Posted by Nicci | Posted in Kitchen Products | Posted on 19-10-2011
It seems like more and more, our perception of what is healthful and nutritious is changing. Workouts used to be aerobics driven, and “toning” consisted of high repetitions of low weights. Now, both men and women are encouraged to build lean muscle through intensive weight training to build muscle and boost metabolism. As Seen On TV workout videos have changed their focus from Jazzercise type aerobics videos to boot camp style, high intensity workouts like Insanity and P90X.
Nutrition recommendations have changed as well. We used to fear eating eggs because they are loaded with cholesterol, but now doctors have determined that the cholesterol from foods does little to affect the cholesterol in our bodies. We used to shun fats at all costs, but now we are encouraged to consume healthy fats that protect our hearts, such as the fats in walnuts, avocados, and Omega-3 fatty acids which promote healthy brain function.
To help incorporate healthy antioxidants from fruits and vegetables and plant-based “good fats,” nutritionists have long recommended drinking smoothies. However, it is important to be careful when relying on smoothies for healthy eating, because those from restaurants, fast food chains, and specialty smoothie shops are often laden with hidden fat, sugar, and calories. For the optimum nutrition from smoothies, health experts recommend blending your own smoothies at home.
As Seen On TV juicers and blenders have long been popular for making delicious smoothies easily. Juicers such as the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer, the Sharper Image Super Juicer, and the Living Well Healthmaster Emulsifier allow you to quickly take the nutritious juice from fruits and veggies while separating pulp, seeds, and other unwanted portions.
Juicers are great for making nutrient-rich juices from whole foods, but many people simply don’t have the counter space or storage space for yet another appliance. The Ninja Kitchen System is a great new solution. The Ninja is more than a blender or juicer. In fact, with its two containers and five attachments, the Ninja does the work of your blender, food processor, juicer, mixer, and more. The Ninja comes with a 72 ounce blender pitcher and a 40 ounce processing bowl. Its five attachments include:
- Blending blade
- Food processing blade
- Whisk attachment
- Dough hook
- Dough paddle
With the Ninja, you can make not only smoothies, but also salsas, soups, pizza dough, and even ice cream. By making these items at home, you can be certain of the ingredients included and know that there are no added preservatives, hidden fats, or extra sugar. Make foods as low fat, high fiber, and healthy as you want.
Smoothies are also a great way to sneak nutrition to your kids. While they may not be likely to eat a plate full of vegetables, you can sneak those same veggies into a fruit-filled smoothie. Boost brain-building DHA by adding Omega-rich flaxseed to a smoothie, or ramp up the fiber content by adding a tablespoon or two of wheat germ.
With the Ninja blender, you can make smoothies, granitas, frozen drinks, juices, and even ice cream–all low fat and full of vitamins and minerals–and you can have them as quickly as the press of a button.
Raise a glass to healthy living!