Juicing or Blending? Why not do both? I started green juicing over ten years ago. I love the way I feel when I am juicing and consuming more vegetables. However, if you have ever juiced, you know how time-consuming it can be. Lately, I have been really busy and I have no time to juice. I do think about it often, and I will get back to it soon. Blending, on the other hand, is less time consuming and is something I can fit in my busy life. My friend and I take turns bringing in two containers to work every day to make smoothies for breakfast. We fill the containers with organic baby spinach, baby kale, blueberries, strawberries, dark chocolate, organic non-GMO almond milk or coconut milk, organic low fat yogurt and either a banana or avocado. It takes us less than a minute to blend our smoothies every morning, what a delicious way to start the day.
I really enjoy my morning smoothie. However, the truth be told; juicing makes me feel so much better. When I am juicing I have so much energy, and I feel much younger. I think it is because I am able to consume much more vegetables than with blending. I have tried different recipes with blending, attempting to add more vegetables. Unfortunately, it is hard to drink it down then I tend to put more almond milk, coconut milk or yogurt to make it taste better and thin it out.
I get asked frequently, ‘Why can’t you just eat your vegetables’ and the reason is ‘I do eat a lot of vegetables, but I can’t consume as much as when I juice’. Other people think it is a waste to throw away the pulp. There are many recipes to use the left over pulp. I feed my pulp to my chickens. They love it.
The other question I get asked is ‘which is better juicing and blending?’ I wholeheartedly think you should do what you are more likely to do on a regular basis. If you do not have much time, then I suggest blending. If you have more time to dedicate to your health, then I would recommend juicing. You will be amazed at how good you feel.
What is the distinction between juicing and blending? Juicing and blending offers a different avenue of consuming raw fruit and vegetables. Most of us do not consume as many fruits and vegetables as we should and we often cook our produce, which in most cases reduce the nutritional value. Juicing and blending are both considered favorable, yet in diverse ways.
Benefits of Juicing
Juicing is “extracting” juice from the fruits and vegetables using a “Juicer”, which is designed to separate the pulp and simply leave the liquid with super nutrients. Since the juice is separated from the pulp, you can positively consume a much larger volume of nutrients. Juicing allows nutrients to be easily absorbed by your system. There are five different types of juicers, Centrifugal, Masticating/Auger, Triturating/Squeezing, Manual and Hydraulic Press juicer.
Types of Juicers:
- Centrifugal juicer – The centrifugal juicer is the most common type of juice. It has extraordinary blades that chop the fruits and vegetables into small pieces, spin around to separate the juice from the pulp by forcing it through the mesh filter and completely remove the greater part of the fiber. The fast spinning blades produces heat and the heat can destroy some of the enzymes in the fruit and vegetables. The heat will cause oxidation and because of this, the juice produced should be consumed right away. The centrifugal juicer does not do wheatgrass or leafy greens well. It is easier to use and require less preparation of the fruits and vegetables due to its large feed shoot.
- Masticating/Auger juicer – is a low speed type juicer but produces the highest quality juice. Masticating comes from the word ‘masticate’ which means to chew. The function of this juicer is to crush, squeeze and press to separate the juice from its pulp. It splits up plant cells, bringing out more fiber compounds, vitamins and minerals. Exceptionally proficient on juicing fruits and vegetables and can also extract juice from wheatgrass, spinach and other leafy greens and herbs. It has slower speeds (RPM’s), bringing less froth and high temperature, which implies more sustenance in your juice and less oxidation.
- Triturating/Squeezing (twin-screw press) juicers – If you are looking for juicing to help you with a serious disease (e.g. Cancer, autoimmune disease), it is recommended to use a Norwalk Juicer, which is considered to be the best juicer in the world. This juicer is the most expensive and has a two-part process, first to break apart (triturates) the fruit or vegetable and then it presses out the juice with a hydraulic press.
- Manual Juicer – If you are looking for something to juice wheatgrass or morning orange juice and prefer not to spend a considerable amount of money, then you could try using this manual juicer. It is portable, manual, easy to use and clean, since each part is detachable. It has intricate style since it produces max amount of your juice and it separates the juice from its pulp in just one easy step. This is the juicer that I initially began juicing with since I started with growing my own organic wheatgrass and drinking it daily. It juice wheatgrass well and the pulp was very dry. It soon became a chore to cut the wheatgrass and manually crank it every day. In addition, occasionally wheatgrass was hard to drink straight up so I wanted to add additional vegetables to the mix. Sooner than expected, I purchased an electronic juicer.
