Vacuum Blending: keeping food fresher, longer
High powered blenders are getting better and better and vacuum blenders like the BioChef ‘Airfree’ are taking blending to the next level. The main purpose of a vacuum blender is to remove the oxygen from the jug before it starts to blend. Your smoothies, soups, sauces, nut butters and more will be fresher, more nutrient filled and tastier than ever before. For the discerning buyer who wants to gain the most out of their blended foods we have listed below the many benefits of adding a vacuum blender to your healthy living kitchen. Alternatively, you can contact us. Our staff have lots of practical knowledge and tips on the best vacuum blender for you.
- Advantages of using a Vacuum Blender
- What is oxidisation?
- When is the best time to drink a smoothie
- Best Fruits and Vegetables for smoothies
- The latest technology
- Vitality 4 Life Range
Advantages of using a Vacuum Blender
The Australian Heart Foundation says that healthy eating patterns don't focus on one type of food or one type of nutrient to promote heart health. Heart-healthy eating relies on a combination of foods, chosen regularly, over time.This style of eating is naturally low in saturated and trans fats, salt and added sugar. And it's rich in whole grains, fibre, antioxidants and unsaturated fats. Most of the recipes the foundation supplies have elements of blending your food. It is a fast and tasty way to get more of the needed nutrients, enzymes and anti-oxidants into your body whilst retaining the necessary fibre for a healthy digestive system.Blending is an excellent way to consume more raw foods and maintain a healthy diet every day. There are thousands of creative recipes using seasonal fruits and vegetables with simple but varied added extras. Create colourful vibrant blends and retain the value nutrients and fibres to keep you healthy, alert and vital.There are many versions of vacuum blenders on the market and Vitality 4 Life have a few high quality products. The extra value with special vacuum pack accessories makes the BioChef Airfree a stand out..
- Prepare your blend once a week and enjoy all week long.
- Retains vital nutrients longer.
- Have your lunchbox ready to go every day.
What is oxidation?
Similar to when we chew, slice and chop, your blended food will immediately be subjected to the surrounding air. When food is exposed to oxygen their chemical composition changes and they begin to breakdown. This process is called ‘oxidation’. Scientists agree that vitamin C and the fat-soluble vitamins A and E are particularly prone to oxidation, and are lost over a relatively short period of time. The longer a fruit or vegetable is exposed to air and light, the less vitamins it will retain.
Why are these vitamins important?
Vitamin A - Is important in many ways but mainly for maintaining healthy vision. A person with vitamin A deficiency could expect severe vision issues.Vitamin E is an antioxidant and incredibly important resource for our body to help combat disease and destroy free radicals such as those that cause cancer.Vitamin C is a superpower vitamin necessary for the development and repair of all body tissues. Its functions include absorption of iron, healing of wounds and maintenance of bones and teeth.
Your BioChef Airfree vacuum blender will suck the air right out of the jug before you start to blend leaving important nutrients intact for longer and it doesn’t stop there! Transfer your blend into one of the provided containers and using the Airfree’s vacuum function you can once again remove any remaining air before you seal it.
When is the best time to drink a smoothie?
Unlike fresh juices, blended smoothies can be a good meal replacement when you are on the go. It is full of healthy vegetables and fruits and retains the important fibre leaving you feeling fuller and more energetic for longer. There is no ‘best’ time to drink a smoothie, it is more about what the best ingredients are to use at different times of the day.
Morning: High carbohydrate for energy with a dose of protein and fats to help keep your energy lasting longer. A smoothie high in fruit with some healthy fats and proteins like nuts and seeds thrown in will have you energetic and ready to go.
Lunch: Mid day is good time to go green. Pack you smoothie full of all things green and leafy for a middle of the day burst of energy. Combine with avocado, nuts and seeds keeping you satisfied until dinner time.
Snacks and Desserts: The ideal snack or dessert would be low in calories and high in flavour. A small delicious and low calorie smoothie is perfect. Mix fruits and milks of your choice together and add some cacao powder and nuts that is not only delicious but keeps those serotonin levels up for an even mood all through the day.
Vitalicious Green Smoothie
- 1 glass water (you can use coconut water or green grapes if you prefer)
- 1 green apple
- 1 banana
- 1 kale stalk
- 1 celery stalk
- 1/2 avocado
- Superfoods of your choice - we use a tablespoon each of baby spinach, flax seeds and chia seeds
- 2 dried figs
Drinking a glass of this for lunch every day you will really start to see the benefits of a green smoothie. Kale is being named the "king of greens" and is a superfood which will give you iron, Vitamin K, A and C, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fibre, calcium and more! You can replace the seeds with others you might prefer such as sunflower seeds for their healthy fats, beneficial plant compounds such as phenolic acids and flavonoids, and several vitamins and minerals.
For more inspiration, check out our blog that is filled with delicious smoothie recipes and interesting articles, such as Increase the Amount of Raw Foods into your Diet Simply and Quickly.
Best fruits and vegetables for smoothies
Colourful fruits and vegetables are extremely good for you and full of flavour. Bursting with healthy vitamins, nutrients and enzymes they are an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Below is a handy chart to help you understand, in depth, each of their benefits depending on their colour.
|Yellow & Orange||Pineapple, Lemon, Sweetcorn, Banana, Carrot, Orange, Mango, Sweet Potato.||Promote tanning of the skin and strengthen the immune system.|
|Red||Cherries, Tomato, Pomegranate, Red Currants, Watermelon, Radishes, Red pepper, Chilli, Beetroot, raspberries.||Facilitate digestion and reduce the risk of cancer.|
|Purple||Aubergine, Plum, Fig, Blueberries, Blackberries, Grapes, Purple Cabbage.||Good for the memory and aiding in maintaining a healthy weight.|
|Green||Lettuce, Spinach, Broccoli, Green Apple, Avocado, Peas, Kiwi, Kale, green peppers||Improve vision and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.|
|White||Ginger, Onion, Cauliflower, Garlic, Mushrooms, Potato, Turnip.||They have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.|
The latest technology
The masticating/coldpress juicers were a breakout in the juicing world helping to keep our juices lasting longer and now vacuum blenders are doing the same for our blended foods and smoothies.
Blending food has been popular for many years, however, it has been frustrating for those who are time poor but looking to maximise the healthy benefits they get from their smoothies. Why? Mainly due to the fast oxidation of the food after it has been exposed to the air. Usually, you have to drink your smoothie pretty much immediately before it starts to breakdown and become unappetising and less nutritious. Engineers have now come up with the vacuum blender technology that sucks the air out of the jug before blending. You can now prepare your foods in advance and keep them for longer.
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The Vitality 4 Life range of Blenders
Vitality 4 Life offers a wide range of quality, well designed, high powered and vacuum blenders in many sizes and colours. Our products are easy to assemble, disassemble and clean.
We have been juicing and blending since the very beginning and over the years have developed a range that provides the best value-for-money. Every blender has been tried and tested by our passionate team of health specialists. We are dedicated to supplying only best products in our healthy living range.
We are so sure of our products exceptional quality, that we offer excellent warranties on our products, motors and parts.
Take a look at our range of healthy living blenders and juicers for your healthy living kitchen and discover all the advantages Vitality 4 Life has to offer, such as a 30-day trial on a wide selection of products, free shipping, and no minimum purchase!