I’ve heard it time and time again, why do I need to juice and when should I need to blend?
And I always respond with: which of the two can you see yourself keeping up with?
Something that you can see yourself doing for a longer period of time is what you need to be striving for, juice or blend. Just no more one-off attempts at keeping healthy.
They’re both extremely good for you and if you were having to pick, I’d say go for whichever one you find more fascinating.
One isn’t better than the other. They’re just different.
Juicing involves straining the pulp from your fruits and veggies – either directly from the juicer you’re using or by hand with a strainer or cheese cloth.
The process extracts the water and nutrients from your produce, discarding the indigestible fiber. Which means that your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to break down what you just brought into it to absorb it. It makes the nutrients much more available to your body.
But there’s a catch, without this pulp and fiber your body doesn’t have much to munch on. Leaving you feeling hungry much sooner. And since the juice is absorbed much more quickly by your body, it’s absorbed by your blood stream much sooner too.
If it’s only fruits that you’re juicing (without veggies), it will spike your blood sugar levels and you know what that means…lack of energy, mood swings, you’ve been there and it’s not pretty. Pairing veggies with your fruits will help balance out that spike.
Personally, I like to juice cautiously. Every now and then in small batches. Simply because it’s like taking the express lane on the highway, unless you’re able to keep up with the rest of the crew on the fast lane, you can start to feel a rush and possibly even get antsy with all that’s going on.
But there’s a reason why in most detox and cleansing programs they include freshly squeezed juice, because they’re extremely rich in nutrients and help restore the cells in the body – they go that deep.
Blending includes the pulp, so at times it can have a much thicker consistency than what you might be used to drinking.
But with smoothies being much faster (and easier) to make, they are a favorite for first thing in the morning or as a quick snack throughout the day.
By just popping your favorite frutas and verduras into your blender and hitting “blend”, you’ve got a nutritious meal in a glass! And since they include all the fibre from your produce, they tend to fill you up quite nicely too.
With the process of blending breaking the fibre a part (and keeping it for you), it makes for a slow release of nutrients into the blood stream – avoiding that blood sugar spike mentioned with juicing.
The downfall, if any, is that with all that fibre, the serving amount of fruits and veggies can be limited compared to juicing; the volume is much thicker.
I personally L-O-V-E blending, chuck it to my lazy bones.
Let me share with you my all-time go-to smoothie recipe:
1 cup frozen blueberries
kale and/or spinach
unsweetened almond milk
scoop of natural peanut butter
Sometimes I add one or a combination of these:
scoop of VegaOne
maca root powder
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