Why a Masticating Juicer Is Better Choice

juicing-tipsFor anyone who has been shopping lately looking to improve their diet by getting a juicer for their home, you will notice that their are two different types of machines available.  Those being centrifugal and masticating juice extractors.  While they both do have their strengths and weaknesses, for overall nutritional value and juice quality, you simply cannot beat a masticating model.  We won’t go into great detail about the differences between the two, both centrifugal and masticating juicers do offer users a chance to improve their overall well-being and nutritional intake.   But for those that want the highest quality juice possible, there is only one option that will give you what you want.

Why are Masticating Juicers Better?

They are not better in all aspects, but since our primary goal for getting our own juicer is to make highly nutritious juices from fresh produce, a masticating juicer is going to enable us to maximize this effort.  Below are some of the reasons these types of machines shine over centrifugal models in this regard.

Slower Speed Juicing

Centrifugal juicers spin cutting discs at extreme high speeds to get the job done.  The high RPM can do two things that can affect the quality of the juice.  It can heat up the juice, and it introduces more air into the juice.  Both of these factors causes the nutrients to break down at faster rates.  Now if you consume the juice right away, these effects may be minimal.  If you like to make a lot at once and store it for a few days, then a masticating juicer is the only way to achieve this.  More air also creates a frothier juice that can affect both the color and taste.

Masticating juicers operate at much slower RPM.  Where a typical centrifugal juicer can run in the thousands of RPM, a masticating juicer normally runs at around 80 RPM.  This means less air and heat build up.  Nutrients in the juice are protected and the juice will end up staying fresh for longer.  Less air means less oxidation and the juice can be stored in a refrigerator for a few days.  Another side benefit of juicing slower is that you have a very quiet juicer.  This is a real positive for anyone who does not like making a lot of noise.

Juice Yield

This is another important aspect.  When you are paying for fruits and vegetables you want to make sure that you are able to extract the most juice possible.  You do not want anything left behind as this would just be a waste.  Masticating juicers normally are much better at maximum juice extraction across a wide variety of different types of foods.  And if you are looking to juice a lot of leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, or wheatgrass, then your results will be a lot higher with a masticating model.  The best juicers for vegans is going to be a masticating machine since it can handle and produce higher juice yields than a centrifugal juicer.

While masticating juicers may require a higher initial investment, they are more economical over time because they waste very little.  The left over pulp tends to be very dry which is an indication that most of the juice was removed.  For the long haul, a masticator will provide greater benefits.

Are Centrifugal Juicers Bad?

On the contrary, these types of juicers are very capable of improving your health and diet.  We are not saying that a centrifugal juicer is bad, just that there may be an even better alternative to help you get the absolute highest quality juice available.  Centrifugal juicers often have a lot of great features which make them so appealing.  They are lighting fast, typically easy to use and clean, are less expensive, and they make juicing extremely convenient.  If you are on the fence about trying juicing and a centrifugal juicer sounds more appealing, then we would definitely recommend you get one.  Have any type of juicer is much better than not have one and you will certainly be able to see noticeable health benefits from using one.

Is Juicing Worth The Trouble?

Well we all know that we should be including more fruits and vegetables into our diet, but for some of us this is not only practical, it is not all that appealing.  It can take a lot of time during the day to munch on the amounts recommended and some vegetables just do not tempt the taste buds the way a nice hamburger does.  This is where having a home juicer can help.  You can get the recommended daily allowance down into one glass.  For those with hectic schedules nothing could be more convenient.  Today’s juicers are also designed to be quick to use as well as simple to clean, so the daily time investment is not that high.  Besides, with the endless amount of different recipes, it can also be a great way to treat yourself at the start or end of the day to something exotic tasting that is also good for you.  It is worth it because your health is worth it.

Healthy Banana Ice Cream Recipes

banana-splitWe have been on a serious ice cream streak here and following up on our last post about how to make home made ice cream, here is yet another indulgent treat.  Now to be honest, the only health thing about these recipes is the banana, but as long is it is in there we don’t feel so bad about calling them healthy.  They do contain some good things in them like potassium right?  It’s kind of like calling a potato chip a vegetable.  Technically it might be, but it is really not all that good for you.  These recipes are in the same vain, so just keep that in mind.  Now that we got that out of the way lets move on to the more important stuff.

Below are just a couple of recipes that you can use in your home machine.  Nothing quite goes with ice cream like bananas.  Hope you enjoy.

Banana Ice Cream

This frozen treat tastes just like a banana split. So if you’ve got a love for banana splits, this recipe will definitely be a favorite.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 – 4 medium bananas, very ripe
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Step One: Using a whisk or a hand mixer on low speed, mix milk, granulated sugar, and nutmeg. Continue mixing until sugar dissolves.

Step Two: Purree (or mash) bananas until they are pureed well. Add mashed bananas to the milk/sugar mixture.

