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Gift Guide: Juicer or Blender?



Juices and smoothies are all the rage these days, and for good reason! Both provide an important fundamental base of incorporating both fruit and vegetables into your diet. These healthful choices will provide you with a clear mind, plant-powered energy, and may be a helpful aid in weight loss and weight management.  Despite the differences, there are benefits to each and can be useful in different environments for different people. So if you’re wondering what to get that special someone this holiday – a juicer or a blender – check out the differences:

Juicing

Blending

  • Juicing separates water from the pulp in whole fruits and vegetables (leaving out the indigestible fiber and keeping only the soluble fiber)
  • Water and nutrients are leftover, allowing for easy absorption of vitamins, minerals, and potent antioxidants. Without all the fiber, your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to break down the food and absorb the nutrients.
  • Juicing provides maximum nutritional benefits by flooding the body of readily available vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and digestive enzymes. It makes the nutrients more readily available to the body in larger quantities than if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole.
  • Juicing is an easy way to get fruits and vegetables in a small quantity.  Only 16 oz. of a green juice, can be packed with more than 6 pounds of produce, which studies show, aids in weight loss and helps to prevent cancer and disease.
  • It’s an easy way to decide your meal.  Once you are prepared with a juice schedule/routine, the decision around preparing, portioning, or purchasing a meal is taken out of the equation.  A fruit and vegetable juice is always a nutritious choice.
  • Juicing gives your system a rest by making it easier for the body to absorb nutrients allowing the digestive system to take a break.
  • Some people complain, “It takes too much time and lots of clean up.” In comparison to the amount time spent purchasing, planning, cooking, and cleaning your kitchen, juicing may often take less time than if you were to prepare a full meal.
  • OR  “I have to purchase so much produce.” Fruits and vegetables are an investment on your health.  A nutritious diet may prevent future medical expenses from overweight or obesity related disease which has been estimated to be over $118 billion per year. The Worldwatch Institute found that obese people visit their physicians 40% more than normal weight people and are 2.5 times more likely to need costly prescription drugs.
  • Investigate the market, and use these quick juicer buying tips, on how to make a best fit choice.

 

 

  • Blending contains both soluble and insoluble fiber by combining whole ingredients that are finely chopped until smooth.
  • The blending process breaks the fiber apart to help ease the digestion of the fruits and veggies within the smoothie, and also helps to slow the release of nutrients into your body to prevent spikes in your blood sugar levels.
  • You consume everything you put in the blender including the leaves, stems, skin, and seeds of fruits and vegetables so some feel blending is more cost efficient.
  • Smoothies contain more calories than juice and have both soluble and insoluble fiber which may lead to an increased feeling of fullness.
  • Your base should contain fruits and vegetables but can have add-ins to create a different texture/flavor or to provide further nutritional benefits.
  • You can add in a variety of superfoods to bump up the nutritional value of your smoothie.
  • Potential “Add-ins”
    • Nut Butter: Almond, peanut, cashew, sunflower varieties
    • Milk: Almond, Coconut
    • Coconut Water
    • Plant-based Proteins: chia, hemp, flax seed, spirulina, pea protein powders
    • Fruits that can’t be juiced: bananas and avocados may provide a creamy texture with added nutrition.
    • Fun Flavors: Vanilla/Almond/Mint extracts, cocoa powder, coconut flakes.
    • Consumed often as a meal replacement since smoothies can provide a nice balance of healthy fats, protein, carbohydrates and of course, fruits and veggies!

The good news? They both provide heaps of benefits so try to incorporate both into your daily regimen.

Kristen DeAngelis

Kristen DeAngelis

Kristen DeAngelis has received a degree in Dietetics and Exercise and Health Promotion, from Virginia Tech, and is a nutrition expert working to integrate health and wellness by combining fitness, nutrition, and emotional clarity and balance to others. For several years, Kristen has been working as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, and just recently received her yoga certification through Yoga Alliance. As an individual nutrition counselor and community outreach volunteer, working for Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Blacksburg Farmer’s Markets, Virginia Cooperative Extension programs, and many more outreach projects, she has addressed the importance of eating local, whole foods and supporting a colorful plant based diet. Her enthusiasm helps to inspire others to become excited about getting creative with food, treating each others bodies with respect, and keeping a mindful attitude towards leading a happy and healthy life.

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