It’s a new year – and as most of us are wont to do, we’re all motivated to start the year off right and be healthier. I personally am terrible with making sure I get the proper amount of fruits and veggies in my diet each day, which apparently isn’t good. To not have the proper amount in my diet.
I’ve often thought about getting a juicer, but spending a lot of money on something that may ultimately sit and collect dust, I wasn’t sure if that was a viable option for me. But then I saw that Best Buy has this reasonably priced juice extractor that might get me on the right track:
I’d be able to make sure the kids are actually getting 100% fruit juice as opposed to the sugar infestation. Plus I could sneak some veggies in to make sure not only I’m getting my daily requirement, but they are too. There’s just something about fresh juice that’s so appealing – and using this juice extractor seems like it would be an easy way to make healthy juice.
The compact juice extractor separates pulp and holds up to 16 oz. of juice at a time, and the one-touch operation and mesh filter and blade design ensure quick and easy use – which is something I’d like, you know – quick and easy.
The pulp container holds up to 40 oz. of pulp and is removable to make cleanup simple. It also has a large feed tube to minimize prepping and pre-cutting (back to that ‘quick and easy mode), while the food pusher fits snugly into the feed tube to guide fruits and vegetables for efficient juicing. You can control the flow spout manually to control the speed of flow and prevent dripping.
If you’re not looking for a full-on juice extractor, there’s also this most excellent citrus juicer:
A nice simple design that has an adjustable reamer to help you control the amount of pulp you want (low, medium or high). Perfect option since not everyone in our household likes pulp in their juice, but both the hubby and I do. And it would sure beat using the little citrus juicer I have – you know, where there’s no motor involved and it’s just all elbow grease and determination.
The juicer has an extra long spout that helps prevent dripping, so that different glass sizes can be used with less counter top mess. It has dishwasher safe parts and is a nice polished stainless-steel design that is attractive. I like that is has a cord hiding compartment so that it can be tucked away easily and neatly after use. It’s definitely at the top of my list for possible purchase.
Princess Nagger, on the other hand, has her eye on this:
Priorities are obviously different when you’re ten. Ahem.
If you’re looking for that perfect small appliance, Best Buy is making it worth your while with 20% off:
So if you had something on your Christmas list that didn’t quite make it under the tree, here’s your chance to rectify that situation.
In addition to the excellent choice of small appliances, Best Buy continues on the health theme with 20% off fitness items, too:
I’ve got my eye on the FitBit One:
Fitbit One is considered a next gen pedometer. It brings champagne to the party with a high-powered accelerometer and altimeter, which allows it to accurately track and capture a variety of exercise stats based on personal profile data (i.e. height, weight, age).
All recorded data is automatically synced wirelessly to your free Fitbit.com account and visualized in the form of interactive charts and graphs, which is extremely helpful for identifying activity trends over time, determining individualized performance benchmarks, and coming up with ways to upgrade your lifestyle.
What’s cool is all the tracking is accessible electronically – PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone and yes, my favorite – Android. Tracking includes:
- Steps taken (standard on any pedometer)
- Calories burned
- Distance traveled
- Stairs climbed (courtesy of the altimeter)
In addition to the better-than-typical pedometer tracking of calories, distance, step tracking, etc., the option I’m really interested in is the precise sleep tracking capability and silent alarm. I always wonder how my sleep patterns actually are – especially since I end up getting anywhere from 4 to 6 hours of sleep each night, and I’m pretty sure between the snoring hubby and getting walked on by a random cat tends to cause more interruptions than I remember. Which is probably why I’ve been a lot more sleepy during the day lately.
Fitbit One accurately tracks sleep cycles, duration, and number of nighttime wake-ups, and computes a sleep quality score. Similar to activity tracking, sleep data wirelessly syncs with Fitbit.com and converts into visualized chart form. Pretty cool, no?
Additional coolness is the silent alarm – after it measures your sleep pattern, you have the option to set a morning alarm that will gently vibrate to wake you up – and not everyone else in the house depending on how loud you need the alarm to be (or how many times you hit the snooze button, which guarantees waking up the kids before dawn).
Other Features I’m intrigued by:
- Discreet – Fitbit One doesn’t have to be visible if you don’t want it to be. Fitbit One fits discreetly in your pocket, bra, or on your belt.
- Badges, Social – Earn badges and achievement when you hit specific milestones to keep the motivation flowing. Leaderboards, challenges, and competitions with friends & family are also available from Fitbit.com.
- App Integration – Fitbit data easily exports to a number of popular apps, including RunKeeper, MapMyFitness, Lose It!, MyFitnessPal, Endomondo, and SparkPeople.
- Meal and Activity Logs – A cornucopia of online tools and a mobile app let you easily create a food plan, track nutrition intake, and log a number of activities beyond walking & running.
I have some Christmas money waiting to be spent – I think I’ll be off to Best Buy to take advantage of the discounts. You can take advantage of them, too – click here for the printable Small Appliance coupon, or here for the Health and Fitness coupon.
Do you have a small appliance or fitness toy that helps keep you on track?
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