Looking Ahead at the Best Juicers For 2016

top rated masticating juicer 2016As you can guess, we love our veggies. We love to eat them, we love to cook them, but we also enjoy juicing them. To get the daily requirements for fruits and vegetables nothing is better, faster, and more convenient than to drop them into a juicer and drinking your way to better health. Eating the same amount of fresh produce would eat up a lot of time, pun intended, and you would probably feel like a farm animal grazing all day long. Juicers work great at extracting the nutrients and vitamins from vegetables and fruits that can make you feel energetic, healthy, and alive. Below you will find a couple of our favorite new machines that can help you take back control of your diet and have a tremendous impact on your overall well being.

Latest and Greatest Masticating Juicers Worth Considering

Below are two juicers that we really love. One we just got, and one we really wanted to get but it was just too much out of our budget to buy. Both are extremely excellent at what they do and for anyone looking to go out and purchase a new juice extractor, these two should be on your list.

Omega NC800 HDS

This is the juicing machine that we actually just bought. We had to save for a few weeks, but we finally took the plunge and we have been extremely pleased so far. It gets a workout every morning and some evenings and it has handled everything we have thrown at it without any problems. Below are some of the things that we really like about the Omega NC800 and why it is an elite juicer that is perfect for your kitchen.

  • Big feed tube – Most older model masticating juicers have a smaller feed chute. This means you have to waste time cutting anything that you want to juice into tiny sized chunks just to fit into the machine. It can get very tedious. The larger feed chute on this model has proven to be a real time saver for us.


  • Slow juicing – Faster juicers are great at getting the job done quickly but they also can have negative effects on the juice, as well as being quite loud. Getting a masticating juicer can help protect the vitamins and enzymes in the juice from heat and air. This provides a healthier juice than stays fresh longer. It is well worth the slightly longer juicing time. This juicing machine is also pretty quiet.


  • Easy to Clean – Something that every juicer should strive for, this Omega juicer is a breeze to take apart and clean, just a couple of minutes. It is not a hassle at all, which makes us want to use it more often.


  • Great Reviews – Before buying we did our research to see how other owners liked this juicer, and the feedback for this model was exceptional. Every Omega NC800 juicer review seemed to give us more confidence in our purchase. And they were right, we love it. Truly a great juicer.

Omega VSJ843R Upright Model

Omega makes some dependable and efficient masticating juicers, and the Omega VSJ843R is a brand new model that we really wanted to get. However, it was way out of our price range. Maybe some day, but for now we can only wish. It has some extremely nice features that make it highly desirable.

  • Upright Design – For tight kitchens, like ours, the vertical shape and design of this juicer would be extremely helpful. Not only would it save space, but the unique design looks quite sharp, at least in our opinion.


  • Super Quiet Juicing – We have used some loud machines in the past, but this model seems to be extremely quiet. All of the videos we have seen in the reviews for the VSJ843R make it barely noticeable while juicing. I am not a big fan of noisy appliances, so this would be perfect.


  • Juice Yield – For an upright juicer, this unit seems to extract extremely high amounts of juice from whatever is dropped into it. Super efficient.


  • Long Warranty – Like most Omega juicers, this model comes with a 15 year warranty in case anything should break. By far the best you will find when shopping for a brand new juicer.

Why Choose Masticating Juicers?

Sometimes referred to slow juicers, or cold-press juicers, masticating juicers offer a more nutrient dense juice that has less oxidation that enables to be kept cold and stored for longer than centrifugal juicers. They have several advantages that make it a more sound investment for long term juicing. Centrifugal juicers are not bad by any stretch, but we feel we better maximize our juicing efforts by using a masticating machine.

Whichever type of machine or whatever model you choose, you will be making an extremely positive step to improving your health. Don’t waste any more time thinking about it, just do it and take advantage of everything that fruits and veggies can offer you.

Below is a video review of the NC800 that we ended up getting.

