American households are increasingly interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which includes eradicating poor eating habits, and making consistent, conscious efforts to get into better shape.
Over the last few years, an endless assortment of diets, meal plans, and methods for eating healthier have become available. You’ve probably heard friends or family talking about two popular ways to process fruits and vegetables—juicing and blending.
What is the difference between the two, and how can you tell which is better? Let’s start with a breakdown of juicing versus blending:
Juicing is a process that removes all of the water and nutrients from fruits and vegetables, leaving the excess pulp. Since juicing doesn’t contain any fiber, you may find yourself looking for snacks to hold you over throughout the day. However, the benefit of removing fiber is that you are left with 100% of the nutrients, which are much easier on your digestive system, and a great source of nutritional value.
Blending, on the other hand, combines everything together as a whole. When you use a blender to make a smoothie, it leaves no excess pulp behind. Since this method retains all of the fiber found in fruits and vegetables, smoothies will usually fill you up and keep you satisfied for longer.
The big question now is, which one is better for you?
Honestly, there is no right or wrong answer as to which method is better or worse. Juicing may appeal to you more if you have a sensitive stomach, since it doesn’t contain any fiber. Or, you may prefer drinking something more filling like a smoothie. Either way, you’re making a healthy choice! Fruits and vegetables are vital in our everyday diet. So consuming them regularly, whether it is through blending or juicing, can do nothing but help you and your body in the long run.
If you do decide to start making juicing or blending a part of your daily routine, here are some key notes to keep in mind:
- Make sure to purchase the correct machine! You can’t blend with a juicer and juice with a blender, so make sure to find a quality appliance that fits your needs.
- Make your drinks fresh! Usually, it’s best to consume them within 15 minutes of being made, in order to digest all of the nutrients.
Whichever method you prefer, try to stick with it and incorporate it into your diet as much as possible. We all need our daily dose of fruits and veggies to maintain a healthy lifestyle, so why not drink up?
Get creative and play around with different recipes. Who knows, you may even find a new favorite go-to morning breakfast.
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In February, we issued our first Spring Cleaning post of the year, focused on the kitchen pantry and inspired by our urge to summon the snow away from our fans’ doorsteps!
Now, it’s officially spring, and the snow appears to be winding down. With that said, we think it’s time to continue our 2015 Spring Cleaning Series and bring you our most amazing and useful Top 10 Kitchen Spring Cleaning Tips to get you in gear!
- Keep Your Measuring Spoons on Hand—And Clean
We’re tired of measuring spoon fuss! First, we fish for the set in our silverware drawer, pull them out (with a few crumbs inside), and then they go in the wash for another round. Why not use a mason jar or other kitchen jar to hold your measuring spoon sets? That way, they have their own spot, and they never get lost in the drawer. You can keep a few sets in a bigger jar, so you’re not waiting on one set during a wash.
- Tame Skinny Straws, Skewers, and Chopsticks
If you have an extra silverware organizer, or can pick up a cheap one at the store, you’ll find it a great solution to keep straws, skewers, chopsticks, and even plastic ware or twist ties.
- Reverse Your Dishwasher Strategy
This is an easy one you can implement today—organize the dirty dishes the same way you’d put them away when clean. It’ll save a lot of time.
- Become Your Kitchen’s Admin
Install a white board in your kitchen to keep your family up to date, your grocery and coupon lists in one place, and even keep notes on what food needs to be eaten during the week before it expires. Don’t forget a weekly menu for the kids!
- Hook It Up
Utilize adhesive hooks throughout your kitchen for items like towels, aprons, scissors, and oven mitts. Use stronger hooks for heavier items like beaters and serving tools.
- Keep First Aid in the Kitchen
Let’s face it—injuries do happen in the kitchen. Keep band aids and wraps in a handy container in the kitchen in case you need them.
- Arrange Kitchenware By Use
Place more common kitchen items in easy-to-reach areas. China tea cups, fancy silverware, and holiday items can be stored in the higher and more difficult-to-access areas until needed. Bonus: adjust every quarter based on need.
- File Your Plastic Containers and Tupperware
“File” your plastic containers and Tupperware, standing upright, to allow easy access for school and work lunches.
- Keep Wooden Kitchen Items Good as New
Wooden spoons can start to look and smell bad. Simply boil the spoons in a pot of water and leave them in the sun to dry. For wooden cutting boards, scrub the board with coarse salt and massage with half a lemon to clean particles and smells. If you’d like to condition the wood, stop by a hardware store, pick up a food-grade mineral oil, and apply once a month.
- Make Sponges Last Longer
Grab an upside-down binder clip so your sponge dries faster. With the decrease of moisture, you keep out germs and mold for longer, and save your money and health in the long run.
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