My experiments with juices every morning!

I started looking for the best juicers on the market when my old juicer started giving up. It was a gradual process though. Initially the pulp would remain soft even after juicing, indicating that the juicer was not working adequately. After some time, the motor started making a dreadful noise, which again indicated that the ball bearings of the motor were slowly cracking up. It was a centrifugal machine. I was looking for a masticating juicer anyway! I had just retired and didn’t want a quick fix for my juice any longer! I rather wanted a glass of juice that was sweet or bitter depending on my choice of fruit or vegetable that morning. It needed to be full of flavor with the raw smell of the extract still trapped within the juice!

There were quite a few reputed brands offering good masticating juicer machines at reasonable prices. I knew what I wanted though! I needed the juicer to be of compact size as my kitchen countertop was rather restricted. Since most of my cookware was stainless steel, I wanted the juicer to have a brushed steel finish to blend in with other pieces in the cabinet. Most importantly, I wanted a juicer that would work real slow. It needed to have twin gears to do that, and the auger needed to press the vegetable mash slowly so that all juice could be extracted until the last drop. The chute also needed to be fairly big to take in larger vegetables and still juice efficiently.

When my earlier centrifugal juicer started spluttering one day, I walked over to the cookware and kitchen utensils store nearby, just a block or so away. The brand offering the features that I was looking for in my masticating juicer was prominently displayed at the counter. I just needed a live demonstration before I decided to buy it though. I asked the salesman if he would agree to juice some leafy green vegetables and later some bitter gourd that I was carrying in my bag to give me a demo. He agreed readily!

The leafy vegetable that I was carrying that day was spinach. The machine juiced it dry within a matter of minutes. I tasted it, and it had that raw smell that I was looking for in my juice. It also tasted fresh, and seemed packed with nutrients and vitamins. The gourd juice tasted equally good, and as bitter as it was supposed to be! I knew the bitterness hid all its benefits though! The juicer also didn’t cost a great deal, and I paid in cash and asked for delivery an hour later.

Each morning I drink juice from this masticating juicer is a revelation to me! I try and change my juice preference every day. Some day I will have spinach and broccoli juice, another day tomato and celery, some other day it will be cucumber and carrot. I combine stuff, I go for individuals-whatever! And each glass I drink, I am assured that I am taking in all the nutrients and vitamins that nature has bestowed on that vegetable. I drink to the last drop, knowing even that drop will have vitamins that my body might still need!

Centrifugal vs masticating juicer

What I Look for in Juicers

strawberry-juiceI enjoy juicing and I have had several juicers since I started juicing. I think that juicer reviews are a big help when it comes to choosing one because these reviews usually highlight useful and new functions that may not be present in other machines. Of course, there are some reviews that may not be as complete as others so I really have to read several before I make a decision to go look at the actual machine and try it out.

One of the very first things I look for in juicer reviews is the power of the machine. Not all juicers are created equal and this is true. I prefer machines that have the capacity to juice different kinds of fruits and vegetables. Some juicers cannot handle hard fruits and vegetables and this can put a cramp in my juicing recipes. I like to experiment with new recipes so it can be difficult to use a machine that cannot extract from all fruits and vegetables.

Another thing that I scan for and compare in reviews is the price of the juicer. Some reviews do not state the exact price but instead give a range. The price may vary depending on where the juicer may be sold as well as the warranty that comes with it. I seldom consider the cheaper models because there is a very good reason why the price is usually low; the functions are usually incomplete and the quality of the machine may not be as good. Some models with higher prices seem overpriced for me since many of the juicers have similar functions and mid range machines usually have these as well.

Of course, the details in the reviews vary, depending on what the writer deem important. I read reviews from reputable sites first since the writers usually expound on details and highlight many of the things that I want to know and am interested in.

Banana Souffle Recipe

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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients
4 eggs, separated
1 egg white
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon rum
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Directions:

  1. Let egg whites stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Coat a 1-1/2-qt. souffle dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in the bananas, sugar and cornstarch until blended. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer or until thickened. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in lemon juice, rum and lemon peel.
  3. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to the bowl, stirring constantly. Allow to cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. With a spatula, stir a fourth of the egg whites into banana mixture until no white streaks remain. Fold in remaining egg whites until combined. Transfer to prepared dish.
  5. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until the top is puffed and center appears set. Serve immediately.

