It’s Never Too Late To Get Aboard The Juicing Bandwagon

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Healthy habits can stay with children if they are ingrained at an early age. Once they get off the formula, introducing them slowly to freshly made juice is a great way for them to learn to enjoy their fruits and vegetables. It is something that both you and your children can benefit from as juicing can have a positive health impact of people of any age. Instead of letting them have soft drinks or fruit drinks that have extra added sugar, make them a sweet cup of nutrient rich juice from raw produce instead. If you have a juicer collecting dust in the cabinet, bring it out and shake off the rust. If you don’t have one, then consider investing in something that can improve your family’s diet.

Finding the right juicer is not as hard as you might think, but it will take a little effort. You may not have a lot of time and want something that gets the job done lightning fast. You may want to juice a lot of leafy greens. You may also want the quietest machine possible. Unfortunately there is not one juicer that can do all of these things exceptionally well. You will have to compromise on some things when buying a new juicing machine. However, it is possible to get one that can provide you with a quality experience.

Top Juicer Options For Your Kitchen

There are certain juice extractors that stand out among the rest as far as their performance, quality, and owner satisfaction rates. The models below are among the most popular machines being sold today. If you are looking for a new juicer for your kitchen, then these are some of the sure fire picks that are mostly likely to not disappoint.

Omega NC800 HDS

This is the newest horizontal juicer from Omega and it has a couple of new features that really set it apart. It comes with a wide feed chute, something most masticating juicers do not have. The advantage of this feature is that you can now drop in bigger sized fruits and vegetables into the juicer without cutting them up first. This can save a lot of time. This juicer is quiet, sturdy, provides high juice yield and delivers a quality juice. It is also relatively easy to clean. The NC800 has already gotten some great customer reviews and it is already the top rated Omega juicing machine by Veggie Files.

Breville 800JEXL

This is a high end centrifugal juicer that has been a user favorite for awhile. It is a stainless steel powerhouse that provides an extremely easy and fast juicing experience. Breville juicers are among the highest customer rated machines on the market. They get high scores for having easy to use, simple to clean, and dependable juicers. If you are constantly in a rush, or you just want to get done as quickly as possible, then this is the model for you. The 800JEXL was one of the best juicers today and we see no reason why it should slip in 2016.

Kuvings B6000 Whole Slow Juicer

This is an upright masticating juicer that has one main feature that sets it apart from others in its class. This unit comes with a wide feed chute, the first vertical model to have this feature, and it really makes an impact. The design of this juicer helps save on space, and the new feed chute helps save on juicing time. This juicing machine really started to make a name for itself towards the end of the year and it should be a contender going into the next.

A wide feed chute is something not seen on similar models when this first came out. The will have a drastic effect on reducing your food prep time. This feature will make it a lot easier to juice bigger foods like apples and carrots. It is on the expensive side but some  of its convenience features make it worth the money for a lot of folks.

Breville JE98XL

For those who are interested in what the 800JEXL can do, but don’t want to pay nearly $300 for a juicer, the JE98XL is a highly rated alternative. It has a slightly less powerful motor, and its body is made of a hard plastic rather than stainless steel, but it can still deliver the same high quality and fast juicing experience but at a much lower price. You can probably pick this up for about half the cost of Breville’s higher end model which makes this without question the best budget juicer currently on the market.

If you read all of the current centrifugal juicer reviews the JE98XL will usually be in the top 5. This juice extractor has been a wildly popular option for those who want to save a little and we so no reason for this to change in the future.

No Bad Choices

There are plenty of high quality juicers out there to choose from and finding a machine to provide all of the goodness that juicing has to offer is not that hard. But with all of those choices, it might take some time to find that juicer that is just right for you. Prioritizing the aspects that you want most in a new juicer can help you save time while you are looking. The important areas for a juicer to perform well in are; speed, ease of clean up, noise, price, types of foods you are going to juice, and ease of use. Knowing which of these factors you value most before you go shopping can make the entire process go a lot quicker. Getting any juicer is better than not having one at all, so with that in mind, there really is no wrong choice to be made.

Of course, you never want to leave your kids alone with a juicer without supervision, but introducing them to juicing at an early age can have long lasting benefits as they develop a taste and appreciation for juice that they can take with them for the rest of their lives.

