Give It a Whirl! It’s Smoothie Time!

imagesSmoothies are a fantastic way to get your servings of fruits and veggies! My husband says blending the spinach, kale, carrots and other veggies and drinking them in a smoothie makes it “less painful.” Here are some tips for buying and using blenders for smoothies:

  • Before buying a blender, think about what you will use it for; if you will be making mostly drinks with ice, make sure you buy a blender with enough power to crush ice. If you have a large familly, buy one with a larger capacity container.
  • The power of a blender really depends on its motor’s wattage. The higher the wattage, the greater the power. If you’re looking for a high power unit then look for one with a minimum of 800 watts.
  • Make sure that the blades are made from hardened stainless steel. This is one of the important aspects in any blender as the blades are responsible for crushing ice.
  • Look for additional attachments and accessories if you need a multipurpose blender. Using accessories such as mini chopping bowls, whipping attachments and beakers makes your purchase more versatile.
  • Many brands offer warranty on the blenders. Check for a warranty when buying your next blender!

Top Blender Picks!

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1) Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004

2) Vitamix 5200

3) Ninja Professional NJ600

All available on http://www.amazon.com/

Breakfast In a Glass (1 serving)

1/4 cup oats

1 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries etc)

1/2 cup non-fat Greek Yogurt

1/4 cup OJ, preferably freshsmoothie_berry

1 Tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp orange zest

Blend oats in blender first until powdery. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.

Green Dream

1 banana, frozen and then thawed 15-20 minutes

2 cups chopped spinach or kale

1/2 cup almond milkgreen_smoothie2-200x300

1 Tbsp honey

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth!

Now go blend some health for your family! And don’t forget to freeze leftovers into popsicles! Kids love them!

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