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What Kind of Blender Do You Use?

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If you have been following my blog lately, it’s no secret I’m obsessed with smoothies in the morning. And sometimes even mid-day. And maybe even post workout.

And if you’re like me, it’s a sad, sad day when you realize your trusty Oster Blender is about to crap out. Trust me: the base heats up and it sounds like I’m starting up a lawn mower these days. My poor puppies get very concerned. 

My Oster Blender was never exactly the best quality anyway, but it lived a good 5+ years and made a mean margarita back in the day. But don’t even think about putting an apple in this baby!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still planning on using it tomorrow morning, and the next few, but I’m starting to mentally (and financially) prepare for my next blender purchase.

Of course, the Vitamix is the first thing that comes to mind, but is it really worth the hefty price tag? I’m hoping there are other quality blenders out there that are a little more affordable.

 ++ Blender Requirements ++

Professional blender with high wattage
Blends harder fruits and veggies like apples and carrots easily
Blends ice and leafy greens like a champ
BPA Free and Dishwasher Safe
Single serve blending containers with to-go lids a plus!

++ Contestants ++

Ninja Professional Blender with Single Serve Blending Cups  – $130

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Nutri Bullet 12-Piece Hi-Speed Blender/Mixer System – $112

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So tell me: What kind of blender do you use? Would you invest in a professional blender like the Vitamix or BlendTec? 

Holiday Gift Guide for the Entire Family

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1. Essential Oils Boxed Candle, Winter Forest This scented candle mingles the clean scent of pine with cedar wood, cinnamon, patchouli, thyme and citrus. Biodegradable and not tested on animals, contains no parabens, ammonia, chlorine or lauramide DEA. Burns 50 hours.

2. Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones These are the first in-ear noise canceling headphones from Bose and let you select noise-cancelling or aware mode. An inline mic and remote let you easily control your iPhone, iPad or iPod.

3. Grand Chenille Throw Blanket This plush throw blanket benefits several organizations across the country, each focused on providing temporary and long-term housing for youth and families. Proceeds raised through the Give a Little Hope products benefit local organizations that work to provide temporary and long-term housing for youth and families.

4. Clarisonic Mia 2 Pink Crocodile Skin Cleansing System This lightweight, compact sonic skin cleansing device gives you a gentle and effective cleanse whether at home or on the go. This set includes: Mia 2 Pink Crocodile cleansing device with charger, Replacement brush head, Refreshing Gel cleanser (6 oz.), Travel bag, Protective travel case

5. BarkBox BarkBox is a monthly subscription (you can start your pup friend off with a 1 month gift), where you will receive a box of four or more carefully selected products and presents for your dog – anything from toys, bones and all-natural treats to hygiene products and innovative new gadgets!A portion of proceeds from each box will go to help doggies-in-need. Whether you’ve known your furry friend for years or have a new special canine in your life, BarkBox is the monthly necessity for keeping your pup entertained and feeling well loved.

6. UGG Austrailia ‘Ansley’ Slippers A soft suede moccasin slipper features a molded rubber sole. The soft, cozy lining is made from genuine shearling or plush UGGpure™, a textile made entirely from wool but crafted to feel and wear like genuine shearling.

7. Monogrammed BBQ Tools Set Exceptional grilling tools make grilling easier, more efficient and more successful. This set includes four stainless-steel grilling tools: a basting mop, fork, slotted spatula and tongs and all tools stow away neatly into an attractive storage case.

8. Apple TV With Apple TV, there’s always something good on — including blockbuster movies, hit TV shows, live sports, your music, photos, videos, and more — right on your widescreen TV. You can even play content from your iOS device or Mac on your TV using AirPlay.

P.S. Have a fitness-living friend? Check out my health and fitness inspired gift guide here.

 

 

Fitness-Inspired Holiday Gift Guide

Salad To Go

1083057_fpxCan I just tell you guys how obsessed I am with this little Salad-To-Go set?

Salad is seriously one of my favorite options for lunch. I literally eat it every day. I love that I can create the perfect combination of carbs (from veggies), protein, and healthy fat into one tasty meal. But there is nothing worse than a soggy salad. I’ve always struggled with what container to use and how to store dressing. That is, until I discovered this little gem.

This set is absolutely perfect for students or working professionals like myself who want to pack a healthy lunch. It includes a separate container for dressing, so lettuce stays crisp until noontime. There is also a top compartment (which is difficult to see in the picture) for chicken, tomatoes, avocado…whatever you like! Plus, a reusable fork and knife are included so you can enjoy your healthy lunch whenever, wherever.

The best part is, the container forces portion control. The dressing container is not too big, so you can’t overdress. Oh ya, and its microwave safe, dishwasher safe, and BPA free.

All that for only $10? Sold.

Buy yours here!

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