A Small Toaster Oven With A Big Punch

If you love to eat, don’t mind grocery shopping, but hate to cook, then getting a modern toaster oven for your kitchen is a great way to change your outlook. The Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven is a terrific option for those with smaller kitchens with sparse counter space to spare. Technological advancements have enabled these types of appliances to cook as good or even better than your full sized range but without all of the hassle.

Perhaps the best rated countertop toaster oven in its class, this Breville smart oven has tons of positive reviews from owners for its performance and design. Let’s see what this model has to offer.

BOV450XL Features


The Breville BOV450XL Oven is housed in reinforced stainless steel that has a sleek design plus a simple interface with an LCD display to ensure it looks great in any kitchen. Its small size makes it easy to store. It can easily be squeezed into cupboards, pantries or shelves when not in use.

Element IQ

What separates the Breville smart oven from other ovens is the Element IQ technology. This enables the oven to adjust the power of heating elements automatically; thus, the specific type of food is cooked properly. For instance, baked food must be cooked evenly throughout to avoid hardening the outside.

The Breville oven knows how to handle this: It reduces the power of the heating elements to 1500 watts and distributes the heat over the top as well as bottom elements. When toasting, it is imperative that the toast be cooked evenly on both sides to prevent the inside of the bread from drying out. This model achieves this by using 1800 watts and distributes the heat between the 4 elements to crisp the outside of the bread quickly.


You get 10 by 10-inch enamel baking pan, a removable crumb tray, and a wire rack. It does not come with a broiler rack, but if you need one, go for the larger Breville BOV650XL or BOV800XL.

Eight Preset Cooking Functions

This oven comes with eight preset cooking functions to choose from. They include toast, pizza, reheat, bake, boil, cookies, bagel, and broil. You can customize the settings depending on your preference. Moreover, the oven can remember your custom settings until they are changed or it is unplugged; thus, there is no need to keep on changing your preferred and most commonly used settings. With the BOV450XL oven, all the guesswork of cooking times and temperature setting are taken out.

LCD Display

Below the oven’s cooking functions dial is the LCD screen and time buttons as well as the temperature setting. If you want to adjust them, press the up and down arrows in between. When the model is operating, the LCD screen will illuminate with an orange backlight. Consequently, the LCD display will turn blue once the food is ready, and this indicates that the cooking cycle is complete.


The BOV450XL gives users many reasons to smile while in the kitchen and some of these include:


The oven’s performance has seen many consumers leave positive reviews concerning the model. Aside from distributing the heat quickly and evenly, the Breville smart oven hold temperature steadily for perfect cooking results. You can do a number of things from baking cookies to broiling fish, all with satisfying results.


Its compact size not only ensures multiple functions but also smart heating technology for outstanding cooking results. For this reason, majorities of buyers are always happy with the model and feel it is worth the price.

Pre-set times

The Breville BOV450XL features settings that make the oven easy and fast to use. The recommended settings eliminate the guesswork involved when cooking or heating anything. It also has the “a bit more” feature that makes it even easier to get your ideal cooking results.


  • Size: 16 inches long by 13 inches wide by 9 inches high
  • Tempered glass door
  • 4 Quartz heating elements
  • Non-stick interior
  • 3 rack positions
  • Slice Capacity: 4 slices
  • Convection: No
  • Can fit an 11-inch pizza


  • A BIT MORE button in the case you want something cooked a bit longer
  • A Front-access crumb for easy cleaning
  • Easy to read backlit LCD and user-friendly interface
  • Element IQ for improved heat distribution
  • Quartz heating elements for more even heating
  • Makes excellent toast which should be a requirement for any “toaster” oven
  • Automatic shut off


  • Overly loud timer
  • Lacks an automatic slide out rack
  • It is expensive


This is Breville’s smallest “Smart Oven” but it packs a lot into its tiny frame. This is an extremely modern looking appliance that delivers terrific versatility for such a tiny oven. This model is a huge hit with amateur chefs. With such glowing feed back from users, it is easy to see why this oven constantly ranks as one of the top options for anyone looking for a new toaster oven.

If you have very little counterspace or live in a dorm room, the BOV450XL is the best choice for small kitchens. These types of ovens are a great alternative to using your full sized range, and they also make excellent gifts for the people in your life that you want to surprise. This is a great oven for just about any type of kitchen and it is a great way to cook more in the upcoming year.

