Vitamix Soup Recipes

by admin on September 1, 2015

Vitamix Soup Recipes

mushroom soupIf you have only been using your Vitamix for fruit smoothies, you are missing out on a whole world of great Vitamix options, particularly Vitamix soup recipes. Whether you are looking to try something new and unusual or you just want to try a blended version of a classic recipe, there are so many different options. Here are just a few of these great recipes for Vitamix soups:

GREEN SOUPS

If your goal is to slim down by eating healthy veggie soups, or you are on the Vitamix diet, here are a few recipes to try:

  • Winter Greens Soup. If you are a fan of the Vitamix green smoothie, you might enjoy this equally antioxidant-packed winter soup. Use your Vitamix to perfectly puree a sautéed mixture of spinach, kale, zucchini, celery, tomatoes and leek along with garlic and a few other spices—smooth, healthy and delicious.
  • Kale and Leek Soup. If you don’t have too many greens in the house, this simpler green soup recipe includes only kale and leek with a flavorful blend of spices. Throw half of the soup in the Vitamix for a smooth puree and mix in the rest from the stovetop for a unique blend of textures.

HEARTY SOUPS

Looking for something to warm you up during the cold months? Try these cozy options:

  • Harvest Cheddar Soup. For a warm and hearty fall flavor, try this creamy blend of cheese, potatoes, and vegetables with granny smith apples for tart kick. If you want to make this meal a little healthier, try pairing a small portion of the soup with fresh salad and a simple Vitamix vinaigrette.
  • Corn Chowder. This classic soup features a creamy blend of potatoes and other fall flavors, with the crunchy addition of some fresh corn cooked on the stovetop for a texture twist.

EASY SOUPS

Too tired to spend much time over the stove after work? Luckily, there are plenty of easy options that are much more healthy and interested than a heated up can of whatever is in your pantry:

  • Japanese Miso-Shiitake Soup. For a quick but unique Vitamix soup, try this blend of mushrooms, ginger, garlic and scallions, spiced with miso and soy sauce—takes only six minutes to prepare and blend!
  • Gazpacho. This chilled soup takes just sixteen minutes to make, and most of the ingredients are probably already in your kitchen. Blend together some fresh vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and onions, with a bit of hot sauce for flavor. This soup can also be served over more chopped vegetables for some added crunch.

There are so many different Vitamix soup recipes to experiment with, whether you are looking for new ideas for healthy soups, or just something easy and satisfying to throw together on a weeknight.

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Bilberry

by admin on August 14, 2015

BilberryBilberry

Bilberry – also known as: European blueberry, Huckleberry, Vaccinium myrtillus, Vaccinium corymbosum

A close relative to the blueberry (as you can tell in the photo), the fruit has impressive antioxidant properties and is historically linked to eye health. Studies indicate that the berry, with its abundance of antioxidants, may also be effetive in protecting the body against carcinogens and free radicals.

Some of its nutritional highlights include:

Bilberry

Bilberries

The berry can help with:

  • Eye Problems
  • Arthritis
  • Heart Attack and Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhea and Dysentery

A study done in Canada in 2006, found that the berry can help and may be able to prevent and slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases (like Parkinson’s), mainly due to its antioxidant powers.

Bilberries

Do you know some fun facts about the Bilberry? If so, leave a comment and share them with us!

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Cranberry

by admin on August 13, 2015

Cranberry

Cranberry

The cranberry is an evergreen dwarf shrub or a trailing vine in the genus Vaccinium subgenus Oxycoccos. They are grow in acidic bogs through the cooler parts of the Northern Hemisphere. They grow to be about 2m long and 5-20cm in height.

The berry is very tart and is commonly recommended by doctors for urinary tract infections. A study showed that it reduced E. coli bacteria in urine at twice the levels of the placebo. The berries are high in vitamin C and proanthocyanins, both of which are powerful antioxidants….which makes it another one of our antioxidant fruits.

