Juicers (Juice) vs. Blenders (Smoothies)

My homemade juices
My homemade juices

Juicing has been a part of the major detoxing or cleansing movement.  The concept makes sense: use a juicer to make fresh fruit and vegetable juice.  It can be a simpler, more efficient way of consuming the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables.  But the cost of a juicer may not be in everyone’s budget.  Is there an alternative?  I think a blender is an excellent alternative to the juicer.

Juicer
Pros:

  1. easy way to get daily intake of fruits/vegetables
  2. since it’s liquid, it’s not as filling as a smoothie

Cons:

  1. expensive to purchase the machine
  2. requires more fruits/vegetables than a smoothie
  3. hard to clean
  4. wastes a lot of bulk/pulp from the fruits/vegetables

Blender
Pros:

  1. includes the fiber from the fruits/vegetables (no waste)
  2. easy to use/clean

Cons:

  1. can be more filling than liquid juice
  2. it can be higher in calories, depending on what you add (Jamba juice adds sorbet, juice, etc)

There’s no clear-cut winner because everyone has different preferences and goals when they drink juice or a smoothie.  Personally, I LOVE smoothies because I stay fuller longer and I prefer not to waste the pulp and fiber.  Here are some recipes for a couple of simple smoothies.  One added tip for the adventureous: add 1/4 cup of dried oats.  Not only will it add more fiber to your drink, it’ll also prevent the normal separation of juice and pulp.  How awesome is that?!  Answer: really awesome.

Happy drinking, friends.

Thomas Ngo
Dietetic Intern
NASM Certified Personal Trainer

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