Our First Look At The Graco FastAction Jogger For Parents On The Move

Graco-joggerGraco is one of the more reputable brands for children, and their FastAction Fold jogging stroller is another fine example of what why this company is so popular with parents.  For active Moms and Dads, finding a stroller that can stand up to the demands of moving at faster speeds, as well as being comfortable and easy to transport, may seem like a daunting task.  With many higher priced strollers that may seem like too much of an investment, this model may be the perfect alternative.  But as we almost everything, you may just get what you pay for.  This stroller promises, safety, maneuverability, and comfort.  But does it deliver?  Let’s find out.

Performance

The FastAction Fold Jogger Stroller by Graco truly combines the ease of use and performance of a jogger with the comfort of a stroller. The jogger also features a storage basket and a smartphone holder. You can even create your very own travel system as this stroller accepts infant car seats. In fact, opening and closing this jogger is very easy as well as effortless. You just have to pull the unfold/fold strap to close and open this item. With a lightweight design, this product is very portable providing a smooth ride too.

Comfort

You can even recline the seat so that you can make your baby feel more comfortable. There is also extra cushioning that will provide your child with all the support he needs during longer runs or strolls. The harness will keep your kid secure and safe. If you have toys, food and diapers that you need to carry with you, the storage basket will allow you to store them easily. Keeping everything you need within reach is very easy thanks to its storage compartment and cup holders. Lifting your kid in and out of its seat is also easy.

Awesome Ride

Rubber tires give you the smooth ride your child deserves on any terrain. If you need added stability, lock your front wheel while jogging. However, you need to unlock the front wheel for quiet strolls. The paddle seat will ensure that your kid will ride with all the comfort in the world. In addition, you can even recline the seat so that you can adjust the position. The front swivel wheel will provide the outstanding ride you have been needing for any walk or job out with your kid. And the large canopy will protect your child from sunlight.

Carry Your Essentials

You can bring any of your essentials along thanks to the FastAction Fold Jogger Stroller by Graco’s parents tray. This tray features a cradle that allows you to clip any phone in, and the large storage basket will allow you to store almost anything. You can even fold this stroller with just one hand keeping your arms free. You may also bring along a sippie cup and drinks for your child, because this stroller features a tray with storage. Even on a bumpy terrain, this stroller will take it with ease without tossing your kid around.

Lightweight

This stroller is very lightweight folding up easily too. This jogger will glide beautifully on any sidewalk or road out there. In addition, the item is very easy to handle over any intersection, curb or dip. The frame is very sturdy and the whole product well built. You can use the brakes to hold your stroller in place while on a incline. The handle of this stroller is very well positioned for any walk out there. Though a little bit heavy, this jogger has easy-to-remove wheels that re-attach securely. This stroller is also very robust.

Pros and Cons

As with just about every product on the market, there is no perfect stroller for everyone.  We have found a few points that show up over and over in customer reviews for this jogger.  Some of these include:

Pros

– The unit stands up by itself when you fold it.
– There is also a nice, big basket in the bottom.
– This product can also hold any smarphone quite nicely.
– This item’s sun shade works very well.
– Price

Cons

– The cellphone holder might not store anything larger than your iPhone.
– The sun shade might seem quite limited to you.
– Lack of an adjustable handlebar.
– Not as easy to maneuver as some other strollers.

Verdict

Reviews of this Graco jogging stroller seem to be a little mixed.  Parents give it decent scores, but there are models available from BOB, Baby Jogger, and Joovy that rank much higher in owner satisfaction.  It is hard to beat this stroller on price, especially since some other models can cost around $400.  However, near $150, the FastAction Fold jogger does offer some value for the money.  If you are in a pinch and have budget concerns, then this would be a very capable stroller to buy.  If you can afford to spend a little more, then there are plenty of joggers that may give you and your child a better experience.

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.