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Equipment

As you upgrade your lifestyle and get more into living foods, you'll need some equipment. With all the different juicers, blenders, dehydrators etc to choose from, it can be a nightmare knowing where to start. It's easy to make expensive mistakes with products which then sit around unused. I have tested pretty much everything that is out there, and recommend (and mostly own) the following.

Juicers

Green Star Elite in Chrome

The ultimate juicer for the style-conscious health seeker. A brilliant twin-gear machine which will last you for years. It juices everything, including tough fibrous leaves and wheatgrass. Producing a very dry pulp and extracting maximum nutritional value from your produce, it's the only juicer you'll ever need.

Green Star Elite in Chrome

Green Star Elite in White

This is the twin-gear juicer that I have at home, and I use it every single day. The heavy duty, extra-long Jumbo Twin-Gears provide the highest juice yield and enhanced nutritional value compared to any other juicer. Most of the working parts can go in the dishwasher. It's just like the chrome one above, but... white, and less expensive.

Green Star Elite in White

Solo Star 4 in Chrome

If your budget doesn't stretch to the Green Star Elite, the next best thing is the Solo Star 4. It's the best of the single auger (single gear) juicers and it produces the driest pulp of all in its price category. it's easier to clean than the Green Star Elite too. Bonus!

Solo Star 4 in Chrome

Solo Star 4 in White

Slightly cheaper than the chrome version above, this juicer will also juice everything including tough fibrous leaves and wheatgrass.

Solo Star 4 in White

Solo Star 3

The Solo Star without the redesign of the Mark 4 model. A good single auger juicer at a great price, it also juices everything. In black, it looks pretty cool too.

Solo Star 3

Slowstar

Some people prefer an upright juicer because they take up less space. I have tested some (including the Hurom) and really didn't like them. However, I recommend the Slowstar as the best upright machine if that is your preference, because it it really well built. It doesn't give as dry a pulp as the Solo Star, and doesn't come close to the Green Star Elite, but if you're short on space in the kitchen this is a fantastic compromise.

Slowstar

Z-Star manual juicer

Practical and portable, this is a great little machine for juicing wheatgrass. Perfect for travelling, you can take it anywhere. Some arm-power is needed because it's a manual machine, but remember, exercise is good for you.

Z-Star manual juicer

Citristar citrus juicer

Make citrus juicing easy with the Citristar. Perfect for juicing limes, lemons and oranges for all your healthy recipes, it ensures maximum juice extraction with its powerful motor. It's easy to clean too.

Citristar citrus juicer

Blenders

Everyone seems to have a Nutribullet these days. However, that's not the only personal blender available, and I have to say I am a big fan of the Tribest brand. Here are 3 that you might like to weigh up before buying a Nutribullet.

Tribest 150 Personal Blender

Compact, easy to use and easy to clean, this is the perfect blender for anyone wanting to dabble in smoothie and raw sauce making. It weighs just 1kg and it's BPA-free too. It's a robust little machine at a great price.

Tribest 150 Personal Blender

Tribest 250 Personal Blender

Similar to the 150 above, it also has continuous and pulse modes, and comes with a "commuter" cup for healthy drinks on the go.

Tribest 250 Personal Blender

Tribest 350 Personal Blender

This machine has the same features as the 250 above but comes with a glass drinking mug and air-tight glass mason jars to keep your ground nuts, seeds, sauces and smoothies fresh for longer.

Tribest 350 Personal Blender

Vitamix Vita-Prep 3

This is my choice of big blender for when you want to get serious. It's a professional machine that is in daily use in my kitchen. It's fast, easy to clean and can blend absolutely everything. It's not cheap, but think how much some people spend on fancy coffee makers...

Vitamix Vita-Prep 3

Dehydrators

I'll confess, it took me a while before I bought a dehydrator, but for making crackers, warmed recipes and raw breads, pizzas and biscuits you just can't beat them. Once you have one, you'll wonder how you ever managed without it.

Sedona Dehydrator

This nine tray, digital food dehydrator accurately and efficiently distributes heated air to dry foods better and much more evenly when compared to many other dehydrators. With an overheat protection feature and digital timer, it's a feature-packed, sturdy machine that will last you for years.

Sedona Dehydrator

Sedona Combo Dehydrator

With dual-fan technology, meaning you can use 4 trays, 5 trays or all 9 trays at once, plus a glass door so that you can inspect your food as it dehydrates, this is a feature-packed machine at a great price.

Sedona Combo Dehydrator

Sedona Express Dehydrator

With 11 trays and a more compact design than the other two Sedona models, this "kitchen-friendly" machine is suitable for the space-challenged. Sedona’s advanced digitally controlled timer allows you to kick-start the dehydration process by starting at a higher temperature (FAST mode) for the first few hours, then automatically switching to a lower temperature (RAW mode) to finish off the job. Brilliant!

Sedona Express Dehydrator

Sprouting

Freshlife Automatic Sprouter

Sprouting is a huge part of the living foods lifestyle, and here's an automatic sprouter that enables you to grow healthy small-leaved green sprouts hydroponically and with minimum fuss. Taking up very little countertop space, all you have to do is remember to change the water in the reservoir once daily. I don't know how I ever managed without one.

Freshlife Automatic Sprouter

Nut milk maker

Rather than buying pasteurised, cartoned mut milks as a dairy substitute, you can now make your own. With the Soyabella (which is not just for making soya milk I can assure you), which is compact and easy to use, isn't it time you gave it a go?

Nut milk maker

Yolife yoghurt maker

Shop-bought yoghurts are usually made with cow's milk and are frequently laden with added sugar. With this in mind, you could make your own with nut milk. Yolife maintains the optimal environment for the active cultures to turn your choice of milk into nutritious yoghurt, filled with gut-friendly probiotics. Why not try it yourself?

Yolife yoghurt maker