Karma. The sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences (source: Google). Do you believe in karma? Even if you don’t fully believe that your actions can decide your fate, I think having this approach to life can make your life better. I believe that if you do little things for others instead of always being focused on yourself, it can pay off. Sometimes a small action may bring you luck later. Maybe it won’t but it certainly can make the world better if we all do thoughtful things for each other.
My Karma story
Yesterday, my husband and I were riding the bus. Out the window, we saw a man walking down the sidewalk and something fell out of his pocket. We couldn’t tell what it was but worried that it might be his wallet. Immediately, we hopped out quickly at the next bus stop and walked briskly down the sidewalk until we found the man. We told him that we had been on the bus and saw him drop something. Luckily, though, he had already found it. Still, we knew that finding him was the right thing to do.
Juicing versus Smoothies
Stay with me as I veer off track for a minute, I promise it will come back around! Last week, our kitchen blender had broken and was unusable. It was a cheap one and not worth repairing. So we’ve been discussing options for buying one. My husband has been wanting to do juicing so we started looking at blenders and juicers. We watched some reviews on juicers and found one that looked pretty good!
But, I started wondering the benefits of juicing versus smoothies. It seemed like juicing creates a lot of waste from the unused parts of the fruit that get filtered out. My husband decided that smoothies would be a better idea since he wants to use them for meal replacements. So, we started researching blenders!
*Juicing* Pros: You can still get all of the vitamins from the fruits and it’s easy to incorporate vegetables without noticing them much.
*Juicing* Cons: Losing fiber by filtering juice from the fruit. If you are using the juice as a meal replacement it will not keep you very full without this fiber. Also, juice is usually high in sugar leading to blood sugar spikes.
*Smoothie* Pros: Easy to make additions such as protein powder, greek yogurt, chia or flax seed. Depending on the additions and chosen fruits, they tend to be pretty filling, which is a benefit if using for a meal replacement.
*Smoothie* Cons: If you are using them in addition to a meal, it’s easy to start digesting too many calories.
Full Circle: Blender + Karma
Our research showed, even though the Vitamix and the Blendtec are the overall best blenders, we didn’t want to spend that much on a blender. We found one that was nearly comparable after watching YouTube reviews, but it was still a bit spendy. My husband searched prices on Google (see below) and noted that the price was much lower at one store. I thought it must be wrong but he insisted that I call. So, I called Bed Bath & Beyond and they told me they had ONE LEFT on CLEARANCE. I said “HOLD IT I’M COMING!!!”
Behold! An amazing blender with capabilities comparable to high end blenders used in restaurants: Breville Boss
Karma: A $400 blender for $130 (got to also use a 20% BB&B coupon!)
As expected, stay tuned for lots of smoothie-making!!