The nutritional benefits are:

It can help with:

  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • High Cholestrol
  • Antioxidant Protection

In the medical world, the berry is best known for its protective effects on the urinary tract. A 2006 study confirmed this information, showing that the berry can inhibit the formation and activity of the Streptococcus mutans bacteria. The berry’s capability to fight bacteria is one way it prevents and effectively treats urinary tract infections.

Nearly 95% of all the berries harvested are processed into products such as juice drinks, sauce and dried berries. See some of these great products below.

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Prunes

by admin on August 9, 2015

Prunes

Prunes

Prunes are the dried result of a plum. Surely, we all know the biggest benefit of them is regularity! Hallelujah for that! Plums have impressive antioxidant properties, but when converted into their dried counterpart their antioxidant powers can increase by as much as 600 percent! They have a wrinkly texture on the outside and a chewy texture on the inside.

Some nutritional benefits are:

They can help with:

  • Aging-related conditions
  • Constipation

A recent study done at Oklahoma State University found that the dried fruit can help reverse bone loss due to menopause. It suggested that dried plums can reverse a particular process of osteoporosis previously thought to be irreversible.

They are used in many cooking dishes and are also used in making juice. The constipation elixir. They are a rich dietary fiber as a result.

ANTIOXIDANT FRUITS

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Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit: An Illustrated EncyclopediaVegetables, Herbs and Fruit: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit: An Illustrated Encyclopedia” authored by Mathew Biggs, Jekka McVicar and Bob Flowerdew is a helpful guide for people who want to make their garden space useful by growing plants that promote good diet and perfect health. The authors penned how to choose the plants well that may yield a good harvest.

The encyclopedia is arranged with vegetables first in alphabetical order, followed by herbs and then fruit presented by fruit type like orchard fruit, soft, bush and cane fruit, tender fruit, shrub and flower garden fruits and nuts. You will also learn that there’s more to herbs other than just adding flavor and taste.

Other useful features of this handy book includes a maintenance calendar, detailed topics on greenhouse growing, hardiness zones, soil fertility and even seed sources. More so would be 800 colorful images that brings to life 70 vegetables, 100 fruits and over a hundred herbs with recipes for you to try. From methods of practical gardening, the procurement of seedlings to medicinal benefits, you will realize that it offers you the key to life’s longevity.

Grab a copy of the Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit: An Illustrated Encyclopedia on Amazon.com for $19.77 and let us know what you think of it. Share your review on Facebook or leave a comment below.

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Frozen Dried Fruit For Dieting

by cheskarr on August 7, 2015

Frozen Dried Fruit For DietingFrozen Dried Fruit For Dieting

To slim down, there are numerous diet fads you can try. Some of them are effective while others are a complete waste of your time, money and effort. However, there’s almost always an underlying common denominator on dieting and that’s to include fruit in your diet.

Frozen dried fruit, freshly picked fruit or market bought fruit are various kinds of how fruit can be acquired to be included in your diet. Snacking or munching on carrot sticks or celery may work for some people, yet you may prefer eating a healthy fruit snack instead.

There are lots of dried fruit that you can buy online and to make the selection process easier, here’s a list of potential freeze dry fruits to try:

  • Grapes – they strengthen your immune system and are rich in antioxidants.
  • Bananas – they are packed with potassium.
  • Peaches – they are rich in vitamin C and fiber.
  • Apples – they are low in sugar and high in vitamins.
  • Pears – they are high in fiber and has low sugar content.
  • Berries – they are high in antioxidants, fiber and vitamins.

Got your eye on one of the fruits listed? Let us know your choice on Facebook or leave us a comment below.

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Frozen Fruits as Alternatives to Fresh Fruits

by cheskarr on August 6, 2015

Frozen Fruits as Alternatives to Fresh FruitsFrozen Fruits as Alternatives to Fresh Fruits

As more illnesses and diseases are getting worldwide attention, health is also back in the spotlight. People are now more health-conscious than ever. In effect, the prices for fresh fruits have risen as demand for it increases.

As long as supermarkets and stores are stocked with fresh fruits, there will be people willing to shell out just a bit more to stay healthy and avoid more expensive medical bills. Should your source of fresh fruits run out of stock, why not go for frozen fruit snacks?

