Do you know why they put salt around the glass for margaritas?

Why do they put salt around the glass for margaritas?? If you drink it throw a straw?

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Making an Apple Smoothie Puree-Style

Imagine the taste of ripe, red, Washington State apples when you taste your next Apple Smoothie.  It is simple to make this delicious taste treat using apple puree.  Here’s a quick video to show you how.

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Apple Smoothie from Puree

Easy Peasy Apple Smoothie

This is an apple smoothie made simple by using a bottled 100% crushed fruit apple smoothie puree.  Dr. Smoothie is the leader of home smoothie purees.  Just place the puree, some water, and ice cubes into a blender and blend until smooth.

Apple Smoothie or Apple Slushie?

There’s a purist in me that says an apple smoothie should have both fruit and a milky base in it.  The drink that is blended in this video is really more of a Slushie than a Smoothie.  That’s easy to fix with the substitution of yogurt for the water.  This may give this apple smoothie a smoother texture and a slightly different taste.  What do you think?

Nutrition is Key in This Apple Smoothie

The puree used in this apple smoothie is packed full of nutrients.  A 16-ounce smoothie contains the equivalent of three servings of fruit.  The smoothie has a taste that isn’t like green apples.  Even with no added sugar, the puree gives this a unique taste that isn’t sour.  For an apple smoothie that is 100% fat free, natural, and lactose free, select Dr. Smoothie.  Enriched with minerals and vitamins, but so good your kids will love it.

Enjoy an Apple Smoothie made from this healthy apple puree today!

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Strawberry Almond Grape Juice Smoothie

Starts with a Grape Juice Smoothie Base

Enjoy a healthy breakfast grape juice smoothie made with fresh strawberries, whole almonds, and grape juice.  A filling way to start your day!

You can use white grape juice when making these with the kiddies, or a darker grape juice when you make them yourself.  Just be careful — dark grape juice, a blender and a lose cover can spell disaster in a pretty white kitchen.

Making a Grape Juice Smoothie

  • 1 cup white grape juice
  • 6-8 frozen strawberries
  • 7-8 whole almonds

Blend together and drink this grape juice smoothie to help keep you feeling full all day long!

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Making the Perfect Margarita

Jack shows us how to make a perfect Margarita in this short video.  I like that he adds an egg white for increasing the frothiness in this tasty looking margarita.  The only thing I don’t like is the big old chuck of something (probably ice) that falls into the glass as he’s pouring the drink.

Margarita Ingredients

Jack starts with a blender half-full of ice, then adds the following ingredients to his Perfect Margarita:

  • 6 oz. Frozen Limeade
  • 1 egg white
  • 6 oz. Tequila
  • 2 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1 tbsp Karo Syrup
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Now That's One Good Margarita!

Put the cover on the blender and blend on high speed until the Margarita is as smooth as you like.  Prepare a Margarita glass by running a lime wedge around the rim, and then dipping the rim into salt.  Pour in the Margarita, and enjoy!

Margarita Tools

On secret to a great Margarita is do have a blender that can handle the ice well.  One way around this is to use crushed ice, if your refrigerator has a built in ice crusher.  Another is to crush the ice by placing it into a plastic bag and then hammering it with a rolling pin.  But the easiest way is to buy a good quality blender to handle the ice .

Here’s a blender that should stand up to it:

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If you noticed, Jack was using a quality Margarita glass.  Here’s one that is just the right size:

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And finally, Jack used a special Margarita salt and rimmer.  I’m not sure exactly what he used, but here’s what I’d recommend:

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Of course, if money is tight, you can always rim a table glass in table salt.  But it’s always nice to have all the Margarita fixings!

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Good Protein Shake for Muscle Bulk

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Question:  When I starting hitting the gym, I was quite overweight. I have lost a lot of that fat and am now looking for a good protein shake that won’t put that fat back on but will build muscular bulk.  Any specific shakes would be a great help!

Good Protein Shake Recommendations

There are several sources of protein that feed muscle growth.  None of them, with exercise and taken in suggested quantities, should result in fat gain.  These proteins come from different route food sources, and each reacts with the body in a different way.