A Child Car Seat That Does It All

So we recently had to go out and purchase a new car seat. No we did not have another kid, but we bought one as a present for one of the in-laws. It has been a few years since we went child seat shopping, but we were surprised with just how many options there are out there. They mentioned that they really wanted to get a convertible car seat, so that is where we focused our attention. This narrowed things down a bit, but there are still a number of high quality options to choose from. It took some time, but to make a long story short, we ended up springing for the Chicco NextFit Zip.

This seat seems to have a ton of features that we are sure the parents will find super useful when it comes to installing it and using it every day. It was not cheap, but it does come packed with safety, comfort, and convenient technology that made it seem like a smart buy. When it arrived we unpacked it and were thoroughly impressed. It is built like a tank. When the in-laws finally got a look at it they are extremely happy as well. For any other parents out there looking for suggestions when it comes to getting a new convertible child seat, here is a quick run down of what this Chicco model has to offer.

Car Seat Features

Like I said before, this seat is loaded with tremendous features. Perhaps this is why it has gotten such high ratings from parents. We pulled some of the following information from a review of the Chicco NextFit Zip that lead us to finally pull the trigger on this seat.

  • ReclineSure 9-position leveling system that allows compatibility with a wide spectrum of vehicles.
  • Improved ventilation courtesy of the 3D AirMesh fabric that allows improved air flow.
  • Washable seat pad that zips right off the shell to allow for machine washing.
  • RideRight bubble feature that indicates the correct angle for the seat in either forward or rear-facing orientations. This ensures that you always have the right position for the seat on either orientation.
  • An effortless tight and secure vehicle fit made possible by SuperCinch Latch tightener with force-multiplying capability.
  • 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.
  • 6 positons headrest and auto-widen harness for older children.
  • 5-point harness with 2-positions for a chest clip
  • Incorporated FloThru belt path that makes it easy to transition from rear to forward facing without rethreading.
  • Compatible dimensions of 20.5”L by 19”W by 26”H.
  • LATCH storage compartments for keeping LATCH connectors when you aren’t using them.
  • Built-in lock offs for seat belt installations.

Advantages of the NextFit Zip

  • FAA approved for aircraft use.
  • Has an infant insert which adds support for smaller kids.
  • Allows the baby to rear face for longer, that is from 5lb to 40lb.
  • A futuristic seat pad design that allows for breathability.
  • Easy to clean seat pad that zips out from the seat shell for machine-washing.
  • Adjustable harness and side impact protection to allow for different heights and growing children.
  • A life span of up to 8 years.
  • The smooth bottom base has grip material that will not damage the upholstery on the vehicle or slip on leather seats.
  • Harness straps are made thick enough to prevent twisting.
  • Clear and easy to use instruction manual.
  • Takes up less space on the rear-facing position. This works well for smaller vehicles and taller passengers who push the front seat all the way back.
  • Comfortable premium padding.
  • Allows easy accurate and secure installation.
  • Removable cup holder on either side of the car seat
  • The 3D AirMesh enhances airflow that guarantees much more comfortable rides.

Some Drawbacks

  • It is heavy and bulky.
  • LATCH weight limits require that you change to a seat belt installation when the baby weighs 35 lbs rear-facing or 40lb forward facing.

Overall Great

It is clear that the NextFit car seat has a lot of beneficial features that ensure convenience, comfort, and safety. It is true that the idea of a perfect car seat is far-fetched but Chicco is a near perfect in design and functionality. This puts parents in a much more calm position when traveling with babies.

I would totally recommend using the NextFit car seat. The fact that you can use it on any vehicle, leave alone an airplane is very appealing to me. The car seat has actually been tasted on every vehicle you can imagine. This includes old trucks, pick-ups and luxury vehicle with contours on the seats. The one year warranty goes further to emphasize the manufacturer’s confidence in their product. Most other car seats carry shorter warranties.

If the NextFit Zip is out of your budget then there are plenty of other high quality options out there that won’t break the bank. If you can afford it, however, this Chicco seat is definitely worth looking into and me and the wife ever have another child then this will be one of the first things we buy for the little tyke.