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The Special K Diet | Does It Work?

First, it’s important to understand that to be successful at hitting your fat loss and overall fitness goals, you have to stop thinking about “a diet” as something you do before your vacation to the Caribbean. Your “diet” is a combination of your choices in food and your lifestyle, not something you do for a few weeks. In other words, it’s a long term commitment to eating more healthy.

That said, can eating Special K cereal help you lose body fat or weight?

What Is The Special K Diet?

According to Kellogg’s website, the Special K Diet has you eating a serving of Special K cereal for breakfast with 2/3 cup skim milk and some form of fresh fruit, or a Special K waffle with light syrup.

You then replace another meal with a serving of Special K Cereal, or one of their “meal replacement” products, which is typically a Special K Protein Bar. You then eat your third meal (dinner?) as you normally would.

The Special K diet then allows you two snacks during the day, but they need to be Special K products — either Special K cereal or their pre-packaged snacks like Special K Protein Snack Bars, Protein Water and Mixes, Special K Cereal Bars, or Special K Snack Bites. You are also encouraged to eat fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the day.

With this diet plan, they tell you that you can lose up to “1 inch from your waist in two weeks.”

Does the Diet Work?

The Special K Diet may help you lose weight and body fat, but realize that there is nothing “special” or “magical” about the Special K Diet.

The Special K Diet (like many crash or fad-diets) simply works based on the principle of “calorie reduction. ”

By substituting Special K cereal with skim milk for your morning bagel with cream cheese and your Jimmy Johns sandwich for lunch, you’ll naturally decrease you calories for the day and lose fat and weight. But you could accomplish the exact same thing by eating a bowl of oatmeal with fruit or egg whites for breakfast, and a salad with grilled chicken breast for lunch.

For example, let’s say you followed the Special K diet advice to a “T” and had:

  • 1 bowl of Special K cereal with skim milk for breakfast (180 calories)
  • 1 bowl with skim milk for lunch (180 calories)
  • ​1 Special K snack bar in the afternoon (100 calories)
  • ​A 500 calorie dinner
  • ​1 Special K snack bar for an evening snack (100 calories)
  • Vegetables and fresh fruit in between meals (200-500 calories)

That would put you at around 1500 calories for the day — which is about where an average person would need to end their day to lose 1 lbs of fat a week.

The problem is that this isn’t very much food volume wise, because there is almost no fiber in any of the Special K products, which make up more than 50 percent of your food for the day. And because the Special K products are so highly processed, you’ll likely end up feeling hungry most of the day. Not to mention that the lack of variety will make this diet get very boring, very quickly. This makes it less likely that you’ll stick to the eating plan.

You could easily hit this 1500 calorie goal with more nutritionally-dense, better tasting and healthier foods and never have to touch a Special K product.

So it’s not really about the Special K cereal at all. Instead, it’s about substituting less calorie-dense foods for your meals.

Is the Special K Diet Healthy?

The biggest issue with the Special K Diet is that Special K cereal just isn’t as healthy as the marketers at Kellogg would have you think.

Special K is a highly-processed cereal, which means they have stripped out the fiber from the grain and replaced most of the natural nutrients that you’d get with a whole-grain breakfast cereal like oatmeal with synthetic vitamins.

And because it’s so refined and contains very little fiber, it has a high glycemic load. This means the carbohydrates in Special K are rapidly digested by the body and spike insulin levels, which can leave you hungry and low-on-energy later in the day. Basically, Special K is corn flakes with added vitamins. Nothing more, nothing less.

The diet also recommends consuming Special K brand snack bars, cereal bars and snack bites. Again, all of these products are made from highly-processed grains, have little or no fiber, are relatively high in simple sugars and are loaded with preservatives and ingredients that you can’t pronounce.

Family eating healthy breakfast in kitchen

The reason they “work” as part of the Special K Diet is that the portions for these snacks are so small, that they can keep the snack under 100 calories in general.

To illustrate the point, let’s compare Special K Original Cereal to Kellogg Corn Flakes and Oatmeal:

Special K Original Cereal
Calories: 110 Fat: 0 Cholesterol: 0 Carbohydrates: 22 grams Protein: 7.0 grams Sodium: 220 mg Fiber: 0.5 grams Sugar: 4.0 grams

 

Kellogg Corn Flakes
Calories: 100 Fat: 0 Cholesterol: 0 Carbohydrates: 24 grams Protein: 2.0 grams Sodium: 200 mg Fiber: 1 grams Sugar: 2 grams

 

Quaker Quick Oats
Calories: 150 Fat: 3 grams Cholesterol: 05 grams Carbohydrates: 27 grams Protein: 5 grams Sodium: 0 mg Fiber: 4 grams Sugar: 1 grams

So aside from the slightly higher protein content, the Special K cereal has more calories, sodium and sugar and less fiber than the Corn Flakes. Special K is fortified with more vitamins than the corn flakes, but these are generally added vitamins and minerals, and not naturally occurring. If you look at some of the other Special K flavors, you’ll find the sugar and carb content starts to climb even higher.

But the real problem here is the fiber content. Because they are not whole-grain cereals, neither of the cereal products has much fiber to begin with.

A Better Choice: Oatmeal

Now compare these two boxed cereals against that healthy standby, oatmeal.

Yes, the oatmeal has about 40 more calories, and slightly higher fat and carbohydrates, but it has substantially less sugar, comparable protein and much more fiber – especially heart-healthy soluble fiber which has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels.

The oatmeal also naturally contains iron, calcium, B-vitamins and trace minerals. The oats are also high in GLA(gamma linolenic acid) an essential fatty acid critical to the body’s production of favorable eicosanoids (PGE1 – prostaglandins). GLA, unlike other Omega 6 fatty acids like linolenic acid, appears to have anti-inflammatory properties, as well.

The oatmeal is also more economical.

A 42 oz (1.19 kg) container of quick oats costs less than $3 dollars, and provides thirty one, 1/2 cup (39kg) servings. A box of Special K cereal will cost you between $3-$5 dollars, and you’ll get around nine, 1 cup servings.

Some quick math will help you see that you get less nutrition and food for your money with the Special K. Assuming a cost of $4 dollars per box of Special K, you would have to buy 3.5 boxes of Special K at a total cost of $13-$15 dollars, to get the same amount of servings as you get from a $3 dollar container of oatmeal. And on top of this, the oatmeal is far more nutritionally dense and complete than the Special K.

Should I Try the Special K Diet?

If calorie and portion control was the only consideration in your diet, the Special K Diet, if followed correctly, would help you lose weight. And if your current diet is filled with junk food and snacks, substituting a bowl of Special K cereal and skim milk for your usual meals is probably better than what you are currently doing.

The diet also makes it “easy” for you to control portions because it takes most of the guess-work out of counting calories and serving size.

However, the diet’s reliance on prepackaged Special K snack products and the highly-refined Special K cereal makes it a less-healthy alternative to eating whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, some healthy fats and lean sources of protein. You could put together a much healthier 1500 calorie diet with the right mix of protein, carbs and fats that had more variety and flavor, provides much better nutrition and would keep you feeling more satisfied and less hungry over the day.

