Why you should have a cold pressed juicer AND a high powered blender for your healthy kitchen

Why you should have a cold pressed juicer AND a high powered blender for your healthy kitchen

We are often asked why you should have a cold pressed juicer AND high powered blender for your healthy kitchen and the answer is quite simple. As consumers become more discerning about what they eat, they are also becoming more discerning about what appliances will best serve them, ones that are designed to deliver foods and drinks which provide maximum nutrition to them. These days, a healthy kitchen is becoming centred around a cold pressed juicer and a high powered blender.

Both juices and smoothies are great in delivering nutrient packed drinks to us. I will go into more detail about the differences and the benefits of each.

A cold pressed juicer, such as the Oscar Neo 1000 is a masticating cold pressed juice extractor which also doubles as a living food kitchen appliance. The horizontal style auger design crushes almost any type of vegetables and fruits including leafy greens (kale, wheatgrass, herbs, aloe). The crushing and squeezing action mimics our own chewing action by correctly breaking open the cell wall, releasing the nutrients and organic water content while expelling the insoluble fibre.

Without all this indigestible fibre, your body doesn't have to work as hard to break down the vegetables and fruits. Cold pressed vegetable juices deliver nutrients into our bloodstream quickly and in a bioavailable form and juices are included in almost all types of healing and detoxification programs.

Another distinction between centrifugal juicers (the old style, loud and grating type) is that a cold press juicer is named as such because no friction heat is applied to the ingredients which means the ALL IMPORTANT enzymes are retained. Because the juice produced from a cold pressed juicer has been extracted so gently, it remains vital for up to 48 hours. This is where the actual convenience factor comes in. You can make larger quantities of juice once a day or every second day and drink it at your leisure. This way, you are receiving a nutrient blast throughout the whole day and it's this type of consumption that works so well to heal on a cellular level.

A high powered blender such as a BioChef Blender was one of the first models to be sold in the Australia market which provided the same power as the $1000 models but as a much more affordable alternative.

Making drinks in a high powered blender means that all the fibre is retained. A smoothie is a whole food drink and it is the preferable way in which to consume fruits as the retained fibre will slow down the digestive process and prevent rapid spikes in blood sugar levels that can happen when consuming large quantities of juiced fruits. The difference between the old style, slower RPM blenders (not high powered) is that the blades are so sharp and the motor is so powerful that the important nutrients contained in the seeds, skins and flesh of ingredients are broken up correctly and made into a bioavailable form. As the blades are so sharp and rotation is so fast, the tearing apart of the fibres and skin and so on, is done so quickly that it happens without heating up ingredients.

The fibre is retained in the smoothie which will make you feel full and can even be used as a meal replacement. Smoothies can be super boosted with the addition of coconut oil, Matcha green tea powder, spinach, flaxseeds, raw organic honey, Spirulina, Goji berries, dates and much more.

The blades of the BioChef Blenders can spin so fast that you can add whole vegetables and ingredients into the BPA free container and (in around 4 - 8 minutes) you can create a steaming hot soup...all in the one appliance.

So all in all, both cold pressed juicers and high powered blenders are an important addition, or even the cornerstone of a healthy kitchen. So please, just like you would research and choose wisely when considering other major purchases, make sure you understand how important it is to select high quality healthy kitchen appliances.

Michelle Kelly