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Creating Ease with the BlendTec Blender

With deep gratitude, I received a BlendTec WideJar and Twister blender to review. I am always looking for new ways to make healthy eating simple and I have loved all that I’ve created with my BlendTec.

It can feel overwhelming sometimes to walk into the kitchen and feel like you can come up with a healthy meal in a short and stress free time. My BlendTec has helped make that easier than ever, and I’m happy to share some of my favorite food creations with you!

BlendTec SmoothieI make smoothies almost every morning, and with the juice button, they have never been smoother before now. I’ve used other high power blenders before but they sometimes left chunks of fruit that would appear in my glass and that hasn’t happened with the BlendTec.

The buttons are so easy to navigate and my 4 year old often helps out with making smoothies. It’s great to get her involved and experimenting. I let her add what she wants to her smoothies because it gives her the chance to learn a lesson I certainly have – sometimes fewer ingredients work better than adding in everything you can think of!

Banana Ice CreamThe BlendTec Twister has been our favorite for making ice cream. I’ll put a couple of frozen bananas in there (cut into smaller pieces) along with chia seeds, almond butter, and some raw cacao powder and in under a minute we’ve got a creamy and delicious healthy ice cream. I grew up making banana ice cream in my mom’s Champion Juicer, so it’s wonderful to share this tradition with my daughter now.

I also use the Twister for dips.

I’ve been making a cashew yogurt (inspired by Persephone Brown), which is the perfect accompaniment to fresh fruit and granola. I take a cup of cashews, juice of a lemon, cinnamon and water to reach the right consistency and blend them together. This has been perfect to take along for camping trips as an easy breakfast.

Most recently I made an amazing avocado dip, it was so creamy and smooth and I ended up making tortilla chips to have with it but I honestly could have eaten it right off the spoon! I blended an avocado, lemon juice, paprika and sea salt. It didn’t need it, but a little bit of flax oil would be a great addition for some healthy omega-3s.

A BlendTec can feel like a big investment, and there’s no doubt that it is, but it’s one that you can see in action everyday.

If you want to learn more and start bringing ease to your kitchen follow one of the links in this blog to see what great options BlendTec has to offer!

If you have any questions about the BlendTec or the recipes I shared above, please leave a comment below!

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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Note: I received a BlendTec WideJar and Twister blender in exchange for writing a review and a few blog posts for their site and the links in this blog are affiliate links (that means if you’re as excited to try the BlendTec as I was, you’ll be helping support my business while getting to enjoy a BlendTec). All ideas and opinions in this blog are mine.

Season Change and the Rice Cooker’s Back Out

Not too long ago, I got down to business in my kitchen.  I cleared out what I was no longer using and I rearranged based on how often I use what was left and where it makes most sense to keep it.  This might sound obvious, but on my journey to simplifying my home, my stuff, and my space, this was an exciting and big project for me.  I even ended up with a few empty cabinets, which made my soul sing!


Just as I found the perfect storage place for my rice cooker, after it had sat out all summer while I wasn’t using it much, it was time to take it out again.


This happens every year.  The air starts to get cooler and then I feel this little voice inside of me.  “Oatmeal…oatmeal…it’s time.”

Zojirushi rice cooker

What I love most about my rice cooker, except for having to plan a bit ahead, is that I can do just that. I love waking in the early morning hours, when Chloe and Jon are still dreaming.  I love my journey into the kitchen, first for my cup of tea, and then for my oatmeal that I don’t have to make, because it’s waiting for me.


The Zojirushi has, among its many settings, a porridge setting.  I’ll be honest – this is why I wanted it and was so glad to receive it as a gift from an aunt last year.


Do I use it to make brown rice?  Sure, sometimes.  For the most part, it is the key to a simplified and relaxing morning with a hearty breakfast.


A while back I shared my SuperFood packed Start to the Day post, which featured the rice cooker, as well as my go-to recipe at the time.  I’ve since cut out the maple syrup, because I’ve cut down on the nonessential sugar in my life, but it’s a more natural sweetener than a lot out there.


The Zojirushi Induction Rice Cooker * makes a great holiday gift for someone else or to put on your own wish list.  It’s versatile with settings for different types of rice (and of course porridge) and it’s easy to clean.


If you follow me or have participated in any of my programs, then you know that toxins is an issue that I’m passionate about, and I’m very strict about what I use in my home.  Plastic and nonstick and just about out in our kitchen.  The Zojirushi is nonstick, but I’m still using it for a few reasons.


It’s what I’ve got and it’s bringing more ease into my life


Extensive research was done to find the best rice cooker out there, and this was it 


I treat the rice cooker very carefully, and always use silicone utensils and NEVER metal on the surface


I have yet to find a better one, but when I do, I’ll let you know


My rice cooker serves as a great reminder that with everything comes balance.  I worry less about the nonstick surface because I know I am taking proper precautions.  That allows me to enjoy my breakfast!


What’s your favorite way to start your day once the weather turns cold? I’d love to hear, so please share in the comments below!


Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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