The bottom line is that the Special K Diet and Special K Challenge is an invention of food marketers who understand that people want simple, quick fixes for weight loss.

While there are certainly worse foods you could eat, the Special K Diet is carefully crafted to push Kellogg’s prepackaged cereal and snack products. In other words, it’s a slick marketing campaign wrapped around a message that eating Special K products will help you become more healthy and slim. It tries to create the idea that Special K products are “health foods”, which they clearly are not once you compare them against unprocessed, whole-grain alternatives. I could easily create an “Oatmeal Diet” that substituted two meals a day with oats and fresh fruit, and probably give you the same results as the Special K diet, with better overall nutrition and at less cost.

Like other diets that rely on a limited selection of foods — for example The Grapefruit Diet or the Cabbage Soup Diet — these diets rarely produce lasting results. They work because they limit calories, but often at the expense of overall nutrition. And because they don’t encourage people to develop better overall eating and nutrition habits, the weight you lose is usually temporary.

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Reviewing Jay Robb’s Fruit Flush Detox

Jay Robb, the author of The Fruit Flush 3 Day Detox, yields a slightly higher mark of approval among some in the medical community in comparison to other “detox” diets.

As a rule of thumb, any diet with the word “flush” or “detox” in the title will not be held in high esteem by anyone medically schooled in diet, nutrition, or fitness. The general consensus is that detox diets are ineffective in the short term and can be detrimental if followed through long term.

And the bane of all detox diets, including the Fruit Flush Diet, is that no diet has ever been proven to increase the detoxifying power of the liver, kidneys, or lymph nodes responsible for naturally flushing toxins out of the body. Furthermore, no detox diet has ever mentioned specific toxins that are flushed out in the process.

All things being equal, however, dieting is still about what works for an individual dieter.

The Fruit Flush diet is a three day diet with very specific dietary standards. It is not a fruit-only diet as the name implies and actually contains an abundance of protein on the first day with a modest amount of protein on days two and three.

While Jay Robb is not a registered dietitian, he does adhere to some of the commonly held dietary beliefs. First, Robb admits that 50% or more of the weight lost on his Fruit Flush 3 Day Detox diet is going to be water weight. Second, Robb admits that protein is needed to prevent the body from scavenging muscle.

Third, Robb acknowledges that exercise is not feasible while on his 3 day fruit flush as calorie restrictions may be too severe.

The base of the fruit flush diet is a protein shake (6 oz. serving size). This protein shake must not contain any of the following: sugar, sucrose, fructose, evaporated cane juice, artificial flavors or colors, aspartame, casein, calcium casein ate, sodium caseinate, acesulfame-K, or acesulfame potassium.

This simply means that the number of available protein powders may be limited, and may not be available in the supermarket.

Once this is found, day one of the 3 Day Fruit Flush is to drink one serving of this powder every two hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and chase it down with 8-12 ounces of water. This equates to 30 oz. of protein powder with a minimum 40-60 ounces of water.

Dinner restrictions are also severe, allowing for 3 to 6 cups of a raw veggie salad, 1 to 2 tablespoons of a healthy fat (such as flaxseed oil or olive oil), half a lemon or lime, and 3-6 ounces of lean protein or egg whites.

Days two and three of the fruit flush are identical in structure. Instead of the protein shake every two hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., the shake is replaced by one serving of fruit (roughly 100 calories) every two hours chased down with 8-12 ounces of water. Dinner consists of the 6-ounce protein shake, the raw veggie salad, the healthy fat, and the half lemon or half lime.

Jay Robb argues that the body enters fat-burning mode when consuming fruits, veggies, and lean protein for 36 hours, and that in turn preserves muscle and targets fat. Furthermore this diet (according to Robb) can be followed once a week, once a month, or anytime the dieter believes they need fine-tuned weight loss.

And while much of the weight loss is water weight, Robb contends that rapid weight loss has the psychological boost that can yield greater weight loss.

For every dietary claim, there is a counterclaim. Some experts view such diets as potentially damaging for long term healthy eating by creating a negative association with fruit. Nutrition experts also point out the nutritional deficiencies in this and other detox diets, and preach the approach of nutritional balance rather than nutrient elimination.

When followed for the three days, many experts believe that in reality there is nothing lost, nothing gained. The three days of nutrient deficiency are no more or less harmful than suffering with the flu for a few days and not being able to eat normally.

The number of “scientific” approaches to eating and losing weight are numerous and not every approach works for every dieter. Flush diets provide short term weight loss with the majority of weight loss coming from water.

Though it is not universally accepted, the commonly held belief in the dietary community is that slow and steady wins the race, and that long-term weight loss comes from more balanced diets rather than crash diets like the Fruit Flush Diet.

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What Is a Complete Protein? Complete vs Incomplete Proteins

A complete protein is a protein source that contains all eight essential amino acids in the sufficient proportions to support normal biological functions. In adults, the eight essential amino acids are:

  • Phenylalanine
  • Valine
  • ​Threonine
  • ​Tryptophan
  • ​Isoleucine
  • Methionine
  • ​Leucine
  • Lysine

These amino acids are called “essential” because the body cannot make them, so they have to be supplied through diet. Recently, histadine has been added to this list as well, as scientists discovered that adults cannot synthesize it.

Incomplete proteins are proteins that lack one or more of the eight essential amino acids. Most plant-based proteins will meet the criteria for an incomplete protein, while animal-based foods are considered the primary sources of complete protein.

Examples of Complete Proteins from Animal Sources

The most common examples of complete proteins are foods that come from animals. These sources of protein include things like:

  • Fish
  • Seafood/Shellfish
  • ​Poultry
  • ​Milk
  • ​Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Meat

When you consume these foods, you take in all eight essential amino acids in a single food source. There is generally no need for additional amino acid supplementation.

Examples of Complete Proteins from Plant Sources

There are only a handful of plant-sources of protein that provide all eight amino acids in the necessary proportions to qualify as a ”complete protein.” These sources of complete protein include:

  • Quinoa
  • Buckwheat
  • ​Hempseed
  • Soybeans

Most people who eat a variety of plant-based and animal-based foods typically do not have to worry about whether they are consuming complete proteins — the variety in their diet will typically take care of that naturally.

Complete Protein for Vegetarians

Vegetarians

In terms of complete proteins for vegetarians, conventional wisdom has stressed protein combining of certain foods together in the same meal to ensure that a person is receiving adequate amounts of all eight essential amino acids. Examples of complete protein food combinations include consuming beans and rice in the same meal or eating corn and wheat together.

The idea here is to combine a food that is lacking in one or more amino acids with another food that contains those missing essential amino acids. In doing so, you create a complete protein.

However, recent research has indicated that it may not be necessary to consume complementary proteins in the same meal. A small amount of amino acids are ”pooled” by the body – so for most moderately active people eating a variety of plant-based proteins across the day should suffice. For very active people, athletes or even fitness buffs who are trying to add lean mass, protein combining may be more desirable.

While protein combining may be unnecessary for the average vegetarian, there are some exceptions: If a person is on a vegetarian diet that is heavily dependent on fruit, tubers or is high in junk food, they may not be consuming sufficient amounts of essential amino acids. In these cases, diet modification may be necessary.

