Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Beets Blu HRM and PagerTag review with Smoothie Galore !


During cold and gloomy mornings, I roll out of bed only when I smell the aroma Masala chai ( tea ) prepared by 'The husband' ;), because really, cold and dark mornings doesn't get me excited or motivates me enough, however I do like all the seasons.  As soon as spring rolls on when you wake up with the sounds of birds singing early in the morning and one of the best thing about spring is opening your curtains in the morning and bright sunlight flooding the room. Spring brings life to everything around it !



Sunny weather makes me happy and excited, which means I can spend more time outdoors and feel the sun, not so many layers on my body, I can introduced salads and smoothies in my diet and definitely massive savings on energy bills!




Sunny days are on the horizon and that means hitting the local parks for walks and smoothies for our breakfasts, which we crave during the cold spell. In my opinion just because a drink is labeled smoothie does not mean it is healthy, In my house those days are gone when we used to have smoothies made out of only fruits or fruit juices, but green smoothies are all the rage these days. For a filling breakfast and plenty of energy for a longer days, I blend real whole foods, make most nutrient rich  and delicious smoothies. It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle we have chosen !!!






Average five mornings in one week, we reach out for smoothies in the morning, mostly prepared with large amounts  of  raw green and leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds and tiny amount of fruits. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to smoothie recipe, whatever I find in the fridge and in pantry goes in the blender and make new and exciting combination whenever we feel like, just keeping one thing in mind that smoothie has to be packed with fibre, protein and good fats. A handy smoothie help sheet is stuck permanently on our fridge, so any one of us can make a perfect smoothie anytime !



Today I am sharing three smoothie recipes, which can become extremely addictive once you hang on with the taste. They provide a powerful boost that can give a kick start at breakfast time or revive flagging energy in the afternoon, with a healthy nutritional balance !!


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Green Smoothie
Creamy, smooth and awakening !
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Fresh Spinach
  • 1 cup Kale
  • 1/2 cup Broccoli florets
  • 2 tbsp Parsley
  • 1/4 cup Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 Avocado
  • 3 tbsp Pistachio nuts
  • 2 tbsp Pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup Green Tea
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground nutmeg
  • to taste Salt and Black Pepper
Instructions
Place everything in the blender and blend till you get creamy smoothie. It will take about 30-40 seconds. Serve immediately.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2-3 servings


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Carrot, Tomato and Red Pepper Smoothie
Truly dynamic fruit-and-vegetable medley.
Ingredients
  • 2 Fresh Carrot chopped
  • 200 mls Tomato Juice
  • 1 deseeded and chopped Red Pepper
  • 2 tbsp. Goji Berries
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 200 mls Water
  • 1 tbsp Fresh corinader
  • to taste Salt and pepper
Instructions
Place carrots and water in the blender.Blend till you get the smooth puree.Add tomato juice, red pepper, berries , salt and pepper and fresh coriander.Once again blend everything and serve immediately.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 servings


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Carrot, Tomato and Red Pepper Smoothie
Truly dynamic fruit-and-vegetable medley.
Ingredients
  • 2 Fresh Carrot chopped
  • 200 mls Tomato Juice
  • 1 deseeded and chopped Red Pepper
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 200 mls Water
  • 1 tbsp Fresh corinader
  • to taste Salt and pepper
Instructions
Place carrots and water in the blender.Blend till you get the smooth puree.Add tomato juice, red pepper, salt and pepper and fresh coriander.Once again blend everything and serve immediately.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 servings


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Buckwheat, Banana , Cashew and Cinnamon Smoothie
Simple but Splendid !
Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp. Buckwheat flakes
  • 250ml Almond milk or regular skimmed milk
  • 1/2 Banana
  • 4 tbsp. Cashew nuts
  • 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon powder
Instructions
Dry roast buckwheat flakes. Let it cool.Place everything in the blender and blend till you get smooth and creamy smoothie.Serve immediately.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 servings

On the theme of healthy eating and leading a healthy lifestyle, I was approached by Beets Blu who kindly gave me some of their products in exchange of a review. I was sent their Heart Rate Monitor and PagerTag, and arrived on time by Amazon.




We as a whole family do exercise at home during the winter as we have a few gym machines like magnetic exercise bike, Elliptical cross trainer, Rowing machine and ab workout chair. As soon as the sun peeps out and temperature starts rising, we prefer to go for walks and jogs and sometime cycling in the local parks as nothing beats fresh air and view of serene beauty, just grab a good pair of running trainers, bottle of water and mobiles.

The gym machines at home have an inbuilt heart rate monitor but during the warmer months while we are in the parks, we have nothing to measure our heart rate by! Monitoring heart rate is important because depending on the type of workout that you do (warm-up, fat burning, endurance) the heart rate to achieve is different.



This is where the heart rate monitor becomes very useful. It's pretty much undetectable under your clothes, fits well and doesn't slip at all and only requires a small battery which is said to last over a year. We all tried out the Heart Rate Monitor and were able to tell if we needed to exercise harder or not. The app alerts you when you have reached your target heart rate or if you are still below the target. The chest strap heart rate monitor measures your heart rate and through bluetooth technology sends the information to an app on your smartphone. The Beets Blu has it's own basic app and works accurate but if you want more out of your Beets Blu then pair it with few other apps like Runkeeper, Map my Run or Endomondo. I was pleased to see that the monitor and app also told me how many calories I was burning.

Beets Blu HRM is smart little device so easy to set up, which is comfortable and easy to use. It comes with one battery and instruction manual which is easy to follow and multiple languages with images.  It's useful for all the family (as its waterproof and can be washed) and I think it would make a good gift for someone who is serious about fitness or looking to get started.

It is available on Amazon at a reasonable price of £29.95. If this review has you interested then watch this space as JCO and Beets Blu are coming together to GIVEAWAY this product for FREE!




The PagerTag is a useful little device for hectic houses like mine. The "Tag" fits onto or into the valuable you want to tag whether its keys, a purse/wallet etc. Using the special PagerTag app (both apps for the heart rate monitor and papertag are FREE), it is possible to find where the valuable is! With my husband during the school run and under time pressure, its easy to misplace keys in the house. With this nifty device, I can now send out a small alarm with my phone and find the keys straight away! Although, better instructions with the Pagertag and app would be nice as I did have to play around with the app for a while to work out what to do nonetheless I am a proud owner of this awesome device !!


The products have been sent complimentary of Beets Blu, however all words are entirely my own.










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2 comments:


  1. Good information on Indian recipe. thank you for sharing.
    chowringhee kathi roll

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  2. Absolutely stunning images. Nice recipe. Thanks for sharing...!

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