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Dehydrator: The healthy snack appliance for your family Dehydrator: The healthy snack appliance for your family
I love my kitchen appliances, but my favourite by far is my food dehydrator. It is so useful for making whole, raw, live snacks... Dehydrator: The healthy snack appliance for your family

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I love my kitchen appliances, but my favourite by far is my food dehydrator. It is so useful for making whole, raw, live snacks and foods. When I say live, I mean that the food’s natural enzymes are still intact. When a food is cooked at temperatures over 150 F a large number of the enzymes are denatured and no longer present. Keeping a food live will provide your body with natural enzymes that help make all of the metabolic processes in your body happen efficiently.

dehydrator

There are two types of dehydrators, some that heat vertically (top to bottom) and some that heat horizontally (from one side). The vertical heating dehydrators are less expensive and are a good starting point for a beginner, the only downside is that with certain recipes (like fruit rolls) you have to move the trays around so they dehydrate evenly. The horizontal heating dehydrators heat from the side so everything dehydrates evenly. Here are the two dehydrators I’ve owned and enjoyed. I started with the Nesco and moved onto the Excalibur when I wanted more drying space and no fuss with moving of the trays while dehydrating.

Making healthy snacks for your family with a dehydrator is simple. You can make 100% whole food natural fruit roll ups, kale chips, dried fruits and vegetables, soaked and sprouted nuts, fruit and vegetable leathers, and many more. The best part about dehydrators is that you just prepare the ingredients and forget about them for 4-12 hours. Below are a couple dehydrated recipes for you to try!

Raw Fruit Roll Ups

fruit roll ups

Sriracha Agave Kale Chips

kale chips

*The Sriracha kale chips are more of an adult snack, they are quite spicy. If you would like to make them kid friendly just use agave, some apple cider vinegar, and sesame seeds.

Sarah Goodman

Sarah Goodman is a RHN (Registered Holistic Nutritionist) in Vancouver BC. She works clinically out of the Electra Health Floor in downtown Vancouver and also offers at home nutritional counseling sessions for busy moms, as well as cupboard clean outs, food and meal preparation education, grocery store tours and nutrition parties. When she isn’t working she’s writing on her food blog www.nourishinggoods.com or getting active in this beautiful place we call home.

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