Complete Proteins and Vegetarian Athletes

AthletesWhile protein deficiency in vegetarians is generally rare — especially for people of average activity levels –vegetarian or vegan athletes may need to pay extra attention to the amount of protein they consume, even if the protein combinations are less important.

Because protein requirements are typically higher in athletes or very active individuals in general (regardless of their type of diet), if you are focusing on building additional lean tissue, you may need to up your protein slightly on a plant-based diet to ensure recovery, muscle growth and support the added demands of your sport or physical activities.

Many plant-based sources of protein such as certain types of beans, pluses and grains (for example wheat) are not as easily digested as animal-sources of protein, so you may require a slightly higher RDA of protein versus a person who includes meat, eggs, milk or seafood in their diet.

Even this is a bit controversial, since scientists continue to debate whether the Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) accurately measures true protein digestibility in humans – especially since there are a number of variables that can influence how much protein from a food is absorbed by your body (including cooking methods, other foods consumed alongside it, your age and even flora and fauna in the gut.)

While the USDA and World Health Organization (WHO) does not differentiate between athletes and non-athletes when it comes to recommended daily allowances for protein, a good rule of thumb for endurance and strength athletes in good health is to have a protein intake of around 10 – 20% of your total calories.

Recommended ranges are typically out 1.4 – 1.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body-weight per day, or roughly 150 grams of protein for a 180 lb male, or about 110 grams of protein for a 130 lb female.

Should I Worry About Getting Complete Proteins?

Depending on the type of vegetarianism that you follow, you may already be consuming plenty of sources of complete proteins.

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Whether this is necessary is open to debate. The belief among these individuals is that protein combining may give them a performance and recovery edge — especially immediately following weight training when complete proteins may be more vital to recovery and growth. There is very little direct clinical research around this, however.

The research that does exist has looked not specifically at protein combining in vegetarian athletes, but rather at the use of sources of complete protein — typically whey and/or casein protein from diary products — as a post-workout recovery meal. In these cases, individuals consuming this combination of protein and carbohydrates have shown increases in lean body mass over those who consumed only whey or carbohydrates.

The reasons for this are still open to interpretation. It may be simply that whey protein is quickly digested by the body, making it more readily available for recovery. Or it may be that consuming a complete protein itself assists with protein synthesis. More than likely, it is a combination of the two.

If muscle building on a vegetarian diet is one of your goals, go ahead and protein combine — especially immediately following your workouts. It won’t hurt, and may possibly help. While this is a bit easier and more convenient for Lacto-Ovo vegetarians, if you are on a strictly plant-based diet, you can always try soy protein isolates or grains like quinoa.

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Five Ways to Make That Glass of Water Taste Better

Water is essential to good health, but let’s face it, compared to soda, juice, wine or beer, water is pretty … um … boring. But it has zero calories, no sugar, is filling and may help with fat-loss, so drinking plenty of water makes sense.

The problem is, water just doesn’t have much zip to it.

Until now.

Try one or more of these tricks and products to meet your daily fluid requirements while making water a beverage that you actually enjoy:

All of the things below can be mixed and Blended, so see this post: https://juicerinfozone.com/juicers/best-juicers/ if you don’t have a juicer to aid with the other ingredients

1. Make It Fruity:

Adding wedges of lemons, limes, oranges and other fruits like strawberries, kiwis and even blueberries can add a subtle fruit flavor to water. Even better, when you get to the bottom of the glass, you have a few pieces of fresh fruit to reward you for your effort. Can’t keep fresh fruit with you everywhere you go? No problem. Check out True Lemon®, an all-natural crystallized lemon powder (it comes in lime and orange, as well) that’s perfect for adding to your water bottle. They’ll even send you a couple free samples!

lemons

2. Make It Juicy:

Adding a splash of fruit juice to your water is a nice way to add some additional flavor and nutrients (as well as a little sweetness.) Good choices include grapefruit, orange, cherry, cranberry, and grape juices. Or try adding a blueberry-pomegranate juice like POM for some additional flavor and a dose of powerful antioxidants.

fruit juice

3. Make It Fizzy:

Love the fizziness of soda, but could do without all of the sugar? Try making your own “light” sodas by adding fruit juice to sparkling mineral waters like Perrier or San Pellegrino. If the price tag that comes with mineral water is a little steep, you can also substitute bottled carbonated water, which you can find in the soda or water isle. They’ll often come pre-flavored which makes them a tasty, convenient option to soda.

fizziness of soda

4. Make It Frozen:

Ice is water. Consider whipping up a frozen smoothy with a couple scoops of your favorite flavor of protein powder, a handful of ice cubes and a little water to get things going. Throw in a banana for some sweetness and whip it up in a blender to a nice frothy consistency. Instant milk-free, milkshake! And you get some protein along with the water.

Frozen

5. Make It Into Tea:

Yes, that’s right, tea counts toward your daily water requirements. While tea is a mild diuretic, the amount of water it causes you to lose is far outweighed by the total volume of water you drink. And, a 2006 study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that drinking tea is actually healthier than just drinking plain water. The high flavanoid content of tea may protect against heart disease and cancer. So whether you like it green, black, white or herbal, tea is a great way to meet your daily hydration needs. Just skip the sugar or cream.

Tea

Remember, The Institute of Medicine advises that men consume roughly 3.0 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women consume 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. If you are more active, your requirements may be higher.

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Ninja Juicers: Use Comparisons & Customer Reviews

When it comes to juicers and blenders there are many brands available in the market. However, Ninja brands of blenders offer you affordable blenders which are powerful, easy to use and easy to clean.

The product line of Ninja blenders is highly versatile, providing you a lot of options to perform a wide variety of kitchen tasks efficiently. They have a product for every kitchen task, whether you want to blend great smoothies, chop your vegetables, slice your fruits, make homemade purees or want storage for your food items.

The products from Ninja brands have received mixed reviews from the customers. Whereas, some people are giving high ratings to the performance, ease of maintenance and customer service team, others are not as happy with the Ninja products. However, the company SharkNinja (formerly Euro-Pro Operating LLC) has an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau (BBB.org).

The reason for the higher BBB rating of the company is based on the length of its operating time, volume of the complaints, and response to and resolution of these complaints. However, most users still do not recommend the Ninja products.

Why is Ninja Different from Other Juicer Brands?

There are many brands selling juicers in the market. However, the juicer products of Ninja are essentially blenders. There are several benefits of both juicing and blending for the health of the individual. However, if you or your family members do not have a sensitive digestive system, blending may well actually be more beneficial for you than juicing. Here are some of the reasons why blending using a Ninja blender is a better option than juicing.

