Why You Should be Blending and Not Juicing

Why You Should be Blending and Not JuicingWe’ve all seen the infomercials for juicers. They lead you to believe that cramming a grocery bag full of fruits and vegetables into the machine only to watch it dribble out a paltry glass full of juice is the way to lead a healthier lifestyle. If you’re skeptical about juicing, you should be.

Don’t get me wrong, if your diet consists of Cheetos and cheeseburgers, taking a 180° turn towards a healthier life is better than what you were doing before. But if you’re already leading a somewhat healthy lifestyle, there are better ways to drink your fruits and vegetables instead of juicing.

The problem with juicing is that it takes a lot of stuff to get a glass of juice. You’re stuffing cucumbers and carrots and oranges and apples into the machine but only getting a glass or two of juice out because you’re tossing the majority of the fruit or veggie into the garbage. There’s not a whole lot of juice in each orange or apple which is why it takes so many to make a single glass of juice.

As you can imagine, this is not only extremely wasteful, it’s also very expensive. If you’re juicing twice per day, you’re going to be spending a lot of money on fruits and vegetables. Instead of tossing everything but the juice into the garbage, why not drink the “waste” too?

If you have a good blender you can take a handful of blueberries, a carrot, some slices of apple, some banana, and then add milk or water as a base and get a drink that’s not only healthy for you, but it’s filling as well. When you’re juicing, you’re just drinking a glass of juice. You will be hungry after drinking it. When you’re blending, you’re literally blending up a meal of fruits and veggies, so you’ll stay full longer.

When you blend, you’re getting all the good stuff found in the rest of the fruit or vegetable that you would otherwise throw away if you were juicing. Fiber and antioxidants are found in the pulp, seeds, and skin of fruits and vegetables, and when you’re juicing, you’re not getting them.

Juicers can also be quite expensive, but when you’re blending, you just need a blender, which is something most of us already have. You don’t necessarily need a Joe Rogan Blendtec blender, either–though if you’re a serious smoothie drinker, I’d highly recommend one–but something like the NutriBullet (yes, I know it’s an infomerical product, but one with great reviews) is an easy and economical way to start blending.

What is the Nutri Bullet Blender?

What is the Nutri Bullet Blender?I first heard about the Nutri Bullet on a podcast. I knew nothing about it, but immediately I thought of an informercial product based on the name alone. Turns out I was right, as the Nutri Bullet blender is like the big brother of the Magic Bullet, an (in)famous staple of late-night television.

The Nutri Bullet NBR-12 can be thought of as an upgraded version of the Magic Bullet. Like its name implies, it’s for more nutrition-minded folks rather than those who are looking to blend up margaritas and milkshakes. The Nutri Bullet certainly can blend those drinks, but it’s been reconfigured and optimized for making fruit and vegetable-heavy blended drinks for the health conscious.

The Nutri Bullet features a patented blade design with “cyclonic action” which I take it means that it pulls ingredients into the blades so you don’t have to start and stop the blender to adjust the position of your ingredients. It’s apparently good enough to liquefy just about anything you’d want to add to your smoothie, from fruits and veggies, ice, nuts, seeds, and stems.

Compared to the blender I’m using now, what I like about the Nutri Bullet is that, like the Magic Bullet, the container you put your ingredients in to blend them is the container you drink your smoothie out of. This limits the amount of clean up, which is always a bonus as far as I’m concerned, even though I have a dishwasher.

The Nutri Bullet comes with the base, a tall cup, two short cups, one flat blade, an emulsifying blade, two resealable lids, and literature about the unit along with some recipes. The unit features a 600-watt motor, which should be more than capable for producing a smoothie each day in the home, but it’s nearly 1,000 watts less powerful than the commercial-grade Blendtec Wildside. That being said, the Nutri Bullet is also $300 to $400 less than a Blendtec or Vitamix blender.

The Nutri Bullet is certainly an attractive little blender in terms of features and price, and I would be curious to try it out to see just how well it performs. Based on Amazon.com reviews, the majority of people seem to be quite happy with the product. There are occasional one-star reviews, but many of those seem to be based on the price rather than the performance of the product itself.

With 2014 just around the corner, I’d say that the Nutri Bullet is an interesting blender to consider if you’re thinking about starting off the new year with a focus on your health. It’s a fraction of the cost of a high-end blender which means the commitment level isn’t high if you tend to flake out on your resolutions after a few weeks. I’d also suggest purchasing something like this over a juicer. A product like the Nutri Bullet NBR-12 uses the whole fruit and vegetable, helping you to feel full longer and to obtain the vitamins, nutrients, and fiber found in the skin and pulp of fruits and veggies that you’d be throwing away when using a juicer.

Save 16% Off All Onnit Food Products and Blendtec Blenders

Save 16% Off All Onnit Food Products and Blendtec BlendersI must have missed this late last week when the new Onnit Hemp Force Vanill-Acai protein powder dropped, but in celebration of the new product release, Onnit also put all of its food products on sale at 16% off. You don’t have to enter an Onnit coupon code, either. Everything’s on sale within the Foods category on the Onnit website.

