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Kitchen Helpers for Healthy Eating

New Year’s resolutions aside, the beginning of a new year is a great time to treat yourself to premium-quality kitchenware that makes healthy eating a lot easier. These handy kitchen gadgets are indispensable for creating healthy drinks and dishes long after the whole New Year health buzz fades. And after all, consistency is really the key to making a healthier diet work long term!

Check out some of our favorite kitchen appliances that will help you stick to that healthy diet all year long:

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1) Cuisinart Mini-Prep® Plus Processor: The compact design is great for smaller counter spaces, but its versatile blades are capable of handling anything from fresh salsas, sauces and more.

2) KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender: Perfect for making healthy smoothies, soups and much more, this versatile blender is a great everyday kitchen sidekick.

3) Vitamix CIA Professional Series: Trusted by professional chefs worldwide, this powerful blender creates tons of culinary masterpieces—from smoothies, sorbets, soups and more! It even comes with a great cookbook full of delicious and healthy recipes.

4) Breville JE98XL The Juice Fountain® Plus Juicer : This efficient juicer makes a delicious glass of juice from large chunks of fruits and veggies in mere seconds! Drink up!

5) Omega Nutrition Center Masticating-Style Juicer: This powerful juicer is perfect for yielding the most juice from leafy green veggies like kale and spinach.

6) Chef’s Choice Professional Digital Scale: When practicing precise portion control, this food scale is truly an essential. We love the sleek, low-profile design!

 

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Juicers 101: A Healthy Start to Your New Year

You’ve probably heard of all the great benefits of juicing as a way of consuming fresh, raw foods in your daily diet. Sounds simple enough, right? Extract all the nutrients inside fruits and vegetables, drink them and reap the health benefits. But selecting the right kind of juicer can be a bit tricky for the juicing novice.

We’ve broken down three of the most common types of juicers on the market to find the one that works best for you:

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1. Breville Juice Fountain Compact, 2. Omega Nutrition Center Heavy-Duty Juicer, 3. Krups Silver Art Citrus Press

Centrifugal Juicers: This is generally the most affordable kind of juicer and therefore the most popular type on the market. They’re great for juicing most fruits and vegetables quickly and efficiently. However, they’re not as effective at yielding high volumes of juice from grassy and leafy plants such as wheatgrass, spinach, lettuce and other greens.

Centrifugal juicers usually have large feeding chutes allowing you to take the whole or half the fruit without the need for cutting them into smaller pieces.

The juice from these types of juicers typically has a very short shelf life and should be consumed right away to get the most nutritional value.

Masticating Juicers: Also known as single-gear juicer, this breaks up the plant cells resulting in more fiber, enzymes and trace mineral yields. These are generally more efficient than Centrifugal juicers in extracting more juice (i.e. the pulp comes out drier), and are great at juicing greens/leafy vegetables. However, they are more expensive than centrifugal juicers.

These operate at lower RPMs (rotations per minute), meaning there’s less foam and heat conducted, increasing the shelf life and nutrition yield per serving. Masticating juicers are also more versatile since they can homogenize foods to make sauces, baby food, ice cream, sorbets, nut butters, etc.

Citrus Presses: An electric citrus press works similarly to manual ones but more quickly and yields more juice per fruit. Some of the benefits of fresh-squeezed citrus juice versus the store-bought kind are: a fresher taste, fewer or no additives and preservatives, and more nutrient integrity. Remember, as soon as the juice hits the air, oxygenation begins to degrade the nutrient content. That’s why treating yourself to fresh-squeezed orange or grapefruit juice every day with a balanced breakfast is by far the healthier option!

Drink up for a healthier you in 2013!

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Home

Who doesn't love a gift that keeps on giving? If you thought Zappos only carried shoes, allow us to introduce you to some of our amazing home brands this holiday season!

Whether it’s for the perpetual hostess, the newlyweds, or the new college student on your gift-giving list, we’ve got you covered with these handy gift ideas.

Check out a few of our top picks below, just in time for holiday gatherings and guests! For even more home gift options, visit our Housewares section on Zappos.com!

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1. Krups XP 1500 Coffee & Espresso Machine, 2. Cuisinart Classic Tri-Ply Stainless 10-Piece Set, 3. Bodum 4-Piece Coffee Gift Set, 4. Breville ikon 4-Slice Toaster, 5. Le Creuset 5.5 qt. Signature Round French Oven, 6. Omega Vert Low Speed Juicing System, 7. Riedel Overture Magnum (Set of 8), 8. Shun 10th Anniversary 8" Chef Knife, 9. All-Clad Stainless Steel 3 qt. Saute Pan, 10. Emeril by All-Clad 8" & 12"  Hard Anodized Fry Pan Set, 11. SHEEX Performance Queen Sheets Set, 12. Aerobed 18" Premier Queen Mattress w/ Headboard

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6 Kitchen Essentials for Healthy Eating

Today is International Chocolate Day. However, that’s not the focus of this post; in fact, quite the opposite. Although chocolate (particularly dark chocolate) is great when enjoyed in moderation, a healthy lifestyle really does rely predominantly on a healthy, balanced diet.

A diet that consists of mostly whole, unprocessed foods, with lots of fruits and veggies in the mix, is considered to be the healthiest. If that sounds bland and boring to you, think again! Healthy eating can be just as satisfying, if not more so, than eating junk. The trick is having the right kitchen gadgets and experiment with healthy ingredients you love.

Check out a few of our favorite healthy-diet kitchen essentials:

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1. Breville 800 BLXL Die-Cast HemisphereBlender, 2. Omega VRT350 Vert Low Speed Juicing System, 3. Fagor Slow Juicer, 4. Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 11" Square Grill Pan 5. Kitchenaid 13-Cup Food Processor, 6. Emile Henry Flame Kabob Grilling Stone and Skewers

For breakfast or a delicious mid-day snack, a refreshing green smoothie* or juice is a great option. With the right blend of yummy fruits and veggies, these super-nutritious drinks are packed with so much vitamins and minerals that are easily absorbed into the body. Investing in a high-quality blender and/or juicer is something your body will reap rewards from for years to come. That’s why it’s always on our “healthy living” must-have list!

For dinner, opt for lean meats and veggies grilled to perfection. Kabobs** are a really easy option, so is grilled fish with salad or a delicious homemade salsa as a side.

 

*Recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com® via user WhitneyLW

**Recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com®  via user DAVESARAH

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New Brand Spotlight: Omega

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An important part of a healthy lifestyle is eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Juicing and green smoothies have been gaining tons of popularity lately with their countless health benefits. Invest in your healthy with a great quality juicer and/or blender. It’s an easy (and delicious) way to get your daily recommended dose of fruits and veggies!

Omega offers a huge selection of juicers and blenders with the best warranty in the industry. These professional-quality kitchen appliances were built to last, so you can make your daily smoothies and juices and be on your way to a healthier, more beautiful you.