Two New Healthy Gadgets for My Kitchen Tool Kit!

Is eating healthy on your "to-do" list?  As a pregnant and very busy mom, I know I should do better.  Having an ample supply of fresh fruits and veggies on hand, however, is half the battle.  Finding creative and delicious ways to eat them, is the other.

Walmart recently sent me two new products to try that were designed with these goals in mind.  The first is the Fusion Juicer, which retails for $119 at

I had a juicer long ago, but I barely used it.  Most of this was because fresh fruits and veggies can be expensive out of season.  I also didn't like the one I used to own because cleaning it was a pain!  I took the Fusion Juicer for a test-spin with something I knew that I would like: an apple from the fridge and a handful of fresh bay spinach from my garden.

Juicing with this thing was a cinch.  The juice came out right away, and there was surprisingly little waste.  I left the skin on the apple for color, but most of it ended up in the "waste" container.  The juice was plain, but delicious!

Cleaning the juicer was simple, for the most part.  All of the pieces came off easily, and rinse right off.  The only part that gave me a little trouble was the part with the blade on it.  The mesh screen took a little more work with a plastic scrubbie to get all the pulp out.  If done immediately after juicing, however, I don't see this as being a problem, and the mesh really did keep the juice from getting pulp in it.

Next, I gave the Health Master Elite Blender a spin (literally).  This blender is heavy and takes up a lot of vertical counter space.  (It actually won't fit under my cabinets.)  I already had a blender, but none that claimed to do all the Health Master claimed to do.  I started out slow with something easy and worked my way into more complicated uses.  So far, I've been thrilled with how consistent the blender operates.  It takes a little getting used to as far as what setting to put it on, but - when in doubt - I use the "pulse" button, and it seems to do the job just fine.

My favorite use is to grind up flax seed and oatmeal into a fine powder for use as a thickening agent or a binding agent in meatloaves, etc.  It makes the meal more filling, and it so much more healthy than regular bread crumbs.

Note that the front of the blender is a stainless steel finish.  That means fingerprints....

With just the one blade that's attached to the bottom of the pitcher, it's important to rinse it out immediately after using it.  You can't take it apart like an old school blender.  (That's probably wise; the blades are very sharp!)

The most impressive feature of the blender, for me, is the weighted base for the pitcher.  It senses the weight of the pitcher and won't turn on unless it's seated in place.  This is not only a great safety feature, but it has prevented quite a few messy situations!

The Health Master Elite Blender retails for $149 at  It's a great buy, in my opinion, provided it lasts many years.

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.