How to Make a Delicious Fruit Smoothie in a Blender

Fruit smoothies are an excellent way to get much of your daily intake of fruits, vitamins, and antioxidants. Making a delicious fruit smoothie in a blender sounds kind of simple… and it actually is! But there are a few tips to make it easier and smoother. (Pun definitely intended!)

  1. Use the right fruit. Not all fruits are meant to be in a smoothie. Grapes and cherries are yummy but also have too much pulp to work well in a smoothie. Oranges have a similar problem but orange juice gives you the great citrus flavor without all the pulp. Berries are a favorite in fruit smoothies. They are easy to blend and are full of vitamins. Tropical fruit like pineapple and mangoes are also good.
  2. Half of your smoothie ingredients should be liquid. Trying to blend a bunch of frozen fruit without enough liquid in your blender will be difficult especially if you are using a standard low budget blender. You can use fruit and vegetable juices, milk, or even plain water if you are trying to manage calories. Almond and soy milk are a great source of protein and taste great in smoothies. You can try a combination of liquids to see which you like best.
  3. Use frozen fruit. It is cheaper than fresh and in many ways is healthier. Frozen fruits and vegetables are picked at the peak of freshness so the vitamins and minerals are preserved better. They will also give your smoothie a delicious chill without needing ice.
  4. Bananas are one of my favorite smoothie ingredients because of their wonderful texture. Adding a frozen banana to your smoothies will give a great creamy texture. Buy the bananas when they are ripe and on sale. More brown spots means they will be sweeter. Peel them and store them in a plastic bag in the freezer.
  5. Assemble your smoothie the night before. The next morning, the fruits will have thawed a bit and will be the perfect consistency for blending. It will also save you time and cut down on your morning routine.
  6. Start at a low speed and increase the blender speed slowly. Wait until you see what looks like a tornado or a whirlpool at the top of the smoothie before you turn up the blender. If you blend your smoothie too quickly, the contents will make an air pocket and they will stop mixing properly. If this happens, simply wait until the air bubble rises to the top and try again.
  7. Make sure to blend your smoothie long enough. Just because the smoothie looks like liquid doesn’t mean it’s quite done. If you blend your smoothie for at least a full minute after everything looks mixed, it will be nice and blended and even more tasty.

Making great smoothies is really easy and very fun. Follow these simple steps and you will be on your way to a delicious healthy treat.

Vitiligo Treatment – Get Back Your Normal Skin

Vitiligo is a skin condition where it loses the pigment that determines the color of the skin, eyes and hair. This pigment is called melanin. Vitiligo occurs when the cell producing melanin no longer forms, or when melanin die; causing gradually enlarging white patches of uneven shapes to appear on the skin.

The main goal of a vitiligo treatment is to improve appearance. The treatment completely depends on the number of white patches, their sizes, location and how widespread they are. Therapy for Vitiligo can take from 6 to 18 months. Current Vitiligo treatments include surgery, medication and therapies. There are also programs that focus on using natural remedies remedies to minimize the symptoms like Michael Dawson’s Natural Vitiligo Treatment System:

Vitiligo Treatment Via Medical Therapies

A medical therapy can reduce the appearance of white patches. Here are some commonly used medical therapies.

Topical Steroid Therapy

Steroid cream can re-pigment white patches if started in the initial stage of Vitiligo. Doctors may prescribe mild topical corticosteroid for the children and stronger one for adults. The cream is applied on the white patches. It may take at least three months before seeing any results.

Corticosteroid creams are the safest and simplest Vitiligo treatment. Doctors will monitor the patients closely for any side effect.

Psoralen Photo-chemotherapy

It is also known as (PUVA) Psoralen and ultraviolet A therapy which is the most effective Vitiligo treatment. In this therapy, Psoralen contains a chemical that react with ultraviolet light to cause re-pigmentation or darkening of the skin.

The treatment involves taking it orally or topically which is applying it on the skin. It is explained below.

Topical Psoralen Photo-chemotherapy is the treatment which is done once a week under artificial ultraviolet light in doctor’s office. This treatment is effective for patients with small number of white patches in a limited part of the body.

