Juicing vs Blending : What’s the difference?

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One of the most popular questions we receive from our awesome community, is what’s the difference between juicing and blending? We love to blend, and we are 100% green smoothie advocates because it’s an easy and healthy lifestyle to maintain— especially with super busy schedules. But we also know green smoothies are not the only way to live an awesome, healthy life. So we asked one of our favorite holistic nutritionists (and registered dietician) to break it down for you.

Written by contributor Angela Stanford, MBA, RD, RYT of Vital Nutrition & Wellness

As a nutritionist people are always asking me, “Angela, which is better, blending smoothies or juicing?” And I answer, “Well that depends on why you want to blend or juice and what you blend or juice.”

Both smoothies and raw, fresh juices are very easy and delicious ways to infuse your body with lots of healthy nutrients, and to ingest those 5 servings of veggies and 3 servings of fruits we’re recommended to eat daily.

 

Which is better: Juicing or Blending?


Whether you choose to blend or juice, you are gifting your body improved health by using these nutrient packed drinks to get more health giving, healing veggies and fruits into your body. Regularly drinking smoothies or fresh, veggie-based juice will:

  • increase your veggie intake dramatically
  • make it easier and quicker for your body to absorb nutrients because the blending and juicing allows the foods to become somewhat “pre-digested”
  • curb appetite and reduce cravings for sugar and processed foods because you are nourishing your cells with what they are asking for – micronutrients. You body no longer craves the “carbs” (macronutrient)

 

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BLENDING


Pros:

  • You can blend more than just veggies – along with your veggies, you can add fruits, milks, ice, nuts, seeds, avocado, nut butters, oils, protein powders and crushed up supplements
  • Fiber helps fill you up – Since you are blending the whole veggie and fruit, the added fiber from the peels and flesh help fill up space in your stomach giving you a comforting feeling of fullness
  • Cost of the blender is minimal – most people already have a blender in their kitchen
  • Kids are more inclined to drink/eat smoothies – In my experience, kids love smoothies more than veggie-based juice because you can thicken them up to look and taste like a frozen dessert. Just add a little frozen fruit, banana, ice or ground chia seeds to your veggies to help thicken up the drink.

Cons:

  • Less quantity of nutrients per serving than juicing – Because the fiber remains in the drink, you need to drink more smoothies than juice to get the same amount of vitamins, minerals and phytotnutrients per glass
  • Some produce is not good for blending. Root veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips and beets are packed full of nutrition, but don’t taste so good in smoothies. They come off chalky and bitter. They are more suitable for juicing.

 

 

JUICING


Pros:

  • More veggies per serving – Since the fiber is removed, more veggie juice fits in the glass versus a smoothie
  • Easier to digest nutrients – Unlike blending, juicing extracts nutrients and most of the water from veggies and fruits leaving behind plant fibers in skins, peels and seed hulls. This allows your body to absorb the nutrients quicker without having to expend energy to digest all the bulk of the fiber too.
  • Quicker energy boost – Juice has a higher concentration of veggies (and therefore nutrients) per glass versus a smoothie, and is in an even more pre-digested format than smoothies for quicker nutrient absorption.
  • Less heat damage. Blades run at high speed on blenders that can slightly heat the smoothie which could kill off some of the beneficial enzymes. To counteract this, add ice to your smoothie to cool it down.

Cons:

  • Juicing machines sometimes more difficult to clean – Juicers usually have more parts to clean and take a little longer to clean than blenders
  • More refrigerator space required – Juicing requires more veggies and fruits per serving than blending, so you need to have more refrigerator space to store them
  • Veggie costs are more than blending – because you are using more veggies per serving, you need to buy more

 

Along with SimpleGreenSmoothies.com, I’m fond of a book called The Juicing Bible by Pat Crocker. It is a great resource for blending and juicing for both newbies and veterans. It offers dozens of recipes for raw, fresh juices, blended drinks and homemade frozen treats made from these nutritious beverages.

 

So now that you know the pros and cons of blending and juicing, you make the choice….or why not do both?! And below are some awesome machines to get you started:

 

Best juicers


breville

This is the juicer Joe Cross used in the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, and it’s ideal for first-time juicers. It’s a centrifugal juicer with an extra-wide 3-inch feeder chute that accommodates large pieces of fruit or vegetables, eliminating the need for chopping vegetables. You can buy it on Amazon here: Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor

 

 

omega

This juicer is easy-to-use and clean, and perfect for leafy greens. The Omega 8006 model is a masticating juicer, known as a low speed juicer, which protects and maintains healthy enzymes, prevents oxidation, and even turns nuts into nut butters. Check out the 4.5 star reviews on Amazon here: Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer

 

 

 

Best blenders


blendtec

The Blendtec is known for it’s sleek and sexy design. Very easy to clean, and it’s one touch “smoothie” button makes blending green smoothies super easy. If you want the blender Jadah uses, you can buy it with free shipping here: Blendtec. Save even more money with the Reconditioned Blendtec. Both type of blenders offer a 3-payment plan option. Click on any of our Blendtec links, then enter your zip code at checkout to get free shipping.

