Juicing vs. Blending

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Juicing and Blending

The Tools: Blender or Juicer?

If finances allow, I would buy both. For instance, even if you have a top of the line blender, carrots are just better off being juiced. And sometimes you just want a nice refreshing glass of apple juice without all the pulp. Other times you might want more of a complete meal so blending is the way to go. Plus, variety is the spice of life.

Which Blender?

Here they are in order of most expensive to least expensive. The Oster is the best in the sub $100 blender category — I used one for years and it worked just fine.

Which Juicer?

The higher end Omega, Champion and Breville are all very nice, however they cost around $300. For everyday fruit and vegetable juicing at a very reasonable price I recommend the following Oster; it looks nice, works great and it’s easy to clean.

Benefits of Juicing (drinks)

  1. Quick nutrition. The nutrients in freshly squeezed/pressed juice enter your bloodstream almost immediately after consumption since there is no fiber for your digestive organs to deal with.
  2. Easy digestion. Because of the lack of fiber the digestive organs do very little work. This is ideal for people with shifty digestive tracts and is great for those looking to cleanse and heal.
  3. Energy! Because of the quick nutrition absorption your body is instantly replenished and revitalized.
  4. No bloating. After chugging a tall glass of juice you still feel light and it will not ruin your appetite. You’ll still be hungry 30 minutes later.
  5. Variety. You can not blend everything. Ever try blending a carrot? It is rough.
  6. Less Oxidation. Blending whips a ton of air into the drink and exposes it to a greater level of oxidation which can destroy a large portion of nutrients.

Benefits of Blending (smoothies)

  1. Harder to overdose on fruit sugar. It is really easy to juice 10 carrots, 3 apples, 3 oranges and drink it all down, multiple times a day. That is a lot of fructose and it can seriously increase your blood sugar and insulin levels, which can increase your risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Not to mention getting you all tweaked out on sugar. Blending fruits and sweet vegetables retains the naturally occurring fiber in these plants which will help regulate the speed at which the natural sugars enter your blood stream.
  2. Fiber, fiber, FIBER! Blending fruits and vegetables retains the fiber which acts like a broom to your digestive system. It cleans us out and keeps us regular.
  3. Complete meal. Since the smoothie is packed full of fiber and nutrients (add an avocado or coconut for some good fats), you can have a glass or two as a meal and be completely satisfied for 2-3 hours.
  4. Easy to clean. Cleaning a blender is loads faster than cleaning a juicer and you do not have to feel bad about tossing the pulp or feel obligated to make a loaf of carrot zucchini bread. Although that would be tasty.
  5. Add goodies. Adding flax seed to a glass of juice just ruins the whole juicy-ness you got going on. But with a blended smoothie you can add all kinds of great stuff: nuts, seeds, protein powder, snickers…

So Which is Healthier?

They’re both healthy! It all comes down to personal preference, what finances will allow, your particular health and bodily requirements, and what you want your crap to look like. 😯

Generally, I make at least one green smoothie a day and juice when I need a quick pick-me-up or have an excess of fruits and veggies I need to get rid of before they spoil.

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TeaJae July 31, 2012

saw your book at whole foods practically read it in the store good stuff, great pics too, easy to read and understand. I get confused easily with all this new info for my life about whole plant eating, eating raw, vegan, juicing and blending etc. I’m making my life over when it comes to eating and there is tons of info and you demystified all my juicing worries in your book. Fat Sick and Nearly Dead DVD made me cry so hard that I had to make the change, bought the 700 watt breville juicer amazon, $99 it works wonderful for me. Got a vitamix thanks to QVC easy payment plan wooohooo, never heard of Blendtec until a few months ago. mom has had the same vitamix for 29 years so I went with that brand since she would not give me her’s. Super excited to learn all i can to help heal me and make me feel better. Thanks Jason

Jason Manheim July 31, 2012

Thanks, TeaJae!

FSND got to me too…a lot of great, informative documentaries hitting the shelves these days. Love it.

You can’t go wrong with a Vitamix (29 years! proves that).

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and drop a note. Best of luck with your healthy future. 🙂

Kd Brown January 26, 2013

Jason, I’m STILL using the Oster blender I received as a wedding gift 34 years ago. The Blendtec is the ultimate blender though, IMHO. Drooling over Costco’s Blendtec!

Jason Manheim January 28, 2013

That’s impressive. Way to go Oster. At this point blending-wisdom outshines the ability to blend golf balls into dust. 😉

thomastwosome February 18, 2013

I’m curious what your opinion is on the NutriBullet? Would that be considered a blender? I just bought one and am not super-impressed with the recipes. Probably gonna buy your book in about 10 seconds here …

Jason Manheim February 19, 2013

I haven’t had a chance to use both the NutriBullet and Ninja Blenders (two machines a lot of folks are buying and talking about), but they do seem to be quit popular and reasonably priced – and the things I have heard are good.

If you do end up purchasing the book, do come back and tell us what you think.

Laura Thomas February 21, 2013

Your gorgeous book arrived today (I love Amazon Prime)! Congratulations! It looks amazing and I’m actually dying to try a recipe. As in “looking forward to drinking a green smoothie”!!! I’ll post back after trying some.

Jason Manheim February 22, 2013

Awesome! Thanks, Laura. I hope they work for you. Remember, experimentation is key to get your palate to adjust. 🙂

Brenda Mitchell June 15, 2013

Going to buy the book tomorrow 🙂 Super excited and cant wait to get it! I bought the nutribullet first. Not impressed at all to be honest. I decided to return it and buy the ninja. I have to say that I absolutely LOVE IT! I have done so much research and read so many reviews before making my decision and I am very happy with I chose to do the blending first. I feel the fiber is very important to drink and really don’t want to waste the food that I spend so much money on to stay healthy. I will get a juicer one day but for now I do not regret my decision and I am a very happy smoothie maker now. Feeling GREAT and loving life.

Jason Manheim June 17, 2013

I agree! My juicer collects dust most of the time and my blender gets a workout every single day. #fiberFTW

David Avery April 7, 2014

is the nutribullet a worthy machine?? I use my parents vita mix and they want it back 😛 and I can’t afford my own vita mix…

Jason Manheim April 7, 2014

Well, it’s certainly no Vitamix but it will blend softer fruits and veggies just fine. The harder stuff won’t blend as smooth.

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