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Top Ten NutriBullet Survival Tips

1. Start Slowly with a few ingredients at first, before adding more in.
2. Never blend pips. Apple pips, pear pips, peach stones, plum stones, apricot stones, avocado stones all produce a poison when they’re blended.
3. Only fill liquid to the ‘Max’ line. If it goes even a millimeter over, your NutriBullet will leak!
4. Peel lemons, ginger, beetroot, bananas, avocados.
5. Add nuts and coconut oil to make your smoothie into a satisfying meal.
6. Never put coconut oil in the beaker first. Put it in the middle, or even last.
7. Wash the beaker immediately after you’ve finished your smoothie.
8. Wash the blades immediately you’ve unscrewed them from the beaker.
9. Experiment, Experiment, Experiment!
10. Give your tummy time to get used to all the extra fibre. Because you’re putting more fibre through at one time than usual, your tummy might need some time to adjust.

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Guide to Food Steamers

1. The best foods for steaming are tender proteins like lean fish fillets; boneless, skinless chicken breasts; and vegetables. Cut vegetables into equal-sized pieces so that they’ll cook evenly.
2. Be sure to add enough liquid to the steamer so that it’ll last through the entire steaming time – if you need to add more water, the temperature will drop. Be sure to check the water level, especially for a stovetop steamer, to ensure that your pot isn’t boiling dry.
3. Arrange larger pieces of food, such as dumplings or fillets, in a single layer, leaving a little room between each piece to allow the steam to circulate. For vegetables like broccoli or green beans, pile them loosely in the steamer. The important thing is that there is space around the food so that the steam can dissipate; otherwise certain parts might not cook as evenly.
4. Avoid removing the lid too frequently to check on the food as this will cause the temperature to drop.
5. When you open the steamer, open the lid away from your face and hands – the hot steam can cause burns.
6. Very bland foods can be subtly flavored by adding aromatic ingredients to your steaming water. Try herbs, tea, onions or leeks. Or you can make a flavorful sauce to serve with the food.

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How to Use the Stationary Bike

1. Seat height: On an upright bike, start by adjusting your seat to about the height of your hip. Have a seat, placing your feet on/into the pedals. With one leg fully extended (foot flat and parallel to the floor), you should have only a small bend in your knee—about 5-10 degrees. You should be able to pedal comfortably without having to point or flex your feet to reach full extension. Adjust your seat again if necessary to reach this position. On a recumbent bike, your legs should almost extend fully, keeping a small bend in the knee. Recumbent bike seats adjust forward and backward along a track.

2. Seat fore & aft (for upright bikes): Once you have adjusted your seat to proper height, some bikes allow you to move the seat forward and backward for a more comfortable position. When pedaling, your knees should be closely aligned with your ankles. If your knees are coming forward close to your toes or beyond, adjust the seat backward.

3. Handlebar height (for upright bikes): Adjust the handlebars so that you are in a comfortable position. Raising the handlebars higher will alleviate lower back stress that occurs when you learn forward. You should be able to reach the handlebars easily, keeping your elbows slightly bent.

4. Foot straps: Most bikes have straps that you can place your feet into when pedaling. Take advantage of this feature, which allows you to both push and pull the pedals, creating a much more efficient pedal stroke. The straps should fit snugly but not too tightly.

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