Fresh juice, packed with nutrient-rich recipes

Celebrities like Blake Lively and Michelle Williamsclaim this secret weapon helps them feel energized, makes their skin glow, and peels off pounds effortlessly. Oh, and it’s pretty tasty too.

What is it? Fresh juice, packed with nutrient-rich produce like kale and beets.

But you don’t have to be a VIP to reap the benefits of juicing. We tracked down Eric Helms, who launched Juice Generation cold-pressed juice bars in New York City, before the rest of the world (and Hollywood) jumped on the trend, to steal some of his juicy secrets. From detoxing cleanses to flu-fighting elixirs, his recently published book, The Juice Generation, is full of tasty tips on how mere mortals can juice it up—plus stars’ favorite recipes, which he shared with us.

Blake Lively’s Detox Drink

“A few years ago, I had a juice that changed it all for me—a mix that’s better than any po’ boy you’ll ever eat,” Lively says. “Vegetables in their purest form are refreshing and palate-cleansing, while the sweet notes of the fruits and mint make this both quenching and intoxicating. Now I can get my dose of veggies in a delicious way.”

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Ingredients:
1 cup kale
2 Swiss chard leaves
1/2 cup parsley
1/2 small beet
1/2 cup pineapple
2 green apples (use red for sweeter flavor)
1 sprig fresh mint
1/2 lemon, peeled

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender or juicer and process until smooth.

Michelle Williams’ Green Goodness

“Making healthy food choices and preparing them takes a great deal of time that I don’t have,” Williams says. “Juicing takes the work out of the equation and frees me from thinking about food so I can concentrate on other things. I can’t think of anything that makes me feel as good.”

kale spinach recipe

Ingredients:
3 kale leaves
1 cup spinach
2 Swiss chard leaves
4 apples (use green for less sugar)
1/2 lemon, peeled

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a juicer or blender and process until smooth.

Recipe source from http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-recipes

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Finding the best pots and pans set for an aspiring amateur chef

I love cooking and in all the years that I have been preparing great food in my kitchen. I have burnt broken and dented a lot of pots. I have the idea in my head of having those nice copper pants hanging over my kitchen stove like they have in kitchen décor magazine pictures. They seem to give a kitchen a homely character, but a good cook needs the right implements, not decorative pieces to cook, besides, those pans are hard to come by. I have also gone through my fair share of “non-stick” pots and pans as well as a couple of stainless steel utensils. I would like to find the best cookware that will make cooking easier and make the food that comes off my kitchen stove tastier. So I did a little research on the best pots and pans set on the market.

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The first thing I realized was that cookware is rated according to the material it is made of. The types that are available are stainless steel, non-stick, anodized, cast iron, ceramic, stone and my master chef dream – copper pots and pans. In my search, I noticed that a lot of the TV chefs I idolize so much have their own range of cookware. I could simply choose a pot and pants set that my favorite chefs have created for instance the range that Rachael Ray has. I was drawn to the Rachael Ray 10-piece hard-anodized pots and pans set.

Hard-anodized cookware is primarily non-stick, but it does not have the Teflon coating found in most non-stick cookware, which makes it safer. The complete set comes with a stockpot, a French skillet, a sauté pan, a stockpot and two saucepans. The pots have glass lids, which would enable me to see my food cooking without having to lift the lid which is great for cooking stews and braising meat or cooking anything that requires constant temperature. The cookware is also oven proof, which is great for dishes that need to be pre-cooked on the stovetop and then transferred into an oven. The pots and pans set look amazing and it turned out to be very affordable. For now, I am happy with this set, but knowing me and how I like to push boundaries and try new things, I’ll probably need to look for another cookware set in a year or so.

Additional reading: These are the pots and pans you really need

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Are you tired of being tired?

Do you ever wish you had more energy?

Have you ever “crashed” or experienced burnout?

Do you suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as ME), fibromyalgia or Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you need to know about the Abundant Energy Summit.

This is a free online event running from Monday August 24 to Monday August 31, and it will cover every aspect of optimising your energy.

