Posts filed under ‘Juicer vs. Blender’

Drinking Plant Blood

Plant Blood

I juiced up some red deliciousness today in my Breville Compact Juice Fountain and I just had to share it with you! It was SO good…sweet and just a little tart. And of course, yummy. The beets made it taste really different than my normal green lemonade…much sweeter. Here is what I included:

  • 2 apples (whole, with cores)
  • 1 meyer lemon (peeled)
  • small chunk of ginger
  • 1 head of romaine
  • Large handful of leaf lettuce
  • 2 small beets (golf ball size)

I’ve had lots of questions about the difference between juicing and blending. And even though I’ve posted about this before, I’m going to post it again.

Blending keeps all of the fiber in, whereas juicing takes it out. That’s the only difference…and there are benefits to both. I look at juicing as a “supplement”….or almost a “treat”. I don’t juice everyday…probably 2-3 times a week…all with GREEN juices. I do BLEND every day though with my green smoothie. Juicing offers the added benefit of “instant” assimilation in to the body…which is why you might get a “juice high” after you drink it!

  • Both green juices and smoothies are highly alkaline…and disease cannot survive in an alkaline environment. They do LOVE an acid environment though…and 3 acid forming foods are meat, dairy, coffee.
  • Both green juices and smoothies have chlorophyll, which increases the flow of oxygen in our blood/body, which in turn, creates an aerobic environment where disease cannot thrive.
  • Both green juices and smoothies enable you to eat A LOT more greens at one time than you normally would.

This list could go on and on…but you get the idea. Juicing has a purpose and blending has a purpose…although they are very similar.

The main reason why someone who is sick (with cancer or other disease) should juice is because it takes the LEAST AMOUNT OF ENERGY from the body to digest. Even green smoothies take more energy because the fiber needs to be digested. When you can take away the energy need for digestion, it leaves your body more energy to HEAL. This goes for raw food in general, but it’s particularly applicable when fighting disease. You want to free up as much energy as possible to heal the body.

I do think both should be incorporated in one’s diet…however, if you can only afford one machine right now, get a blender and save up for the juicer 🙂

August 18, 2009 at 12:09 am 12 comments

Green Lemonade with a Twist

Green Lemonade with a Twist

We love juicing…but don’t love the clean up. The Champion is great, but is a little heavy on clean up time, so we went searching for a new juicer and found a Breville on Craigslist for $50. Yay! Bella LOVES making juice…so today we made some “green lemonade with a twist”. Here is what we juiced up:

3 fuji apples
1 peeled lemon
1 head romaine
4-5 leaves lacinato kale
1 medium chioggia beet (beets build efficiency in your circulatory system and are good for your heart)

Bella and I stirred ours up immediately and enjoyed every last drop. But, we left Matt’s to sit on the counter for a few minutes and it separated so beautifully that I just couldn’t help but take a photo! Isn’t it pretty?

Side note: One of the most common questions I get asked is: “Why do you need a juicer if you have a blender?”. Well, let me tell you why…they do two different things. A juicer is extracting the juice and nutrients and making it instantly available to your body in liquid form…and it also removes the fiber. That’s the main difference. A blender leaves the fiber in…because you’re just blending it all up and not extracting. Juices, especially green juices, have the ability to give you an instant “high” or pick me up during the day. A smoothie takes a little longer to digest, so you don’t get such an instant boost. Fresh juices are also very beneficial for bodies that are experiencing any kind of disease (cancer, chronic illness, etc) because it takes much less energy from your body to digest the juice. Each machine has a separate purpose in the kitchen…and that’s why I need both 🙂 If you can only afford ONE, get the blender. It’s more versatile in the long run…but be sure to keep that juicer on your wish list. There is just nothing like some yummy fresh juice!

July 11, 2009 at 9:07 pm 13 comments


Words to Eat By

"It is easier to change a man's religion than to change his diet." -Margaret Mead

"I don't understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open and put them on cholesterol lowering drugs for the rest of their lives." - Dean Ornish, MD

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