 

Advantages of using Ninja Blenders:

  • When you are blending your ingredients, you are essentially mixing all the parts of the ingredients by not removing the pulp. This means that your beverages have a lot more fiber than juices. The fiber filled beverage is more filling than the juice.
  • The fiber content in blended smoothies also allows a slow and even absorption of the nutrients and sugar in the blood stream. This is especially beneficial for those who are suffering from blood sugar, as blended beverage will prevent the sugar spikes in blood which happens when you drink juice.
  • ​Ninja blenders have extremely powerful motors and their extracting blades can blend anything that goes in the blender. This allows you to add so many ingredients in your drinks. You can easily make super smoothies with the help of Ninja blenders.
  • Most of the customers have also reviewed that, compared to most juicers, Ninja blenders are pretty easy to clean. You can easily put the parts of the blender in the dishwasher to clean them. Many of the Ninja blenders have cups that are mounted on the blenders. It is easy to clean these detachable cups.
  • Because blenders do not exclude the pulp from the drink, every serving has fewer amounts of fruits and vegetables. This means that you do not have to store larger quantities of fruits and vegetables in your house.

 

Disadvantages of using Ninja Blenders:

  • When you try to blend fruits and vegetables, you can add fewer amounts per serving.
  • A juicer will be able to create better and more delicious drink from some of the vegetables like beets, carrots and sweet potatoes.

A Note on Nutrients and Fibers

There are a few things that you need to consider while comparing Ninja blenders with other standard juicers. When you are using a juicer, you will be able to extract most of the micro nutrients that are present in the fruits and vegetables. However, you still have the chance of losing nutrients that are present in the skin of the fruit and the pulp and you are also losing more than ninety percent of the fiber that is essential for the digestive system of the body.

Eating enough fiber has many health benefits for the body. Apart from keeping your digestive system in better conditions, fibers also help in maintaining the sugar level in the blood and lowering the cholesterol level. The human body requires two types of fibers.

  • Soluble Fibers

This type of fibers absorbs water. Inside the body they get attached to cholesterol and toxins and help in flushing them out of the body. They are also very helpful in keeping the blood level in the sugar under control. They also help you in losing or maintaining your weight.

  • Insoluble Fibers

These are generally found on the skins and seeds of the fruits and vegetables. Hence juicing your fruits will completely eliminate the insoluble fibers from your drinks. Insoluble fiber helps in keeping your digestive system healthy. They also help in controlling weight problems.

As you can see, including the fiber in your diet has very many benefits which cannot be ignored. If you are using a Ninja blender for making your beverages, these fibers will be stored in your drinks.

You can read this Nutri Ninja vs. NutriBullet post to see how the Ninja models stack up against another super-popular juicer

Our Favorite Juicers from Ninja Products

When it comes to Ninja blenders, there are wide array of products that are suitable for your juicing needs. They are also available at an affordable price. These blenders have plastic bowls which are BPA free. BPA or bisphenol A has concerning health effects on human body. Here is a list of a few of the Ninja Blenders for juicing and their features.

 

Nutri Ninja Pro Blender


Nutri-Ninja Pro Blender is ideal for making heavily nutrient laden smooth beverages. You can add any fruit and vegetable to Nutri Ninja Pro. It is usually available at Amazon for just under $50 or so. However, it is not recommended for dry blending. It boasts of following features.

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Nutri Ninja Personal Blender with 1000-Watt Auto-iQ Base


The Nutri-Ninja with Auto IQ is an intelligent way to extract maximum nutrients from fruits and vegetables. It can be bought found for less than $100 (most of the time on Amazon, the model is packed with features.
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The above two products are sold by Ninja as juicers. But both of them are highly effective in blending the ingredients so that there are no chunks remaining. You can create perfect, nutritional smoothies using these blenders.

One of the main competitors of Ninja is the NutriBullet. It has a 600-watt motor and its blade rotation is nowhere near the equal of either the Ninja Pro Ninja Auto IQ.

It also needs a cool down time and sometimes it becomes necessary to stop it after only thirty seconds. People also often complain about how easily the extractor blades in NutriBullet become stuck.

Ninja products have stronger motors and higher-quality blades, so you can expect far less frustration if you plan to include dense/hard items in your smoothie lineup.

There are several products in the Ninja blender line, each of them aimed at different buyer needs. They start at prices low enough to please beginners, but then the features and pricetags increase for heavier use.

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Magic Bullet NutriBullet Pro 900 Series Blender/Mixer System Review

​The concept of “juicing” has been around for a while, but it really seems to have gathered serious popularity recently. If anything it is a more positive trend, as it can lead to a healthier lifestyle. Yes, the juicers themselves can be expensive, but it really is a good investment when you can lose weight and be healthier. But how do you go about purchasing the right juicer?

To start off, the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00GCS37AY” locale=”US” tag=”juiceiz-20″]Nutribullet [/easyazon_link] brand of juicer is a very popular juicer and it works wonderfully. If you haven’t heard of it, the ads are constantly on television, in health magazines, online, and in stores. One of the most interesting things about this particular juicer set is that it actually has two designs. The Amazon page does not actually go into too much detail about the differences in design, but there seems to be a huge price jump between the two. The first design is around $115, while the other is estimated at $400. Be sure to click on the right one, if you decide to order one. You definitely want to get what you pay for.

Features:

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  • Busts open seeds
  • Cracks through stems
  • Shreds tough skins
  • Breaks down even the toughest ingredients to unlock the vital nutrition inside
  • UL Listed
  • 1-yr limited warranty
  • Made in China

Pros

 

  • 15-Piece set
  • 900 watt motor, Power supply: 120V
  • Hardcover Recipe Book Included
  • Easy to Use: Just Push and Twist
  • Dishwasher Safe Parts

Cons

 

  • Some reports of motor problems

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The 15 Piece Set Includes:

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  • 1 High-torque Power Base
  • 2 Extractor Blade
  • 1 Colossal Cup
  • 2 Tall Cups
  • 1 Short Cup
  • 1 Handled Lip Ring
  • 1 Regular Lip Ring
  • 1 Flip-Top To-Go Lid
  • 2 Stay-fresh Resealable Lids
  • 1 User Manual & Cookbook
  • 1 Pocket Nutritionist
  • 1 Bonus Life Changing Recipes Book

Verdict

According to the Amazon page, this version of the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00GCS37AY” locale=”US” tag=”juiceiz-20″]Nutribullet [/easyazon_link] has more power than the original NutriBullet. With its powerful 900 watt motor and 2 extractor blades, extracting your food is now even easier. The NutriBullet Pro busts open seeds, cracks through stems, shreds tough skins, and accesses hidden nutrients in food. It breaks down food to its most digestible state so you can drastically improve your health and energy levels. The unique combination of the NutriBullet Extractor Blades and our exclusive Cyclonic Action generate the power to break down, pulverize and emulsify foods so you can access the hidden nutrition inside. Not to mention, the company really sweetens the deal by throwing in all those extra add-ons.

Comparison

Even though the deal is sweet, don’t be quick to jump on that buy button. Yes, this version of the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00GCS37AY” locale=”US” tag=”juiceiz-20″]NutriBullet is a good buy[/easyazon_link], but there are other options to consider. For example, a very popular juicer brand, Omega, also offers a set and the Breville is also a very well-known juicer.

