Saturday, June 28, 2014

Home Juicing: What to know before you start! (Guest Post)



Want to Juice at Home? What you need to know!

Author Bio: Chris Wimmer is from HealthSmartLiving.com where he blogs about cooking and juicing as ways to improve your health.

So you want to join the mega health trend of drinking supercharged juicers for improved health? If you have purchased a few at the local juice bar, you probably have realized how great they are but also how expensive they can be if drank daily.  They make Starbucks look cheap!

If you haven’t tried a juice cleanse or just a few daily fresh juices, this is a must before you dive into juicing at home.  A juicer is a significant investment and you should make sure you will truly enjoy and like the juice.  My wife and I purchased a few 3 day cleanses at Pealed with a Groupon.  After the third one, we knew wanted to continue but just not at that price!

A great way to juice on a budget is to invest in your own juicer. And please take special notice of the word INVEST. I said invest vs. purchase because these aren’t cheap.  A good juicer will cost several hundred dollars.  However, a good juicer should also last well over a decade and provide you a steady stream of healthy juice at a discount to purchasing the juice.

If you are at the point of investing in a home juicer below is a brief overview of juicers.  

Types of Juicers
The 2 most common juicers are Cold Press and Centrifugal. A centrifugal juicer uses a sharp cutting surface to break open the produce into small pieces and the juice is extracted by the centrifugal force of a spinning basket screen. A cold press juicer operates by applying extreme pressure to the produce by squeezing it down a tube and auger system.

Cold Press: Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • Juices a wide range of produce including fruits, vegetables, grasses, and nuts.
  • Gets more juice (yield) than Centrifugal
  • Higher quality juice – more nutrients & less foam
  • Quiet operation

Cons:
  • Costs more
  • More food prep time
  • Heavy.  Most are about 20 pounds

Centrifugal: Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Fast juice extraction
  • Simple to operate
  • Juices popular fruits and vegetables
  • Easier to clean
  • Large food tube requires less food prep

Cons:

  • Method heats up the juice destroying some nutritional value
  • Juice contains more pulp, foam, and will separate
  • Can’t juice wheat grass, leafy greens, or nuts
  • Loud. Difficult to have a conversation while juicing


So which type do I recommend?

My answer is it depends on what your juicing goals.

I personally purchased the Omega VRT350 which is a cold press juicer but that was only after a lot of research and carefully considering what I needed in a juicer. 

I found answering these 4 questions very helpful in determining what type of juicer we needed.

  1. What will I juice?
  2. Why will I juice?
  3. What’s my budget?
  4. How often and how much will I juice?

If you are interested in my answers and their implications I posted them on my blog.

Thank you to Pamela for letting me share my passion for home juicing.  If you are interested in learning more about juicing I invite you to check out my Juicing Area on HealthSmartLiving.com.

Before I go, I’d like to give you a few more tips:

Cold Press juice is better than Centrifugal juice but BOTH are better than pasteurized juice in the grocery store.

Fresh juice will last about 72 hours before the vitamins begin to significantly degrade.

Always clean your juicer immediately after use. I can clean mine in 3 minutes.  Trust me it gets harder and is kind of gross to do it the next day.  I always pour a couple gallons of water in at the end and it really helps.

Happy Juicing! – Chris

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Thank you so much Chris for this wonderful informative post.  Please make your way over to Healthy Smart Living and check out all the great information that is available about healthy eating!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Chocolate Root Beer Loaf Cake


You already know that we love chocolate in our house!  I make a lot of treats that contain chocolate, my recent yummy dessert is Chocolate Root Beer Loaf Cake, that I just made out of the blue!  This was the best loaf cake that I have made in a long time, we don't drink soda, but when we go out to eat, I will let the boys get root beer sometimes, so I thought hey why not make some sort of cake with root beer.  My taste testers gave this treat two thumbs up, they really loved this, and you will also!


Cake
1  cup root beer
1  cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2  cup cocoa
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
2/3 cup  sour cream or greek yogurt
Directions
Sift all dry ingredients, set aside.  Mix all wet ingredients together and slowly add in your dry mix.  Mix well, pour into your greased loaf pan (this made enough for 2 big loaf pans).  Bake on 350 for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool on wire rack, and take out pan, cut and eat!




Armor Bearers (Book Review)



About the Book~

There is a desperate need for effective leadership today: in our nation, in our churches, in our families, and even in ourselves. The Bible uses the term armorbearer to describe leaders who offer help, support and strength to those around them. These types of servant-leaders are needed now more than ever. Using Scripture as the guide, Armorbearers takes readers down a path of self-discovery, pursuing greatness by developing character that is forged on the anvil of self-restraint and tested through the heat of self-discipline. Packed with inspiring stories and powerful lessons, Armorbearers reveals the four revolutionary choices every leader must make, risking their own significance in order to encounter God in life-altering ways. Are you ready to become an armorbearer?

My Review 5 out of 5 stars *****

When I was asked to review this book by the publisher I thought oh yes, love the title, but then when I started to read it, it certainly took me back to when I myself learned what an Armor bearer was.  If we all would just send up a prayer for other families, our nation, churches, people in congress, homeless and more this would be a better place and we would all be covered by God's love and grace.

It is self righteous act to cover someone in prayer and to act as there shield in there time of trial or struggle.  I love how the book breaks down the type of leadership ~ Servant leadership is a call to invest your life in actions that inspire others, AMEN to that!  Love these verses Ephesians 5:21, Phil. 2:3, James 4:10 (Humble yourself before the Lord, and he will lift you up).  That's all God wants us to do in our daily lives to help those and he will then in turn help us!

My prayer is that we all come together to be Armor Bearers for the Lord, and pray over all that needs prayer! I will be passing this book onto a friend of mine that needs to be uplifted by the blessed words in this book.  I recommend this book to anyone that wants to be closer to the Lord.  

I CHOOSE TO SPEAK REDEMPTION (thank you Jesus)!

If you would like to check out this wonderful book please go HERE


~I received this book from the publisher for my honest opinion~

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