Winter Shots!

amla Honey ShotsWith winter setting in cough and cold are in the air and are very easy to catch. Smoothen this change of season with a few shots! No not Tequila shots, but healthy Amla shots. Amla, also known as the Indian Gooseberry is a rich source of Vitamin C and even contains more of it than Oranges, which are known for the aforementioned Vitamin. We also tend to eat more of comfort food during this season, thereby putting on weight. An Amla Shot a Day will keep all that away too!

Use your Usha Juicer Mixer Grinder to make this healthy concoction with ease, its durable and efficient blade will ensure that your final shot is smooth and easy on your throat. The JMG’s detachable parts also make it easy to clean.

Ingredients

  • 4 whole Amla, deseeded and chopped roughly
  • 1 tsp Amla crush syrup
  • Pinch of star anise powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup of water

 Method

  • Combine amla, amla crush, star anise powder and 1 cup of water in a mixer and blend till smooth. Strain the liquid and keep aside.
  • Combine the strained liquid and honey and mix well in a mixing glass.
  • In each shot glass, pour equal quantity of the juice
  • Serve garnished with a star anise on the rim of each glass

The Defending Blueberry Smoothie

Juice BluebberryBlueberries aid the immune system by neutralizing the free radicals produced during metabolism thereby protecting the body from harmful effects.  Making them an ideal must-have before a Game, helping us to strengthen our immune system which at times gets compromised during intensive pre-match exercise routines.  As such a glass of Blueberry Smoothie will do you a lot good before a game or an exercise routine.

This unique Smoothie is especially great for kids since they are more prone to viral infections, now that winter is knocking at our doors. And you know kids, come rain or cold their playtime is sacred. Besides it is Blue in colour – a colour, no kid can resist in the liquid form.

Make this smoothie with ease with the Usha Juicer Mixer Grinder 3274, which comes equipped with 5 different functions, Anti drip spout and Overheat protection for safety. The JMG also features unique detachable parts for easy cleaning and storage; along with a 2 litre extra large pulp container for convenience.

And this is how you make this yummy-licious Smoothie:

Ingredients

  • ½ cup vanilla soy milk (optional)
  • 1 cup vanilla yoghurt
  • 1 ½ tsp honey
  • 1 cup blueberry yoghurt

Method

Place all the ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

Go Bananas: The Sports Drink

Banana Green ROriginally the scientific name for banana was musa sapientum, meaning ‘fruit of the wise men,’ it could very well been called musa ludum or ‘fruit of the sportsmen.’ Besides being a good source for vitamin C, potassium and dietary fiber, they are great for sports and workouts because they replenish necessary carbohydrates, glycogen and body fluids burned during a game or exercise. As such a Banana Shake makes for an apt pre-match or pre-exercise drink. Add to that Spinach and you have unlimited Popeye power to tap into.

The best place to make this one-of-a-kind Banana Green Smoothie is the Usha JMG 3274, which features fully safe operation with 5 different functions, Anti drip spout and Overheat protection for safety. The Juicer Mixer Grinder’s large feeder tube for full fruit juicing will help you fit in all the ingredients nice and proper, while the safety function ensures that the Juicer does not operate unless properly fitted. Its 5 functions include – Juicing, Blending, Mixing, Light grinding and Mincing. That’s like having your own food preparation Team!

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup baby spinach or to taste
  • 1 carrot ( cut into large chunks)
  • ¾ cup plain yoghurt or to taste
  • ¾ cup ice
  • 2 tbsp honey

Method

Place spinach, banana, carrot, yoghurt, ice and honey in a blender; blend until smooth.

Berry Berry Nice Smoothie

Juice1Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie is the ideal morning drink for the family. It is great for those who love a quick nutritious breakfast on the go and those who relish a long extended breakfast. It will please even those little kids who won’t touch anything on their plates unless there is something exotic on the table.

The Usha Juicer Mixer Grinder 3274 is ideal for making this healthy and delicious potion in a jiffy. Its stylish look and safety lock make it perfect for the breakfast table ensuring there is never any spillage. The JMG 3274 also features a large feeder tube for full fruit juicing; for you are bound to skip between strawberries, apples, oranges and pears as days come and go. It will also help you to meet all your other needs – breakfast, lunch or dinner – from juicing, grinding, and mixing to light grinding and mincing.