The Omega is a very popular juicer, as the [easyazon_link identifier=”B001L7OIVI” locale=”US” tag=”juiceiz-20″]Omega 8006 Nutrition Center [/easyazon_link] efficiently juices hard and soft fruits even citrus fruits. The Omega Nutrition Center juices all kinds of vegetables without destroying the natural flavor and nutritional benefits. Enjoy the best that nature offers in raw foods of all kinds and juice them for full nutritional benefits. It can process soft foods for special diets for babies. You can try making fresh frozen desserts, natural baby food and nut butters using your fresh fruit and vegetables. This high quality juicer runs for around $350 on Amazon. The Omega 8006 Juicer comes with a lot of extra features and the juicer is very stylishly colored in chrome and black.

Read our Full review of the Omega J8005 model here

The [easyazon_link identifier=”B000MDHH06″ locale=”US” tag=”juiceiz-20″]Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700-Watt Juice Extractor[/easyazon_link]has a sleeker design and comes in a silver color. Its compact design takes up less space, with all of the juicing capabilities of other juicers. It has 400 watts of power plus a stainless steel cutter and strainer juices all your favorite fruits and vegetables with ease. Despite having to purchase a longer warranty, the Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain has done well for itself on Amazon. This juicer has an overall 4.5 star rating and 4,526 customer reviewers. It runs on Amazon for around $80. If you are still stuck on deciding to buy the extended warranty, the 3 year protection is around $7 and the 2 year is around $5.

Read our full review of the Breville BJE200XL here

You may also want to read this post that compare Nutribullet Vs Nutri Ninja, see who is the best

Conclusion

Out of the three juicers mentioned here, the Breville really seems like the lowest contender. Though its one perk is its more affordable price, it doesn’t have as much features as the others and it really seems like a juicer suited for a beginner. Which would be a good choice for some.

The Omega is definitely the most expensive out of the three. However, you have to keep in mind that the Omega brand is a very well-known brand and it is also known for having top quality juicers. It would also be quite useful as it boosts about being perfect for things like making natural baby food and different kinds of nut butters. That would be great for mothers and health food addicts alike. But in reality, the high price just doesn’t fit everyone’s budget.

The [easyazon_link identifier=”B00GCS37AY” locale=”US” tag=”juiceiz-20″]Nutribullet [/easyazon_link]is actually a great choice out of the three. The NutriBullet could be argued to be the most well-known juicer brand out on the market. NutriBullet commercials are always played on television and there are a staple in stores. Not to mention, you can get this particular NutriBullet and all of its extra trimmings for the very reasonable price . Throwing in things like recipe books and pocket nutritionists just make it easier for you to move your juicing along.

You may be wary about buying something like a juicer. You may not like what the juice ultimately tastes like and feel like you wasted good amount of money. A juicer can be a costly piece of machinery. But really when it comes right down to it, it is not just about price, but what the consumer is comfortable with. Doing more research on these brands may be a good idea as well.

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Health

Fiber – The Key for Health & Weight Loss

Fiber is one of those dietary needs that always seems to be the last on the list. Part of the problem is that it’s just darned difficult to eat the amount of fiber you need every day.

The typical diet has a person taking in about 10 grams of fiber a day. The USDA recommendation is 14 grams for every 1,000 calories ingested but for those trying to lose fat, most health experts recommend getting between 40-50 grams a day.

If that doesn’t sound like a lot of fiber, go grab the foods you eat every day and check the labels out. You’ll soon realize that fiber isn’t something that comes in abundance, even for those who overeat on a daily basis.

Whats the Deal With Fiber?

If you’re wondering why fiber is so important, you need only look at the effect it has on fat loss. Fiber is the only carbohydrate source that the body cant use in the way that it uses other carbohydrate sources, those being sugar and starch.

The digestive system cannot burn fiber for energy as it does with sugar and starch carbohydrates. Fiber tends to travel through your digestive tract and leave your body in much the same state it entered. However, during the travel, fat molecules attach to fiber and they stay attached all the way to the colon. Goodbye fat and thank you fiber!

Don’t use this strategy for entering a hot-dog eating contest though as the amount of fat is negligible and your body can only stand so much fiber. You’ll know if you’ve exceeded the limit when you make a mad dash to the restroom in an effort to do your business.

Fiber also stabilizes blood sugar which maintains insulin levels in the body, a key element of burning body fat. Stay away from fiber after a hard workout with the weights though, as this is the one time an insulin spike can work in your favor.

2 Kinds of Fiber

There are two kinds of fiber; soluble and insoluble.

Ideally, you want to get a mix of both in your diet. Soluble fiber, as its name implies, dissolves in water and insoluble fiber does not.

Soluble fiber slows digestion. Common soluble fiber sources are oat bran, lentils, nuts, beans, some fruits and vegetables.

Insoluble fiber helps food to pass more quickly and its great for relieving constipation and it softens the stool. Common sources are also vegetables and fruits as well as wheat bran and whole grains.

While food labels don’t distinguish between soluble and insoluble fiber, some labels are kind enough to include Net Carbohydrates, which are those carbs remaining after fiber (indigestible carbs) are subtracted.

How Do I Get More Fiber?

Back to the fiber dilemma. How do you get more? Its difficult enough to plan macro-nutrient intake every day for a goal of weight loss, but calculating fiber in on top of that is often just asking too much.

One of the easiest methods of upping your fiber intake is to keep avocados and Navy beans on hand. Both are some of the highest sources of fiber at 13.5 grams p/ avocado and 10 grams p/ half cup of Navy beans. Throw in a medium apple a day for another 4.5 grams and you’re close to your daily recommended intake.

But hey.. were guys and were simply not going to cook Navy beans every day right? No problem.

One of the best fiber products to hit the market in recent years is Mission Carb Balance whole-wheat tortilla wraps. They taste great, you can substitute them for bread, eat them with practically anything and they are loaded with a ton of fiber.

The small wraps are only 80 calories with 13 carbs and a whopping 10 grams of those are fiber! Each tortilla also has three grams of protein and two grams of fat. Get these and eat your burgers on them. You’ll love them.

Fiber is a great tool in your losing fat arsenal but its also a superb way to ensure a healthy colon so get the RDA and then some.

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Vitamix 5300: Guide and Review (%%currentyear%%)

You probably know about the high quality of Vitamix range of products.

This brand has many excellent blenders, and the Vitamix 5300 is one of the best. If you want to know EVERYTHING about it, then I invite you to read this page.

Because this is the most complete guide you will find on the internet!

I will show you everything about it along with recommendations on how to make the most out of this amazing model.

Moreover, I will show you how to get ​the ​it for the best price in the internet.

So let me not waste anymore of your valuable time and let’s look and the product at hand and how it measures up against some tough competition in the market.

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Vitamix 5300 Review

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Overview:

Let’s start with a quick and concise overview:

 

Pros:

  • Highly Versatile. You can prepare smoothies, juices, milks, soups, dressings, dips and practically anything with this blender.
  • Outstanding Performance. It has got a powerful motor, yet it avoids over-heating.
  • Super Easy to Clean. It has to be one of the easiest-to-clean blenders in the market.
  • Highly Durable. If you are looking for a blender that lasts for many years, then the Vitamix 5​300 is what you need.
  • Low Profile Design. Its container is big yet it fits under most kitchen cabinets.

 

Cons:

  • Can be more noisy than newer models
  • It doesn’t include instructional DVD and cookbook

Still have questions and doubts? Then worry not, because below you will find every single thing and detail about th​e it.

