I get asked a lot about whether it’s better to juice or to blend. I always answer the same, “Do both!!!”
You don’t have to pick one over the other, because each of them offers amazing health benefits that are different for your body.
Well first, I have to fess up that I don’t like to cook, so I don’t spend a lot of money on pots and pans and fancy-schmanzy cooking tools, but recently (in the past couple of years) I treated myself to both a Vitamix and an Omega juicer, and I use both of them pretty much every single day.
When you are juicing, you are EXTRACTING or SEPARATING the juice from all the pulp, fiber, pith, skin, etc., and just getting the pure raw juice. The rest of the pulp is discarded, composted, or can even be used in recipes, but I usually just toss mine away.
Juicing allows you to take in a lot more nutrition at once, because the pulp is gone. So for example, where you might only be able to blend together one cucumber, one tomato, one lemon, two cups spinach, two stalks of celery, two leaves of kale, one apple, and one beet… you can take in the nutrition from TWICE that amount by juicing the produce and drinking a 16 to 24 ounce glass of juice.
If you want to get deeper, here is a list of all the beautiful benefits of juicing.
Now, let’s talk about why blending is so good for you. When you blend your fruits and veggies together, you are going to be taking in the entire whole food. You are processing it in the blender with the skin (for the most part), the pulp, and all the juice inside. This makes for a very thick and satisfying smoothie depending on what you use in the blender.
The reason I like blending is because there are a lot of other superfoods, besides produce, that I want to put into my smoothies. For instance, I like to add banana, flaxseeds, raw cacao, coconut oil, etc., and these are not things you are going to juice, so for that you are going to need a blender.
So whenever you blend, you are going to be getting all the benefit of the nutrients from the produce, ALONG WITH, the fiber, pulp and flesh of the produce.
Obviously blending allows you to only consume a smaller amount produce at a time, because you can only take in so much with all the pulp and fiber and density of the produce you are blending together.
So Happy Together!
As a final note to the debate over juicing vs blending, there are many days where I combine both juicing and blending. I juice up some stuff, and then I take the juice and put it in the blender, and add some fresh raw spinach or kale or some fruit to make a smoothie with the juice as the base. This is a great way to get all the enzymes, minerals and vitamins from the juiced produce and add in some extra fiber and superfoods.
So you can see that both machines have amazing health benefits, and both should have a place of prominence in your kitchen! You don’t have to start out with a pricey Vitamix or Omega Juicer. You can start with any blender, you most likely already have and then try a lower priced juicer, like my Hamilton Beach Juicer which I used just fine for YEARS before I bought my Omega Juicer. The key is to start trying out both, blending, juicing and blending AND juicing, and see the difference in how you FEEL. That is the most important thing. Just get started, and watch your health SOAR!
If you want to know how the Vitamix uniquely delivers more nutrition you can read more about why a Vitamix is so special.
A Little Explanation on Juicing Vs Blending and the Benefits of Each