Best Juicers In 2015

top juicers on the market

If you are looking for a simple and easy way to make a huge positive impact on the way you feel, the amount of energy you have, and your overall health, then getting a juicer is something that you should be considering.  Why spend endless amounts of money on vitamin supplements that are not easily absorbed, when you could be powering up on nature’s own vitamin and mineral resources.  If you want to start of 2015 doing something for yourself that can have long lasting benefits, then take the leap and get your kitchen a juicing machine.

To help you down the path to improve your health, we have put together a list of some of the top juicers currently on the market.  Finding the best juicer is just the first step, but it is also the most important one.  Whether you choose a masticating juicer or a centrifugal machine, just getting something to help you juice fruits and vegetables on a daily basis will be better than nothing.  So let’s take a lot at some of the top rated juicing models available.

Breville Juicers

Breville makes some of the best selling and top owner rated juicing machines that you can buy.  Nearly all of their centrifugal juicers are excellent performers and they are a terrific option for anyone who needs a fast machine.  You cannot go wrong buying a Breville juicer, and their reviews bear that out.

Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite

This is one of their flagship juicers and it is their top rated model with users.  It features and all stainless steel design, with stainless steel cutting discs, and it has one powerful motor.

  • Fast
  • Loud
  • Powerful Motor
  • Easy to Clean
  • Easy to Use
  • Excellent Customer Ratings
  • Pricey

Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus

Similar to the model above, this juicer is also a great choice for anyone wanting to get into juicing for the first time  as it is about half of the price of the Juice Fountain Elite.

  • Fast
  • Easy to Clean
  • Simple to Use
  • Best Seller
  • More Affordable
  • Loud

Breville BJE200XL Juice Fountain Compact

This is their best bargain juicer and perfect for anyone on a tight budget.  It has a shorter, more compact design.  It also has just one speed which devours anything that you want to juice.

  • Budget Friendly
  • Compact
  • High Speed
  • Fast
  • Loud
  • Not Good With Leafy Vegetables

Omega Juicers

Omega makes some of the highest rated masticating juicers on the market.  They are slower than Breville models, but this helps them be a lot more quiet as well as more efficient.  They are great at juicing leafy vegetables and they get more juice out of a wide range of fruits and veggies with a better quality juice.  You also can’t go wrong with an Omega juicer since they provide some of the most extensive warranties available of any juicer manufacturer.

Omega 8006 Nutrition Center

This is not a new juicer, but it still continues to be one of their most popular models.  Very good choice for someone that has a few extra minutes to juice and wants to get the best quality.

  • Great for Leafy Veggies
  • High Juice Yield
  • Quality Juice
  • Very Quiet
  • Slower

Omega NC800HDS Nutrition Center

This is one of their newer models that has a few things that 8006 does not.  Most notably, it comes with a larger feed chute.  You can throw bigger sized foods into the juicer and not waste time slicing them up into smaller bits.  Very high quality machine.

  • Wide Feed Chute
  • Higher Juice Yield
  • 15 Year Warranty
  • Great For Leafy Vegetables
  • Very Quiet
  • Slower

Omega VSJ843 Series Upright Juicers

Omega also makes some of the best vertical style masticating juicers.  The Omega VSJ843R and VSJ843Q are great space savers and take up very little room in the kitchen.  They do tend to clog at times with harder vegetables, which should be cut up into smaller sized bits.

  • Space Saving Design
  • Extremely Silent
  • Good For Leafy Foods
  • Expensive
  • More Prone To Jamming

Other Juicers

Omega and Breville are two of the top juicing machine makers, but there are other great options out there as well.  Kuvings, Tribest and Hurom are also very capable juicer options.  Getting a juicer that is right for you may take a little time as they all have their advantages and disadvantages.  But once you find one that fits your needs you can then begin to unlock the goodness of fruits and vegetables in your own kitchen.  Start 2015 off on the right foot, get yourself a juicer.

