Which One is Better?
We get a lot of questions from you about the difference between juicing versus blending. Some of the most common ones are:
- Can I use my blender, Vitamix, or Nutribullet on a Reboot?
- Why should I juice instead of blending?
- Isn’t the fiber important?
We’re going to clear up the confusion and set the record straight about the differences between your two options so you’ll have a better idea of which one will better help you reach your goals.
What’s the difference between juicing and blending?
Juices and smoothies require different equipment. Here’s a breakdown:
Juicers have blades or gears that grate and grind produce.
- A juicer spins or squeezes your juice out of the produce pulp
- The pulp is separated from the juice
- Prep for juicing is easy – just wash your produce and put it in whole through your juicer
Blenders still have a blade, but the similarities end there.
- A blender pulverizes the ingredients
- The pulp stays in the smoothie and makes it thicker
- Smoothie ingredients can sometimes require more prep – some blenders work better if you peel and chop your produce
A juicer will extract the juice and remove the pulp from your produce. What you’re left with is all of the liquid from your veggies and fruit, and none of the pulp.
A blender takes the whole veggies and fruit and pulverizes it into a thick drink. You get all of the liquid AND the pulp from your produce.
Want to see how it’s done? Watch Joe make a juice and a smoothie in the Reboot kitchen:
Watch Joe’s video about juicing and blending.
What about the fiber? Don’t I need it?
Whether you juice or make smoothies, you will still get some fiber. There are the two kinds of fiber—here’s how they work in your body:
Soluble fiber – This remains in your juice even when you take out the pulp.
Soluble fiber absorbs water in the intestines, forming a gel that helps slow the transit of food through your digestive tract. It also acts as pre-biotic to support healthy bacteria in the gut.
Insoluble fiber – This remains in your smoothie as the pulp.
Insoluble fiber makes you feel full because it literally takes up more room in your stomach. This fiber helps keep you regular. Since your body doesn’t absorb much of it, it also adds bulk to your stool.
Here’s why both juicing and blending are great…
Everyone knows that we all need to eat more veggies and fruit. But only 7% of most people’s caloric intake comes from plant food.
But how do you do it in a way that fits into your daily life? The answer: juicing and blending.
So no matter which one you choose, they will both help you dramatically increase your veggie and fruit intake. And because they are easy and fun to eat, juices and smoothies won’t make it feel like a chore to fit more produce into your diet.
Which is better?
It depends on your goals.
If you’re looking to lose weight…
We recommend buying a juicer and trying a juice-only Reboot. Juicing allows you to reduce your daily caloric intake while flooding your body with necessary vitamins and minerals and without feeling hungry.
If you’re looking to maintain weight and/or get healthier…
Either a juicer or blender can help. Combining juices with plant-based meals will ensure you’re getting enough calories to sustain your current weight.
I don’t have a juicer, and I want to Reboot. Can I use a blender instead?
Blending is a great way to add veggies to your daily diet, and many of us do some combination of juicing and blending everyday. However, if you are doing a Reboot, you will have very different results if you blend instead of juice. While you’ll still have the benefits of all that fresh produce, you are still essentially “eating” and therefore will experience weight loss at a slower rate. The recipes on a juice-only Reboot are meant for a juicer so we do not advise using those for a blender as it will not result in the best outcome.
Free Starter Resources
Want to get started? Here are some free juicing and blending resources:
3 Day Diet Plan – Juicing Only – Includes recipes, shopping list, menu plan and instructions. The plan will help you flood your body with nutrients and help ensure that your meals are nutrient dense.
10 Day Diet Plan – Juicing and Blending – Includes recipes, shopping list, menu plan and instructions to help you get the nutritional benefits of juicing without cutting down dramatically on calories.
Juicer Buying Guide – Read up on all the features and pros and cons of different types of juicers to find the right one for you.
Blender Buying Guide – Learn about the pros and cons of three different types and find one best suited for your blending needs.
Juicing vs. blending infographic – Link to it in your blog or download it to help you remember how this all works!
Become an Expert
Complete Guide to Juices & Smoothies – 1.5 hours of video footage with Joe Cross on how to incorporate juices and smoothies into a healthy lifestyle. Developed in partnership with MindBodyGreen.
Juicing Certification – More than 8 hours of video content with Reboot with Joe Nutritionists on the science of juicing and how to work with clients.