​Specs of This Model : What Do They Mean?

Now it’s time to get a bit more technical and review the specs of this product. And as you can tell, the specifications can be a bit confusing, but I will explain them to you in an easy-to-understand language, so you can understand why it is an excellent product.

Platform: C-Series – What Does It Mean?

The model uses is part of the C-Series, and this group is composed by what are known as Classic Blenders.

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The most important aspects ​of the Vitamix 5300 are the following:

  • 1Larger batches. If you want to blend medium to large batches, then this type of blender is all you need.
  • 2Blades of aircraft-grade steel. These hardened and highly durable blades will bring you the best smoothies, juices, nut butters and practically anything you prepare with it.
  • 3Full metal drive system. It uses a 100% metal drive system to connect the motor base and container, this brings a better performance and makes it more durable.

The unique thing I want to add is that it beats most C-Series blenders when it comes to the container design.

It’s big yet it’s low-profile, which allows it to blend large batches and still fit under kitchen cabinets without problems.

​The Blades:

In order to provide you a superior performance, the model is equipped with laser-cut aircraft-grade stainless steel blades. This allows you to obtain a perfect blend every time and prepare a wide myriad of foods from juices to butters and milks.

The Size:

Featuring a low-profile container design and 17.25 x 8.75 x 7.25 inches dimensions, it can handle medium and large blends without problems. Yet, its smart design allows you to put it under kitchen cabinets without problems.

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Thermal Protection:

Along with the full metal drive system, the thermal protection technology makes ​it long-lasting and highly-durable.

It comes with a radial cooling fan that prevents over-heating, so you can use it without problems and make it last for several years to come.

Horsepower: 2.2 – Clarifying what does it mean

I said th​e it was powerful, and it certainly is when you take into account it comes with 2.2 horsepower.

Although, we need to take something important into account in order to be totally honest: 2.2 is the peak.

How so? Well, first we have to check the electrical ratings of th​e Vitamix 5300:

  • ​120 volts120 volts
  • ​11,5 amps11,5 amps

By using Ohms law in order to obtain the wattage, we simply multiple 120 volts x 11.5 amps and we get that the it uses 1380 watts.

Finally, we get that 1380 watts equal 1.85061 horsepower. That’s the real power of th​​is model

What Makes the Difference

Let’s make it easy: Peak horsepower (2.2) comes to be the initial power generated when the motor meets the resistance, shortly after that, it drops to the normal value of horsepower (1.85061).

Most blenders are advertised by using the peak horsepower, but now you know the difference.

I thought it was important to mention this in order to make this review as transparent as possible. Although 2.2 sounds better, 1.85061 is quite good. And this is something that many customers can vouch for.

Conclusion:

This is what you need to know about the specifications.

​It’s powerful, highly-durable and very versatile, and I hope this straight-to-the-point explanation of the specs has allowed you to see the great potential of th​is superior model.

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Now let’s check what other people have to say about it by checking reviews from customers who are already enjoying the benefits of this excellent ​Vitamix 5300.

Reviews from 5300 Customers: What People Say About It

It’s also important to check what other ​people have to say about th​e Vitamix 5300.

First off, it has an outstanding rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Moreover, 84% of the reviews rate it with 5 stars.

If you are the kind of persons who hates eating salads, then worry not, because thanks to the Vitamix 5300 you can blend them and drink them. Yes, as you read it. And that’s something that many customers point out.

If you are into detox diets or want to start one, then this blender will be your best friend.

“Perfect for Green Smoothies”

Some people seem to be contrarious to the idea of spending $500 on a blender, but once they try it they cannot imagine their lives without a Vitamix 5300. That’s what many customers state.

It’s perfect for any kind of preparation, and you really have to use it to prepare soups. They are easy, very healthy and super tasty. It will take you less than 10 minutes, even if you are a total beginner.

​”Totally Worth It”

It’s very powerful and that’s something that customers like to remark. This will allow you to blend nearly anything and prepare delicious nut butters, sorbets, pesto, salsa, etc. It’s also great for grinding coffee beans, so you can enjoy of a fresh cup of coffee whenever you want.

Although, in some special cases, the power may be a bit too much in the Vitamix 5300. For example, if you like soups with some little chunks of veggies in it, then you will have to use it with care and attention. Other than that, its superior powerful offers only benefits.

​​​​“Super Powerful”

It’s very powerful and that’s something that customers like to remark. This will allow you to blend nearly anything and prepare delicious nut butters, sorbets, pesto, salsa, etc. It’s also great for grinding coffee beans, so you can enjoy of a fresh cup of coffee whenever you want.

Although, in some special cases, the power may be a bit too much. For example, if you like soups with some little chunks of veggies in it, then you will have to use it with care and attention. Other than that, its superior powerful offers only benefits.

“​Super Powerful”

The Vitamix 5300 is easy to use and easy to clean. You probably know that cleaning an average blender is a real problem, as it takes too much time and can be quite annoying.

Fortunately, this blender is much easier to clean, something that will save you time and bring you plenty of peace of mind.

​”​Easy to Use and Easy to Clean”

​In comparison to the 5200 and many others blenders in the market, it’s much easier to store the Vitamix 5300. And this is something that customers really appreciate. 

It takes less space and can be placed under kitchen cabinets without problems.

​​​​“​Super Easy to Store”

If you are the kind of person who needs to blend a large quantity of ingredients, then th​e 5300 is everything you need.

Therefore, it’s useful for large families who want to enjoy of a healthier lifestyle by starting their day with a smoothie or juice full of nutrients.

Although, it’s not an ideal choice for small quantities, let’s say 1-2 servings. In this sense the 5200 is a better choice, because of its narrower base.

“​​Amazing for Large Blends”

This is one of the most important features of the ​Vitamix 5300. Because thanks to it you can adjust the consistency to your own preference.

Furthermore, you can really see the usefulness and potential of the pulse feature when preparing pesto and salsa. I really recommend you to try it out with these preparations, and well, that’s what people love about it as well.

​”​​People Love the Pulse Setting”

Comparison Time:Which model is best?

As stated in the beginning, there are many different models produced by Vitamix, and many other blenders fabricated by other brands as well.

Under this section you will find a pretty good comparison between it and different blenders, so you can see how well it compares against other top-choices in the market.

Vitamix 5300 vs. Blendtec: What Brand is Better?

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​​Blendtec (Classic)

​Amount of 5 Star reviews

567

​673

​​Best for

​Thicker Ingredients

​​Coffee and Juice Bar ​(Commercial use)

​Pre-Program Settings

​​1-10 dial (Speed)

​6

Power

2.2-peak horsepower

​3.0-peak horsepower

​Color

​Black

​Black – Four-Side Jar

​Weight

​11.95 lbs

​​7.28 lbs

​Dimension

​7.25 x 17.25 x 8.75 in

​8 x 7 x 15.5 in

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Just like Vitamix, Blendtec is another brand which is synonymous of high-quality and top-notch performance.

In several occasions Blendtec blenders are easier to store than Vitamix products, but in this occasion thanks to its cutting-edge design it offers you the very same thing.