Step Three: Chill the banana mixture for 45- 60 minutes. Chilling the mixture for an hour will produce smoother ice cream in the end.

Step Four: Add the vanilla extract and heavy whip cream and stir gently.

Step Five: Pour mixture into your maker and allow it to churn for about 25 – 30 minutes or according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Last and best of all, get out that spoon and enjoy. You can spice up this delicious recipe in several different ways.

About 5 minutes before your treat is done churning in your maker, you can add some of your favorite banana split toppings to the churning mixture.

Banana & Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1 3/4 Cups Milk, Almond Milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons Banana extract
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 oz bittersweet chocolate

Instructions:

Step One: In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, salt, and milk and the chocolate. When the chocolate is partially melted, stir in the cocoa powder and cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until the chocolate/ cream mixture is steaming then lower the heat.

Step Two: In a medium size bowl, slightly beat eggs, and add half of the mixture into the bowl with eggs. Slowly whisk the mixture and pour back into the saucepan.

Step Three: Cook over medium heat for about three minutes until slightly thick. Remove from heat and refrigerate until chilled or overnight.

Step Four: When ready to freeze, stir in the 1 1/2 Cups Milk and banana extract into the custard mixture.

Step Five: Start your ice cream maker and pour in the mixture. Freeze until desired consistency then add two or 3 through hole in lid overripe mashed bananas, 1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips, and even a broken up dairy-free sugar cone to the ice cream maker.

Step Six: Let it mix for an additional 15 minutes. Ice Cream will be soft, so put into the freezer for 4 hours before serving.

These frozen treats can also great served “Sundae Style.” Just get out your favorite sundae toppings and sundae sauces and make yourself the banana ice cream of your dreams.

Quick Tip To Fight Running Blisters


Have you ever looked at your running shoes and thought “What is that extra shoelace hole for?” It seems to be placed too far back to be of any use, but it is actually there for a reason. The video above demonstrates how to properly make use of the “extra” hole to lock your heel in place while you train. It is something so simple, but it can have a huge impact at reducing the risk of getting a blister on the back of your heel or other places on your foot.

Most marathoners at some time or another have to deal with the dreaded blister. One of the biggest reasons for this is friction that is caused by your running shoes moving and sliding against your skin while you run. If you have this type of problem with your feet then this may be the solution you are looking for. Simple but ingenious.

Latest Ice Cream Recalls Due To Listeria

ice cream iisteria outbreaksThere have been a couple of popular brands of ice cream recalled recently across the country for fear of the spread of listeria. Listeria affects woman who are pregnant, their newborn babies, older people, and people with weak immune systems due to cancer and cancer treatments. The pathogen is dangerous and can lead to serious infections which can sometimes be fatal. The symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, stiffness, headaches, and fever. This is a pathogen found in soil, water, on raw meat and veggies, and in some processed foods. The CDC says it can last for years in a factory that distributes food.  As of April 21, ten people have been reported as being affected by different strains of the listeria bacteria in 4 states. (Kansas, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Texas)

Two Major Brands Affected

Blue Bell Ice Cream is a very popular brand and recent victim of a listeria contamination. They are not sure how it could have come into contact with their ice cream. They have issued a massive recall on their products. There have to date been eight illnesses in Kansas and Texas, two in Oklahoma and Arizona, and three deaths in Kansas that have been connected with Listeria and the ice cream brand. Their recall includes eight million gallons of ice cream products and is beefing up its sanitation policies as they continue to try and discover how Listeria got into their facility. The investigation spans back a few years with ten total cases of Listeria noted and an investigation continues to determine where it could have come from. Listeria is nothing to take lightly so they knew what they had to do.

Fearing the same issues Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream has recalled its products as of April 2015. The reason for the voluntary recall is that one of their pints of dark chocolate ice cream sold in Omaha had listeria. They went so far as to close up shop until they can have new testing to make sure all their products are safe to eat. They have recalled frozen yogurts, sorbets, ice creams, and ice cream sandwiches. Fortunately no illness has been reported from the consumption of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. They are being safe to make sure none of their customers get sick from the deadly pathogen.  They are reported to destroy almost 265 tons of their products in efforts to deal with the issue.

Authorities don’t think the two tests of a positive for Listeria at the two companies are related to one another. Both companies are taking things very seriously and will not reopen and redistribute until they can ensure the safety of their customers. Of course Blue Bell feels horribly about the deaths and wishes they knew the cause of the problem. Shutting down the kitchen and working backwards is helping them determine what could have happened so hopefully soon they will know exactly what happened.

Moving Forward

The multi-state outbreak is sparking concern and some new regulations in the way things are handled. The pathogen is not often found in ice cream which is what makes this a strange case. Every precaution is being taken and the CDC is keeping their finger on the pulse. Food safety is a tricky exercise as there will always be new strands of bacteria that will make their way into food products, however the fast reaction and scope of the recalls should be an example for food processing companies in the future. The CDC will continue to test and keep the public informed.