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Omega VRT350 Juicer


Yeah baby – it came today!  My new Omega VRT350 Juicer.  I have been wanting one for a while and finally purchased it.  I have a Breville Juice Fountain which has served me well but it is a centrifugal juicer and this new one is masticating.  From all of the online reviews, I understand there is a major difference and curiosity got the best of me so I want to see for myself!

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I just had to try it tonight so I took it out of the box, washed off the parts with hot water, reassembled and got to juicin’.  I threw whatever I had available in there including pineapples, red grapes, green apples, strawberries and carrots.  Did not feel like walking to the fridge in the basement to get the English cucumber.  SUE ME!  Ha!

This is what it produced, beautiful, bright, thick juice!

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I do plan to provide a more formal review of the juicer in comparison to a few I have had in the past including Juiceman Jr. and Waring Pro.  For now, just gaze at the photo and soak it all in.  Doesn’t it look YUMMY?

Stay tuned for a future review after I give this thing a few more whirls!

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It’s Not Easy Being Green


Kermit The Frog sang this lamentation because he felt his life was hard.  I have been busy posting green smoothie and juice photos on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and I have had folks walk up to me and tell me they look GROSS!  They say the green smoothies look like green sludge and can’t imagine drinking it.  They observe the color and can’t get past it.  Whether the color is BRIGHT green, army green or light green.  Doesn’t matter.  They can’t get past it.

It sure isn’t easy being green but let me say these green concoctions are DELICIOUS, nutritious and gives you energy!!!!!  I am not telling a tale.  They are chock full of goodness.  I think what folks can’t get over is they associate green with perhaps GRASS and think the drink will taste like they are drinking it blade by blade.  I also think folks are so accustomed to eating and drinking “sweet” drinks like sweet tea, loading their coffee with sweeteners and eating their heart’s content of desserts (i.e. cake, ice cream, etc.) their taste buds just aren’t accustomed to the green “sweetness” which is an adjustment but a heart-healthy one.

I make my smoothies and juices with about 1/2 veggies and 1/2 fruit of all kinds.  I add pineapple, apples, pears, grapes, mango, strawberries, etc. and that definitely makes the fruit overpower the smoothie or juice.  Not a bad overpowering but the kind where you can’t taste the spinach at all.  You WILL feel like Popeye afterwards (all strong and full of life) but it won’t taste you like downed 2 gallons of leafy spinach.  Not that I don’t think that would taste awesome – but I recognize that for some, they have to take baby steps into this arena.

And honestly – I am not all the way there yet.  I have YET to make an all veggie smoothie or juice!  I always manage to throw a kiwi fruit or green apple up in the joint.  It’s a process and I recognize that.  But if you open yourself up just a wee bit, get over the color and focus on the taste and the freshness of the LIVE fruits and veggies you are putting into your body – you my dear sirs and madams will be CONVERTS!

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Smoothies retain and contain the pulp where juices do not.  Both contain high nutritional value.  One has fiber (smoothie) and one extracts the juice from the fiber.  There are many resources on the net promoting these fabulous high vitamin and mineral libations so do a search, check them out – give them a try and don’t discriminate just because they are green.  You never know – you might like the chlorophyll so much your body starts craving it and can’t get enough.

IMG_0413This little concoction was inspired by Juice Generation.  It is a  juice (I do leave a little pulp in there to thicken it a bit) with pineapple, 2 green apples, 2 Anjou pears, 4 kiwi fruit, kale, organic baby spinach and about 10 mint leaves.  I like to call this one my Green Refresher because it leaves your mouth feeling so Fresh And So Clean and your body feeling revived.  Don’t take my word for it – try it for yourself.

IMG_0412This is the typical frozen fruit mix I add to my smoothie mixes.  Only about 3 fistfuls for good measure.  If I feel I need some more potassium I will throw in 1/2 a banana.  Sometimes I get leg or foot cramps so I have to add that wee bit of extra oomphf.

It’s not easy being green because many folks do not think they like the taste of green food but don’t discriminate and diversify the color of your food as well as your palate.  Ya never know, you may be on to “green”er pastures.

Be well my friends and leave a comment if you have joined the Green revolution in ways you never imagined.

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DeLonghi Citrus Juicer Review


Through my place of employment I had the opportunity to raise $500 for the American Heart Association which is a worthwhile cause as they are raise money to conduct research to reduce deaths caused by heart disease.  I received an email to my work email announcing because of the money I have raised I qualify for 1 of the gifts available on Tier 4.  I was too excited!  I took a look and there were so many lovely items I actually struggled on which one to choose.  I had the choice of earrings, panini sandwich maker among other things.

My husband knows how much I love juicing, so when I asked him his opinion he said hands down, go for the DeLonghi Citrus Juicer which is electric.

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The way you use it is, you simply slice your citrus fruit in half and press it down on the top spindle and it will begin to spin pushing the juice and pulp out of it.  There is a lever that allows you to control the amount of pulp that drops into the juice.  It holds up to 32 oz before you have to empty the bottom container and continue juicing.   It really is quite simple to use.

What I liked about this product:

  • It is easy to use
  • The cord is easy to unwind and rewind
  • It is very easy to clean as there aren’t that many parts
  • It gets all of the juice out of the produce
  • You can use it for grapefruit, oranges, limes and lemons.  All citrus items
  • It is dishwasher safe but it is so easy to clean I do not see the need to actually need to put it in there unless you just do not want to be bothered

What I thought could have been better:

  • It spins a little slow for my taste – if it spun a little quicker I could have gotten through my produce quicker
  • Pulp quickly piles up on the top pulp catcher (especially if you choose to minimize the pulp that goes in the juice) so you have to stop frequently to empty the pulp and continue
  • My hands started to get a little tired pushing down on the top spindle but it wasn’t that bad
  • When I tried to remove the bottom container in order to wash it for the first time, it was a struggle removing it from the base which holds the cord.  There is nothing to hold on to the smooth base while I tried to turn the container loose.  Eventually it came loose but perhaps it was stuck because it was new

Overall I rate this product from 1 (absolutely garbage) to 10 (the best thing since sliced bread) stars….I give it 8 stars!  It does what it says it is going to do.  It juices all of the juice out of the fruit leaving very little behind except the peel.  The motor isn’t that noisy and it is extremely easy to use.  You can’t beat that.  It also beats having to use a non-motorized citrus juicer to extract juice.  I think the pros clearly outweigh the cons and it would be an excellent purchase especially for those of you who like to enjoy fresh orange juice.

Here’s the produce I used and the amount of juice it yielded.  Looks delicious right?

My organic blood orange

My organic blood orange

My bag of oranges next to my DeLonghi Citrus Juicer

My bag of oranges next to my DeLonghi Citrus Juicer

This juicer yielded a lot of fresh juice.  The kids LOVED the TASTE of the orange juice as well!

This juicer yielded a lot of fresh juice. The kids LOVED the TASTE of the orange juice as well!

Disclaimer:  FFFC was not paid nor compensated in any way for this review.  All opinions of this product are our own.

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