 

 

vitamix

The most affordable way to buy a high-speed blender with an awesome 5-8 year warranty is to buy the company refurbished blenders. Jen bought and uses the Reconditioned Vitamix. You can own one for $259 with free shipping. Buy it here: Reconditioned Vitamix.

 

 

 

 

Best blenders on a budget


ninja

Many people are happy with their Ninja Blenders. It’s a little tougher to blend kale to a smooth texture, but with a little pre-blend of just your leafy greens and water, it can be done. The newest Ninja blender now has a single serve blender option. Definitely a great starter blender that you can get on Amazon: Ninja BL660 Professional Blender with Single Serve

 

 

nutibullet

The single serve Nutri Bullet blender is great for a single person, or someone who needs a travel blender. My mother-in-law prefers this blender over the fancier blenders because of how easy it is to use. Just make sure when using a single serve blender, you adjust the recipes, since you won’t be able to fit a whole lot inside. Buy it on Amazon here: Nutri Bullet Hi-Speed Blender/Mixer System

 

 

**If you’re debating between the Vitamix vs Blendtec, check out our side-by-side comparison by clicking the link here: BATTLE OF THE BLENDERS: BLENDTEC VS VITAMIX

 

 

Do you juice or blend?

Share in the comments below if you juice, blend, or both. Let us know what machine you use too…

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92 Responses to “Juicing vs Blending : What’s the difference?”

  1. Keith 6.15.2016 at 4:30 pm #

    I juice daily and intend to until I expire. I have no experience with blending to compare, however this article and others confirm my theory; nutrients absorbed quicker, less pulp and more veggies. I’ll add blending to my regimen in the near future to increase my vegetable intake.

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.16.2016 at 1:28 pm #

      Hi Keith!

      Thanks so much for reaching out! We can’t wait to hear about your experience of blendin’ your produce :). Welcome to the green smoothie lifestyle!

      Cheers!

  2. Helen 3.19.2016 at 9:46 pm #

    Hi
    I started out juicing many years ago…..then tried blending…..now I use both. Juicing in morning for my kick start. Blending for my smoothies….and ice cream from frozen fruit frozen banana and vary between coconut cream or yogurt.
    Which ever way you go …consuming greens and minimum fruit must be good go you….I also add in my OTHER extras into my juice.
    Happy happy

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.21.2016 at 11:53 am #

      Hi Helen,

      We’re all about adding fresh fruits + leafy greens to our diet! Thanks for sharing how you add both blending and juicing to your day!

      Cheers :)

  3. Shannon M. Black 2.28.2016 at 9:02 pm #

    I have the Ninja Pro. It was a gift from my husband. I love it! ( and I don’t mind getting these types of gifts. It was from the heart as I have a digestive disorder) that being said, I hope I’m not missing out on vital nutrients by not juicing. It uses ever part of the fruit and/or veggie, nuts, seeds, etc that you put in. I think because of this that maybe I am getting all of the nutrients. I will warn you that if you like a very liquid consistency, this isn’t going to do it for you. It makes perfect smoothies of any type you can imagine. It’s incredibly powerful and pulverizes ice so well, we got rid of our ice shaver that we used to make our kids Hawaiian shaved ice in the summer. It also comes with a food processor bowl and 2 blades for it and a dough blade to make bread and things like that. I’ve not used either of those so I don’t know if I’d run out and sell my kitchenaid mixer yet. It comes with 2 single serve cups and a blade for them for a quick smoothie for yourself or a pitcher for making them for the family. As I stated before, if you like it very liquidy, get a juicer but if you just use a fair amount of CO onut water, juice or milk, the Ninja Pro is so worth every penny we paid. Mine is a little over a year old and I think I’m giving it to my mom to help her make healthy drinks and splurging on the new improved ninja pro. It’s got digital, easier to push buttons. You push the dezied setting and walk away. It does the rest. The older model causes you to have to hold the buttons in, with quite a bit of force on single serve mode. I do like a smoother drink but I really do think I’m getting more out of my Ninja. And clean up is a breeze. Everything is dishwasher safe. I’ve seen the mess juicers leave behind. I would recommend the Ninja Pro to anyone; definitely worth the money.