It will feature 30 clinicians, authors and thought leaders including Ken Wilber, Jeffrey Bland, Lynne McTaggart, Judith Orloff and Harry Massey (executive producer of the amazing Living Matrix movie). The host of the summit is award-winning nutritional therapist Niki Gratrix, and here’s a small sample of what you’ll learn…

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  • How to supercharge your mind and body by tapping into “vital force” energy
  • One speaker’s inspirational story of recovery from 10 years of chronic fatigue
  • Detoxify your home environment from chemicals to increase your energy
  • How to accurately test for food and chemical sensitivities
  • How “leaky gut” leads to fatigue, and how to heal the gut
  • How to combat stress by connecting to heart energy
  • Dealing with emotional sensitivity and “energy vampires”
  • How adverse childhood experiences affect health in adulthood
  • How to optimise thyroid and adrenal function for optimum energy
  • Balancing neurotransmitters for optimum mood and energy
  • The role of nutrients in managing anxiety and depression
  • Amygdala retraining: rewire your brain for optimum energy

Shared from Sarah Best Health: Abudant Energy Summit

How Your Diet’s Keeping You Down

 

What if we told you your lagging energy level has little or nothing to do with your superbusy schedule? Read on to discover the real reasons you’re dragging, plus simple energy solutions.

● Your body’s thirsty.
“Many women who complain of fatigue are actually just dehydrated,” says Dave Grotto, R.D., a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association in Chicago. Dehydration reduces blood flow to your organs, leaving you sluggish. Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of liquids such as water each day. A good self-test? If your pee is clear or pale yellow, you’re getting enough fluids.

● You crave carbs.
Who doesn’t? But the processed ones in white bread, cookies, and pasta cause your blood sugar to spike, then crash, leaving you exhausted. At least 50 percent of your diet should come from carbohydrates, but opt for complex ones like fruits, veggies, and whole grains.

● You’re skipping meals.
You dive into your workday with nothing but a Starbucks venti to sustain you, and if you’re lucky you find time to scarf down a PowerBar for lunch. Is it any wonder you’re exhausted by the time 3 p.m. rolls around? “Skipping meals, or even just not eating for a few hours, can cause blood sugar dips that leave you feeling weak,” explains Grotto. A great way to build all-day energy is to eat a fiber-rich cereal for breakfast, according to recent study findings at Cardiff University in Wales. Participants who did experienced a 10 percent reduction in fatigue, fewer incidents of depression, and improved cognitive skills. (Reference: http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/get-more-energy)

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My experience with bread machine reviews

Making a purchase decision has not always been easy for me. Nowadays, it is even harder because I get to shop over the internet. Don’t be mistaken, though. I am not against online shopping. In any case, I love the fact that I can choose a product, pay it over the internet (from the comfort of my home or office) and then have it delivered to my doorsteps. Shopping has become extremely easy. Of the essence is to ensure that sufficient research is done to avoid any kind of foul play. It happens all the time. Internet shopping comes with a couple of risks that we all must be aware of.

Well, I love sharing my experiences while buying items on the internet. The last item I purchased – one that sits comfortably on my kitchen shelf – is an incredible bread machine. I say incredible because it has been such a great addition to my home. To a large extent, I relied on product review sites to make the final decision. Making the final decision requires taking several factors into consideration. For me to know what factors are important, I use these sites.

The bread machine review web site I chose had several machines discussed. Just like other appliances, there are many brands of bread machines. They come in different sizes, styles, design and even colour. They are also made of varying materials- and this aspect is especially important. In that case, I carefully read all the reviews, ensure to understand every detail to simplify my decision-making process.

Typically, when I am reading the reviews, I go to the extent of taking notes. This helps me make an informed decision after making the necessary comparisons. Some of the factors that were brought to light include durability (the material the machine is made of), the functionality, and the size of the bread machine as well as the added features. The cost of the bread machine also came into play- particularly because I was working on a budget. I didn’t want to stretch my finances so far.

A good bread machine review offers some recommendations as well. Nevertheless, since I have the potential to make a personal decision, I decided to do so. My bread machine and I are still going strong. I am glad I no longer have to rush to the bakery to get bread. Better still, I am so happy because I have made significant savings in the past one and half years.

I recommend the use of product review websites when planning to purchase a bread machine – or any other appliance for that matter.

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There are many new features in the best rice cookers

rice cookerI was going through rice cooker reviews and I realized how times have changed. I am still using my old Sanyo rice cooker that I’d bought almost 30 years ago. It is still useful, though now that our family is shrinking, I do need something that is smaller, which I can wash without having to run the dishwasher, and also consumes less power. This is why I was casually going through the rice cooker reviews, and was surprised with the new features. Mine has the thermostat, and it also has the keep warm feature. I never knew rice cookers could do more than that.

Nowadays, the cooking pan comes with non-stick coat. I am not sure I want that feature because this aluminum or whatever is the alloy used for making the cooking pot has worked for 30 years, and looks good enough for another 20 years at least. Non-stick, on the other hand will have to be changed, right? I am definite that is not a feature I am hankering for.

