Juicing celery benefits weight loss and health, to effectively improve your digestion and immune system. Celery was originally used for medicinal purposes to purify the blood. No calories and high in fiber, celery juice is a stimulating tonic and a great addition to a healthy eating diet.
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 veg through your juicer and adjust pulp to taste. Add the water and stir just before serving.
To help you with your healthy eating goals, the BioChef Atlas Pro Whole Slow Juicer features a specifically designed wide feeding chute which allows you to easily juice whole fruits and vegetables with minimal preparation. Check out the Atlas Pro Whole Slow Juicer in action over on our Facebook page
2. Make your own healthy snacks with a dehydrator and vacuum seal for longer shelf life
Your food will have a much longer shelf life if you use a food dehydrator. The dehydrator will remove all the moisture from the food and, if stored properly, you can keep your food for up to one year longer than if you used an oven. Prepare your delicious home made snacks and get rid of the unwanted preservatives and nasties from store-bought snacks. Using a
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!
Another classic cocktail dip. Hummus is very easy to make in the blender, you just need to mix the chickpeas with garlic, lemon juice and sesame oil. But what makes it really interesting is to make different flavored hummus’: you can use beetroot, avocado, mushroom, red pepper… use your imagination and experiment! It will taste delicious and look great on the table.
3- Almond Flour
This is a great alternative to hard to find and costly gluten-free flours. You can make your own nut flour at home. Blend almonds using the pulse function for control. But be careful to not leave it too long, it will become butter!
4- Veggie Burgers
Veggie burgers are delicious- but also a lot of work to make from scratch. Use the blender for the perfect blend of veggies, legumes and spices in no-time. And no need to get your hands dirty either!
5- Peanut Butter
Who doesn’t love peanut butter? The problem is: you don’t know what else comes included with the peanuts, usually a lot of chemicals you don’t really
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
The mixed berries in this recipe are a great source of fibre, a nutrient that is essential for healthy digestive functions. Studies have also found that blueberries and strawberries in particular are packed with powerful antioxidants that help fight disease, while raspberries contain a compound called ellagic acid with anti-cancer properties. Whether they are fresh, frozen or dried, mixed berries are super convenient as they are available and readily accessible almost all year round!
We make this delicious smoothie recipe in the video above with our very own BioChef Atlas Power Blender!
Go Get 'Em Green Smoothie
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 the best tips, tricks and advice when it comes to detox juicing for weight loss!
Skinny Minty Green Juice Recipe
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 zucchini
- 2 stalks of celery
- 2 leaves of silverbeet – stems included
- 1 apple
- 1 lime
- ½ a bunch of mint
This juice is packed with greens, it’s a little bit sweet and is minty fresh! Mint is an excellent digestive aid and can help reduce wind and flatulence and settle an upset stomach. Plus it is loaded with nutrients such as potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K, vitamin C, folate and manganese.
Spicy Veggie Delight Juice Recipe
- 5 carrots
- ¼ head of cauliflower
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! It’s lengthy shelf life makes it a winning snack amongst hikers, cyclists, travellers or anyone that’s on the go.
There is no science behind making any meat jerky in a food dehydrator, all you have to do is know what flavours you like, use fresh and nutritious ingredients and you can be assured of a healthy treat that can be eaten at any time.
The Drying Basics
Before you get stuck in, it is important to remember the following useful tips during each step of the dehydration process:
- The leaner the meat, the better the taste. Not only that, fatty meats will interfere with the drying times and will become rancid very quickly; this means that your jerky will have a very short shelf-life
- The thicker you slice your meat the longer it will take to dehydrate
- Keep each strip of meat as uniform
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
- Simple and easy to make at home using a food dehydrator
- No added preservatives - know exactly what you’re putting into your homemade yoghurt
- High quality / low cost - make large quantities of organic yoghurt for a fraction of the price of store-bought tubs!
Food Dehydrator Yoghurt Recipe
- 1litre full cream milk (organic if possible)
- 1 small tub yoghurt (approx 2 heaped tablespoons)
Pour milk into a saucepan and stir constantly over a medium heat until it reaches 85°c. Keep a close eye on the milk to ensure it does not boil and doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
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).
The best tools to have when making fruit roll ups are a good quality blender and a food dehydrator. A blender will allow you to whip the ingredients together in just a few moments and give you a beautiful smooth texture. Also, by using a blender there is no need to stew the fruits over a stove prior to straining or pureeing. You simply put the raw ingredients into a blender and the work is done for you. These ‘raw’ fruits retain their living enzymes and nutrients as they have not been exposed to heat through the often lengthy ‘stewing’ process.
The food dehydrator replaces an oven in the fruit roll up making process. A food dehydrator usually costs about 4 cents an hour to run compared to an oven which costs around 60 cents an hour to run. This adds up when the average time taken to make a fruit leather
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)
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- Honey or agave nectar (add until desired sweetness is reached)
- Shredded coconut or cacao nibs for topping
Add all ingredients to blender and blend in high until smooth. Alternatively you can use a mincing or processing strainer of your juicer.
*Do not over blend or it will become a smoothie! If it is a little too soft put the mixture in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes until frozen.
Sprinkle with cacoa nibs for a chocolatey crunch or shredded coconut.
Easy Healthy Chocolate Avo Mousse Recipe
- 3 medium ripe avocados
- 1/3 cup of cacao powder
- ¼ cup honey or agave nectar
- 2 tsp natural vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
Add all ingredients to blender and mix until smooth. Serve as is or with mixed berries for a fruity finish.
* You can also add flavours to this chocolate mousse base such as
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 milk, blueberry pulp and vanilla extract overnight in the fridge. They will expand and turn into a pudding consistency.
Stir through the yoghurt and serve with chopped walnuts on top.
Super Clean Scrambled Eggs Recipes
- 2-3 organic eggs
- Splash of milk or water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chopped chives to garnish
Add all ingredients into blender and leave for approx. 6-8 mins to get your desired consistency. Serve with toasted spelt bread and a garnish of chopped chives.
Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of pineapple
- (you can also add nuts, chia seeds
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 in blender. Blend on medium speed, stopping blender occasionally to scrape sides, until smooth.
To dish up, hollow out the bell pepper and spoon in mixture – serve with raw vegetable crudités for dipping.
The Best Healthy Guacamole Recipe
- 5 cherry tomatoes
- 1-2 avocados
- ¼ medium Spanish onion
- Coriander leaves to taste
- Juice of ½ lime
- Salt and pepper to taste
Add all ingredients to blender and mix until desired consistency is reached.
*Serve with your favourite crackers or vegetable crudités
Raw Choc Peanut Butter Bliss Balls Recipe