The Perfect Gift for a Smoothie Fanatic

Bella Rocket Blender

Believe me when I say this: I have absolutely no time. Waking up in the morning, I have little time to get properly dressed let alone cook up a hearty breakfast before I’m bolting out the door trying to get to work on time. And I’ve tried everything from waking up at unsightly hours to cooking something up in advance for the morning to simply eating small snacks throughout the day. Needless to say, the lack of sleep, and even more so, the lack of healthy nutritious foods definitely put a huge toll on my wellbeing. Somedays I would even try packing a bag of baby carrots and Brussel sprouts, but let’s face it: they may be nutritious but they definitely didn’t satisfy my desire for something that was just tasty! After years of going through this routine of carrying to work a bag of tiny vegetables, I decided enough was enough. I definitely felt backed up against a wall as I had a serious choice to make: sacrificing time to eat something tasty and nutritious, or attempting to eat better while being severely unproductive.

This choice quickly disappeared once I started using quick and efficient blenders that were able to make delicious yet healthy smoothies and high-protein, energy packed shakes. And the best thing was that I could just take any leftover fruits in my fridge, plop them into my blender, and in seconds I would have a satisfying shake that could help keep me going throughout the day. But there was still one problem: taking out the time to find an appropriate container to hold everything my delicious creation in.

Bella Rocket BlenderMy dear friend noticed that I was frantic in finding the perfect blender for me and that’s when I received one of the best gifts I could possibly have received. The Bella Rocket Blender came to the rescue, and was definitely the type of reliability, convenience, and efficiency I desired in a top-notch blender. The following is therefore a quick and simple bella blender review.

The first thing I noticed about the Bella Blender, was the sheer efficiency at which it liquefied everything into a luscious, almost creamy concoction of fruity goodness. This in part came from the high quality, dual stainless steel blades that not only is able to liquefy anything I put inside, but chopped up vegetables and grinded up almonds and other crunchy pieces into a smooth powder. Unlike most blenders that I’ve used that leave behind massive chunky bits, the Bella Blender is quick in ensuring a smooth drink every time.

On the weekends, when I do have a bit of time to myself in cooking up some other delicious meals, the small size of my kitchen was also a problem. And having a massive blender taking up table space was always an issue. Luckily, the Bella Blender completely comes apart, letting my store it away and even the tiniest of places. And the best part? Each component is 100% dish washer-safe, saving me even more time when I have to clean up all the dirty dishes!

Lastly, probably the biggest reason why I use the Bella Blender so frequently, is the detachable and sealable cup that it comes with. After blending up a couple of fruits and getting my favorite mango-peach smoothie, I don’t even have to fumble around in my cupboards looking for a reliable, correct sized container to take with me. The Bella Blender comes with a detachable cup and all I have to do is pop on a re-sealable lid before heading out to tackle a long, productive day.

In the end, the days of frantically rushing out the door without something healthy and delicious is long behind me thanks to the Bella Blender.

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Strawberry Smoothie vs Strawberry Lassi

Strawberry Smoothie vs Strawberry Lassi

Have you ever tried a lassi? It is basically an Indian yogurt smoothie. It contains a mix of yogurt, fruit, cardamom and sometimes rose water. It is the cardamom that makes a lassi unique and special.

One popular lassi is the mango lassi, made with fresh or frozen mango pulp. But you can also find some that are flavored with strawberry, peach, or just rose water. The taste of a fruit lassi is quite different than a regular strawberry smoothie or mango smoothie.

I love lassis, but it is not easy to find a vegan lassi at most Indian restaurants. Making your own at home is fun, and you can simply use soy yogurt or non-dairy milk to make it vegan.

The most traditional kind of lassi is the mango lassi because mangoes are popular in India, and easy to find. So lassis are traditionally made with a fresh mango and homemade yogurt.

If you want to start out by making a traditional (but vegan) mango lassi, here is a good recipe to try.

Vegan Mango Lassi

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 cup mango puree
  • 2 powdered cardamom pods
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

You can find the mango puree at most local Indian grocery stores. It will give it a real authentic taste. However, you can also use one fresh mango instead.

Simply put all of the ingredients in a blender for about 30 seconds.

Here is another mango lassi recipe, which is based on almond milk and coconut milk.

Almond Mango Lassi

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 fresh mango
  • quarter cup light coconut milk
  • a pinch of ground cardamom

If you want to get creative, and add other fruits, go for it.

Strawberry banana smoothies are the most popular kind of smoothie, and if you want to turn one into a lassi…. here is how to do it.

Raw Strawberry Banana Lassi

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 small handful cashews
  • 3 medjool dates
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • a pinch of cardamom

If you want a simpler recipe, with yogurt and without the banana, then try the following one.

Vegan Strawberry Lassi

  • 1 cup soy yogurt
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • pinch of cardamom
  • a few ice cubes (optional)

It is surprising how much just a pinch of cardamom can change the whole flavor and feeling of the drink. If you really like cardamom, don’t hesitate to add a whole teaspoon, or even 2 teaspoons of it to any of these recipes. You can also sprinkle some on top, as a garnish.

Nutmeg is another nice flavor that can be added to these lassis. A pinch of it should be enough, or sprinkle it on top.

If you like your lassi to have a yogurty flavor, try adding a half cup of soy yogurt, or almond yogurt, to the above recipes. The yogurt will make the lassi more filling, too.

None of the recipes above contain rose water, but feel free to add some. Rose water is quite strong, so, one teaspoon should be enough.

Here is a lassi recipe that uses rose water.

Honey Rose Lassi

  • 1 cup soy yogurt
  • quarter cup water
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons rose water
  • half teaspoon cardamom
  • pinch of cinnamon

You can also add a couple of frozen stawberries to this lassi, to give it a beautiful pink color. Adding a bit of mango will give it a golden color and a nice tropical fruit taste. If you like it sweet, try an extra teaspoon or two of honey. Enjoy!

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