The doctor applies a coat of Psoralen on the De-pigmentation patch for 30 minutes and expose it to the UVA light. The UVA dose is increased slowly over many weeks and eventually the normal skin color appears.

Oral use if for people who have not responded to topical treatment. It is appropriate for extensive Vitiligo who has the affecting area more than 20 percent on the body.

For oral therapy, patient take the medication by mouth. After two hours of taking prescribed dose patient is exposed to artificial UVA light or sunlight. This treatment is used at least two times in a week.


De-pigmentation treatment is used for people who have white patches on more than 50 percent of the body. In this treatment rest of the skin on the body area is faded to match the white patch area. People use monobenzone twice a day to pigmented area until they match the affected areas.

De-pigmentation is permanent and people who undergo this treatment will be sensitive to sunlight.

Natural Treatment

Although not as effective as medical procedures, there are also plenty of books and websites available about vitiligo natural treatments using herbal mixes and vitamins. If you are interested in learning more, make sure to look up Michael Dawson and his Natural Vitiligo Treatment System.

5 Benefits of Having a Smoothie Blender at Home

Smoothie has undoubtedly emerged as a new age beverage, already becoming equally popular with the little ones and the seniors, the young and the moving, the style divas and the gym enthusiasts. This daily dose of fresh and energetic drink is a thick blend of fresh or frozen fruits, raw vegetables, milk, juices-fruit/and vegetable, yogurt and the ice cubes.

Good Smoothie BlenderA velvety drink, relished by the young and the seasoned alike, with its infinite advantages is definitely a must for every home so lets understand the benefits of having a smoothie blender at home:

  1. High in nutrition – Now, no need to waste precious time in reading catalogs of products in grocery stores!Be in command!Just add what you think is the healthiest option with a handful of ice cubes to your blender and your favorite snack is ready. Your homemade smoothie gives the advantage of eating fruits and vegetable raw, deriving the maximum nutrition as cooking destroys some vitamins on heating. It is not processed so no loss of nutrients. You can always add the recommended vitamins and powders for protein supplements.
  2. Quick snack – You need only 10 minutes to make a quick, healthy, wholesome snack that will not let you dehydrate even if you forget to drink water for sometime. A treat that only your own blender allows to be served in just 10 minutes.
  3. Weight loss – Custom made smoothies allow you to add the good fats, stimulants like coffee or green tea, more fiber with zero sugar to soak in the goodness without sacrificing taste. So, more taste without disturbing your diet regime with your own blender!
  4. Increases your immunity – Fruits and vegetables are eaten completely with their skin, pulp and seeds so an additional supply of roughage is going to be a boost for your digestion. A large variety and quantity of fresh and natural supplements improving your immunity levels immensely with you being the boss!
  5. Children love it – No arguing, no compromising, no haggling!Your children will love this complete package with a new flavor, in a new color each day with no extra burden on your wallet!Try unique combinations with ice creams and syrups to lure your children towards healthy habits with your very own smoothie blender!

A smoothie blender is indispensable not only for a health conscious family but also for the taste brigade who will happily embark on this path for a fit and toned physique.

In order to obtain the best blender for smoothies, go for the one that will last for years and proves to be worth the money invested. A blender with a high range of horsepower, with a minimum of 500W would be good in crushing solid ice cubes. The size is also a factor as a large family needs a large sized jar to pack it to the maximum capacity. It should also be easy to clean, easy to operate and occupy less space.

If it comes with a warranty period of 2-7 years, the breakdown is just taken care of as you would not have to spend additional money on serviceable parts or a replacement. For so many benefits, one should not think about money being the only criteria for deciding the brand. So, don’t wait for someone else, set an example and be the first to buy a smoothie blender for your home.

How to Find the Best Phlebotomy Training Online

Phlebotomy, in the simplest sense, is an ancient medical practice carried out to collect blood samples by sectioning the vein of a human or animal body. However, Phlebotomists (people who carry out phlebotomy) are professionally trained technicians. Just like diploma holders, they are also trained under a certification with some accreditation of practical hours.