The Blendtec products come with the incredible Smart-Touch Technology, which is awesome because it takes care of blending and adjusting the settings as needed in order to get the results you expect.

This brings you more time and freedom to do other things in the kitchen.

On the other hand, it comes with a manual pulse setting which can be adjusted to achieve your preferred consistency.

Yet, it’s not automatic and hence you have to be there to adjust it manually.

It’s a bit hard to compare a single blender against a whole brand, but here you have it.

For example, if we compared the Vitamix 5300 vs. the Designer 675 I would have to point out that the product by Blendtec is far more powerful (1.85 vs. 2.41 horsepower).

But out of the power department, it can do as much as the Designer 675 without complications.

Vitamix 5300 vs. Vitamix 6300: Which one is Best?

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Vitamix 6300

​Amount of 5 Star reviews

567

​525

​​Best for

​Thicker Ingredients

Hot Soups, Smoothies & Frozen Deserts

​Pre-Program Settings

​​1-10 dial (Speed)

​3

Power

2.2-peak horsepower

2-peak horsepower

​Color

​Black

​Platinum

​Weight

​11.95 lbs

​10Lbs

​Dimension

​7.25 x 17.25 x 8.75 in

​7 x 8.8 x 20 in

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The first advantage of th​e Vitamix 5300 over the Vitamix 6300 is that it’s far easier to store.

If that’s a big concern for you, you better take it into account.

In terms of power both have the same horsepower: 1.85. But the 6300 peaks at 2 whereas the our test model peaks at 2.2, but as we have seen before, it’s not important all.

Another advantage is the price. The 6300 is more expensive because it comes with 3 pre-programmed settings, which will help you to make delicious frozen desserts, soups and smoothies.

If this feature is not very important for you, then there’s no point in spending more money when you can get the same thing for less.

So this is the result of comparing both of these blenders, and as you can see, ​it has many advantages.

Vitamix 5300 vs. Vitamix 6500: What are the differences?

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​Vitamix 6​500

​Amount of 5 Star reviews

567

​7

​​Best for

​Thicker Ingredients

Hot Soups, Smoothies & Frozen Deserts

​Pre-Program Settings

​​1-10 dial (Speed)

​3

Power

2.2-peak horsepower

2.2-peak horsepower

​Color

​Black

​Black and Silver

​Weight

​11.95 lbs

​16 pounds

​Dimension

​7.25 x 17.25 x 8.75 in

​17.2 x 7.2 x 8.8 inches

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The 6500 and the 5300 are nearly identical: Both feature a low-profile design and same power.

Both have a peak of 2.2 HP and a continuous value of 1.85 HP. But the advantage of the ​ 6500 over our test model is that it comes with 3 pre-programmed settings like the 6300.

But the aspect where the 5300 defeats it is in the price. The  6500 is more expensive for obvious reasons, and in all honesty, it’s better than the test model we had.

Yet, if you don’t feel like spending more money, you can stick to the Vitamix 5300 and get nearly the same thing.

Vitamix 5300 vs. Vitamix 5200: They seem to look alike!

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Vitamix 5300

​Vitamix 5200

​Amount of 5 Star reviews

567

​613

​​Best for

​Thicker Ingredients

​Medium to Large batches of ingredients

​Pre-Program Settings

​​1-10 dial (Speed)

​​​1-10 dial (Speed)

Power

2.2-peak horsepower

2​-peak horsepower

​Color

​Black

​Black ​

​Weight

​11.95 lbs

​​​10.56 lbs

​Dimension

​7.25 x 17.25 x 8.75 in

​​7.25 x 8.75 x 20.5 in

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Some people say there are like twins, but there are many differences:

  • ​It comes with a manual pulse setting that can be adjusted instead of an on/off switch
  • ​It’s easier to store than the 5200
  • ​​Higher peak HP (2.2 vs. 2)
  • ​Blades are wider (4 inches vs. 3 inches)

Although both of them have the same HP (1.85), when it comes to the peak the ​​Vitamix 5300 is the winner.

Then 5300 comes with a manual pulse setting, whereas the ​ 5200 comes with a classic yet simple on/off switch.

Again, its the winner because it allows you to adjust the consistency to your own like with ease.

The 5200 is bulkier and its pitcher is way too tall, which makes it harder to store.

That’s why its an improvement, because thanks to its low-profile design it’s easier to store and the pitcher is way shorter.

Finally, the blades in the model are wider.

Although 3 inches (5200) is wider than what most blenders in the market offer, thanks to the 4-inch stainless steel blades of the reviewed model you will obtain a better consistency in every single preparation: Smoothies, juices, nut butters and more.

Vitamix 5300 vs. Vitamix 7500: Is there really a comparison?

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Vitamix ​7500

​Amount of 5 Star reviews

567

​210

​​Best for

​Thicker Ingredients

​Hot and Cold (and everything in-between)

​Pre-Program Settings

​​1-10 dial (Speed)

​​​1-10 dial (Speed)

Power

2.2-peak horsepower

2​.2-peak horsepower

​Color

​Black

​Black ​

​Weight

​11.95 lbs

​​​​13 lbs

​Dimension

​7.25 x 17.25 x 8.75 in

​​​7.7 x 17.5 x 9.4 in

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Now it’s time to compare the ​ 5300 against the ​7500, which is another great blender by Vitamix.

First off, both of them are very easy to store thanks to their low-profile design.

Also, both of them come with a pulse function which allows you to customize the consistency of your blend.

The most tangible difference resides in the motor. The ​tested model is good, but it can be a bit noisy, and the 7500 is a huge improvement in this sense.

It’s very quiet despite being a powerful blender.

And when we talk about horsepower, the 7500 is an improvement at 1.93 vs. 1.85.

However, both of them have the same HP peak.

It comes with the same radial cooling fan and thermal protection system which makes it highly durable.

Moreover, the blades are the same as in the 5300.

Another important thing to note is that the 7500 belongs to the G-Series, which is also known as “Next Generation Series”, which brings you a less-noisy performance coupled with better airflow to prevent overheating.

Conclusion ​

​As you can see it compares very well against several other blenders and models within the range.

We have analyzed the key differences and where it has an advantage or disadvantage, so you can understand more about the value of this product

It is, without any doubts, one of the best blenders in the market.

Therefore, if you are looking for a superior performance, then this blender can bring you so. It’s powerful and its design makes it perfect.

Want to get it? Then all you need to do is to click the button below and get it today:

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Where to Buy Vitamix?

You could buy it at your local store, but it’s likely to cost you more than online.

Therefore, if you want to get this amazing ​product for a good price, I recommend you to stick to buying it online.

You can buy it directly from ​the official store, but again, you will end up paying a higher price which is very similar to offline stores.

Then, what can you do? It’s simple: Buy it from Amazon. You will get the same product but for the lowest price in the internet.

Want to get it? Then just click the button below and order it right now:

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There’s nothing better than buying it online from Amazon: It’s easy, fast and cheaper. So, what else could you ask for?

The Strongest Points on the 5300: Where It Performs the Best

We have already talked a lot about th​e Vitamix 5300, but now it’s time to get in more detail and talk about the strongest points of it, so you can see where it performs the best.

