Blending Vs Juicing: What’s the best way to drink your greens?
You’ll hear it time and time again, eat your greens. Well, I do one better, I prefer to drink my greens. For the past three years I have been the green drinking queen, making sure I stock up each week on my essential greens for my smoothie. I even go as far as taking my Vitamix on holiday with me to ensure I don’t miss out on that essential glass of nutrients each morning.
A question I commonly get asked is, is it better to blend or juice your greens? To help you decide which option is best for you I thought I would point out the key differences and pros and cons between blending your foods vs juicing them.
Firstly, let me say that either of these delicious green drinks will do wonders for your body. They will help balance your bodies Ph level as greens are amazingly alkaline. They also ensure you get a fast shot of vitamins and minerals quickly into your bloodstream, and is a fail-safe way to bulk up your fruits and vegetables in your diet.
- There are two main types of juicer, the cold press and the centrifugal (high speed juicer). Cold press juicers are the best. I don’t have one currently but its at the top of my ‘to buy list’. The reason they’re the best is because the juice is kept fresher for longer and is also packed with more nutrients. It also gives you more juice from your produce, which helps to save money in the long run.
I don’t juice as much as I blend, but when I do, I love it. For me juicing is a more refreshing way of getting my greens, and leaves me feeling light and hydrated afterwards which is a big plus. Juicing is easier on digestion as it removes the plant fiber and gives your digestive system time to stop and repair. I love recommending juicing after someone is recovering from an illness. When the digestive system is no longer spending time breaking down your food it can instead dedicate time to healing the body.
- Tip: juicing is a great way to add in vegetables which you just wouldn’t blend such as beetroots or a whole knob of ginger.
- There are a lot of different blenders out there ranging from cheap to expensive. I have a Vitamix, which is one of the more expensive brands of blenders and I have to say it’s worth every cent. You really notice the difference when you use a cheaper blender to a more expensive one. In the cheaper, less powerful brands your food will not blend as well, this is especially noticeable with greens as it leaves chunks throughout the drink. When I blend in my Vitamix the consistency is almost the same as a juicer as everything is so finely blended. This makes adding in all sorts of greens super easy as you are not left trying to chew kale chunks as you drink your greens.
I love blending and would say that it is my favorite way to consume green drinks. Once people get over the colour or the thought of drinking a big bunch of kale and spinach, MOST people will enjoy the taste of a green smoothie, which makes them an amazing way to hide your daily dose of vegetables. My favorite sneaky tip for the reluctant green eater/drinker is to add cacao to the mix to make a delicious chocolate smoothie that completely hides anything green.
I love the texture and different combinations I can create with smoothies and how they are more filling due to the plant fiber still being intact. This means that I can make one for a quick breakfast, a nutritious after workout protein boost and even sometimes for a chocolate treat. I also love being able to add various super foods, nuts and seeds and really any nutritious health food to bulk up my smoothies. When you blend you are eating everything that gets put into it and within no time you have consumed so many different nutrients. The cleanup is also so much faster and easier than juicing.
- Tip: smoothies are a great way to throw in all your superfoods into one drink and then be done for the rest of the day. I love adding cacao nibs, bee pollen and acai berries into mine to supercharge my smoothies.
Basically, if you’re having either of these amazing green drinks each day, even each week you’re doing wonders for your body. If you’re a green drinking virgin, trust me when I say, once you start, you’ll be hooked and you wont be able to think of a more delicious and nutritious way to get your greens.
If you’re interested in recipes on my favorite green juices and smoothies take a look at my drinks section under recipes.