Recipe by Taste of Home.

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Types of Diabetes

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There are three types of diabetes:

1) Type 1 diabetes

The body does not produce insulin. Some people may refer to this type as insulin-dependent diabetes, juvenile diabetes, or early-onset diabetes. People usually develop type 1 diabetes before their 40th year, often in early adulthood or teenage years.

Type 1 diabetes is nowhere near as common as type 2 diabetes. Approximately 10% of all diabetes cases are type 1.

Patients with type 1 diabetes will need to take insulin injections for the rest of their life. They must also ensure proper blood-glucose levels by carrying out regular blood tests and following a special diet.

Between 2001 and 2009, the prevalence of type 1 diabetes among the under 20s in the USA rose 23%, according to SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth data issued by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). (Link to article)

2) Type 2 diabetes

The body does not produce enough insulin for proper function, or the cells in the body do not react to insulin (insulin resistance).

Approximately 90% of all cases of diabetes worldwide are type 2.

Some people may be able to control their type 2 diabetes symptoms by losing weight, following a healthy diet, doing plenty of exercise, and monitoring their blood glucose levels. However, type 2 diabetes is typically a progressive disease – it gradually gets worse – and the patient will probably end up have to take insulin, usually in tablet form.

Overweight and obese people have a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those with a healthy body weight. People with a lot of visceral fat, also known as central obesity, belly fat, or abdominal obesity, are especially at risk. Being overweight/obese causes the body to release chemicals that can destabilize the body’s cardiovascular and metabolic systems.

Being overweight, physically inactive and eating the wrong foods all contribute to our risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Drinking just one can of (non-diet) soda per day can raise our risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 22%, researchers from Imperial College London reported in the journal Diabetologia. The scientists believe that the impact of sugary soft drinks on diabetes risk may be a direct one, rather than simply an influence on body weight.

The risk of developing type 2 diabetes is also greater as we get older. Experts are not completely sure why, but say that as we age we tend to put on weight and become less physically active. Those with a close relative who had/had type 2 diabetes, people of Middle Eastern, African, or South Asian descent also have a higher risk of developing the disease.

Men whose testosterone levels are low have been found to have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, say that low testosterone levels are linked to insulin resistance. (Link to article)

For more information on how type 1 and type 2 diabetes compare, see our article: the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

3) Gestational diabetes

This type affects females during pregnancy. Some women have very high levels of glucose in their blood, and their bodies are unable to produce enough insulin to transport all of the glucose into their cells, resulting in progressively rising levels of glucose.

Diagnosis of gestational diabetes is made during pregnancy.

The majority of gestational diabetes patients can control their diabetes with exercise and diet. Between 10% to 20% of them will need to take some kind of blood-glucose-controlling medications. Undiagnosed or uncontrolled gestational diabetes can raise the risk of complications during childbirth. The baby may be bigger than he/she should be.

Scientists from the National Institutes of Health and Harvard University found that women whose diets before becoming pregnant were high in animal fat and cholesterol had a higher risk for gestational diabetes, compared to their counterparts whose diets were low in cholesterol and animal fats. (Link to article)

Information: Medical News Today

Which is the top rated juicer machine

vegetablesJuicing is healthy and more beneficial way of getting nutrients from fruits and vegetables. This is because most of the vitamins and fruits are found on the skin and seeds of the vegetables and fruits. True juicing can only be done with a good juicer machine. There are different kinds of juicers that handle different functions. They include Citrus Juicer, Centrifugal Juicer, Masticating Juicer, Twin Gear Juicer and Wheatgrass Juicer. Here are top rated juicer machine reviews to help you choose the best juice maker:

Best Masticating Juicer – Omega VRT 350

This juicer produces less watery juice which is tastier. It comes with a vertical cylinder in order to masticate well. It also has an Ultem screen which is very strong hence suitable for those who juice daily. It juices at a low speed therefore preventing oxidation. It is also capable of juicing wheatgrass.