Cook Healthier With These Oils

oilIf you want to live a healthy life, then you should pay attention to the oil you use for cooking. Have you ever thought about the effect the oils you use on your food have on your general health? Using saturated animal fat and other types of highly refined oils is a major cause of obesity and increased cholesterol. Some of the healthiest oils you can use for cooking are:

Extra Virgin Coconut oil (EVCO)

This oil is rich in fatty acids (lauric acid) which helps in lowering cholesterol levels. Research also indicates that coconut oil increases metabolism, and can help you lose weight if used in the right proportions.
Another reason why you should consider using EVCO is the fact that it has a long shelf life. It can take several months or even up to two years without going rancid.
Since it can sustain high heat cooking, you can use it effectively in diverse recipes. It adds flavor to foods, especially baked products.


Also known as clarified butter, ghee comes with a lot of health benefits. It is rich in vitamin A, D and K and it also has traces of calcium and other minerals. Ghee is made by removing milk solids, so if you have lactose intolerance, you can still use it. You will have to consult with your doctor though to confirm if it is safe for you to take it.

It is one of the oils with the highest heating points, and some people find the aroma in ghee very pleasing, especially on vegetable dishes.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

Olive oil is rich in antioxidants that protect your body against diseases caused by free radicals. It promotes a healthy heart by introducing good cholesterol in your system and lowering bad cholesterol. Some people suffering from arthritis find that when they use olive oil, their joint pains reduce significantly. This can be attributed to the anti-inflammatory properties of this oil.
You should use it mainly for your cold dishes such as salad dressing. This is because olive oil tend to oxidize when exposed to elements such as too much heat and light. However, you can still maintain all the necessary nutrients if you use it on dishes that require low heat.

Palm Oil

This oil is made up of saturated and monounsaturated oils. It is rich in vitamins, Co-enzyme Q10 and other nutrients needed in the body. It has a high heating point, so you can use it for most of your cooking that require high heat.

The best type to of palm oil to use is the unrefined red palm oil because it gives maximum nutrients.
However, there have been controversies surrounding the use of palm oil because growing of palm trees have led to degradation of rain forests and endangered tree species. There are still responsible farmers who grow and harvest their trees responsibly, so you can search and buy from them.

Avocado Oil

It is rich in monounsaturated fats and also provides vitamin E and other nutrients. It also has antioxidants that give a wide range of health benefits. It can withstand high heat, so it is suitable for different cooking methods that need heat. It can also be used effectively in cold dishes.

Sesame Oil

It is derived from the tiny sesame nuts and it contains high amounts of polyunsaturated fats. The nutrients found in sesame oil includes:Calcium, copper, magnesium, vitamin B6 and iron. It works well in marinating foods, and in stir fried vegetables. There are two varieties, the light sesame oil which is mostly untoasted, and the dark toasted one that comes in a strong nutty aroma.

This oil can be mildly heated because it has a lower smoking point.

Canola Oil

This is one of the most healthy oils you can use for your cooking. It contains the lowest saturated fats compared to other oils and it is very rich in monounsaturated fats. It is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, and has been linked with reducing heart diseases. It also provides Vitamin A and E in the body.

Due to the fact that it has a neutral flavor and relatively high heating point, it is suitable for most dishes that require oil.

Another reason why you should consider using these oils is the health benefits they have on your hair and skin. Not only are they a good source of nutrients in your food, but you can also apply them topically on your skin and hair for beauty purposes.

Compliment Your Baked Goods With Ethiopian Coffee



Few things taste better than baking up that perfect pastry or an after dinner piece of pie along with a fresh brewed cup of coffee.  Choosing the right kind of coffee bean is just as important as choosing the freshest ingredients for your baking recipes.  Here, we will examine why Ethiopia has some of the highest quality coffee exports and why if you haven’t tried it already you should treat yourself to this wonderfully flavored delight.


Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee. Coffea arabica, which is the most popular coffee species in the world, originated from Ethiopia. It is believed that a goat herder, by the name Kaldi, discovered coffee at the beginning of the 9th century. After his goats ate red berries from some wild shrubs in a bush, he noticed the energizing effect they had on his flock, and he decided to taste some himself, and he enjoyed them. Since then, people have been growing and drinking coffee in Ethiopia and other parts of the world. In fact, the drink has become an integral part of the Ethiopian culture and society, such that an elaborate ceremony is held regularly, just to drink coffee. In addition, it is the only country in the world where the locals consume over fifty percent of its total coffee production.

Main Types of Ethiopian Coffee Beans And Their Flavors

Ethiopian coffee is one of the most unique and sought-after coffees in the world, thanks to the rich array of varieties and flavors available. From rich red wine, to spicy, to chocolate tones, Ethiopia coffee has the best range of flavors one can ever ask for. The diverse tastes are attributed to the different climatic conditions of the growing regions.

There are two varieties of Ethiopian coffee: wet-processed and dry-processed varieties. The wet-processed beans are washed, and have light body and less wild tastes. They include Sidamo, Limu and Ghimbi among others. The dry-processed beans, on the other hand, are sun-dried, and have a rich earthy flavor with full body. Examples include, Harrar, Koratie etc. Here’s an in-depth look into different types of Ethiopian coffee beans and their flavors.

Ethiopian Harrar Coffee

This type of coffee is of the Arabica species, and is grown on small farms in Harrar region, in the Eastern part of the country. It is one of the oldest wild varieties used to make coffee to date. Ethiopian Harrar is known for its full body, dry edge, medium acidity and unique wine flavor. The beans, which are of medium size, have a distinctive greenish-yellow color. They are dry-processed, meaning that they are left to dry naturally in the sun, usually on tables and patios. The sorting and processing is done entirely by skillful manual laborers.

There are three categories of Ethiopian Harrar: longberry, shortberry, and mocha. The longberry variety, which is the most popular, has the largest beans, and is known for its slightly acidic, wine-like flavor. The shortberry variety are smaller in size than the longberry beans. The mocha, or mocca variety, command very high prices due to its pearberry beans. Rather the normal 2 beans per coffee cherry, mocha harrar has only one bean per cherry.

The best Harrar coffee beans have heavy body and rich aroma, with strong, dry, winy to fruity flavor. It is also not unusual to observe an intense aroma of blackberries or blueberries in this type of coffee.

Ethiopian Sidamo Coffee

Ethiopian Sidamo grows exclusively in Sidamo, in the southern part of the country. It has two varieties: washed and natural (sun-dried) coffee types. In addition, it has medium beans and greenish-grayish color. It is especially appreciated for its low-acidity, and deep, sweet flavor. A good Sidamo coffee usually has well-balanced tones of chocolate, wine and citrus.

Examples of Ethiopian Sidamo include Yirgachefe and Guji coffee varieties. The Yirgachefe coffee, which is the most favored of the two, is wet-processed (washed), and has a mild, fruity and aromatic taste.

Ethiopian Limu Coffee

Ethiopian Limu is a high quality coffee that grows in the Southwestern and South-central parts of Ethiopia. It has medium sized beans with unique roundish shape, and greenish color. Limu, which is wet-processed, has a noticeable sweet, winy and spicy flavor, with well balanced acidity and body. Because of this, it is sought after by numerous roasters around the world.
Ethiopian Ghimbi Coffee

This type of coffee is produced from the Western part of Ethiopia. It is distinguished by its sharp acidity, longer lasting body than Harrar coffee, as well as complex flavors and aromas. It is wet-processed, just like Sidamo and Limu.

Overall, Ethiopian coffee remains one of the best coffee varieties in the world. With a wide array of flavors to try, you’ll never run out of options. If you find yourself in Ethiopia, make an effort to take part in their coffee ceremony, to enjoy coffee like an Ethiopian.