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What Is The Difference Between A Blender And A Juicer?

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.juicing
  • 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.difference between a blender and a juicer
  • Helps with controlling blood sugar through fiber.
  • Less Waste.
  • Blends all ingredients.
  • Higher speeds.

Health Benefits

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.

Want my recipes? Check out: Red Wellness Juicing Recipe or Mixed Berries Smoothie Recipe.

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!

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8 Comments

  1. Hi Charity, thanks for writing about the difference between juicers and blenders.  My wife and I bought a Ninja about 2 years ago, used it maybe 5 times and it’s been sitting in the cabinet ever since.  I like the way you described how you use the two devices in your everyday life.  I am doing the Kito diet with my wife ( I’m starving all the time ) and I know we can eat berries.

    Your recipe for the “Mixed Berry Smoothie” looks really good.  I’m going to pass this on to my wife.  Maybe if I start drinking healthy smoothies I won’t feel hungry all the time.  

    Very well written post!

    Cal

    1. Calvin,

      I am glad that you liked the article and don’t be discouraged about the Ninja as it happens often. Happy that you are considering revising your smoothie journey and I am always happy to provide more recipes to your taste preference. I would advise some Wey Protein Vanilla. You can purchase this in very small amounts to try it out. Add about 1 or 2 tbs to your smoothies and that will help with the hunger and sustaining energy levels with the Keto diet without altering your diet results. Additionally, in small amounts you should not taste any difference. Now that amount would be larger if you upgrade to a household blender but adequate for a Ninja. Hope this helps you on your journey.

      Blend well and Enjoy!

  2. Hi Charity:

    Finally, someone has cleared up the mystery because I didn’t know the difference between a blender and a juicer. I think I’d always go for the blender since it leaves in the extra nutrients found in the pulp and skin.

    I’ve always avoided juicers because I’ve been told they’re messy. However, you state that they’re easy to clean. That makes them seem a bit more attractive as an option.

    I’ve been trying for years to get into the habit of using either of these to make healthy drinks at home. Perhaps your post will inspire me to keep trying.

    Thanks!

    1. Christopher,

      Most people have that same ideology about the juicers and it revolves around 2 things: they don’t like dealing with waste (pulp for example) which is mostly dumping it in the trash or using a spatula to get out the rest; or secondly they have an ancient version where they have to take apart many parts and clean by hand and those are just ultimately more messy. 

      I hope that some inspiration did ignite. As I always say, YOU ARE IMPORTANT. And if making healthy drinks at home is important to you then its an endeavor worth pursuing 🙂 Let me know if I can be of any help.

      Blend well and Enjoy!

  3. Hi! Thank you very much for this comparison. I personally drank from a juicer during all my childhood. And really loved it. But now I have learnt to appreciate even more all these different types of smoothies we can prepare with a blender. I like to include a lot fiber in my diet. So right now, a blender is my fist option!

    1. Hello Henry,

      For fiber you defiantly want blender. It will treat you right! Some high fiber options to include in your smoothie would be blueberries, apples, bananas, carrots and even strawberries.

      Blend well and Enjoy!

  4. Charity, I never realized all the many differences between blenders and juicers. Thanks for the insight into both. It’ll certainly help me to make a better purchase I the very near future.

    1. I am glad it helped you and if you need any additional guidance with your upcoming choice between the 2 just let me know. I am happy to help!

      Happy Blending and Juicing!

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