As we all know there are distinct benefits to fresh juices but the question that we find more difficult is what product to choose to give us what we are looking for. Blender or juicer? Are they interchangeable? Can they mostly produce the same basic outcomes?
These questions are important because in truth a blender and a juicer are two very different animals in the kitchen universe with distinct purposes. Let’s help clear the fog between them so we can serve up a healthy glass of juice just the way you want it.
A quick Comparison
A juicer removes as you would guess the juices from fruits and veggies by means of squeezing it from them; however, it leaves the fiber out of the juice as more or less a waste product. Example: squeezing fresh orange juice but not enjoying the pulp. This all leads to a compact form of delicious nutrients, minerals, and vitamins which is easy to digest. If you have digestive problems this is a great option for you.
A blender, of course, ravishes a mix of all ingredients together breaking them down into a thick based liquid of fruit or veggie juice. One distinct difference is that there is no waste considering that they utilize everything you put into them. However, you must remember that if you do not want an orange peel, apple peel, green leaf stem, etc in your finished product then don’t put it in the blender. There is no built-in extraction process.
Blenders are most well-known for their smoothies full of fiber and nutrients that are thicker and more filling. Fiber slows digestion which works as a time release on energy and helps with digestion.
Types and Benefits of Juicers
Juicers come in 2 primary types: Centrifugal and Cold Press (also known as Masticating). Centrifugal juicers use a strainer system while draining juices out of the fruits and veggies. They are price efficient making them the most popular and good for first-time buyers. Cold press juicers press/crush your fruits and veggies to get out the good stuff which is a long process but you also get more product in the end. They are also bigger and more expensive. Believe it or not, there are still manual options available as well.
Main benefits include:
- Easy cleanup.
- Easy absorption rate.
- Maximizes nutrition into the smallest volume.
- It does not require digestion just absorption for the vitamins/minerals/nutrients.
- Extract juices from ingredients.
Downside: They are typically slower, more expensive, and more complex.
Types and Benefits of Blender
There are 2 main types of blenders: jug blenders and single serve blenders. The difference is pretty observable depending on everyday usage. A jug blender is big and typically will make 4-6 cups of juice or smoothie at a time (or margaritas). However, it is important with these models to get one strong enough for your veggies and have high speeds so that despite its quantity you still end up with a smooth final product.
Single serve blenders are great for when you want one cup at a time. Most well know are the Bullet Blenders as they can be removed and have a lid or become a drinking cup after making your drink. They are easily disassembled and dishwasher safe. Basically fast food blending on the run.
Main benefits include:
- You can add in other ingredients besides just fruits and veggies such as yogurt, seeds, nuts, powders, supplements, etc.
- Easy and fast to use.
- Helps with controlling blood sugar through fiber.
- Less Waste.
- Blends all ingredients.
- Higher speeds.
The ultimate truth is that juicing and blending of fresh fruits and veggies is ultimately a lot healthier than what you can buy in the store, especially when you purchase organic produce. There is no match for the high quality of nutrients, fiber, minerals, and vitamins than real fruits and veggies vs processed goods. When questioning which one is better for you as an individual the best answer is looking at your personal health needs surrounding fiber and digestion.
The Big Picture
When it came to choosing between these two items for myself, I didn’t. I choose both of them. That may sound a little extreme considering pricing and its not every day that you need both. Let me explain my rationale. There are many days when I am working my 2 jobs and I really don’t have to sit down or go make myself something to eat that is very healthy. Sure, I could use an app on my phone and order in a greasy pizza or Chinese food but how is that going to help my body?
On those days I grab out my blender, throw in some fruit, some 100% organic pomegranate juice, organic rolled oats, honey, and blend away. Poof! I have lunch in 5 min that I am enjoying over the course of an hour and I am full until dinner.
There are other days that I am feeling run down from not sleeping, being sick, being overrun by life demands and my body is seriously craving some real fuel. Not coffee but vitamins, nutrients, and minerals. We have all been to that point of being so run down that our stomachs go on the fritz. This is the perfect time to pull out my juicer. I need a lot in a little and in a way that is super gentle on my system.
Sure sometimes I just want juice and other times I just have an all out craving for a smoothie. But there are times when my body tells me it needs something and its important to be able to meet its needs.
Like I always say, You are important. Your family and your life are important.
Still, can’t decide or want to share? Please leave a comment below and discuss your favorite pick and why, a preferred recipe, or any additional questions you may have to help you. That’s what I am here for. Talk soon!