Things like the original Hemp Force ChocoMaca, the aforementioned Hemp Force Vanill-Acai, Hemp Force bars, Bulletproof Coffee, either bags or in bundles, and so many other things too numerous to mention here in one paragraph.

Another interesting item that’s on sale at 16% off is the Blendtec WildSide blender. This is the ultimate blender if you like making smoothies, or even your own salad dressings and things of that nature. This is the blender that Joe Rogan owns and uses on a daily basis to blend up his Hulk Loads. Yes, they are expensive with a regular retail price of $500, but now you can get one at 16% off.

I wish I wrote about this sale earlier, but as I said, I didn’t catch it in time. That being said, there’s still time left if you act quickly. The 16% off food products sale ends on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 11:59 CST, which is 12:59AM EST or 9:59PM PST. That’s today! Now’s the time to grab that blender you want, to try the new Hemp Force Vanilla, or to stock up on other Onnit food products.

Joe Rogan’s Favorite Things

Joe Rogan's Favorite ThingsIf you listen to The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, you know how Joe likes to go on and on about certain products that he loves. In many cases he’s not even advertising anything, he’s just speaking as someone who found something that works for him and he wants everyone else to experience the benefits of that particular product as well.

I’ve noticed a lot of traffic coming in from people who want to know what kind of blender does Joe Rogan use, what his favorite exercise DVD is, and what type of coconut water he drinks. In this brief post, I’ll outline what some of Joe Rogan’s favorite things are.

Joe Rogan’s favorite blender is the Blendtec Designer 625. It’s true at first he was recommending a Vitamix, but as he tried out the Blendtec, he changed his mind. There are benefits to each and features one has that the other doesn’t, but at the beginning of each day, Joe Rogan is making his hulk loads kale shakes in a Blendtec rather than a Vitamix.

Joe Rogan’s favorite kettlebell DVD is The Extreme Kettlebell Cardio Workout DVD. Joe has been going on for at least a couple of years now about the benefits of Keith Weber’s kettlebell DVD. He says that it only takes 20 or 30 minutes and a 30 lb. kettlebell to get your ass kicked. I’ve tried this DVD, and I can say that is without a doubt the truth. If you’re a beginner looking for a DVD, this isn’t the one for you. Try a kettlebell DVD from Amy Bento instead.

Joe Rogan’s favorite coconut water is C2O coconut water. Joe has tried a lot of coconut water, and he finds C2O coconut water to be the sweetest and most delicious. It’s made with a special type of coconut found in Thailand which sets it apart and above from all others, according to Joe. Being a Canadian, I’ve never tried it, as it doesn’t seem to be available anywhere up here.

That’s all I can think of for now. If you’re wondering about any other of Joe’s favorites, just leave a comment below and I’ll update this post.

Blendtec Blender Review

blendtec-blender-review-for-smoothies-andshakesWhat Vitamix and Blendtec blenders have in common is that they’re both commercial-grade blenders, come with a BPA-free pitcher, and they’re powerful enough to obliterate virtually anything that you throw in them. Seriously, the Blendtec is so powerful, it can blend everything from an iPhone and iPad to marbles, glow sticks, golf balls, and even a skeleton. Blendtec’s series of Will it Blend? YouTube videos are viral marketing at its finest.

While most Blendtec Total Blender Classic WildSide owners haven’t blended any non-food items in their blenders, it’s safe to say that all will have tried blending food. One issue that many people encounter with low-end blenders is that adding protein powder will leave a smoothie or shake with a grainy texture. Occasionally, there will be some frozen fruit that wasn’t blended completely too. These are no longer issues with a Blendtec blender, as it can literally turn ice into snow.

You can make a lot of things with a blender, and the Blendtec has a series of buttons along its face for some of the more commonly-used tasks for a blender. There’s a button for ice cream and frozen yogurt, one for ice cream milkshakes, another for soups, syrups and fondues, one for salad dressings and batters, one for whole juice, and one dedicated just to smoothies. This makes it dead easy to prepare a smoothie each morning, as the blender knows how long to blend your concoction for, and it speeds up and slows down automatically ensuring everything is blended. If you need more or less power, there are manual speed settings on the blender’s face as well.

So why choose a Blendtec blender over the Vitamix? Well, a Blendtec will slide under your counter if you want to keep it out in plain sight, while most Vitamix models are too tall. The Blendtec also has a unique square-shaped pitcher which helps eliminate “clogs” or food from getting stuck. To get around this, the Vitamix includes the tamper or plunger to help push food down. In other areas the blenders are similar, both offering a seven-year warranty, manual, and a recipe book.

Joe Rogan’s company Onnit sells the Blendtec WildSide for much lower than the MSRP, but Amazon also has a variety of Blendtec blenders at affordable prices. Just be certain that you’re ordering from one of these websites or another OFFICIAL Blendtec retailer, otherwise the warranty will not be valid. If you happen to run into any issues–and let’s face it, even the world’s most expensive cars break down from time to time–it’s nice to know that you’ll be taken care of by a company like Blendtec who provides great customer service.