Kickstart Your Healthy Eating Regime: The Best Ways To Use A Blender

Have you vowed to make more of an effort to eat healthily in 2017? Are you trying to eat more fruit and vegetables or cut out your takeout habit? If so, a blender is an excellent investment. If you’re looking to supercharge your diet, here are some of the best ways to use a blender.

 

Smoothies

You can buy smoothies from cafes and stores, but if you ordered one on a daily basis, you’d soon notice a dent in your finances. Buying a blender is a much cheaper way of doing things. You can also control what goes into your smoothies, which means that you can design flavor combinations, and decide how much sugar you add. Smoothies are often marketed as healthy alternatives to soda and energy drinks. But if you look at the nutritional information, you’ll often find that they contain a lot of sugar. When you’re in charge, you can make sure your smoothies are a healthy option. If you don’t already have a blender, you can read reviews on sites like Blender Friend. You can also access recipes online. Popular flavor combinations include strawberry and banana, apple and mango, and kiwi and lime. The best thing to do is experiment, and see what concoctions you come up with. If you’re worried about cost, you don’t have to use fresh fruit. You can also buy frozen fruit, which tends to be cheaper.

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Soups

When it’s pouring down outside, and you’re trying to get warm, there are few things more comforting than a hearty bowl of soup. Soup is a cheap and easy dish, which is also really versatile. You can rustle up large batches and freeze what you don’t use, and there are so many different flavor combinations to try. If you’re a fan of the classics, go for chicken and vegetable, tomato and basil or leek and potato. If you fancy something a little different, why not try spiced pumpkin, chorizo and French bean or broccoli and Stilton?

 

Lean burgers

Are burgers your Achilles heel? If so, don’t worry. With the help of a blender, you can make much healthier versions than the ones served at your local diner. Opt for turkey mince or blend a salmon fillet. Add herbs, garlic, lemon zest, salt, and pepper and blend with an egg and a dash of olive oil.

 

Pasta sauces

Pasta sauces occupy both ends of the scale when it comes to healthy food. On one hand, tomato-based sauces with vegetables are nutritious with high fiber and low fat values. On the other, you get cheesy, creamy sauces, which are laden with fat. Try and make your own sauces from scratch rather than buying pre-packed tins and cartons. This way, you can add as much veg as you like, and you can regulate the sugar and salt content. All you need to do is add the vegetables you want to use to your bowl, add seasoning and a drop of oil, and seconds later, you’ll be ready to go.

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If you’re on a healthy eating mission, a blender is a great investment. Hopefully, these suggestions will help you produce healthy, tasty meals with minimal hassle.

Amazon: What is a review, and am I safe to review?

I have received MANY, many questions since my first Amazon post.
“What is a product review”, “How do I get involved in Product Reviewing”, “Am I safe to review on Amazon?”

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So first, lets start with the easiest question first.

“What is a product review”

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Amazon Reviews? Where do you go from here…

 

Where do you go from here, after 4 years with product reviewing/product marketing?  Where do you turn when rules have changed; tables have seemingly turned, and what you knew has made a huge transformation.

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Get The Right Stuff: Equipment You Need Even In A Minimal Kitchen

We all like to think we know our way around our kitchens. For the most part, we do, but let’s be honest. Put your hand up if you’ve never used a kitchen implement for something other than its intended purpose. And if your hand is currently up, I don’t believe you. Sorry, but come on. Surely this is something we’ve all done.

 

Do it often enough, and you can convince yourself that “the right equipment” is something that kitchen supply companies have made up. And don’t get me wrong. You don’t necessarily need a melon baller, a citrus zester or a ravioli crimper.

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But if you want to run a modern kitchen, you do need more than just the most basic tools. A minimalist kitchen can be a joy – as long as it’s not so minimal it’s practically empty.

 

Don’t Make Your Pans Pull Double Duty

 

We’ve all been in a hurry and had to press a kitchen implement into a service outside of its usual utility. Maybe the saucepan is in the dishwasher, so you use the skillet to poach an egg. Once in awhile, this approach is okay, but there are reasons we have different pans for different jobs.

 

How thick a pan is, and its shape governs how it will distribute heat and how tidily it will do the job it needs to do. You may want to save space, but you also need to save time – and using a saucepan for a stir fry will just mean you have a more time-consuming task to complete.

 

Use The Right Knife For The Right Job

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When you see knife blocks for sale at low prices, you can easily rebel against the bargain hunter inside. “I know the deal is good, but when will I need a paring knife or a boning knife?”.

 

Fast forward to a few weeks later, when you’re trying to prepare a meal which involves some very fine cutting. A serrated steak knife will make a mess. A large chef’s knife will be too cumbersome. Similarly, picture yourself carving the Thanksgiving turkey next year with a bread knife. Some more helpful tips can save you a lot of time and mess.

 

Protect What You Have

 

Almost as important as having the right implements for a job and using them right, how you protect them will make a difference. For example, a wooden spoon is a great standby in any kitchen. If you wash it in the dishwasher, though, it will spoil before very long. This can lead to it developing grooves in which bacteria can live.

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Similarly, a cast iron skillet should never be scrubbed with abrasives or put in the dishwasher. By doing this, you strip the pan’s patina and make it less useful going forward. All you need to do is wash it with hot water and a stiff brush. By taking proper care of your kitchen implements, you don’t need to replace them as often or use alternatives.

 

If you get the right kitchen equipment, it can last you for years and be effective from the first use to the last. It’s worth paying more for the right items – the time and expense it will save you in the future more than pays for the initial outlay.

 

My Petunia – Stories of my Oldest

My oldest daughter is 16.  It seems like only yesterday that my she was a baby, then a toddler, and then the mother hen to my son when he came along.  It’s so hard to believe that those days for her are long gone.

But every now and then, I replay in my head some of my favorite memories of when she was a little girl.  So I thought that I would share some of my favorites, and as my memory serves me.. I may add more posts to this.
Yes, this gorgeous yellowish looking baby is my oldest at 24 hours old.  She was jaundiced at birth, as you can tell by her photo.

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Thankfully, as my Mom was a retired RN, they allowed me to bring her home.  Her first 72 hours consisted of spending her days in her infant car seat propped in our picture window at home.  She was soaking up the rays of the sun to bring her bilirubin levels back to normal.

I know, you’re scratching your heads, right?  Well, back in the “old days” babies with high bilirubin levels had to spend their days in the hospital under a bilirubin lamp.  That would have meant days extra in the hospital, and apart from her coloring.. there was nothing wrong with her.  I didn’t want to leave her in the hospital, and thankfully we didn’t have to.  We called her our “flower child”, our little petunia.  LOL  We’d put her in the window to sun her… take her out to bathe her and feed her to make her grow.

Fast forward a few months, my formerly 5 lb 12 oz princess grew into my little chunka monk.

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I have lots of stories about what this little “monster” has said and done, but I think I’ll leave those for another time.

I will be compiling a list of the family’s favorite memories, so that I can share them here.  This will be my “gift” to my girl.  LOL

I’m sure she’ll be EVER so pleased.  We ALL know how teenagers get when they’re “EXPOSED”.

Till our next story, my Petunia, I love you always.

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Weekly Sweepstakes List #3D

Each week, I will post links to the giveaways that I find.  Be sure to come back daily to see new giveaways added to the list.  I will add daily until Sunday.  Each week will have a new post.  Find a giveaway that you’d like to see posted?

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Sweepstakes List #3C

Each week, I will post links to the giveaways that I find.  Be sure to come back daily to see new giveaways added to the list.  I will add daily until Sunday.  Each week will have a new post.  Find a giveaway that you’d like to see posted?

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