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Make The Perfect Smoothie With These

Do you love smoothies? I do and I really invest in blender and juicer so I can make fresh one at home.

Most tend to have combination of these steps.

a) Make it creamy by adding a nut butter such as peanut, almond, chia or some other combination

b) Fortify with a protein powder

c) Add in a liquid component – juice, milk, almond milk, soy milk

d) Add some greens – an avocado, spinach, kale or lettuce

e) Add some fruits – fresh or frozen such as blueberries, strawberries, apples etc.

And to be able to make the perfect smoothie, you should have the following or a combination of one or two for that yummy, fresh smoothie you love!

Protein Powder

DESIGNER WHEY - Aria Women's Protein Vanilla-12 oz Powder

DESIGNER WHEY – Aria Women’s Protein Vanilla-12 oz Powder – $10.99, Free shipping – Available at Puritans Pride

(5 reviews)

 

Peanut Butter

N Toys - Nuts 'N More Peanut Butter, 16 Ounce

N Toys – Nuts ‘N More Peanut Butter, 16 Ounce – $10.92, See Site shipping – Available at Fullfillment By Amazon

 

Teleflora – Flowers – Plant and Fruit Basket – Fruit, Azaleas

Teleflora - Flowers - Plant and Fruit Basket - Fruit, Azaleas

You’ll be needing lots of fruits to make that nice fruit smoothie.

Teleflora – Flowers – Plant and Fruit Basket – Fruit, Azaleas – $52.16, 14.95 shipping – Available at FlowerShopping.com

(1 reviews)

 

Almond Butter Raw & Chia

Barney Butter - Barney Butter Almond Butter Raw & Chia -10 oz Jar

Barney Butter – Barney Butter Almond Butter Raw & Chia -10 oz Jar – $6.49, Free shipping – Available at Puritans Pride

 

Chia Seeds

Puritan's Pride - Chia Seeds-16 oz Seeds

Puritan’s Pride – Chia Seeds-16 oz Seeds – $16.99, Free shipping – Available at Puritans Pride

(18 reviews)

 

Roland Foods – Steel Cut Oats-24 oz Container

Roland Foods - Steel Cut Oats-24 oz Container

I sometimes add oats in my smoothies to give it that nice oat-ey taste plus the added fibre.

Roland Foods – Steel Cut Oats-24 oz Container – $7.49, Free shipping – Available at Puritans Pride

 

Flax Seeds

Spectrum Organics - ESEENTIALS Organic Ground Essential Flax Seed 14 OZ

Spectrum Organics – ESEENTIALS Organic Ground Essential Flax Seed 14 OZ – $4.98, See Site shipping – Available at LuckyVitamin.com

(92 reviews)

 

A Blender

Cuisinart - PowerEdge Blender

You will certainly need any kind of blender or smoothie maker to make your very one smoothie at home. Invest in a high quality blender like this Cuisinart.

Cuisinart – PowerEdge Blender – $199.00, See Site shipping – Available at Overstock.com

(2 reviews)

 

Back to Basics – BTB Smoothie Maker Black SSP4BL

Back to Basics - BTB Smoothie Maker Black SSP4BL

Here’s another kind of blender and it’s a smoothie maker which is perfect for you.

Back to Basics – BTB Smoothie Maker Black SSP4BL – $199.99, 2.98 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

 

Focus – BB Smoothie Express Lifestyle 26 Ounce Red

Focus - BB Smoothie Express Lifestyle 26 Ounce Red

If you’re on the go and need a quick fix, this will be the best type of smoothie maker to have.

Focus – BB Smoothie Express Lifestyle 26 Ounce Red – $30.24, 10.00 shipping – Available at Mwave.com

 

Banana Strawberry + Honey Smoothie

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I felt making smoothie today for my and daughter’s breakfast. Dear hubby has other kind of food he prefers. Anyway, for a change from eating those carbs for breakfast, I decided to make this simple banana strawberry + honey smoothie. And it’s a healthier choice!

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1 banana
small box of strawberries
half cup of frozen strawberries (just to make the smoothie a bit thick in consistency)low fat plain yoghurt
organic honey

 

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The whole stuff make 2 cups of smoothies to share. Simple, right?

Miso-Glazed Tofu

10-burn

Here’s a healthy meal recipe you and your family can enjoy. It is light in calories but packs on protein and fiber. This recipe is from health.com. Feel free to try it out and fill your stomach with healthier food choices.

What you need:
1 tablespoon miso paste
1 tablespoon rice-wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 (14-ounce) block extra-firm tofu
4 baby bok choy, halved (exchange with lettuce if you don’t have bok choy)
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

How to prepare it:

Preheat oven to 350°.
In bowl, whisk together miso paste, 1 tablespoon rice-wine vinegar, honey, and 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce until smooth.
Slice tofu into 4 pieces. Dry with paper towels.
Add the tofu to the marinade and toss.
Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes, turning once.
Discard the marinade and transfer the tofu to the baking dish. Bake until browned (30-35 minutes).
Steam halved baby bok choy in saucepan of shallow simmering water, covered until tender.
Combine ginger, 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce, 1 tablespoon rice-wine vinegar, sesame oil, and crushed red pepper in a bowl.
Slice tofu; serve with bok choy. Drizzle with vinaigrette and sesame seeds.

