Showing posts with label smoothies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label smoothies. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Guest Post: The Five Benefits of Kale You Need to Know

Kale has continues to receive positive press from all over the world! Kale has been sweeping the menus of local restaurants, sworn on by health professionals, and has even been popularized in
fashion trends. With all of this craze we can't help but wonder what is it that makes kale so great?

1. Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods in the world 
Kale has an impressive resume of nutrients that are seemingly unmatchable by most other foods on the planet!  One single cup of kale attributes to a significant amount of your daily Magnesium, Potassium, Copper, Calcium, Manganese, and Vitamin B6.  Looking for a more impressive fact?  Only 1 cup of kale exceeds the recommended daily allowance for Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and Vitamin C!  Pretty impressive if you ask me.

3. Kale contributes to eye health 
Kale is an impressive contributor to eye health as well!  All of the Vitamin A in Kale is known to prevent optical disorders associated primarily with age by storing vitamins in the retina.  The carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin prevent UV light exposure while also preventing cataracts as well as atherosclerosis!

4. Kale supports weight loss 
40 calories per serving, kale is the perfect snack for cutting calories with 3 grams of protein per serving allowing for the sustainability given by a higher calorie option. 

5. Kale is jam packed with iron 
Are you a vegan, vegetarian, or just need more iron in your diet in general?  Kale is your answer.  Kale has more iron per calorie than red meat!  With all this iron you can guarantee that your body will perfectly oxygenated and full of red blood cells, not to mention having healthy hair, skin, and nails!

    Easy Kale, Orange, Banana Smoothie
    • 1 cup kale, stems removed
    • 1 banana, peeled
    • 1 orange, peels removed
    • 5 ice cubes
    • 1 cup water
    Put all ingredients in a blender and blends until smooth. 

    Guest Post by Madison!
    "Nutrition and health have always been a passion of mine and I am lucky enough to apply this interest by majoring in Nutrition with a focus in Dietetics and minoring in General Business at Miami University." - Madison, Grass Roots Nutrition Intern

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

    Guest Post: Review of Nutri Ninja Pro

    Buying the right blender is crucial if you enjoy getting in your daily servings of greens and fruit from delicious smoothies like I do.  I recently purchased the Nutri Ninja Pro after the unfortunate death of my Magic Bullet, and followed by hours of researching, comparing, and reading costumer reviews.   I needed a blender that was compact enough to fit in my small apartment kitchen that was reasonably priced, yet powerful enough to produce a smooth and even consistency in my smoothies.


    What's included:
    • 900 Watt Motor Base
    • 18 oz. Nutri Ninja Cup
    • 24 oz. Nutri Ninja Cup
    • 2 Sip and Seal Lids
    • Ninja Pro Extractor Blades
    • Instruction Book
    • 30 Recipe and Wellness Guide


    Pros:
    • Powerful
    • Stable
    • Easy to use
    • Great for on the go! The accessory cups, one smaller and one larger, made it easy to take my concoctions in the car or walking to class.  
    • Less expensive than the Magic Bullet
    • Compact
    • Smooth consistency
    • Easy to Clean
    • Dishwasher safe 

    Cons:
    • Have to continuously hold down to blend
    • Limited to single serving cups
    • Only one speed
    • Does not blend everything perfectly


    Overall, I believe the Nutri Ninja Proto be a great investment for those looking to make personal smoothies.   Since buying the Ninja, I make a smoothie nearly every morning for on my way to class or work. For the price and the power, it was worth the $100 investment.  Compared to the NutriBullet Pro 900, I found it to be more powerful, higher quality, and able to blend up ice, seeds, and vegetables much better.  The cheaper price tag is just icing on the cake!


    This is my favorite morning-time green smoothie I’ve made with my Nutri Ninja Pro:
    • 1 cup kale
    • 2 large bananas
    • 1 cup almond milk

    Place the ingredients into the Nutri Ninha Pro blender and blend until smooth, adding ice if you wish!
     
    Tip: Use 1/2 - 1 frozen banana to make it a cold smoothie rather than adding ice!

    Guest Post by Hannah
    Hannah is a Junior Miami University Dietetics Student and is currently interning at Grass Roots Nutrition. She will be co-hosting the December Real Food Challenge. Hannah enjoys hiking, cooking any breakfast foods and creating new recipes.
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