Let’s talk about fresh fruits and vegetables in the form of liquid nutrition today! Have you ever heard or asked the question:

Which is healthier, to juice or to blend?

If you are the least bit interested in health (or surround yourself with health nuts) I am almost positive you probably have.  The juicer and blender are two entirely different creatures. We are going to look at each one a little bit closer today.

Juicing 101

Juicing is all the rage these days with juice bars popping up as fast as new coffee shops. I personally fell in love with juicing two summers ago when I considered trying a weekend juice fast for the first time. Now juice fasting is another story, which we can get into another time, but the experience of juicing was one I really enjoyed because I felt both energized and nourished. Juicing is defined as extracting the juice from fruits and vegetables through an appliance called a juicer. Juicing removes the plant fiber from the fruits and vegetables. This simply means the nutrients take very little time to be absorbed into the blood stream because there is hardly any digestive work needed to process the food.

How to Juice

First, you will need to choose a juicer. There are a lot of juicers on the market with a wide price range to choose from. I would recommend doing your research on the different types of juicers and choosing what will suit you best for both ease and price. I personally believe in choosing quality, especially when it comes to something that you want to last and work well. Once you have your juicer get yourself to the produce section. Most experts say that a good rule of thumb is a 3:1 ratio of vegetables to fruits when juicing.

Here are some great recipe sites to get your started.
Vegetable Juice Recipes
Juice Recipes

Why Juice?

Experts and studies show that juicing offers many health benefits. Dr. Mercola gives three reasons to juice: 1) increased absorption of nutrients, 2) increased amount of fruits and vegetables eaten, 3) adds a wider variety of fruits and vegetables to the diet. Other health benefits include:

  • reverses the aging process (high concentration of antioxidants)
  • reduces inflammation
  • cleanses the body (detoxification)
  • regulates the bowels
  • aids in weight loss
  • boosts immune system
  • gives a general sense of well-being

Kris Carr, author of Crazy Sexy Diet says:

“Guzzling green goodness balances your pH and gives you a direct shot of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, protein, and oxygen. Juicing helps you rebuild using the best raw materials on the planet.”

Blending 101

Let me tell you the story of how I became introduced to blending (or making green smoothies). After my husband and I received Bed, Bath, and Beyond gift cards at our wedding James discussed using our gift cards to purchase a Vitamix . I of course was hesitant because of the price, but I was also clueless as to what that machine could do. It was a good thing James was into food and knew his stuff. Anyways, so we got it and I made my first green smoothie. I fell in love! Blending is different from juicing in that it emulsifies the produce to simply mash up the ingredients, without rejecting any part of it, to create a thick beverage.

How to Blend

First, find a good blender. It does not have to be a Vitamix. As mentioned with picking out a juicer, find one that works best for you and your price range, but do not skip on doing the research on the different types and quality. Making smoothies (green smoothies rock!) are easy to make and take little prep and cleanup time. Smoothies contain all of the wonderful fiber from the ingredients as well. This being the main difference between blending and juicing. By blending the ingredients the tough cellulose structure gets broken down into tiny pieces, which helps with digestion. Sticking to the same 3:1 ratio of vegetables to fruit is a good rule for making smoothies as well.

In regards to blending, Kris Carr of Crazy Sexy Diet says:

“Think of it as a pre-chewed blast of optimum nutrition. Smoothies balance pH and blood sugar while the fiber assists in sponging up the toxins. Smoothies are more filling and provide more energy.”

Why Blend?

As mentioned above smoothies still contain the fiber of the ingredients used. Smoothies are great at filling you up, and can even be used as meal replacers if protein ingredients are added to the smoothie (nut butters, protein powders). Smoothies are high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They also promote regularity because of the fiber. The same great health benefits you get from juicing you can also get from blending.

So which is Healthier?

Both are healthy! The research clearly points to both juicing and blending as being an important part of any healthy diet. Real fruits and vegetables are delicious and both of these techniques can enhance the enjoyment of eating them. Honestly, are you really going to eat 5 large carrots, 2 beets, 6 celery sticks daily? That is just an example, but you could eat that much through juicing or blending. Increasing your fruits and vegetables really doesn’t seem as challenging does it? When it comes to juicing or blending the truth of the matter is that there is nothing wrong with either one of them. They are simply different options. There are no rules or regulations for making your own drinks. My only advice would be go for more GREEN than anything. Let the majority of your ingredients come from vegetables instead of fruits. Whichever method you choose, make sure you go organic. Drinking pesticides is just gross. In the end, getting increased fruits and vegetables is what matters. Just get them!