Optional:
Replace bok choy if you cannot find one in the grocery or local produce with lettuce.

Humanity And Technology

Are you not surprised by how fast technology has robbed us of our regular nuisances and even activities that we actually need to be considered as social beings?

During my time, which was not too long ago, we do not have these high-tech appliances, gaming consoles, portable gadgets and other electronics which make life so easy for the youth of today. We had it hard and labouros instead.

I always tell my daughter whenever she breaks out in rants and complaints about how hard her assignments were or how difficult to complete a certain task, about my generation and how we did things back then. I would always brag that her generation would never last a “second” in my generation. And why is that? Here are some reasons why:

Completing a certain project entailed a lot of hard work, plenty of “cartolina” and art papers and colored pencils and starch paste and tons of creativity. We did not have smart boards to present our presentations. We used papers glued together to make big poster-size murals or presentations.

When we need to research on a subject matter, we had to either ask our parents to drive us to the public library which was kilometres away. And when we reach the library, the work was just about to begin. First we would go to the index catalogue area where long tables with cabinets consisting of tiny drawers, the size of a 5×6 index cards were kept. They were arranged alphabetically and coded so we would write the codes down and proceed to the place or floor where the shelf was located. And once we find the shelf, the work did not stop there. We had to search from the top rack down or vice-versa or check on the tiny codes written on the spine of the books. We were lucky if the books were arranged accordingly but it was like finding needle in a haystack. Then we had to write down our research on pads of papers. Our simple assignment or report would require 8 to 16 man-hours to complete with so many books to read and notes to write.  Now, kids have computers as early as 1! I had my first computer when I was about to graduate in college and even then, it was still the big and chunky monitor with green or orange fonts on the screen. The youth of today could easily get the answers to their topics at the tip of their fingertips. And yet, they still complain!

If we wanted to see, play or even talk to our friends, we practically have to lift our butts off the chair, reach for the door,  open the gates and walk! Yes, we walked all the time, most of the time that was why we barely got sick then. We were fit as early as 1 year old! We would go to our friends’ houses, rang their doorbells and ask their parents if we could play in the nearby playground. Back then, safety was not a concern because kids were treated as kids. We could play non-stop until late afternoon and we were safe. If you belong to the middle class or rich families then you could call your friend and chit chat. Only few had phones then. We had our phone installed when I was about 8.

We were active bunch of kids. We rode the bike, climbed trees, did cartwheels on the grassy playground, ran with our pets, walked to school, enjoyed camping, trekked hills, helped our parents and elders with household chores, did our assignments regularly, slept around 7 p.m., watched TV only with the supervision of adults and timed, heard mass regularly, and played, played, played. We had so much fun growing up in the 70s!

Media was not harsh. Not much violence were shown and definitely not much sleazy films were allowed on theaters. These shenanigans only came out in the 90s onwards and since then, everything spiraled out of control. Even small kids these days have been exposed to violence and malicious contents. Kids are being robbed of their innocence. And during our time, we were innocent until way past our teens.

We paid respects to our elders. We would always address them with “sir,” “madame,” or use our Tagalog word “po” at the end of each sentence when talking to our parents and adults.

We wrote long mails to our families and friends who lived far away. We didn’t have this email thing then. We knew every mailman who came and the schedule of their arrival so we would all wait patiently near the gate to greet our friendly mailman.  He would delight on the sight of three smiling kids with some dogs around, waiting for their parcels or letters from favorite family members and friends. What a joy!

We are all God-fearing and we hold that close to our hearts until now. Today’s generation is very diversified with deviant beliefs being thrown on other people’s faith and faces.  It’s not that sacred anymore…

Those are just few of the examples of how it was like living in the 70s. It was fun. It was happy until technology came and changed the symbiosis of life.

I think, Albert Einstein said it best, “It has become appallingly clear that our technology has surpassed our humanity.” Although he said it in connection with the atom bomb he created, it still is relevant to how technology has changed humanity. I just hope it doesn’t make humans devoid of values and faith.

Iced Green Tea for Summer

I am tired drinking the same old iced tea available in the market. I even brew my own tea and put freshly squeezed lemon juice and mint leaves on the cool drink. I then remembered that there is a healthier option to drink something refreshing this summer – Ice Cold Green Tea! And why not?

It’s very easy. I just buy those commercial green tea and use at least 3 or 4 bags. I boil water and pour it on a heat-resistant pitcher then put all the tea bags in. I then mix them up until the water turns darker shade and remove the tea bags. Save them for later if you want to make another batch of this refreshing and healthy drink. I don’t put sugar on my tea so it’s more healthy. I add mint leaves for extra taste and skip on the lemon juice. I put ice cubes or shaved ice to make this green tea drink very refreshing. Try it!

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