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A Lifestyle Trend
If smoothie-making has become a regular part of your daily routine, then you are in the right place to find out which accessories are essential. I have been making smoothies daily for myself and my family for over a year now and I have found accessories that bring convenience to this new healthy habit. These smoothies are often meals for breakfast, but even sometimes dinner. I find it amazing the amount of nutrients that can be packed into a single smoothie! It's difficult to get all of the nutrients you need into 3 meals throughout the day. A smoothie-maker solves that problem. If you are looking for the best smoothie-maker, check out the Ninja Auto iQ. See the link below for all you need to know about this amazing small appliance.
According to ChooseMyPlate.gov, adult men and women need between 2–3 cups of veggies per day, and between 1 1/2–2 cups of fruit, depending on age.
You may not even realize at this point that there are accessories that will make your smoothie-making routine easier and faster. There are 3 accessories that I now find to be essential in making smoothie-making more convenient.
Clean Fruit and Veggies
Pulling out my old large colander became very inconvenient once I began making smoothies on a regular basis. I saw this LiveFresh Food Strainer set and had to have it. They are perfect for rinsing small, medium and larger sized fruits and veggies. I love that they are stainless steel and that they have loop handles. Not only do they look beautiful, but they can also be displayed on hooks in the kitchen for easy access. Because they are fine, meaning the mesh is tight with very small spaces, you don't have to worry about losing small food particles in the sink.
“Washing fruits and vegetables can remove 99 percent of pathogens,” Sanja Ilic, Ph.D., assistant professor of food safety at Ohio State University tells SELF. "Either way, you’re still removing almost all of the Salmonella, E. coli, or norovirus that could be lurking on your victuals, and if you’re immune system is healthy, you probably won’t get food poisoning," according to SELF writer Amanda Schupak.
Drinking in Style
I love making smoothies for everyone in my family, especially in the morning when we are all in a hurry to get out the door. These mason jars with lids and straws are a time-saver and easy to use. They are also attractive. If rinsed out with warm water they are easy to clean as well. I usually make a large amount of smoothie mix and pour it into these jars for everyone to enjoy. It's nice not to have to worry about spills as well, in the house, in the car, and at work. I like these jars with the handles, making them extra-easy to carry.
According to MyOwnBottle.com, "Glass is the only packaging material generally regarded as safe by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Glass is made from all-natural, sustainable raw materials, is 100% recyclable, and can be recycled endlessly with no loss in quality or purity."
Once I started drinking smoothies daily, I began looking for suitable containers to carry them in. While the containers that come with the smoothie-maker itself are great because they come with lids, I prefer to rinse them immediately after mixing, and then pouring my mix into easy-to-use and carry mason jar sets. I use them at home and at work and really enjoy drinking smoothies out of them.
Make it Easy
Cleaning the containers, blades, and lids that come with a smoothie-maker might seem cumbersome at first, especially if tackling the job with regular sponges and dishrags. The StarPack Premium Bottle Brush Set makes cleaning all of these parts, including straws exceedingly easy. The bottle brush set includes 1 long handle bottle brush great for cleaning containers that are deep, 1 regular bottle brush for smaller-sized containers, 1 small detail cleaning brush, and 1 narrow straw cleaning brush.
The bristles on the brushes are tough and take very little effort to remove debris from all of the smoothie-making items used throughout the week. They also come in handy when cleaning other items as well.
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