Friday, January 10, 2014

How to use your blender as a fruit or vegetable smoothie maker

With the new year comes new resolutions and probably at the very top of that list is to eat healthier or lose weight.

One of the more popular diets out there involves the blending or juicing of fruit or vegetables. Now I do not juice vegetables because of two things. First, it is very expensive. It takes a lot of fruit and vegetables to make just one glass that you drink. Second, it leaves out all of the fiber from the drink!!

According to the Mayo Clinic - "Dietary fiber — found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes — is probably best known for its ability to prevent or relieve constipation. But foods containing fiber can provide other health benefits as well, such as helping to maintain a healthy weight and lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease."

So why would you want to remove that from your juice??

 One thing I found was the price of the juicers (Magic/Nutri Bullet, Ninja, Vitamix, etc) can really get up there. In my searches I found an article that described the use of a Mason jar. Missing from the article was pictures and the finished produce so I decided to see if it really works.

My blender is an Oster 14-Speed Blender that I had around for a while.

 One of the things that I like about this model is that it has a solid shaft drive. So you don't have to worry about wearing out rubber parts.
You want to make sure that you are using the rubber gasket between the Mason jar and the blade.
As you can see the Mason jar will fit the blade attachment.

NOTE: Make sure that you are using REGULAR mouth Mason jars. I know you want to guzzle it down quickly but wide mouth jars will not work here.
One thing you may want to do is take your blade attachment and check it against a regular mouth Mason jar.

Watch my video to see how it works.

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