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The 5 Best Blenders to Buy (So You Can Quit Those $10 Smoothies)

Smoothies are the perfect on-the-go food—and they’re a godsend for anyone who’s not into solid food before noon. But hitting up a juice shop for your smoothie fix is a pricey habit. So if you’re serious about smoothies (or soups or dips or nut butters), it’s time to invest in a blender. Our friends at BestReviews spent weeks testing blenders to find the five best machines on the market. A few are expensive, but none of them will set you back as much as a year’s worth of $ 10 smoothies. 

Nutri Ninja 1. Nutri Ninja Pro BL450

The Nutri Ninja snuck in and became one of the most popular blenders on the market without the competition really noticing. So “ninja” is an apt name. It’s the perfect personal blender for someone looking to make individual smoothies or shakes. The Nutri Ninja easily breaks through ice, seeds, skin, and even stems. Also, the jar doubles as a grab-and-go container thanks to the “sip-and-seal” lids. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe, making cleanup a cinch. Just make sure you don’t overfill the container—many customers reported leaks when they stuffed in too many fruits and veggies. 

($ 66.38; walmart.com)

Vitamix Pro 750 Heritage Blender 2. Vitamix Pro 750 Heritage Blender

A Vitamix is a blender in the same way a Tesla is a car—which is to say both blow the rest of the competition out of the water. The Heritage model is built on decades of research and technology. It makes blending a smoothie look like the easiest thing in the world, and it has no problem whipping up nut butters or even steaming hot soup. The only real drawback is the price. 

($ 528.96; surlatable.com)

KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender 3. KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender

The retro look on this KitchenAid might remind you of the blender you grew up with, but it definitely works better. The five speeds allow for maximum control, and you can do anything from dicing to pulverizing with ease. Its one weakness is that it’s loud: One Amazon commenter described the noise as “an angry Chewbacca.” Still, the KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender makes a mean smoothie at a great price, so we can deal with the Star Wars sound effects. 

($ 99.99; target.com)

Oster Versa Pro Performance Blender 4. Oster Versa Pro Performance Blender

From across the room, you might mistake the Versa Pro Performance Blender for a Vitamix—it has a similar dial and comes with a tamper (that plastic rod you push through the lid to help everything blend evenly). It also features programmed settings that take the guesswork out of making smoothies, dips, and soups. For all that, this blender is a third of the price of a Vitamix.

($ 149.99; target.com)

Blendtec Total Blender 5. Blendtec Total Blender

Serious at-home smoothie makers are split into two camps: those who swear by Vitamix and those who are loyal to Blendtec. You really can’t go wrong with either, and the Total Blender is quite a bit cheaper. At first glance, the Blendtec’s dull blades look like they could barely cut through a raspberry. But they tested it on an iPhone and the blender turned it into dust. That’s  some serious design ingenuity, and it makes Blendtec perfect for anyone worried about cleaning around sharp blender blades. 

($ 399.99; target.com)

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9 Matcha Recipes for Those Days You *Need* Extra Energy

When matcha started popping up on everyone’s Insta feed a few years back, some were skeptical it would stick around. But the fragrant green powder, which is made from ground green tea leaves, isn’t going anywhere. You can still find it on the menus of trendy coffee shops and chains, and it’s certainly available for purchase online. But don’t think it stops with matcha lattes. The fresh, earthy powder can be added to breakfast bowls, smoothies, iced drinks, or even savory meals like spaghetti, and adds an instant caffeine boost to your meal (answering our midday prayers <3). Time to jump on the matcha bandwagon, friends.

Raspberry Matcha Chia Pudding

Photo: Le Petit Eats

Is this chia pudding too pretty to eat?! Maybe, but that won’t stop us. Make it before going to bed and wake up feeling like a superstar already. Best of all, it only requires six ingredients and takes around 15 minutes to make. Blend Greek yogurt with coconut milk, raspberries, and maple syrup, then stir in chia seeds. Repeat, swapping matcha powder for raspberries, and layer the two.

Coconut Matcha Energy Bars

Photo: Grateful Grazer

Stash these homemade energy bars in your purse or car for a last-minute energy boost when you need it most. Made with nuts, dates, pure vanilla extract, matcha powder, and coconut flakes, these bars are naturally sweet and way better for you than the store-bought kind—plus totally unique thanks to the matcha.

Iced Matcha Mint Pistachio Frappe

Photo: Gourmande in the Kitchen

Mint, pistachio, and matcha powder are probably not what comes to mind when you think “green juice,” but we are all about this all-green flavor combo. Coconut milk and ice help thicken it up and make it taste like a milkshake. What’s better?

Matcha Spaghetti With Chili and Cheese

Photo: Lady and Pups

Give your usual pasta recipe a break—savory matcha sounds weird, but spaghetti, hot chili flakes, garlic, and fresh Parmesan balance each other out in the best way possible. Serious bonus points if you really make your own noodles like this blogger does.

Matcha Green Tea Waffles

Photo: Plating Pixels

Think outside the box the next time you plan brunch and try these green tea-flavored waffles instead of the plain kind. Don’t worry—they are still plenty sweet thanks to banana, honey, and vanilla extract, and the recipe even comes with a matcha green tea syrup. We’re so into them.

Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte

Photo: Celebrating Sweets

If you’ve had matcha already, there’s a good chance it was in the form of a latte. This DIY version is so simple, you’ll forget about buying it out again… just mix almond milk, honey or pure maple syrup, matcha, and a splash of pure vanilla extract, and you’re good to go.

Gluten Free Matcha Green Tea Banana Bread

Photo: Fearless Dining

This matcha banana bread is just what we need to enjoy a sweet treat first thing in the a.m. and get a caffeine buzz going. Mix almond flour and a gluten-free flour blend, ripe bananas, eggs, vanilla, coconut oil, sugar, and matcha powder, and bake for 25-30 minutes in a loaf pan. The color is a little funky, but the sweet, fresh taste more than makes up for it.

Matcha Green Smoothie Bowl

Photo: Minimalist Baker

Is is summer yet? This smoothie bowl has us dreaming of palm trees. Light coconut milk, spinach or kale, matcha powder, pineapple, and banana are an A+ combination, and only get better when topped with chia seeds, coconut flakes, slivered almonds, or fresh berries.

Cold Brew Summer Matcha

Photo: Thirteen Thoughts

If you’re trying to swap out soda or juice for something lighter, or just tired of plain ol’ H20 all the time, this citrusy summer drink is screaming your name. Use a cocktail shaker to mix ice, water, and matcha, then pour it over ice with muddled mint leaves and lemon and lime slices. If you want it to be sweeter, add in a little pure maple syrup and stir well.

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Take a #CelluliteSaturday Photo Because Those “Cottage Cheese Thighs” Are Totally Normal

There are a lot of selfies on Instagram, usually pics from a day you were really feeling it. But how about selfies of the parts we usually try to cover up? Well, now we’ve got #CelluliteSaturday.

Canadian body-positive activist Kenzie Brenna started the hashtag to remind us that cellulite is normal—and really common. About 90 percent of women (and 10 percent of men) have cellulite. It’s mostly genetic, and it affects people of all shapes and sizes. So you should get used to seeing it (even if you don’t want to post your own #CelluliteSaturday pic). But if you do, you can look to Brenna for some inspiration:

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