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The beginning of the year is the perfect time to get back on track with your healthy eating and lifestyle habits. We put together a few tips and recipes to help you on your way to a happy and healthy 2019.
1. Let's start with a healthy juice recipe you can make with our horizontal or vertical slow juicers from BioChef.
Since juice doesn’t have fibre, it doesn’t have the same digestion needs as regular food. The nutrients in a juice are more easily absorbed by your body.
The New Year Detox Juice Recipe:
• 2 lemons, peeled and halved
• 4 apples, quartered
• 2 cucumbers, halved
• 1 cup filtered water/ice cubes
Alternate soft and hard fruit and
The main reason for buying a blender is usually to make smoothies. And a pretty good reason it is: there are infinite combinations of fruit and vegetables that will keep you healthy and energized for years to come.
But since we’re spending the money anyway, what else can we do with a blender?
Nothing can be more dramatic than chopping up onions. Forget all about it by putting all the ingredients in your blender (tomato, onions, avocado, and coriander) and start blending on low speed. The longer you leave it on, the smoother your guac will get. Don’t forget to finish it off with some salt and lime juice!
Smoothies are a really great way to obtain all of the healthy nutrients our bodies need quickly and conveniently. We have compiled five of our favourite healthy smoothie recipes that provide everything we need throughout the day - fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and essential minerals. All of these smoothie recipes contain raw fruit and vegetables, and whether you consume in the morning or afternoon they act as a fantastic pick-me-up!
Very Berry Smoothie
- 2 cups of mixed berries
- 1 banana
- 1 orange
- 1 dollop of vanilla yoghurt
- Ice cubes
- Splash of coconut milk
- Squeeze of honey to sweeten
In this article we offer 5 simple and easy to make detox juice recipes to help you lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. These cold-press juices have all the necessary vitamins and nutrients you need to boost your energy and leave you feel revitalised throughout your day.
The most important advice we can give when it comes to juicing, especially if weight loss is your desired goal, is to juice your vegetables and eat your fruit. Fruit naturally contains the sugar fructose, so drinking lots of fruity juices will increase your blood sugar levels.
Before you get going, be sure to read the following article outlining
One of the most frequent questions we get asked is “How do I make healthy meat jerky?”. Here is a selection of delicious jerky recipes you can make using your own food dehydrator, they are tried and tested and full of nourishing goodness!
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Jerky is an age-old, popular snack made from lean pieces of meat. It is dehydrated to slowly remove all of the water content, making it a lightweight and portable food which lasts for up to 2- 3 months!
Making yoghurt at home is super easy with the use of a food dehydrator! Rich in protein, calcium and probiotics; yoghurt is often thought of as a ‘superfood’ due to its ability to reduce fat (due to its high calcium content) and improve digestion - we can thank the good bacteria for that.
Freshly-made yoghurt is filled with countless numbers of beneficial bacteria that will help aid digestion and the probiotics will assist in boosting your immune system. Other health benefits from fresh yogurt include the reduction of high blood pressure, heart health, decreased bloating, as well as relief of both constipation and diarrhea and other stomach disorders.
The secret to good yoghurt is that it contains live cultures. There are four major strains of bacteria to look for: L. acidophilus, L. bulgaricus, S. thermophilus, and bifidobacteria.
Benefits of Making Yoghurt at Home
A fruit leather or fruit roll up is such a simple, easy and healthy snack to have in the pantry for times when you’re craving something a little sweet but want to stay away from processed store bought sweets.
What is a fruit leather or fruit roll up? It’s ultimately whole blended fruit which is poured into a thin layer and then dried out. You can think of it like making a fruit smoothie and drying it out. Fruit leathers are commonly made up of a mixture of fruits that are blended together, however other ingredients can be added to enhance flavours and make unique combinations such as yoghurt (to give the roll ups a creamy texture) and spices such as cinnamon (to add a kick of flavour and difference to the everyday fruit roll up recipe).
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Who can resist dessert?? It truly is one of the greatest things ever created… BUT …all that sugar and all those calories are so bad for us! Sugar is addictive, it contributes to obesity, it can lead to insulin resistance which can then lead to diabetes and a whole range of other health issues. That’s why we have come up with these delicious healthy dessert recipes, to satisfy your sweet tooth without all the nasty stuff using your food blender or juicer.
Dessert is always the answer, it doesn't matter what the question is.