This blender can do a wide myriad of things:

  • ​Frozen deserts
  • ​Juices
  • ​Smoothies
  • ​Vegetable milks
  • ​Nut butters
  • ​​Food preparation
  • ​Dressings
  • ​Dough
  • ​​Soups
  • ​​Baby food
  • ​Dips

The list is quite large, and it’s because this  is equipped with cutting-edge technology and optimal power that make this possible.

Best for Smoothies and Juices:

Best for Smoothies and Juices

It works well in nearly everything, but it truly excels when it comes to juices and smoothies.

Thanks to the wide blades, powerful motor and pulse setting you can adjust the consistency to your own preference.

You can as many veggies and fruits as you want, which makes it perfect if you want to prepare a green smoothie.

The thing is that the wet blade and the wet-blade container are better suited for juices, smoothies, soups, purees, sauces and batter.

It can blend these ingredients without problems.

A very important thing I’d like to mention here is that it is better when you use it for large blends.

This is where it shows its real potential, as it can blend large quantities in just a few seconds.

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I have to say that it’s good in everything. Thanks to the 64-ounce container you can prepare hot soups for the whole family, and the same goes for juices, smoothies, and frozen desserts like sorbets, ice-cream and more.

Just take into account that in order to make frozen desserts you will have to add a little bit of water, otherwise it will be too hard.

What About Dry Foods?

Although you can use it for grinding coffee beans, preparing nut butters and nut flours, this should not be its primary activity.

Because this will damage the blades over time, that’s why I recommend you to buy the dry blade and dry container if you plan to do this.

Soups Are made Amazingly​

It’s amazing how it allows you to cook a delicious hot soup with a stove. In less than 10 minutes you will get a soup at serving temperature for you and your family to enjoy it.

The unique thing I’d like to note is that it is very powerful, and hence, the texture of the soup can be very liquid if you don’t set the speed to the right level and use the pulse switch adequately.

Finally, an important element to note is the low-profile tamper.

It will allow you to incorporate all the ingredients into the blend, which makes it perfect for dough, hot soups and food prep.

What ​do you get with this model?

You get the following things when you buy the Vitamix 5300:

  • ​Powerful motor base
  • ​64-ounce low-profile container
  • ​Low-profile tamper
  • ​​Getting Started Plus guide
  • ​7-year Warranty

I wish it came with an instructional DVD and a fancy cookbook like other models, but you can get inspiration from online videos.

And on top of that, the Getting Started Plus guide shares with you many delicious and interesting recipes you have got to try!

And worry not, because you are protected by a 7-year warranty (5 years if you buy a certified refurbished).

In case you experience any problem with it, you can easily solve it thanks to their customer service.

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Remember this

Th​e 5300, by default, comes with a wet blade. It’s perfect for most preparation, but if you are planning to use it for processing dry foods regularly, then you must buy the dry blade and dry container.

This will bring you the best results and protect your blender.

​5300: How to Use it?

Now let’s learn how to use it correctly, so you can make the most out of it and prevent any possible problem from happening.

First Recommendations:

  • ​Make sure you place your blender on a stable, level and dry surface
  • ​Make sure the switch is set to off before plugging it into a power outlet
  • ​It can get very hot when preparing soups
  • ​Always check your blades and make sure they are in optimal conditions

Understanding Its Functions and how to get the most from it:

Now it’s time to understand its principal functions:

On/Off Switch:

It’s on the front of the blender, and as you can easily guess, it controls the power.

Start/Stop Switch:

To start the blending process you only have to press down the switch, and do the same if you wish to stop it.

Variable Speed Dial:

Adjust the speed (1-10) according to what you need at the moment.

Pulse Switch:

Remember that this switch and the variable speed dial are linked. For example, if the speed dial is set at 7, then the speed of the pulse switch will be 7 as well.

You just need to press down this switch for as long as you wish to blend.

This allows you to customize the consistency of the preparation to your preference.

Remember that the pulse switch is better used when making pesto, salsa or at the end of certain preparations to get rid of air bubbles.

It’s a truly wonderful feature which sets it apart from most blenders.

Low-profile Container with 2-part Lid:

The cups, ounces and milliliters are easy to see, so you can measure without problems.

When using the blender, always insert the lid plug through the lid and turn clockwise to secure it.

If you wish to add more ingredients or use the low-profile tamper, just remove the lid plug.

Low-profile Tamper:

Use the tamper to avoid air pockets from appearing and to combine all the flavors when blending.

In order to use it you just need to introduce it through the lid plug.

What Speed Should You Use?

Th​is offers you 10 levels of speed. If you are after the finest refinement possible, then you should use at its maximum speed or a value close to it.

This is perfect for grinding coffee beans, turning nuts into flour, etc.

Just remember that the wet blade, which comes by default, should not be used very often for processing dry foods.

Although it does not come with a fancy cookbook like other models, it comes with a Getting Started Plus guide, where you can check several recipes and see what’s the ideal speed level for each one of them.

You just need to follow the instructions and voilà!

Just be aware that using this blender at a very low speed for a long time will trigger the Automatic Overload Protection and shut down the machine.

Remember this, because this can end damaging your blender, because the cooling fan doesn’t work very well when blending at a very low speed.

Using the Wet-blade Container Correctly:

By default it comes with a wet-blade container. Although, you can purchase a dry blade and dry container, in case you want to process dry foods often.

In order to use it correctly you should ALWAYS place soft foods and water first in the container.

Then, you can add denser food and finally ice if you wish. This will bring you the best results.

Dealing with Air Bubbles:

Every now and then you will have to deal with air bubbles which stop the mixture from blending properly.

In order to get rid of them, the blender comes with a low-profile tamper.

Just introduce the tamper through the lid plug, and worry not because the splash disk will prevent it from hitting the blades, and stir until you get rid of the air bubbles.

In the rare case that the tamper does not work: Turn off the machine, remove the container from the base and use a rubber spatula to get rid of any air bubble.

Finally, just put it back again in the container and continue blending.

How to Clean the Vitamix 5300?

If you want to make this blender last for many years to come, then you need to learn how to clean it very well.

Fortunately, unlike other options in the market, this one is very easy to clean:

  • ​Set the speed to level 1
  • ​Fill half of the container with warm water
  • ​​Add a few drops of dish detergent or a similar substance
  • ​​Secure everything before starting the motor
  • ​Start the motor and slowly increase your way till speed 10
  • ​The process should take 1 minute at max
  • ​Once you are done turn off the machine and rinse and drain the container

This will bring your blender the maintenance it needs.

This will prevent disgusting odors from appearing and contaminating the flavor of your preparations.

Final Words:

These instructions and tips will help you to use ​this product correctly and get the best results.

If you follow them, then you will enjoy of the best performance and make it last for several years.

Conclusion:

The Vitamix 5300 is one of the best blenders in the market. It has got excellent features and people love it.

That’s why I totally recommend ​the Vitamix 5300 to you. You can prepare nearly anything with ​the 5300, and it makes everything taste exquisite.

People love ​the Vitamix 5300, and I have to say the same. Its powerful motor, air-craft blades and superb design make it one of the best blenders nowadays. And yes, its price is totally justified.

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