It’s a debate that never gets old, especially with the increased focus on health in the United States – and some people are quite passionate in their opinion. So which is really best: Juicing or Blending?
Before answering that question, it’s important to understand the differences between the two. Here’s what you need to know.
What is Juicing?
Juicing involves taking your favorite fruits and vegetables and feeding them into the juicer. The juicer extracts all the liquid from the food and leaves the fiber behind. The result is a delicious, nutritious liquid.
When you drink the juice, you’ll feel an instant boost from all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients packed into those original raw ingredients. And bonus… Juicing is convenient since you don’t even need to peel the vegetables and fruits, as most juicers can handle the tough task of extracting juice from most foods.
Why should I Juice?
Juicing is a popular choice because of the quick dose of highly nutritious juice that’s all natural. The upside is that it’s fast, easy, convenient and doesn’t overtax your digestive system. The liquid doesn’t have that thick, grainy texture found in most smoothies. It’s just pure juice, so it’s more palatable to most people. However, the downside is that you don’t get the fiber from all these yummy fruits and veggies.
What is Blending?
With this process, you peel your fruits and vegetables and blend them together into a drink that’s similar to a smoothie. It will be thick, rich, and tasty – and it delivers all that fiber your body needs for good digestion. Instead of a quick jolt of nutrition, you get a slower uptake that reaches your bloodstream at a more steady pace.
Why should I Blend?
Blending is the best approach for someone with heart or digestive issues, as well as those who have diabetes. Blending enables you to ingest the entire fruit or vegetable, not just the juice from it – which equates to sustainable energy.
Tips for Success
Whether you choose to Juice or Blend, remember to vary your ingredients so that you get a good overall supply of leafy greens, as well as orange, red and purple fruits and vegetables. It’s easy to find a few delicious fruits and vegetables and stop exploring different recipes, but it’s important to keep up your quest to find new flavors and textures that you’ll enjoy. For instance, many people avoid papaya because of its strong flavor and grainy texture, but when combined with pineapple and berries, it can actually be quite delicious. Papaya is very high in vitamins C, A, folate, and potassium. It’s one of those miracle fruits we should all eat daily, but most of us don’t.
Dr. Mariza Recommends
As a green smoothie girl, I’m a big proponent of blending because of the fiber and wide-ranging nutritional intake. I start my day with a green smoothie EVERY day. However, the benefits of juicing can’t be denied. Though both methods deliver high nutrient ingredients to our bodies, in the long run, all humans require fiber to maintain a healthy digestive system. Try one of my favorite recipes for newbies below!
- Juice of 2 oranges
- 1 cup filtered water
- 3 cups organic spinach, packed
- 1 or 2 organic apples, peeled
- ½ of a fresh or frozen banana
- 8 fresh or frozen organic strawberries
- 1 -2 drops Lemon and Wild Orange essential oil
If you’re on the fence about which method is right for you, try mixing it up! Enjoy your normal juicing regimen for several days, then try blending for a few days.
Benefits of Both
Whether you juice or blend, you can expect to feel better and have more energy throughout the day. Most people say they sleep more soundly at night and have a clear mind so they can focus on complex projects. Some people report that skin conditions clear up and many say that those tired, achy feelings disappear.
It’s amazing how much better your body will feel when it’s finally getting all the nutrition it needs.
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