Juicing vs. Blending

I’m often asked which is better, juicing or blending. There are a lot of misconceptions out there, so just thought I’d clear it up.

Juicing vs. Blending  

Juicing and blending both have their benefits and are fabulous ways to increase your intake of nutrient dense veggies.

What’s the difference between juicing and blending?

Juicing extracts the liquid from vegetables and fruits leaving the fiber in the catch bucket. Even those with the heartiest of appetites would find it difficult to eat the same amount of raw vegetables and fruits with a fork. Many people are under the misconception that blending retains more nutrients than juicing because the fiber is not removed; however, this is not the case. “But I thought fiber was good for you?” Yes, you’re right, and if you’re following a healthy plant-based diet, you’re getting plenty of it.

Blending on the other hand… blends! The produce is whirled and pureed into delicious smoothies, fiber and all.

So what’s all the fuss over which is better?

It really just depends on what you’re looking for.

Green juices and smoothies do share many healthful benefits, but for the purpose of repair and renewal, juicing is the winner, hands down. Juices are easier to digest and assimilate. Digestion uses an enormous amount of energy. Juices are predigested (the juicer does all the work!) Therefore, juices need very little digestion. As a result, your body can shift its healing efforts to other, more critical areas. Juicing is the easiest way to get phytonutrients in their most absorbable form because the concentrated nutrients go directly  into your bloodstream.

But make no mistake about it — blending is amazing as well. Blending is a great way to pack leafy greens into your diet (especially those that you may not enjoy eating on a regular basis). They’re also a great way to sneak veggies into kids’ meals – we all know how picky kids can be when it comes to veggies! Green smoothies are a bit more filling than juice since they contain fiber, so they make an excellent meal replacement.

My final take: Both juicing and blending are excellent ways to increase your nutrition. Both have their place, so I recommend doing both. Drink fresh veggie juice once or twice a day. In addition to juicing, whip up a smoothie a few times a week to mix up your routine and  include ingredients that aren’t juicer friendly, like soft fruits, nut butters, flax seed, etc.

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