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.
- easy way to get daily intake of fruits/vegetables
- since it’s liquid, it’s not as filling as a smoothie
- expensive to purchase the machine
- requires more fruits/vegetables than a smoothie
- hard to clean
- wastes a lot of bulk/pulp from the fruits/vegetables
- includes the fiber from the fruits/vegetables (no waste)
- easy to use/clean
- can be more filling than liquid juice
- 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.
NASM Certified Personal Trainer