Good Protein ShakeCasein and Whey Proteins both come from cows.  Whey makes a good protein shake for right after a workout, since it is quickly and easily absorbed by muscle.  Casein makes a good protein shake for between meals and before going to sleep, as it is absorbed slowly and steadily over a long period of time.  You can take either protein alone, or in a combination shake.

Egg White Protein comes from eggs (duh!) and it is another high-quality protein.  You may see this described as albumin or “instantized egg albumin” on a package label.  This is a much better choice than the old raw eggs shakes of the past, due to egg-born illnesses.

Soy is another type of protein that you can commonly buy.  It isn’t a bad protein itself.  The downside of it is that soy may raise estrogen levels in males and may negatively impact thyroid function in high quantities.  While there is no need to avoid soy in general, you would want to avoid protein shake powders where soy is listed as the first or second ingredient on the label.

Good Protein Shake Brands

Here are several good protein shake mixes that I’d recommend.

First, a Whey/Casein Mix.

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Here’s a good protein shake mix based on Egg White Protein.

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Finally, a good protein shake mix blend that contains multiple protein sources. Soy is in this, but in a minimal amount.

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No matter which mix you choose, you’ll end up with a good protein shake for muscle bulk.

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Can you make a vanilla milkshake without using ice cream?

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I know this sounds absolutely crazy.. but I’m craving a milkshake right now. I don’t have any ice cream. So how can I make a milkshake without the ice cream?
I’m craving a vanilla milkshake but I don’t have any ice cream. Can you please give me a recipe on how to make them without ice cream?

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Should Smoothie Maker Destroy Itself?

smoothie makerThis Smoothie Maker Will Self-Destruct in 3 Minutes

Should there be the possibility that a blender/smoothie maker might chop it’s own parts to pieces if not properly aligned?

A Smoothie Maker Should Not Self-Destruct

I don’t know of a single quality manufacturer who sells a smoothie maker that might do this.  That’s not to say that you can’t find a cheap plastic one at your local dollar store or something.

There are some things to look for when you are shopping for a smoothie maker though:

  • Look for glass containers rather than plastic — it will last much longer and won’t scratch
  • Look for higher wattage or horsepower (HP) in the motor — they will handle ice and thicker mixes better
  • Look for at least five speeds — preferably more — these handle chopping, blending and pureeing better

If your smoothie maker actually did eat itself up, there could be a few things that caused it.

  • Make sure your base it screwed on tightly, and the rubber gasket it place — if it isn’t, it may not reach the connecting piece on the base
  • Make sure the unit is well seated on the base — a poorly seated blender top can cause the connecting piece to chew itself up
  • Make sure that liquids don’t get into the electrical components in the base — this can cause the motor to short out and quit working

Recommended Smoothie Maker

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Does anyone have recipes for fun and cool summer vodka drinks?

Does anyone have any recipes for a fun and cool summer vodka drink?

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What brand of protein shake mix should you start out with?

brand of protein shake mixI began lifting for 3 months without any supplements, and I want to start using protein shakes. Does it matter which brand of protein shake mix I get? Or do I need to start off with a certain shake?

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Smoothie Maker versus Food Processor?

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Can a Smoothie Maker Work as a Food Processor?

We have a Back to Basics Smoothie Elite smoothie maker sitting in the back of a cupboard unused. I never make smoothies, but I’m about fed up with my ancient blender and was wondering if the smoothie maker would work for processing food?

It’s supposed to be able to crush ice, so presumably it’s pretty heavy duty.

Will this smoothie maker process food?

Smoothie Maker Won’t Work

There are several reasons why this won’t work well for you:

  • The base of a smoothie machine is too small, so food will not drop to the blades well
  • A food processor doesn’t liquefy foods, but a smoothie machine does
  • There is a spout on a smoothie machine that will clog with food

Even though the two machines seem like they could perform similar tasks, they are too different from each other to work interchangeably.  That doesn’t mean you can never substitute the Smoothie Elite.  For example, chopping chives or other small herbs would likely work well in either.

Part of the reason for thinking the Back to Basics machine might work is the ice example.  But ice should only be added to a blender one cube at a time, and after a liquid base has been blended.  Filling a smoothie maker with ice and trying to blend it won’t work well.

So, unfortunately, it looks like you need to replace that food processor.

Recommended Smoothie Maker Machines

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