Ingredients

  • 8 strawberries (diced)
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • ½ cup plain yoghurt
  • Use Mawana Select Sugar to taste
  • 2 drops vanilla essence
  • 6 ice cubes (crushed)

Method

  1. In a blender combine strawberries, milk, yogurt, Mawana Select Sugar and vanilla. Toss in the ice.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into glasses and serve.Strawberries

Melon Juice: The Fountain of Youth

Why can’t Melons get married? Because they can’t-elope!

Musk Melon or Kharbuja, is popularly known as Cantaloupe in the Western world; ever since their seeds from the East were first planted at the Papal Gardens in the Italian city of Cantalupo during the 16th century. Jokes apart and history aside, if you are trying to lose weight than the Cantaloupe is a must for your menu!

For the health conscious a daily glass of Musk Melon juice is great for the body and eyesight. But best of all it helps you to fight aging with its high content of Vitamin C, which drives away free radicals and barbarian viruses responsible for damaging your cells. Ergo, you have found your own private Fountain of Youth in the USHA Juicer!

So here is the secret recipe:

Untitled-1 copyIngredients

  1. 1 Musk Melon
  2. Sugar as per required (brown sugar is a great option as it would deepen the colour and give a caramelized flavor to the juice, using honey would make it more healthier)

Method – Preparation in 5 minutes.

  • Rinse the Musk Melon in water.
  • Then slice them into long pieces.
  • Remove the peel and separate it from the flesh and remove seeds.
  • Add musk melon to your juicer / juicer mixer grinder with sugar and ice cubes.
  • Enjoy refreshing juice. Enjoy life!

Before we sign off here is another piece of advice: Always buy evenly shaped melons, which do not bear any cuts and bruises; and select the heavy ones, they make the best juices.

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Juicing For Fitness: Carrot Coconut Juice

You have got your numbers right, pitches presented and plans approved, all in a day’s work! Well done to you and to your body who saw you through the daily grind. Your body carries you through the thick and thin every single day, it is only right that you devote at least a few minutes to it too: Be it exercise, cycling, gyming, aerobics, yoga or any other fitness regime that you prefer. And some among you can’t get enough of crunches, laps and push-ups, following a religion of a fitness regime and even tracking it on the latest gadgets from Jawbone Up and Nike Fuel bands.

Irrespective of the group you belong to, here is a nice little additional after-workout celebration that you all must partake in – a cool glass of Carrot Coconut Juice to rejuvenate and refresh yourself back (almost) with an ‘Ode to joy’. So take out that Usha Juicer and prepare this glass of sheer seventh heaven bliss, as you let your body relax on cloud 9!

Untitled-1 copyIngredients

  1. 2 glasses of water
  2. 2 tsp Sugar (optional)
  3. 4 Small Carrots
  4. Small piece of Ginger
  5. 1 cup Coconut (grated)

MethodPreparation in 5 minutes.

  • Chop the carrots into small pieces and juice it with your Usha centrifugal juicer.
  • Grind coconut, ginger and sugar together.
  • Mix both juices for natural and refreshing taste.
  • Enjoy it with ice cubes.

And for those not very keen on the whole fitness thing. Simply Juice for pleasure – every drop of this awesome juice is simply worth all of Seventh Heaven in itself. Cheers!

Grape Smoothie: The Elegant Drink

A lot of people throw around names such as Bordeaux 1813, Lafitte 1916 and so on. A few of them happen to be real connoisseurs of wine , while the rest are just snobbish name-droppers – they don’t have a single clue what they are talking about. And in all of this the Non-Wine Drinker stands aloof trying to follow all that Greek; evident every time you organize a party where both drinkers and non-drinkers try their best to mingle. So here is an elegant drink that you can serve as a Mocktail and when asked by a nosy wine snob which year, simply answer ‘120 flat!’ as grape juice helps to lower Blood pressure and keep it in check.

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup milk
  2. 1 cup grapes, seedless or seed them
  3. ½ cup yogurt, vanilla , 1 cup ice

Grape juiceMethod
Preparation in 5 minutes.

Blend in your blender jar the above mentioned ingredients, until smooth and enjoy! (That’s It)

Besides parties, do you also need an extra kick in the nutrition department? A grape smoothie can help! Grapes can easily add a nice dose of vitamin C as well as some other much needed antioxidants that will take your smoothie up a notch.

