Blender Juicing

Just when you get the latest kitchen gadget, another one comes along that all your friends are talking about. Now ya got major FOMO. But, how many kitchen gadgets can you have? Crock pots, Instant Pots, Kitchenaid Mixers, Air Fryers, Immersion Blenders, Vitamix Blenders, Ninja Blenders, Nespresso machines, Slap Chops, Pizza Stones, etc, etc, etc…. It is almost dizzying how many things are created to make our lives easier, when they just complicate them instead.

Let’s keep it simple.

I’ve had a few blenders in my life and none of them have ever actually done a good job blending. Then I got a Vitamix. Yes, it’s an investment, but I will NEVER have another blender again. This baby does everything from margaritas to hot soup. (as you probably already know from my soup posts!)

At one time, I wanted to try juicing, but I had just bought my Vitamix and was not ready to make another big purchase. Instead, I looked into the benefits of Blending VS. Juicing.

  • Juicing is a process where the liquid part of the fruit or vegetable is separated from the pulp, or fiber. You get a thin and concentrated liquid product that contains vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients, which are good for you! You specifically need a juicer to do this.
  • Blending is when the whole fruit or vegetable is used: what you put in the blender is what you consume. The volume of the drink, which is often called a smoothie, will be much greater than that of a juice made from the same amount of fruits or vegetables. You need a high end blender for this.

There are benefits and downsides for both blending and juicing. Juicing packs quite a nutritious punch in a small package. It also has less fiber for those on a specific diet. Blending keeps the fiber which is great for digestion and keeping you feeling fuller longer.

So, what do I do now? I blend in my Vitamix. Making smoothies is easy once you figure out the correct balance of liquid to solid to make a perfect blend. I freeze fruit when it starts to get a little soft – when people aren’t as excited to eat the fruit whole, but it will still work perfectly in a smoothie. Veggies work perfectly too – kale, celery, spinach, etc.

A major benefit of blending is that you can prepare the perfect combination and measurement of veggies and fruits and liquids ahead of time and freeze. Just try these amazing smoothie prep ideas:

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Happy & Healthy Blending!

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