Whether you juice or blend, liquefying your fruits and vegetables is a nutritious way to make sure you’re getting your recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals. In addition to their many health benefits, juices and smoothies taste great. Even strong-flavored greens, such as parsley and kale, taste great when thrown into a juicer or blender.
Blending Is Best
In the battle of juicing versus blending, blending wins first place. All juicers, even the top-rated masticating juicer, leave behind dry pulp, which contains one of the primary health benefits of fruits and vegetables: fiber. The advantage of blending over juicing is that when you blend the vegetables and fruits, you don’t lose the pulp. Of course, you’ll need to invest in a high-powered blender, such as Vitamix. Commercial blenders break down the cell walls of fruits and vegetables so that your body is better able to absorb all the nutrients.
Blending wins in freshness as well. As soon as you pour your freshly juiced oranges into a glass, the juice begins to oxidize. Not so much of an issue if you drink the juice immediately, but if you plan to refrigerate the leftover juice, know that its nutritional content will significantly deteriorate. Blended smoothies, however, can be refrigerated for days without losing nutrients.
What to Juice
If you’re a die-hard juicer, consider juicing with low-sugar fruits and vegetables. Nutritionists recommend staying away from juicing high-sugar veggies and fruits (such as carrots, melon, bananas, and dates). Too much sugar without any fiber increases the glycemic index of your food, but such precautions don’t come into play when blending fruits and veggies whole. Remember, blending keeps the fiber intact, and the fiber slows the release of sugars into your bloodstream.
Sprinkle in Some Green
Juicing and blending wouldn’t be complete without a scoop of super greens. A green powder made up of super foods such as chlorella, spirulina, alfalfa, barley grass, wheat grass, and green tea leaves will give you an extra dose of antioxidants and protein. Spirulina is a complete protein, and barley grass has five times more iron than spinach, seven times more vitamin C than oranges, and 30 times more vitamin B-1 than milk.
What are you waiting for? Blend up a smoothie or squeeze out some juice and enjoy a refreshing cool beverage today. Get started with our refreshing green smoothie recipes.