Smoothie: My power smoothie is the one that I have most often. This is because it contains incredibly healthy ingredients such as kale. I do not really like the taste of kale so I try to cover this up by adding some berries and even a medium sized banana. I try to add some hemp protein powder as this is known to be very healthy. Some additional ingredients I have tried include chia seeds, cinnamon and flaxseeds for their own individual benefits.

Vegan Banana Oatmeal Cinnamon Almond Cookies

I should probably add FLOURLESS to the title but that would make it a little too long.

These cookies do contain a lot but they look very simple. These are by far my HEALTHIEST cookies ever. They are vegan, low fat, low sugar, high flavour and will give you lot of energy!

I’m going biking tomorrow around the lake and having a picnic so I need something to boost me up!

Oh, did I mention that they take like 10 minutes to prepare and you only need one bowl?

Vegan Banana Oatmeal Cinnamon Almond Cookies

Full List of Ingredients

2 ripe bananas

1/2 cup margarine

2 tbsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp almond extract

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup oat flour (processed quick oats)

1 cup quick oats

Pinch salt

Full Method

These Vegan Almond Cookies are easy to make.Cream together the bananas, the margarine and the sugar with a mixer.

Add the extracts and the cinnamon.

Mix in the baking powder and the oat flour.

Add in the quick oats and the almonds.

You can add here other ingredients of your choice like chocolate chips or dried fruits.

I did half of my cookies with cranberries!

With a fork, press the top of each cookie ball on the baking sheet because they won’t melt down in the oven.

Put in oven for about 10 minutes at 350°.

This recipe makes about 18 cookies.

The Importance of Chia Seeds

Have you heard of Chia Seeds? These are tiny little seeds that are native to South America. They have been part of the Aztec diets for centuries. Chia seeds are a “superfood” that you can easily add to your diet. They do not have much of a taste and offer many health benefits.

The Benefits of Chia Seeds

  1. Chia seeds have a range of benefits on your health.Omega-3 fatty acids – Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s help reduce inflammation, and can help lower triglycerides and blood pressure
  1. Protein – These tiny seeds are packed with protein with 2g of protein per tablespoon.
  1. Fiber – One tablespoon contains 4g of dietary fiber. This is a great way to get your digestive system moving.
  1. Antioxidants – Chia seeds are reported to have 3x the amount of antioxidants than blueberries!
  1. Aide in weight loss – Chia seeds can hold 9-12 times their weight in water, making them help you to feel more full.

What do I do with them?

  1. Add them to any food you cook:

– Stir-fry

– Rice

– Soups

– Pasta

– Salads

  1. Put them in your drinks

Some people enjoy drinking chia seeds with the gel coat on the outside. You can commonly find chia seeds in Kombucha, a fermented sweet tea that you can find at your local health food store.

  1. Add them to your smoothies

Where can I buy Chia seeds?

– Wholefoods, sprouts, or any other health food store. They should be located in the vitamin section.

– Costco

– Online through Amazon

Responsible Entertaining — Ways to Show You Care

It was my son's 2nd Birthday party last week.My son’s second birthday party was this past weekend, and whereas in the past I would use an occasion to feed other people as an excuse to break the rules and revert to conventional foods (sugar, white flour, fried appetizers, etc.), lately I’ve found it easier and easier to create healthier alternatives and show the people I love just how far you can go with whole foods and clean ingredients. These are some of the tips I’ve put into practice and some of the recipes I made this year, which I’m sure would vary greatly just compared to what we served last year.

1. Don’t forget your fruits and vegetables. If you’re having a tailgate party, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to serve pizza and fried chicken wings. A child’s birthday doesn’t need to equate to Goldfish crackers and chicken nuggets, either — you can think outside of the box OR go back to old standbys, like fruit salad as a side and a crudites platter as an appetizer. There’s no reason to ignore basic nutritional necessities when party planning. After all, these are people you care about! Show it. We ate both of these during our weekend festivities, and I made the dip for the veggies myself.