- Hydraulic Press – Hydraulic press juicers are great at making fruit juices such as lemons, grapefruit, oranges and lime and produces rich juices packed with nutrients and has very little oxidation. It is an easy clean up since each parts is removable & safe for dishwashers.
Benefits of Blending (Smoothies)
While Blending Smoothies is “mixing” using a “Blender”, designed for mixing and crushing, it makes smooth purees containing fruits or vegetable. Blending is a mixture of entire fruit and vegetables. Since most of green leafy vegetables may have undesirable taste or seems grassy, you may want to add milk, yogurt, powders, oats, nuts, seeds, ice cubes, spices and more, to perk up the taste of your smoothies. Blending contains fiber, so it is slow in releasing nutrients, for the reason that it needs to be digested before it goes into your bloodstream. Blending your fruits and vegetables tend to be more filling than juicing because of the fiber.
In blending, you obtain the fiber, while juicing has less fiber. You need to ask yourself what is more important to you, the fiber or the nutrients. Juicing is not about the fiber, but it is about the healing components and essential benefits. If you have any illnesses that you want to try to cure, I suggest juicing because we want to get the maximum nutrition into our blood streams quickly.
The Difference Between Juicing and Blending
The PROS & CONS Of JUICING
Pros of Juicing:
- Juicing – helps you consume rich amount of nutrients.
When fiber elements are eliminated from fruits and vegetables, leaving the juice itself, it delivers vitamins and minerals quickly and efficiently. Fiber slows down digestion, so it slows the rate of nutrient absorption.
- Juicing – you can conceal vegetables into your fruit Juices.
Juicing is a simple approach to add vegetables, by incorporating carrots, beets, apples or some other fruits with spinach, wheatgrass, kale, chard, parsley, bok choy, spring greens or cucumber and have a sweet delightful nutritious drink.
- Juicing – you can load plenty of fruits & vegetables into a single Juice.
You can drink more fruits and vegetables than you can consuming through smoothies or eating. Juice gives you a lot of opportunity to reinvent your own recipes from fruits and veggies to maximize your nutrient intake.
- Juicing – has less calorie content.
Considering juices are made with fruits and vegetables, its calorie content is low, since it is not added with fillers such as milk or yogurt to the recipe to add flavor like smoothies. Keep in mind fruits have more calories and sugars, overtime try to use less fruit and more green vegetables to reduce calories and sugar.
Cons of Juicing:
- The Expense – The juicer itself can be expensive, while fresh produce can be affordable, the better quality organic produce can become
- Time Consuming – It takes time to do the actual juicing from selecting fruits from the supermarket, preparing the fruits or vegetables (washing, peeling or slicing). If your juicer has a small chute (like mine does OMEGA 9005, but it juices wheatgrass and all greens so well) it takes a long time to put them in the chute and to cleaning the juicer. Tip for cleaning your juicer: Cleaning the juicing equipment can be so much easier if you put all the pieces in a big pot of warm water and soap immediately after you juice. This allows you to consume your juice when it is fresh and makes easy cleanup later.
- Overloaded with Sugar (if too many fruits are used) – When too many fruits are used, it is easy for the sugar in the juice to skyrocket. When you first start out you may need more fruit to make it palatable, but ultimately you will enjoy the taste of vegetables more and you can reduce your fruit and increase your greens.
The PROS & CONS of BLENDING
Pros of Blending:
- Budget Friendly – You probably already own a blender but if you do not, you can purchase one for less money than a juicer. If you do not like to chew your drinks, you might want to invest in a more expensive blender. Good blenders can become as expensive as a juicer.
- Loaded with Fiber – The fiber from your produce remains in your smoothie after blending. This fiber content keeps your digestive system working properly and sweeps off toxins from your body in the form of waste, but it takes a little longer for them to be absorbed and slows the rate of nutrient absorption.
Cons of Blending:
- Overloaded with Calories – Most fruits and vegetables do not have many calories, but when you start adding flavors like milk, yogurt, peanut butter and oats the total calorie count can rise quickly. So, if you are concerned about your calorie intake, be careful what you add into your smoothie and observe portion sizes closely.
- Overloaded with Sugar When too many fruits are used – it is easy for the sugar in a smoothie to skyrocket. Yogurt and flavored milks may also increase the sugar content. Always monitor the sugar content in your ingredients to make sure your sugar intake is low.