View Full Version : To blend or juice, that is the question
05-10-2009, 11:56 AM
I was wondering if you get more nutrients out of juicing your greens or blending them? I have both a Champion Juicer, and a Blendtech Blender.
I have been doing a juice in the morning with 1 Beet, 1 Fuji Apple, 6 Carrots, Celery, Cucumber, Sprouts, Kale, Romaine Lettuce, and sometimes fresh ginger. Then later in the morning I do a smoothie type drink with frozen berries, spinach, ground flax seeds, cherries, and what ever else I have that would work. So I'm getting both types of drinks in.
But I was wondering which way do you get more of the benefits from the greens, like kale? I need more Chlorophyll, so I didn't know if juicing or blending would be better.
There is a button on the blendtech blender that says "whole juice" and it goes to different levels of speed to break down the food to get to it's inner most part ;) So it's not like just using the smoothie button that only breaks down the food a little.
Does all that make sense, or am I just rambling LOL!!!
Thanks and Happy Mother's Day to all the Mommas on here!!!
05-10-2009, 12:02 PM
It depends what you want to accomplish. You would want just the juice, if you are on a fast to give your body nutrients without your digestive tract having to do any work. If you just want to be your healthiest self on a daily basis, make smoothies in your blender. It makes all the nutrients available, but still gives you the fiber to keep your colon squeaky clean.
05-10-2009, 12:12 PM
If you have a cup of green juice or a cup of green smoothie it takes alot more greens to make the juice, therefore you are getting alot more of the chlorophyll and nutrients in the juice. but like EmmaT said, the smoothie has fiber too.....they are both great for their own purposes....so it sounds like what you are doing is great....both the juicing and smoothies.....that is what i do.....1 quart of fresh veggie juice in the morning (around 10am) then 1 quart of a smoothie between 12-2pm
05-10-2009, 12:27 PM
I like both juicing and blending as well as eating the foods whole, there all good. Many people like to get their greens as part of smoothies using the blender (search for green smoothies). I also have a Champion juicer and I especially like celery/apple juice (liquid Waldorf salad). I cut the celery bunch starting on the loose end cutting across the stalks to yield a bunch of short pieces about a 1/2 inch long or less so that the fiber strands don't wind around the juicer cutter. Then put some apple into the Champion alternating with celery for a tasty and healthy juice. I also like carrot/garlic juice. Have fun playing with your food. :)
05-10-2009, 12:29 PM
I juice and blend. I blend a lot of spinach or romaine (or combo of both), a banana or two and sometimes blueberries then add the juice of 3-4 celery stalks, 1-2 apples, sometimes 1-2 carrots. YUM! I definitely notice a difference on the days I can't drink much smoothie.
05-10-2009, 01:48 PM
I have personally concluded that juicing greens can be a great thing and a great way to get more greens in your diet...
I'm still out on juicing fruits though...
05-10-2009, 10:59 PM
I am trying to heal my Gall Bladder, and Colon, so maybe the juicing would be a good thing to start with before my smoothie. But with all my gastro problems comes constipation, so the fiber would really be good.
I think I will juice the kale, and romaine, and blend the spinach. Then add the dark greens to my salads too.
I'm sitting here about to go to bed, and my stomach is growling like crazy, it is so hungry :( But if I eat anything now it's going to be a hard night. I don't do well if I eat or drink something late. I know I can make it till morning, but it truly has that hollow starving feeling. I have cut back on my nuts and fats the past 2 days, and have juiced/blended most the day, so it has not had a lot of whole foods to fill it up. Poor thing ;)
05-10-2009, 11:52 PM
I agree to the combo as well, some jucing and some smoothies. But I like the idea of one day a week of just having juice only. This rests your digestion. then at the end of a year, you've rested your digestion for like fifty days.
I've done a handful of raw-juice fasts and definitely had more energy than when I've even done raw-smoothie-only fasts, so this just shows me how much energy digestion requires. .
05-11-2009, 07:09 AM
Ideally both, but if choosing one, blending definitely. Most have a hard time sticking with daily juicing long-term because of how time consuming it is. Also many don't feel as full & satisfied as they would with blended foods.
05-11-2009, 03:25 PM
you'll get equal amount of nutrients from one stalk of kale either blended in a blendtech or vitamix OR juiced in a high quality juicer (champion, greenstar etc)
but... you will have a smaller yield from juices and gift your body an easier avenue to absorb your nutrients. in your situation (from the little you've shared) i recommend juice.
05-11-2009, 03:38 PM
Lemonade is a great thing to drink late in the day - especially to tone and detoxify the liver and gallbladder. Add it to your juice and smoothies earlier in the day, too.
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