Best Centrifugal Juicer – Breville 8ooJEXL Juice Fountain Elite

It is the best centrifugal juicer made. It has a big chute which allows you to feed fruits wholly without having to chop them. It is the fastest juicer with a 1000 watt motor. It is also easy to clean after use. It is made of stainless steel. It has a detachable pitcher to dispense the juice there. Check out this here.

Best Twin Gear Juicer – Super Angel 5500

This is the machine that squeezes every last drop out of anything, be it vegetables, fruits or wheatgrass. It juices at a low speed therefore preserving most of the nutrients. It is made of stainless steel hence a very durable machine. It uses a powerful motor that operates at 86 RPMs.

Best Citrus Juicer – Breville 8ooCPXL Die

It is a bit expensive at around $200, but it is features make it worth. It is made of stainless steel hence very durable and good looking. It comes with two filtration systems which help you manage the amount of pulp getting in your juice.

Best Wheatgrass Juicer – Hurricane Stainless Steel Manual Wheatgrass Juicer

This is the best wheatgrass juicer in the market. Wheatgrass is known of improving red blood cell count and cleansing of blood. It is light in weight, made of stainless steel and easy to clean after use. It has an auger shape to increase its efficiency.

Related site: Eurojuices

Best and worst foods for people with diabetes

If you have diabetes, watching what you eat is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy.

“The basic goal of nutrition for people with diabetes is to avoid blood sugar spikes,” said Dr. Gerald Bernstein, director of the diabetes management program at Friedman Diabetes Institute, Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.

Candy and soda can be dangerous for diabetics because the body absorbs these simple sugars almost instantly. But all types of carbs need to be watched, and foods high in fat—particularly unhealthy fats—are problematic as well because people with diabetes are at very high risk of heart disease, said Sandy Andrews, RD, director of education for the William Sansum Diabetes Center in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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Worst: White rice
The more white rice you eat, the greater your risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a 2012 review. In a study of more than 350,000 people, those who ate the most white rice were at greatest risk for type 2 diabetes, and the risk increased 11 percent for each additional daily serving of rice.

“Basically anything highly processed, fried, and made with white flour should be avoided,” Andrews said.

White rice and pasta can cause blood sugar spikes similar to that of sugar.

Have this instead: Brown rice or wild rice. These whole grains don’t cause the same blood sugar spikes thanks to fiber, which helps slow the rush of glucose into the bloodstream, Andrews said. What’s more, a Harvard School of Public Health study found that two or more weekly servings of brown rice was linked to a lower diabetes risk.

RELATED: 11 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Belly Fat

Worst: Blended coffees
Blended coffees that are laced with syrup, sugar, whipped cream, and other toppings can have as many calories and fat grams as a milkshake, making them a poor choice for those with diabetes. A 16-ounce Frappuccino at Starbucks, for instance, can contain 500 calories, 98 grams of carbs, and 9 grams of fat. You may consider a treat such as this “just coffee,” but the blended versions can send blood glucose soaring.

Have this instead: Ask for the smaller, 12-oz light or non-fat versions, which range from 60 to 200 calories, making it a much lower-calorie, lower-sugar substitute, said Andrews.

“The lighter version won’t drive blood sugars sky high, especially if you take a walk afterward,” she added. Ideally, black coffee is best.

Worst: Bananas and melons
All fresh fruit is packed with vitamins and fiber, making them a healthy part of any diet. However, some fruits contain more sugar.

“Bananas, melons, and stone fruits like peaches and nectarines are on the high-sugar side,” said Dr. Cathy Doria-Medina, a Los Angeles endocrinologist.

These may cause blood sugar spikes more than other fruit, although this may not be true for everyone.

Have this instead: Granny Smith apples, blueberries, and other berries are lower in sugar.

“But what works for one diabetic may not work for another, so you need to find which fruits work best for you,” said Doria-Medina. “Combining the fruit with peanut butter or low-fat cheese (making sure to reduce the fruit portion by half) is also a good way to cut down the fruit portion.”

Test your blood sugar two hours after eating to find out how you react.

