To Juice or to Blend?

Drink, Juices & Smoothies, Juicing, Learn, Tips & Techniques

This post comes to us courtesy of Joe Cross, founder of Reboot Your Life.

 

People often ask me what’s the difference between juicing with a juicer and making fruit and veggie-based drinks with a blender – which is really the difference between juices and smoothies. Both are amazing additions to any diet. Juice allows us to work with the freshest fruits, vegetables and herbs to create drinks that are deliciously vibrant, deliver an amazing nutritional punch and are incredibly easy to digest. But smoothies have their place in a daily menu as well – they can offer fiber, good fats and opportunities for adding more protein into your diet all while tasting deliciously decadent.

 

So what’s the difference?

 

JUICING

 

When you juice you push clean produce through the chute of a juicer. This process removes the insoluble fiber (but the soluble fiber remains in the juice). Important micronutrients typically more difficult to absorb become accessible to the human body. These nutrients include digestive enzymes and certain phytonutrients. Also, by creating an all liquid product, the body and consume more of these phytonutrients at once.

 

It amazes new Rebooters sometimes how small the juice yield is from vegetables like kale, and makes it clear that it’s a lot easier to drink a head of kale than to eat it!

 

BLENDING

 

When you make smoothies, you load up a blender with clean, fresh or frozen fruits, and green leafy veggies (swiss chard or spinach, for example) and liquid like coconut water, juice or almond milk. You can also add ingredients like almonds, hemp or soy milk, cacao nibs or chia seed for fun.

 

When you drink smoothies, your body benefits from the phytonutrients found in the skin and flesh of fruits and veggies. You also benefit from the large amounts of fiber found in whole fruits and vegetables. Fiber is important for regulating blood sugar, keeping bowels regular, aiding in hunger control, and it may help prevent certain types of cancers.

 

Nutritional Tip

Remember: some juices and smoothies are meant to serve as full meals, while others are supplements. It’s important to look at your entire diet each day to ensure you are meeting your body’s nutritional needs while keeping your caloric intake in check.

Both smoothies and fresh juice can be a healthy and delicious way to boost the amount of micronutrients in your diet. Last week I gave you five of my favorite juice recipes, so here are two of my favorite smoothie recipes to add to your recipe box.

 

Blackberry Kiwi Blend

 

1/4 large pineapple, core removed and roughly cubed

1 cup blackberries

1 kiwifruit

1 banana

1/2 Comice pear

1/2 cup coconut water

30 mint leaves

1 Tbs. flax seed oil (optional)

 

Add all ingredients to blender and liquefy. Serves 1.

 

Great Green Fruit Blend

 

2 cups beet greens, red Swiss chard, kale, spinach or a combination, roughly chopped and packed into measuring cup

1 banana

1 Golden Delicious apple

1/2 Comice pear

10 strawberries, green tops cut off

1 cup coconut water

 

Make sure to set the blender on the liquefy setting for this recipe. Add all ingredients to blender and liquefy. Serves 1.

 

About the author: Founder of Reboot Your Life – a health and wellness company that provides tools and information to support diets rich in fruits and vegetables (www.jointhereboot.com).

36 comments about “To Juice or to Blend?

  1. Dan

    juice yield of leafy greens will be lower if you are using a Breville Juice Fountain type juicers but if you try a cold press style juice like the Angel Juice you will get a much higher yeild, each juicer has its pros and cons.

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  2. Chelsea

    So, I’ve been reading about all this and am I correct in that blending/smoothies are healthy for you and all but not going to reboot…like for the juice fast? I read that removing the fiber allows your body to work on healing itself instead of digesting…plus, like you said, you could never consume that much produce at once. Thanks! We’ve been blending for now till we can afford to juice. Loving it so far but can’t wait to reboot!

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  3. Rachael

    Dan, you are absolutely right. Not only do you yield more juice, but you get better quality juice. Unlike centrifugal juicers, the Angel operates at a slow 86 rpms. Your juice isn’t oxidized and enzymes aren’t destroyed due to your juice being heating up. Best money you’ll ever spend.

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  4. Running On Juice

    Joe has hit the nail on the head with this blog post. So many people argue whether one should juice or blend. I always answer that including both is always the best way!

    I lost 70 pounds through juicing and blending – my top tip though is to put a bit of ground flaxseed in your juice and whisk it. That way you are getting an extra fiber boost.

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  5. Gloria

    Blending is best for me as a Diabetic. I need the fiber to help lower my blood sugar though I like the juicing better because it came be sweeter. Imagine a diabetic with a sweet tooth! Ha! I find that blending also satisfy’s me much longer than juicing and you get all the benfits of the whole fruit. There ar etons of recipes out now so tha tis very helpful.

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    1. Oscar

      You still get soluble fiber when juicing. You’re removing the insoluble fiber which you can get from other foods during the day. You just have to pick the right fruits.

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  6. Katrin

    I’v read some controversial stuff about problems withing fruits and veggies on the same juice or smoothie as each typically use different enzymes to break down therefore disrupting healing and healing. With the accepting of apples which atre basically a neutral from what I have read you don’t want to combine alkaline and acidic foods at the same time… What are you thoughts on this? I have read other studies that say there isn’t any truth to this philosophy.

    I just don’t understand enough about this stuff. I was told this causes the food to ferment inside you.. On the other hand, some people (like the body ecology diet) believe in introducing fermented foods to your diet an I thought Kimchee and sauerkraut are supposed to be superfoods loaded with healthy probiotics etc,. Could someone help this for me? Thanks much!

    I want to try some of these recipes but I tend to get super constipated when juicing and have hypothyroid disease which, from what I understand requires that u lightly cook many vegetables that tend to inhibit thyroid function first. I am also concerned about food combining..

    I feel like in an effort to lead a healthier lifestyle, I always find some sort of issue that counters my good intentions.. To a point that I might make things worse. I often feel like this is very complicated science and am in over my head.

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  7. Running On Juice

    Katrin, I would look into psyllium husks – you can add them to juices and smoothies and they are a natural way to beat any constipation issues. I am a great believer in ground flaxseed as well.

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  8. Jeff Hamlin

    I have no significant health issues besides borderline hypertension and being overweight, nor do I take any medication on a daily basis. Is it then ok for me to do both juicing and blending? I already have a Breville juicer which works pretty well for me and was thinking about getting a blender.

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