Why You Should Practice it

The simplest answer to the question is that Phlebotomists are in high-demand and their demand is expected to be ever-growing in the near future due to the accretion of a number of newly-borne diseases. The more the people fall prey, the greater the call for Technicians.

The other factor that some of you may find appealing is that Phlebotomy Technicians are paid quite good, and Phlebotomy training doesn’t have to take a very long time. The average hourly income of a Phlebotomists ranges from $12.50 to $13 but normally it depends upon the person’s experience and professionalism.

Want to try it out?

You don’t have to walk the roads for the quest of this training; it’s all at your home. A lot of online courses are being offered by universities and waiting for you to try them out. Mentioned for your reference below are some of the professional universities that are bidding an online course of Phlebotomy.

Loyola University-Chicago is offering the course by the name of “Arterial Puncture”

  • Des Moines University offers “Medical Terminology”
  • University Of Utah with “Phlebotomy Tutorial” certification.
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Keiser University
  • University of Phoenix

What these Institutes really offer?

From online brochures to illustrative videos, these universities provide all the necessary material to deliver the complete idea to your mind. They provide all the necessary training such as the procedure of drawing blood, care, potential threats and testing blood samples with many others to follow.

What about finding the best online course?

The answer is very simple. The best lies in you. Although the course presented by all institutes is somewhat the same, but as provided previously, the best skills demand confidential and challenging communication. You will find a lot of websites offering the course for free. But even if you have the time to go through more than one ’em, you will find not that much difference between them.

Some guidelines to memorize

First of all, not all the online courses are legit. You will find a whole lot of websites marked as “SCAM”. But even if you find the free ones or those mentioned above, you will have to pay one way or the other. Despite the online courses, you will definitely have to acquire some knowledge about its practical application plus in order to get certified, you will require some bucks.

Move Aside Bratz And Barbie – These New Monster High Dolls Are The “New Kids” On The Block!

Perhaps you haven’t heard of the new Monster High Dolls yet, BUT you surely will. After all, it is Mattel’s BIGGEST product launch since Hot Wheels came out in 1968, and it’s almost a guarantee that this relatively new line of toys (and other products) will reach popularity of epic proportions!

It was in 2010 when Monster High first came to the scene. For those of you who have no idea whatsoever what Monster High is about, it’s the undead version Bratz / Barbie that’s geared towards grown-up girls (aged 12 and below).

To be honest, their target audience wasn’t quick on the uptake and Mattel’s newest line of toys had a slow start. Despite that however, the marketing and promotion geniuses behind Monster High turned it into one of the most popular lines of toys that grown-up girls from left, right, and center go crazy for! It got so popular that Monster High now has their own web show for kids (with webisodes lasting from 1.5 to 2 minutes); clothing and accessories; topped off with a full-feature film.

But knowing how they pushed Hot Wheels, Bratz, and Barbie to the top of toy industry, it’s almost guaranteed that Mattel will come up with exciting additions and updates to the current roster of Monster High Dolls. Matter of fact, here’s a glimpse of what Monster High Doll fans were treated to in 2013:

Catty Noir Unleashed: This is the FIRST big news – the release of a completely new character and doll that goes by the name of Catty Noir. As the5thwerecat added to the product line, Catty Noir showcases beautiful dark skin. Oh! She’s also a singing superstar that never forgets to wear glamorous outfits and accessories wherever she goes.

catty-noirThe Weaving Of Webarella (Wydowna Spider) –Dubbed as the ‘daughter of Arachne,’ Webarella was first introduced to the roster of new Monster High Dolls at San Diego Comic-Con International 2011 where attendees voted for the next new character.She landed at second place…only a few votes shy of bagging the first place. However, she was made part of Monster High anyway in July 17, 2013.


Showcasing magnificent arms and legs, Webarella is as spectacular as any Monster High character could get. Mind you however, that she’s a Comic-Con exclusive, which means you won’t find her within the shelves of your favorite toy store. Having said that, BIG and devoted fans of Monster High Dolls are looking forward to the bigger release and many of them are speculating that Webarella will hit the stores before 2013 ends.