Worst: Chinese food
High-calorie, high fat, high-sodium, and high-carb Chinese food dishes can spike blood sugar dramatically and keep it high for a while, said Andrews. The biggest offenders include fried entrees such as orange chicken and sweet and sour dishes, which contain breading and are served swimming in a sugary sauce.

Have this instead: If you enjoy Chinese food, prepare a modified recipe at home using steamed veggies and low-sodium, low-fat condiments and flavorings. Reducing sodium can help lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart attacks. Skip the white rice and noodles; have brown rice or wild rice instead.

RELATED: 15 Ways to Lose Weight Without Trying

Further information – Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/11/06/13-best-and-worst-foods-for-people-with-diabetes)

Cinnamon-Banana Cake with Chocolate Ganache

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A recipe by Diabetic Living Online, try out!

Ingredients

Cake
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar*
    • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar*
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 3/4 cup fat-free milk
    • 1/2 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 2 eggs, lightly beaten
    • 2/3 cup mashed banana
    • 1/4 cup canola oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Ganache
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fat-free half-and-half

Directions

  1. Cake Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Generously grease and flour a 10-inch fluted tube pan; set pan aside. In large mixing bowl stir together flours, granulated and brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda.
  2. Cake In medium bowl combine milk, eggs, banana, oil, and vanilla. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 2 minutes. Spoon batter into prepared pan; spread evenly.
  3. Cake Bake about 45 to 55 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. Ganache In a small microwave-safe bowl combine chocolate and half-and-half. Microwave, uncovered, on 50% power (medium) for 1 minute. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir until completely smooth. Let stand to thicken slightly. Spoon evenly atop cooled cake.

Tip

  • *Sugar Substitutes Choose Splenda Sugar Blend for Baking to substitute for the granulated sugar. Choose Splenda Brown Sugar Blend for Baking to substitute for the brown sugar. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 1/2 cup granulated or brown sugar.
  • *Sugar Substitutes Nutrition analysis per serving: same as above except 177 calories, 27 g carbohydrate, 10 g total sugar, 175 mg sodium, 5% calcium Exchanges .5 other carb Carb Choice: 2

More: Diabetic Frozen Dessert Recipes: Ice Cream, Sherbet, Frozen Pops & More

 

8 Drinks That Help Fight Diabetes

So one great addition to a healthier lifestyle for people who are living with diabetes is to include more water in your diet. The problem here? Plain water every day can taste kind of boring, and people with diabetes may already feel that their diets are restricted. So what are some good ways to up your water intake while not completely boring your palate?

One simple solution is to incorporate spa water into your diet. With a name like that, it sounds indulgent, and fortunately, it can taste that way, too, while still being very good for you. Spa water is a delicious combination of fresh fruits, and sometimes herbs, that you can infuse into cold water. It’s great to keep a pitcher in your fridge running, and you can mix up a variety of different combinations with whatever ingredients you like so that you don’t get tired of the same tastes every day.

We recommend a combination of diabetes-fighting lemon and lime wheels with some anti-oxidant-packed fresh berries. You can slice up just one or two strawberries and they’ll infuse a whole pitcher of water with their bright, berry sweetness. Peppermint, which is thought to potentially help both nerve and digestive disorders associated with diabetes, can be added to spa water as well, for a fresh, invigorating, and healthful taste.

Eating and drinking well is something everyone should enjoy, and having diabetes should never prevent you from doing that. But learning how to make healthy (and tasty) drink choices when you have diabetes may take some getting used to. Take a look at our suggestions to find out more about healthful drink options you should feel great about enjoying.

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Chamomile Tea

 

No calories, big flavor, and a boatload of antioxidants have made chamomile tea trendy for health reasons, especially for diabetics. Research performed at the University of Toyama in Japan and Aberystwyth University in Wales suggests that regularly drinking chamomile tea may help lower blood sugar in addition to preventing complications including nerve and circulatory damage, kidney disease, and blindness that can occur due to the condition.

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Almond Milk

 

This drink can help lower blood sugar. Buy the unsweetened version so you aren’t accidentally drinking added sugars. Throw in half a banana and a spoon of peanut butter to make a smoothie that will help stabilize fluctuating sugar.

Information by The Daily Meal (http://www.thedailymeal.com/8-drinks-help-fight-diabetes/41814)