What do you all think? Do you juice or blend? Are you willing to try adding these to your lifestyle?

 Additional Resources:
Study Shows Vegetable Juice Helps Build Health
Ten Health Benefits of Green Smoothies
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  • http://www.facebook.com/natalie.snow.12 Natalie Snow

    I bought my juicer last year and fell in love with the process! However, it sort of fell by the way side and has been in my pantry for months on end now. I reall should commit to pulling it out at least 2-3x a week. I really really want to try the Vitamix because I love the idea of just throwing it all in and getting the full benefit of the entire fruit/veggie!

    • http://consideringyou.com/ Considering You

      Yes! I (mary) love both, but use blending more often because of the ease of prep and cleanup. I am a huge fan of juice fasting, because i’m focusing my energy on it for a short period of time (meaning not having to clean the juicer daily).

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  • http://madisonlim.blogspot.com/ Madison

    I started making green smoothies with my blender about a year ago and a few months ago we invested in a Breville juicer. I much prefer juicing than blending because I consume so much more vegetables, the texture is so smooth, it gives my metabolism a little break, and it’s so refreshing! But noticing that a lot of the contents of the vegetables don’t get used, we returned the juicer and got a Vitamix (plus, our blender was failing on us). I put the same contents in the Vitamix as I would in the juicer (spinach/kale, beets, carrots, celery, ginger root, apple, orange) but I guess I was so used to juicing I didn’t like the smoothie blend taste so now I blend in my Vitamix and strain it with a cheesecloth to get the juice and remove the pulp. It’s more time consuming but I get more out of the fruits and vegetable by hand squeezing it than I did from the juicer :)

    PS. I’ve recently come across your blog and I love it. The contents totally fit my interest and I’m excited to what more it will bring :)

    Also, in another post you mentioned you are sugar free.. I’ve recently been decreasing sugar thanks to learning more about it in I Quit Sugar (I hadn’t realized it’s in so many products!), but haven’t get gone through the cleanse yet because I can’t imagine not eating fruits! When you say that you’re sugar free, do you mean that you only eat natural sugar (fruits, milk & honey) opposed to added sugar (certain breads, processed foods, cakes, etc.)?
    Would love to hear your response, thanks!

    • http://consideringyou.com/ Considering You

      Hi Madison! Love hearing about your juicing vs blending experience. I (Allie) agree about loving the texture of juice vs a smoothie. My husband and I have been wondering if we could use the extra contents of even just composting ultimately.

      As for the sugar – I went on the cleanse for 6-8 weeks and even removed fruits. To get OFF sugar it was needed. And as Sarah Wilson talks about extensively in her book…we as humans originally weren’t even exposed to fruits 365 days a year! Mostly right before winter so we could convert the sugar to fat. I now limit myself to berries and kiwi when I do consume fruits. Or I’ll add half an apple when I juice. I actually still avoid cow’s milk (I use unsweetened almond milk), honey and agave if I can help it. I use it very rarely and instead use stevia. Let me know if you ever want to chat via email! -A

      • http://madisonlim.blogspot.com/ Madison

        Very true about the fruits. I stick with almond milk too but I will definitely purchase the unsweetened one next time. Thank you so much, Allie. I’ll probably email you in the future :)

  • Sarah {hello monday}

    Thanks so much for sharing this post! I’ve always leaned towards blending…juicing tends to be more acidic for me and leaves me feeling a bit queasy…or is that normal?

    • http://consideringyou.com/ Considering You

      Sarah I (Mary) am not sure if that is “normal” but it might just be how you handle it. I know that with juicing it can enter your bloodstream much more quickly because it is already broken down completely, which may cause your blood sugar to rise faster leaving the nausea feeling? I’m really not sure. I am glad that you are blending and that it works for you!

  • Heather Burris

    Thank you so much for this! I always wondered if my smoothies were as good for me as juicing…now I feel less pressure to go out and buy an expensive juicer.

    • http://consideringyou.com/ Considering You

      We are so glad it was helpful!

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