Banana Coconut Sorbet Recipe
- 4 bananas (frozen and thawed a little)
Having a good breakfast can really make a difference to your day. It provides your body and brain with the necessary fuel to prepare you for the day ahead and will kick start your metabolism into gear.
Not only will it provide you with energy but your concentration levels will also increase and it helps to prevent that mid morning slump that usually has you reaching for sugar laden biscuits and cakes as a quick pick me up.
It really is the most important meal of the day! Below are a few recipes that not only taste yummy but are a great start for your morning.
Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding
- 1/2 cup of almond milk
- 1/4 cup of natural or greek yoghurt
- 1/2 cup of chia seeds
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of mixed nuts, chopped
Mash the blueberries with a fork, or process in a blender until they turn into a pulp.
Soak the chia seeds in the almond
There seems to be a great divide between people who snack and people who don’t. Snacking, when done right can help you manage your weight and balance your diet. Smart snacking may even help you get more healthy foods into your diet so that you can reach your 5 a day! The reason snacking has such a bad rap is because all of the common store bought snack foods are high in fat, sugar, salt and other nasty ingredients. Below are some of our favourite healthy snack recipes – eaten in moderation of course!
Blue Cheese Dip with Vegetables
- 1 ½ cups small curd creamed cottage cheese
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons grated onion
- 3 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 medium bell pepper
- Raw vegetables for dipping (carrot, capsicum, cucumber etc)
Place all ingredients except bell pepper and raw vegetables
Good skin is created from within and what you put inside your body is far more important than what you slap on the outside. The most expensive skincare or beauty product in the world can not repair or restore the damage done by poor nutrition and diet. Our skin is the first place it will show, it will look sluggish, lack an overall glow and you may get a dreaded outbreak of spots! All due to excess junk food consumption and sugar laden beverages.
Fruits and vegetables are a great way to detoxify the system and provide those essential vitamins and minerals that your skin is screaming out for. And it’s easy to do with a cold press juicer.
Try these beautifying juice recipes to brighten and hydrate your skin.
Juice Recipes for Healthy Skin
Clear Up Cheer Up
- 2 carrots
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1/2 apple
The first signs of a cold are starting to come on, you know the ones, sore throat, runny nose, possibly a fever….you need to get a cold pressed juice into you, pronto!
What was it that the famous Hippocrates once said? “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food” - never a truer word has been spoken.
Fruits and vegetables are a great way of adding the vitamins, nutrients and minerals needed in your diet to achieve optimal health, however most people find it difficult to consume the amount that you need to keep your immune system firing on all cylinders, but modern juicers allow you to up your daily intake in a manageable way.
Give the below juice recipes a go to keep your immune system in tip top shape.
Juice Recipes for Immunity:
1 jar grape leaves
3 cups of field mushrooms
1 cup of palm heart
juice of 3 lemons
fresh coriander and thyme
½ cup walnuts
Machine set up:
• First place the Living Juicer Mincing Strainer into the drum and onto the screw. Attach the drum cap onto the end of the drum by turning it counter clockwise until you feel it sits firmly. Then screw the Mincing Nozzle onto the drum cap turning it counter clockwise onto notch 1.
• Place a big bowl under the machines Pulp Discharge Outlet in order to catch the paste.
• Always be sure to start the machine before you enter anything into the Guide and keep the machine running until finished.
• let the fresh herbs run through the guide
The health benefits of cold pressed living juice are abundantly clear and so many people around the world are joining the Living Juice revolution. So get to your local farmer's market or green grocer and buy as much fruit as you can...it's time to start juicing!
If you dont already have a juicer and you are wanting to follow a healthy raw food diet, it is essential that you purchase a Cold Press Juicer, which will quickly become the favourite appliance in your Raw Food Kitchen.
View our article Which Juicer is Right for You?
Juice does not always have to contain fruit! Vegetable juices are packed full of nutrients and are a vital addition to your raw food diet. Make sure you leave the skins on your veggies when juicing, as so many nutrients are lost after peeling. Your Cold Press Juicer will preserve all the living enzymes in your vegetables for the healthiest juice possible!
Vitality 4 Life have put together a selection of healthy recipes to help you get the most our of your vegetable juicing!
For the best results, use one of our top 4 juicers:
Lettuce is a great base juice to be mixed with any other herb or green vegetable. The darker its color the higher nutritional value and the more chlorophyll is contained