Pineapple & Banana Smoothie: Sweet Medicine

Banana ShkeMade with two fabulous ingredients, the Pineapple and Banana Smoothie is a King among juices. Scientifically called Musa Sapientum, the banana means ‘fruit of the wise men’. While the Pineapple native to Brazil and Paraguay is known as the ‘Fruit of King’ in their local idioms. A good source of vitamins, minerals and fibers the Banana will give a school going kid just the right ingredients for healthy growth and an adult the right energy to rejuvenate after a hard day’s work. Whereas packed with Vitamin C the Pineapple will keep the flu and viruses away. You, can well imagine what a concoction of these two fruits will do to summer weary kids and adults – make them invincible, no matter how high or low the barometer readings go.

An one of a kind Back to School drink, it is perfect for kids beginning their new semester after a long and lazy summer vacation. Now without further ado, let’s make this king of a wise drink, and gulp it down as sweet medicine (for once literally) .

Ingredients

  1. 1 chopped pineapple
  2. 1 pineapple juice
  3. 1 bananas (6 ounces)
  4. 6 big tsp nonfat yogurt (plain)
  5. ½ cup ice cubes grated nutmeg

Method – Preparation in 5 minutes.

  •  In your juice blender jar (in JMG and MG), combine chopped pineapple and juice, banana, yogurt, and ice cubes.
  • Puree until smooth.
  • Sprinkle with grated nutmeg and serve.

Now, enjoy the nutritious and low fat Smoothie , with tantalizing flavors and textures.

The-Benefits-of-Banana-Peel1Wait, we are not yet done; since we are talking ‘healthy’ here are a few more organic tips regarding the unused Banana peels! Instead of throwing them away there is a lot you can do with these peels. For instance rubbing the insides of the peel over a mosquito bite or a burn will stop the itch or pain and also keeps them from swelling. Similarly, if you rub the insides of the peel over your teeth for 2 minutes regularly before sleeping, it will whiten your teeth! As for the Pineapple peel it is better to keep away from any rubbing.

Go Natural! Go Bananas!

Apple Lemon Fizz – The Cool Drink

Get over ‘Cold Drinks’ here comes the Coolest Drink. No kidding.

Untitled-1 copyThe Apple Lemon Fizz is one of its kinds – a refreshing healthy cool drink that reinvigorates. Where else do you get a mixture of healthy apples, re-energizing lime and cooling mint, making it the perfect summer drink, add to that the fact that a good Juicer like one from Usha will help you make it in a jiffy and it is summer perfect.

Ingredients

  1. 2 Apples
  2. 1 bottle (200 ml.) soda
  3. 2 tbsp finely chopped cucumber
  4. 1 tsp finely chopped mint leaves (pudhina)
  5. 1 tsp honey
  6. ½ tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice or squash

 Method

We were really not kidding about the ‘jiffy’ bit. So start the stopwatch and begin:

  1. Wash the apples and add them to your Full Fruit Juicer, for fresh apple juice.
  2. Then add lemon squash, finely chopped cucumber-mint leaves and a tsp of honey in it and serve immediately after adding soda, stir lightly to mix.

That’s it and your drink is ready. Your stopwatch should read 5 minutes at the most!

This cool drink can be had as an after-school or after-play drink for your kids. The soda in it makes it irresistible even to boys and girls who otherwise say ‘No’ to all fruit juices. It also makes for a great party Mocktail.

Mango Smoothie: Tastiest Drink under the Sun

There is nothing like a glass of ice cold Mango Smoothie to drown the summer heat. But before we juice a few mangoes, here are three things you should know about the king of fruits. First, the name Mango comes from the Tamil word Māṅga. Drinking a glass of Mango smoothie is akin to drinking a glassful of Vitamin C along with a cocktail of fibre, antioxidants and potassium. And lastly, the Alphonso Mango is one of those ‘1000 things you must eat before you die.’ Yes, this is the most exotic and tasty health gets.

Alphonso mangoes are world famous for their taste and aroma. With this recipe enjoy them blended with crushed ice.

Ingredients

  1. Fresh Ripe Mango – 2 big mangoes (Alphonso, any other)
  2. Sugar – 2 tbsp (as per taste)
  3. Water – 1 cup
  4. Ice cubes – fewImage

Method – Preparation in 5 minutes

  • Add it in your mixer, juicer mixer grinder along with sugar and ice cubes.
  • Also add water and blend it to a smooth consistent texture.
  • Enjoy refreshing and delicious Smoothie.

The good news is that this is the healthiest, tastiest drink you can prepare in five minutes and drink under the Sun. The bad news being, the Alphonoso mango has a very short season from April to the end of June, so hurry!!