Juicing or blending?
by: Dental Assistant Team
Juicing or blending, is one better than the other?
Let's look at the difference. I do both juicing and blending and I enjoy both.
Juicing requires a little bit more work because between the shopping, washing, peeling cutting, and if you don't develop a good system for yourself, it can really become cumbersome. In order not to have to do everything every time I want to have a juice, I created a routine to which I try to stick as much as my schedule permits. Every time I come back from shopping for my juicing, I do all my trimming and peeling, then portion everything out and package it into Ziploc bags. This way, all I have to do when I want to juice is grab my big Ziploc bag and get started.
Juicing will require using much more vegetable or fruit to generate the same amount of juice VS blending.
Juicing separates the pulp/fibers from the juice which leaves you with a considerable amount of pulp which some people use in cooking or baking. I have not personally tried it, I hear it is a common thing to do.
Because juicing separates the pulp and the juice in that fashion, it creates a much more liquidy drink than blending would. The watery aspect of juice from juicing is usually easier for your digestive system to process than the juice from blending.
Juicing is a great way to increase your intake of fresh raw vegetables and fruits. It is great to detox and highly recommended for its high concentration in nutrient. While detoxing juicing is great as it allows you to consume a large quantity of fruits and vegetables that you could not possibly chew on.
From what I have been reading it seems that mixing too much fruit is not recommended, especially if you are watching your sugar intake, and to keep enzymes working during the digestion process. Green apples are a great way to transition yourself slowly to mostly vegetable juice.
Now, let's look at blending...
You will mix your raw veggies whole (washed and peel - especially if not organic), with your liquid of choice (water, almond milk or other). The entire fiber content will remain in your drink as it gets blended, giving you a thick consistency.
I like blending in the morning and even add my protein powder in my smoothie. Same as with juicing, I try combining green raw veggies, such as kale, spinach, dandelion, and I add a bit of berries, pineapple or bananas for sweetness.
There is no written rule when it comes to blending, but as in juicing, if you are watching your sugar intake, berries and green apples are the best choices to cut the taste of veggies and give you a little bit of sweetness.
Be creative and add any raw fruits or vegetables of your choice.
Whether you are juicing or blending it is recommended to drink your juice within 20-30 minutes after preparation as the nutrients will start deteriorating if exposed to the air for too long.
Drink up! And increase your raw vegetables intake!
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Article date: Oct. 09 2013
Type: Aromatherapy And Essential Oils
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County