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.29.2016 at 11:40 am #

      Hi Shannon,

      Thank you so much for reaching out + sharing your experience blending with Ninja Pro. We’re right there with you, we love blending because you’re not losing any of the fruit, as you might in juicing. Also, blenders for gifts are awesome!! I received an immersion blender from my husband last year for our anniversary! And it’s one of my favorite gifts, perfect for winter soups!

      Cheers!

  4. mike p 6.21.2015 at 7:27 am #

    I much rather blend (Blendtec) than Juice. Juicers are a pain to clean, built cheap (for the most part) and only do one single thing. I prefer soup over juice or smoothies. Fruit still has a ton of sugar for diabetics and the fiber from veggies with the soup makes a blender a better deal.

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.22.2015 at 7:08 pm #

      Hi Mike,

      We prefer blendin’ too! :)

  5. Ben 6.12.2015 at 6:55 am #

    Thank you for being so clear in your article, really clear on the differences between the two and some great advice, if you or anyone else would like some additional reading on blending and juicing check out http://bit.ly/1cOr5Al

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.12.2015 at 8:50 am #

      Hi Ben,

      Great article! Thank you so much for sharing. And keep blendin’ those leafy greens! :)

  6. Joanne 5.27.2015 at 11:41 pm #

    Hi, I have been blending my Vege and fruits for a year with Vees blender.
    My base is 2cups pineapple, 2bananas, 1/8 lemon, 1″ ginger, 1″turmeric, 1 whole coconut water and meat.(whenever possible)
    With the above, I rotate my smoothies :-
    For green (add spinach, or kale or wheatgrass),
    For red (add dragon fruit or beet root)
    For Orange color (add carrot or oranges)

    Occasionally – I would add coconut oil, green apples, or chia seed or almonds or yogurts…

    My family of 4 will have a big glass of the above smoothies in the morning.

    Wondering if I am doing the right thing?

    The above churned out delicious smoothies.

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.28.2015 at 6:39 am #

      Hi Joanne,

      Thanks for reaching out! It looks like you’re blendin’ delicious + nutritious smoothies! Do you include leafy greens in all of your smoothies, or do you rotate between leafy greens and other vegetables?

      Check out our formula for the perfect green smoothie here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/green-smoothie-101

    • Chris 12.29.2015 at 2:33 pm #

      @Joanne,
      2 cups of pineapple and 2 bananas = quite a lot of sugar. Unless you’re also intensely exercising I’d cut the sugar back a little

  7. Sangeeta 5.8.2015 at 10:47 am #

    This is a great reference. So, we have the Omega juicer and have been juicing for years. My kids like the ‘no fiber’ easy to swallow green juices.

    But, it’s too much work, and I just had a great hot soup from a Vitamix at Costco, followed by a fresh fruit smoothie. Wow, how easy and delicious.

    I really want just 1 machine, and am thinking of selling the Omega Juicer for the Vitamix. Do you think the Vitamix will keep juices smooth? Especially the vege juices (kale, cucumber, spinach, carrot, apple kind)?

  8. Tk 2.12.2015 at 3:15 pm #

    The nutrients are in the pulp, not the juice as so many people mistakenly believe.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.13.2015 at 6:02 am #

      Thanks, Tk. :)

  9. Marie z. 2.10.2015 at 6:18 pm #

    i love your website. Thank you for your work. I have both juicer and I think they work great together. Some veggies are better for one and not so good for another one. The Nutribullet is the closer I have to a smoothie maker because my old blender had not enough power.
    I’m thinking about b or v blender but my budget is pretty small hahaha. I hate the tall jar from Vit. But I want it’s sturdiness. I love the blendtec’s jar because it’s easy to clean but I really like the dial.
    It’s a complete dilemma. Help! Haha

  10. Marquisha 2.2.2015 at 12:43 pm #

    Thanks so much for this article. My husband is an appliance freak and has purchased us a Ninja Blender, a Nutribullet and just last week a juicer. After reading about the benefits of both, I have decided that I will juice in the morning and have that with breakfast. For lunch, I will have a smoothie with some protein as a meal replacement. I hope this helps me slim down some in combination with exercise.

  11. Sam Kirkland 1.25.2015 at 5:30 pm #

    Oops it was http://www.zweissen.com .. I wrote the URL wrong..
    Sam K

  12. Sam Kirkland 1.25.2015 at 5:29 pm #

    A very interesting article, Im interested to know how a masticating slow juicer like the one from Zweissen ( http://www.zerissen.com ) would compare to any of the electrical designs above, and how its juice would compare to the juicer and blenders that you have compared above.
    thanks!
    Sam K

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