How to make the Perfect Strawberry Margarita

Perfect Strawberry Margarita

This guy looks to be about 12 years old and drunk off his rocker, but he still manages to show how to make a Perfect Strawberry Margarita.

He’s using a Margarita Machine to make the drinks, so if you don’t have one, you’ll need to wing it using a blender.

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Perfect Strawberry Margarita
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Simple Perfect Strawberry Margarita with a video recipe
Ingredients
  • 4 cups Ice Cubes
  • 1 Shot Triple Sec
  • 3 Shots Tequila
  • 1 Cup Margarita Frozen Drink Mix
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar
Instructions
  1. Fill the back of your Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker with ice cubes.
  2. Add Triple Sec, Tequila, Margarita Mix, Strawberries and Sugar into the machine.
  3. Press the 'Start' Button and watch the magic!
  4. Pour into Margarita Glasses and enjoy.

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How To Make a Frozen Margarita from Scratch

Making a Frozen Margarita

The Frozen Margarita has become common in bars and restaurants all across America.  Most of these are made from pre-made mixes using frozen margarita machines that blend the frozen slush at the perfect temperature to keep the drink frozen but not frozen solid.

Most of us will never be able to afford these machines for use in our own homes.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your own homemade Frozen Margarita, made the old fashion way, using raw ingredients.  Here’s one way to do just that.

Frozen Margarita Requirement List

  • 1 1/2 oz. 100% agave tequila
  • 1/2 oz. orange liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • A splash of simple syrup
  • A small dish of salt
  • 1 c. ice
  • A lime
  • A measuring jigger
  • A blender
  • A large margarita glass (or cocktail glass)

Step by Step Frozen Margarita Instructions

  1. Frost the glass by placing it in the freezer a couple of hours ahead of time.
  2. Cover a small dish with a thin layer of salt.
  3. Cut the lime in half. Set one half aside and cut a wedge from the other half.
  4. Rub the lime wedge around the rim of the chilled margarita glass, leaving an even ring of moisture along the outer edge.
  5. Turn the glass upside down onto the dish of salt and twist until a thin layer of salt adheres to the outer rim. Turn the glass right side up and set aside.
  6. Add one and one-half ounces of tequila to the blender, then add one-half ounce of orange liqueur.  Pour in one-half ounce each of lime and lemon juice.  Sweeten with a splash of simple syrup.  Finally, add one cup of ice.  For a creamier, smoother drink, freeze the lime and lemon juices into cubes, and blend those instead of the juice.
  7. Blend the margarita on medium speed for about fifteen seconds, or until smooth.
  8. Pour the drink into your frosted margarita glass.
  9. Garnish the drink with a lime slice on the glass, and serve right away.

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Enjoy your tasty Frozen Margarita today!

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Meal Replacement Shakes for Losing Weight

“Are Meal Replacement Shakes for Losing Weight?” is a question I’ve seen plenty of times. The answer isn’t a simple one.

Using meal replacement shakes for losing weight is only part of the equation. Without the addition of exercise and proper diet, just drinking a meal replacement shake won’t do anything. They are just another form of calories.

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I’ve been a big fan of Bill Phillips and his Body-for-LIFE program for a long time. In his book, Bill teaches a method of transformation the involves exercise, diet and using meal replacement shakes for losing weight. Bill has had a lot of success with meal replacement shakes, having developed the Met-Rx, EAS (Myoplex), and now Right Light Shakes.

How Do Meal Replacement Shakes for Losing Weight Work?

As much as most people hope drinking a meal replacement shake will magically reduce your weight, they don’t work that way. They do allow you to quickly make a meal that is portable, tasty, and comes in pre-metered calorie counts. Calories in different brands and formulas can vary greatly, allowing anyone to find a shake that meets their caloric needs.

These shakes help you lose weight by helping you keep track of the calories you are eating. It is far easier to count a 250 calorie meal by drinking a shake than it is by trying to correctly measure the ingredients in a grilled chicken salad to hit that same mark.

Shakes also help you because of their portability. In a hurry? You can grab a pre-made shake, toss it in a small cooler with an ice pack, and hit the road. You can eat it in a car, in a meeting or even at your desk. Best of all, you aren’t going to be grabbing an unhealthy meal at a fast food joint.

While you may want to use meal replacement shakes for losing weight, you shouldn’t replace your entire day’s meals with them. Take your full day’s worth of calories and divide them into 5 or 6 meals. Use shakes for mid-morning, mid-afternoon and evening snacks, filling the main three meals with normal foods in smaller portions.

What are My Favorite Meal Replacement Shakes for Losing Weight?

I have two favorite shakes. For quick, on the run shakes, I absolutely love Myoplex Ready-to-Drink shakes. I’ve only tried Chocolate, but they also make it in Vanilla, Strawberry, Dark Chocolate, Cookies and Cream and more.

For a packaged shake, I’m a big fan of MET-Rx Vanilla Shakes. I use these in smoothies, mixed with fruits, and just right out of the packet. Mixed with water, these blend up thick as any shake should be. A few drops of imitation flavorings, such as orange, peppermint, cherry and strawberry, makes your shake taste different every day.

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If you’ve been using meal replacement shakes for losing weight, I’d love it if you left a comment below.

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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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Should I Drink Protein Shakes While Trying to Lose Weight?

trying to lose weightI’m trying to lose weight.  I want to try to drink protein shakes while I go to the gym to lose weight.  Which one shall I drink?  I live in the UK.

I knew a girl in the gym who used to drink a protein shake within a half hour after working out at the gym.  It was so she does not lose muscle.  Is that true?

Trying to Lose Weight With Protein Shakes

Trying to lose weight isn’t difficult — all you need to do is burn more calories than you take in.  That’s the tough part.

Protein shakes won’t make you lose weight on their own.  Shakes add calories.  They don’t take them away.  So why could it help you?

As I said, trying to lose weight is easy if you burn more calories than you take in.  Muscle burns more calories than fat does.  Protein helps construct muscle, assuming you are exercising well in order to build that muscle.

If you are eating fats and extra carbohydrates and sugars, substituting protein shake calories for some of those ‘bad calories’ will likely help you build muscle (with exercise), and will also aid in weight loss.

So if you are exercising intensely, reducing bad food intake, and adding protein shakes can actually give you better results when you are trying to lose weight.

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How Do I Make A Healthy Fruit Smoothie With No Bananas?

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Just want to know how to make a good fruit smoothie. One request, NO BANANA, it makes me sick!

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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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Do You Remember the Milkshake in a Carton?

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OK.  So when I was a kid, there were these little milkshake in a carton things, that came in a milk carton. And it was really good, but they don’t sell them anymore. The vanilla milkshake was in a blue carton. And the chocolate milkshake was in a brown carton. I would love any information, like the brand, or like a website. Thank you so much.

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How long can frozen drink mix be kept and still be safe to use?

I have 4 cans of frozen drink mixers and they are about 6 years old. They have been frozen since I bought them.

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What would happen if I only drink meal replacement shakes?

meal replacement shakes and salads are convenient for me, also oatmeal
doctors say the human body runs off calories.

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