2. If entertaining stresses you out and the last thing you want to do is add another “burden” to your to-do list by cooking something fresh, pick a recipe that you can make ahead! Even if you just shave off a few steps (like preparing a spice rub a few days before or marinating meat several hours ahead of time), it will make a difference in your mood. Not running around like crazy can make entertaining much more fun! Look for recipes that specifically state that you can make or freeze the food ahead of time, or put two and two together by reading through the steps yourself and calculating how you can save time and hassle on party day. You do NOT need to resort to convenience foods if you give yourself enough time and plan ahead! (I even get all of my ingredients and utensils out ahead of time so that when I do start cooking I have my mis-en-place perfectly organized with time to spare.)

3. Birthday cakes do not have to come from a bakery or a box. I made Deliciously Organic’s coconut cake (in a Mickey Mouse mold, mind you) and frosted it with a mix of heavy cream, maple syrup, mango puree for Mickey’s face and VERY minimal sprinkles for his red tongue and black (chocolate) ears. We even tried the recipe ahead of time to make sure it was delicious, it fit the mold and I could decorate it without it looking like ET instead of a mouse. I was met with success at each step, and I’m convinced it’s because I planned ahead and chose something healthy and sensible that I could stand behind proudly when serving.

4. If your guests offer to bring something, take them up on their offer — and ask them to bring something you’d prepare yourself, like a green salad or side. This is another way to save yourself some time in the end, and with just a little guidance (tell your guests what you’re serving so what would pair well with the menu) anyone who is respectful of your wishes will show up with a sensible and tasty dish.

5. Keep the drinks to a minimum. If you’re not used to stocking sugary sodas, don’t buy them just for a party. The same goes for syrupy mixers and pre-made cocktail blends — if you wouldn’t buy it and drink it yourself, why serve it to your guests? Offer a few simple options like red and white wine, light beer and dark beer and call it a day. If anyone is disappointed with the selection, it’s perfectly acceptable to state the obvious: We don’t drink Coke, so I don’t keep it in the house. Sorry!

There’s always room to improve — I would still make a few tweaks for next year — but overall the party was a great success, people raved about the food and there were very few leftovers (although we did enjoy them and I polished off the last bit of cake just yesterday). And, of course, most importantly, the kids ran around like crazy, we all had fun. All the invited guests but 1 were able to make it, and I think also because of all the planning we did, cleaning up was a cinch. When you plan and execute from a thoughtful place, it shows in many ways.

Making a Delicious Vegetarian Meal

I’ve just enjoyed my first “real” vegetarian meal, and although I was almost too stressed out to enjoy it (due to work!), it was super good and can be completely modified to your liking!

Bean Griddle Cakes

Full List of Ingredients

1.5c canned cannellini beans

Scant cup organic heavy whipping cream, plus 2T skim milk

1 egg

2T EVOO

Scant cup whole-wheat flour

Table salt and fresh ground pepper

PAM Organic Canola Oil Spray

Toppings of your choice (see below)

Full Method

Heat the oven to 250 degrees.

I really enjoyed this vegetarian meal.Spray a large skillet with PAM, and heat over medium-high heat. Mash the beans with a potato masher; stir in cream, milk, egg, oil and flour. Season it with salt and pepper. The mixture should look just like pancake batter (maybe a little lumpier), so add more milk if you need to thin it out or more flour if it’s too runny.

When the pan is just about smoking hot, drop in the batter in healthy quarter-cup measurements; you can probably cook about three at a time in one skillet. Flip the batter just like you would pancakes — when you start to see a few bubbles rise to the surface. Each cake should cook for about 5 minutes total; keep them warm in a 250-degree oven while you cook the rest of the batter in batches. Makes about 9 cakes; serves 3-4 people.

Here comes the fun part! Are you a pesto fan, perhaps? Have a jar of salsa you’re dying to get rid of now that you’ve given up chips? Break out whatever it is your pretty little heart desires, and dab a little bit on top. My wife even made hers into a sandwich! (Looked a little heavy to me, but whatever floats your boat!) If I’d had it in the house, my vision was to plop a few cakes on some mixed organic spring greens and crumble over top an ounce of goat cheese — with or without a delicious, light balsamic vinaigrette.

Enjoy — I know I did.