It has been found out that frozen organic fruit snacks are able to retain the same nutrients you can get from eating fresh fruits. However, here are some tips on choosing them:

1. Choose frozen fruits that you can thaw out.

2. Choose frozen fruits without any added salt or sugar.

3. Choose frozen fruits in can that are packed with only its natural juice.

A healthy snack daily is now a must if you want to keep those diseases and illnesses away.

What’s your take on frozen fruits? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook or leave us a comment below.

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Where to Buy Acai

by Amanda W on August 5, 2015

white acai tea

Where to Buy Acai

Anyone doing research on recent health trends has likely heard of the acai berry and its amazing health benefits due to high antioxidants and amino acids.  This berry has been hailed as the new superfruit and marketed towards dieters across the globe.  What these sources sometimes fail to mention is that acai berry products actually taste good!  The tanginess of flavor resembles raspberries while the sweetness brings to mind pomegranate.

The purpose of this post is to show consumers where to buy acai berries and where to buy acai berry products.  Mighty Leaf makes a delicious acai black tea and an acai pomegranate tea.  Samabazon offers acai smoothie packs that are actually frozen acai pulp.  The packets are insulated and shipped within the United States.  Another way to access a fresher form of acai for smoothies or drinks is by buying acai berry powder through online organic producers . Rather than grinding the acai pulp, these powders extract material from the skin.  Both freeze-dried pulp and powdered acai offer fresh flavor and nutritional benefits.

A great line of acai-flavored products comes from Goodbelly.  They produce a flavored drink and a To-Go Bar both in blueberry acai flavor.  Acai continues to grow in popularity and can be found as ingredients in many juices sold in supermarkets.

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More Antioxidants Found in Organic Fruit

by cheskarr on August 5, 2015

More Antioxidants Found in Organic FruitMore Antioxidants Found in Organic Fruit

When you prioritize your health, it’s only natural to look for nutritious options when it comes to the food you eat. Products with antioxidants like organic fruit is one of those options.

A survey on pesticide residue and found out that even after 10 seconds of washing under running water, fruit like apples and grapes still have 97%-98% pesticide residue.

Antioxidant fruits like grapes and cherries are good sources of bioflavonoid nutrients. Organic fruit retains more of its nutritional content by 40%. Present in them are antioxidants like quercetin, anthocyanins, and proanthocyanidins.

Organic fruit is grown using natural fertilizers. Instead of spraying insecticides over the crops, farmers apply insect and bird traps that decrease their population and keep pests away from the fruit.

Organic farming manages weeds by rotating crops, mulching, tilling the soil or manually pulling out the weeds.

It has not been proven that eating organic fruit can make you healthier than eating non-organic fruit.This is probably also due to the fact that you would still need to exercise and opt for a healthier lifestyle to be fit and healthy.

Do you prefer organic over non-organic? Leave us a comment below or join our discussion on Facebook.

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Acai Berries-#1 Superfood

by cheskarr on August 3, 2015

Acai berries in a basketAcai Berries-#1 Superfood

When it comes to losing weight, no other product has garnered much attention online as the famed acai berry. This wonder fruit has been praised for its detoxifying qualities and best of all, its weight loss effects. Recommended by celebrities and even features on Oprah in 2006, the acai berry gives you benefits like increased energy, lowered appetite and decreased build-up of excess fat in your body.

Acai berries are from Central and South America. Growing on acai palm trees, these purple sour fruits contain high levels of antioxidant properties, amino acids and protein. Native Amazons in those areas have used them in their daily diet.

The effects are there but it should also be clear that the acai berries alone will not make you lose weight. You have to still do the work like exercising, watching what you eat and keeping to a healthier lifestyle. Many people who want to lose weight turn to this “superfood” as a supplement to their diet and exercise regimen. Due to its popularity, the berries have been turned into acai antioxidant fruit juice, dried frozen berries, mixed into food and are now sold worldwide in forms of pills, powder, capsules and liquid extracts.

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