What Blender to buy?
It is always said – “the one you have is the best one”. Its better to use what you have than nothing at all. Purchase what you can afford but I strongly advise to save up and get a good quality one. You will save time, energy and money in the long-term. Better quality will give better tasting and longer lasting beverages.
It is all in what you want to do. For me, I want a blender that can easily rip apart whatever food there is and turn it into a smooth drink. Leafy greens to nuts and ice (for example). Here are some ideas on what to look for.
- Good quality/durability. (a good price range can be- $250-$550)
- High powered.. 1700 watts – 2 horse power. (lean towards the horse power..)
- Easy to clean.
- Easy to use.
- With a warranty is also great.
The blenders I strongly recommend. Don’t waste your money on any others.
ALSO! When making small quantities for babies first starting to eat…
The Baby bullet
*Try to use ingredients that are as close to their natural state as possible.
Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
A chocolate drink that is actually truly healthy??! Feel free to indulge in this chocolate drink. Chocolate in its raw bean form (Cacao) is definitely a superfood. These beans have been used far back throughout history for medicine and healing. Cacao becomes harmful only after it is heated and processed with preservatives and sugars (ie: coco).
Cacao is said to be the HIGHEST food filled with over 700 anti-oxidants and flavonoids. These will help in repairing our damaged cells and preventing disease. It supports our arteries which will fight against and can even reverse arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries causing heart disease). Also, It is said to be the HIGHEST source of Magnesium in a food. Magnesium is used for over 300 biochemical needs in our body! It helps with heart rhythm, brain, nerve and muscle functions to name a few.
On top of the cacao bean we have Avocado! This is another complete food. Packed with everything we need to support our health. It is filled with healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamins and minerals. Avocado goes right along supporting the cacao bean.
Vitamins – A, B1-2-3-6-9, C, E, K. Minerals – Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Sulfur, Manganese and copper..
Can help with:
- Heart disease (ie: angina, arteriosclerosis..)
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Regulates blood glucose levels (insulin resistance)
- Brain, Nerve health
- Hair, skin, nails and eyes
- 2 cups of Chocolate almond milk or Almond Milk
- 2 tbsp of raw CaCao
- 1 tsp of Cinnamon
- 2-3 dates
- 1 tbsp of Almond Butter
- 1 Banana
- 1 Avocado
- 4-6 ice cubes
*AIM has a very nutritious blend of Cacao/Organic Cocoa and leaf greens that is perfect to use in this smoothie. Follow the link here to know more.
*Raw Cacao powder is in most natural food stores. It is becoming more popular and I have also seen it in organic sections of the supermarkets. Instead of dates you can use a tbsp or more of Natural “unpasteurized” honey. You can freeze your bananas ahead of time to make the smoothie extra cool and refreshing.
- Add a handful of seeds: hemp, chia, pumpkin, or flax..
- Put some kefir or yogurt in!
Besides peeling the banana, removing the pit and skin of the avocado. Add everything in the blender and blend!
This Smoothie is a daily occurence at lunch time in our house. The spinach and greens add a whole realm of vital nutrients to get us through the afternoon. It is quick, easy and tasty especially for the kids! The vitamin C in the orange is key for this smoothie as it enables the iron and other minerals in the spinach to be easily absorbed into our cells.
Can Help with:
- Alkalizing the body
- Boosting immunity
- Digesting vitamins properly
- Cleansing and nourishing cells
- Having a clear mind
- Providing energy
- 1 1/2 cups of Water
- 2 Handfuls of Spinach
- 1 Big Orange or 2 small
- 1 Banana
- Add a few frozen raspberries
- 5-6 Ice cubes
*Add Barleygreen, Leaf greens or another green powder you trust is a great easy way to get a good boost of nutrients. We like to add a few frozen raspberries to add a hint of taste. You can also freeze the bananas ahead of time to make the drink cool and refreshing.
Rinse. Peel banana and orange (leaving as much of the white pith on the orange as possible). Then blend and serve!!
Mixed berry Smoothie!
Another very sweet and tasty drink! The seeds in this drink are the key. From Pomegranate to hemp and chia.. Pomegranate is very powerful in many things. It helps our heart and vasculature in reducing plaque buildup. Flax seeds to the same. It fights many different bad bacteria by stimulating the good bacteria. Chia seeds promote good bowel health by coating the mucosal lining in our intestines. Hemp seeds have amino-acids for protein. Pomegranate has anti-oxidant properties. Not to mention all the greatness of kale in this smoothie that adds a whole realm of phytonutrients.
Vitamins – K, C, B9-3-6, E. Minerals – Potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and copper..
Can help with:
- Heart health (atherosclerosis)
- Blood pressure
- Anti-carcinogenic (fights cancer cells)
- Anti-inflammatory (fighting arthritis)
- Strength and memory
- 1 cup of Pomegranate juice
- 1 cup of Hempseed milk (or coconut milk)
- 1 Handful of Kale
- 1-2 tbsp. of Flax or Chia seeds
- 1 Banana
- 1 cup or less of frozen mixed berries
- 4-5 ice cubes
*This is another good one to add kefir or yogurt to. Buying organic pure Pomegranate juice is the easiest.
Pour the juice and milk in. Rinse the berries and kale. Peel the banana. Put all the ingredients in and blend!
Juice recipes link HERE.
Link to Barley life powder click here.
Link to Cocoa Leaf greens click here.