But I love those timer and auto cook features. I could be watching television program, and would not feel my food is getting burnt. Yes, indeed, those features are definitely worth in these modern rice cookers. Steaming basket is available in some of the models, and that is useful too. I can avoid using other vessels. But what would I do with what I already have? I will have to find somebody who needs these old vessels, i.e., if I decide to buy this new rice cooker with the non-stick cooking pot. I would still have to use my dishwasher, so I would not be saving on power bills. It is a difficult choice. I guess, I need to read a few more rice cooker reviews tomorrow, so that I can find something that meets all my requirements. For now, I seem to have decided against some of the sophisticated pieces.

More reading – How to select a rice cooker

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Selecting an affordable Japanese kitchen knife

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Cooking is an activity that takes place in our homes daily. This means it is very close to our hearts. No one would survive if this activity was to stop. Therefore, we need to consider the right materials for cooking. Your kitchen needs to be equipped with the right cooking ware. Before you go shopping for your cooking ware, ensure you have the right information concerning them. In our current world, technology has made acquisition of information quite easy and cheap. There is a variety of stores all over the world in which you can do your shopping.
You do not necessarily need to visit them, you can do your shopping online. You just need to be in a position to access internet and get moving. Coupons are very useful in this case. You get the advantage of comparing prices of same commodities from different store. This helps you to make you budget easy to manage.

Japan is well known in manufacturing quality metallic product. It has been ranked as one of the best countries that are doing well in the market. They have been producing a variety of kitchen ware. If you are looking for quality knives you are in the right place. Some of the top japanese kitchen knives are quite affordable and very available all over the world.
Depending on the kind of work you want to do, there are a variety of knives for you. Shun Sora Starter knife Set is one kind that is high quality. They have very easy sharpening mechanism. They do not require any expertise to sharpen. They are pocket friendly and last for a long time.

Another kind is known as Miyabi Fusion Chef’s Knife. Many chefs have a preference for this type. Once they have been sharpened, they serve for a long time before they get blunt. In case you own a butchery, you need to acquire a quality knife for cutting meat. I acquired a meat cleaver from Japan that are made purposely for cutting meat. It is made of a stainless material to ensure they do not contaminate your meat. They are also very resistive to rust. This increases their life span as well. They do not demand reshaping each single day. After sharpening it, I use it for more than a week before I can re-sharpening it. The interesting thing is that you get your knife alongside its sharpener.

There are other models of stainless cooking ware from Japan. These includes the frying pans, steaming pots, Dutch oven and many more. I have been using these products and thus I gained the confidence to recommend them.

More reading: Choosing the right kitchen knives

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My Best Masticating Juicer

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When it comes to preparing homemade juices, I always prefer using a juicer that will offer me quality juice without changing the taste of the juice or adding extra flavor. The market gets flooded with different masticating juicers every day and pick the best at times is a challenge. As a result, I always like using the best masticating juicer reviews available online from different sites. The juicer I pick from the market must be from a reputable manufacturer so as to guarantee me quality years of service.

When I have to make the best green juices and drinks that come with some healthy veggie juices, I have to consider various masticating juicers available on the market. I prefer using the masticating juicers as they come with a horizontal design that is easy to hold as I use them. These masticating juicers use an auger so as to grind as well as break down the food more thoroughly than the centrifugal juicers.

These masticating juicers always offer me excellent services in getting healthy juices and drinks that contain high nutrients that are of importance to the body. The slow process of crushing the food plays a major role in preserving the nutrients I need from these leafy greens like spinach, kales, and other super foods.

When I come to deciding the juicer that I have to use, I always ensure that I use the best masticating juicer reviews in the market to ensure that I get quality juicers at the best price that I can afford. The masticating juicer that I have to pick from the market must do more than juicing. I always pick a juicer that can also do and make some pasta, nut butter or even grind some coffee for me.

The top rated juicer that I will select from the market must be one that won’t destroy the minerals and vitamins from the greens and foods that I have to grind. My best masticating juicer ensures I extract a large volume of juice from fruits and vegetables and at the same time aid me in reducing the destruction of different macro as well as micronutrients in these fruits. My best masticating juicer offers no loss of nutrients through heat inactivation or oxidation.

I prefer using the masticating juicers as they always provide me with some juice that is tasty and very rich in nutrients. Although they have a small diameter feed slot that will require me to cut all the food I want to grind into small pieces, the masticating juicer keeps offering me quality and more nutritious juices and drinks.

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