MORE Power Ghoul Dolls – Who says monsters and ghouls can’t have super powers!? January and August of 2013 marked the release of Power Ghouls – transforming regular Monster High Dolls to super-heroines that somewhat resemble famous comic book heroes.


Tasked of stopping the evil plans and designs of Cat Tastrophe, Mattel finds it necessary to introduce another Power Ghoul to keep the world safe. The new Power Ghoul’s name would be Ghoulia Yelps, but everyone is still clueless as to how she will look like. One thing is for sure though: She’ll be just as fantastic as the Power Ghouls before her!

NEW Scarah Screams Doll –Last year, Monster High Doll fans and aficionados were wowed by the BIG release of Scarah Screams’ doll. But Mattel won’t be Mattel if they won’t follow up their last year’s big release with another bigger and better Monster High Doll.


In late July 2013, they unleashed a NEW Scarah Screams doll, which is included in the “I <;;;;;;;;;3 Fashion” range. Along with Abbey Bominable, Frankie Stein, Clawdeen Wolf, and Draculaura, Scarah Screams’ doll showcases three fashionable outfits; three pairs of shoes; and an assortment of accessories.

Monster High Dolls – What Made These Toys Stand Out?

If you’ve never really loved cute, fashionable dolls before, you will after you’ve laid your eyes and hands on a Monster High Doll. Many have succumbed to these Monster High Dolls for very good reasons, and here are some of them:

Monstrous Size: Bratz dolls look like dwarves when placed side by side with Monster High dolls! Standing at 10.5 inches and showcasing skinny figures, these dolls will be a perfect fit whether you have a younger daughter (about 6-7 years old) who loves to play with dolls all day long or an older girl (8-10 years) who loves collecting, dressing, and posing dolls.

Nice Packaging:  Every Monster High figure has:

  • A plastic stand
  • An adjustable waist holder included in the package
  • Accessories and clothes
  • A personal pet
  • And even a “diary” that has a code for unlocking new and exciting stuff on the official Monster High website!

Packaging-wise, Monster High beats other lines of dolls (including Bratz and Barbie)…PERIOD!

VERY ‘Poseable’: What’s the use of a fashion doll that’s not able to pose the way you like!? Well, the good news is that these new Monster High dolls are jointed at the wrist, elbows, and knees – allowing you or your daughter to easily change their poses. PLUS, with hands and forearms that pop out at the elbow, re-dressing your Monster High doll is ABC-easy!

Supreme Master Via Satellite

Now that I have seen the ads for Supreme Master TV in the back of both the Economist and Businessweek(near the ads for offshore bank accounts), I decided that it is time I write about it.

The ad I first saw was the one in the Economist. It had the headline “What’s New and Exciting On The Internet” next to a picture of a blond Asian woman looking skyward. The ad was promoting a satellite channel that provided spiritual, and uplifting programming.

After doing a little searching around, I found out about Supreme Master Ching Hai – who Time magazine describes as the Buddhist Martha Stewart. An apt description.

Not only is Ching Hai enlightened, but a marketing maven who runs a chain of vegetarian restaurants, a clothing line, sells paintings and has a satellite TV network.

By all accounts, quite the character.

Also: is there a lot of weird stuff on satellite TV?

World War Z

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks is ostensibly about zombies but it could be interpreted in many different ways. One could say it is a book about environmental collapse, globalization or terrorism.

Your call. But really it is about the human response to a truly global and transnational crisis. First it demonstrates how modern systems and technology have the possibility of catastrophic failure in the face overwhelming odds, and then goes on to show the strong survival instincts of mankind in a sort of “Lord of the Flies” style anarchy. And then how humanity can adapt.

It is a series of oral histories, all connected via the central thread of a worldwide zombie plague(I know…I was skeptical at first since I never understood the current fascination with zombies), which threatens the entire world population with gruesome, anonymous death.

The reason why I read this book in the first place is because I wanted to read a speculative history of the 21st century. Not like something about high technology, but more about how human beings would behave in the future. And how a major disruption to the world system could change the geopolitical landscape: for instance, Cuba becomes the world’s foremost economy.

It’s a good book, and a fast read and I recommend it.