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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)

 

SGS_Blending-Vs-Juicing

 

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. 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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  1. Mandy

    June 17th, 2014 at 6:01 am

    I am very new to this whole concept of Juicing/Blending. I am trying to decide to Juice and/or Blend. I try to work out in the morning around 6am…then shower at the gym…so timing is hard. My stomach is super sensitive. I will bloat most often if I eat any salad or pasta. I am a skinny PCOS which is pre-diabetic, but trying to get pregs and in general obtain more energy as well as develop a healthy lifestyle for my husband, myself and hopefully my children one day. Can you recommend what to do? and what machine to buy?

  2. SGS Rawkstar Dan

    June 17th, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Hi Mandy!
    We can’t really prescribe whether juicing or blending will be better for you since we aren’t doctors or nutritionists, but here are a couple of articles that may help you out:

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/pregnant

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/blenders/options

    We are big fans of blending because you are receiving all the fibers from the fruit that are great for your body, and help slow the absorption of the natural sugar in fruit.

  3. Al

    September 2nd, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Nice info graphic there!

    You covered the pros and cons of both juicing and blending nicely.

    In regards to this disadvantage of juicers: “Juicing machines sometimes more difficult to clean – Juicers usually have more parts to clean and take a little longer to clean than blenders”

    There is the option to get around this by purchasing an easy to clean juicer such as the breveille compact juicer – ive got one and its a breeze to clean! comes in a few parts and you can blast them in the dishwasher or hand wash with ease!

    Al

  4. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    September 3rd, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Thanks for sharing Al, juicers can be harder to clean.

    I too have had a Brevelle Juicer, not sure if it was the compact one, but it was not to difficult to clean.

    Do you blend as well? Is so, which blender do you use?

  5. Yuliana

    September 26th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Hi, I have a question, what if.. I blend the vegies and then strain it? to make it Juice! is just that haha by mistake I froze my vegies!! 🙁 can I make jucie with it? I am newbie at this! hahaha I have a juicer but today I try to do a Juice but with my frozen vegies and i get such a litle juice. maybe I didn’t use enough or maybe because they are frozen

    Thanks!

  6. Monte

    September 26th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Keep on ѡorking, ǥreat job!

  7. Nicole C.

    December 26th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    So I’ve been juicing for a few months and really love using carrots in my daily juice. My hubby bought me a Vitamix for Christmas so I’m gonna give smoothies a go. Anyways, my question: since, according to this article, carrots turn chalky and bitter when blended, could I juice a bunch of carrots (and freeze the juice in ice cube trays) and successfully use this juice without the chalky/bitterness?

  8. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    December 27th, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Hi Nicole.

    Thanks for the comment.Yes, you could juice your carrots before hand if you would like. Have you tried roasting them? The caramelize and soften. I love roasting my carrots. 🙂 https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/root-veggies

  9. Kelsee Blin

    December 29th, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Jadah, What an informative post, thanks!

  10. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    December 30th, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Cheers! Glad you enjoyed it.

  11. kirsty

    January 4th, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    i was given a juicer for xmas and wasn’t expecting it. It’s a really good one a cold pressed or something. I really need the fibre though and was wondering what to do with all the pulp

  12. SGS Rawkstar Shauna

    January 5th, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Fold into baked goods maybe, Kirsty? 🙂

  13. Beth

    July 20th, 2015 at 4:34 am

    You can make a healthy meatloaf with some of the pulp/fiber added, especially if you huiced carot and celery. Also a little bit can be added to tuna.This is good even if apple or grapes were juiced.

  14. SGS Rawkstar

    July 20th, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Thanks for the tip, Beth!

  15. Diana Owens

    January 12th, 2015 at 7:13 am

    I am very interested in a good system for drinks to go. I love vegetables, soups and want to make both. So many choices it is mind numbing

  16. kathy

    January 13th, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Can you freeze the juices in the 3 day jump start book for the Nutra Ninja?

  17. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    January 14th, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Hey Kathy. I haven’t checked out that book, so I am not sure. But almost everything is freezable. 🙂

  18. Elizabeth

    January 23rd, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    I started juicing just after Easter 2014. I have fresh juice from my BREVILLE every morning. As of this date, I’m down 46 pounds! Cleaning is a breeze since I started using a battery operated toothbrush to clean the mesh screen. 20 mins max from start to finish. Some days I will put the juice in my Ninja and add half an avocado for a thicker smoothie juice. Just a thought.

  19. Marquisha

    February 2nd, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you so much for the idea of cleaning the juicer with an electronic toothbrush! I have to run out and get one asap! Congratulations on your weight loss. Do you do anything in addition to juicing in the morning?

  20. Sam Kirkland

    January 25th, 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

  21. Sam Kirkland

    January 25th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

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

  22. Marquisha

    February 2nd, 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.

  23. Marie z.

    February 10th, 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

  24. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 10th, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Hey Marie! 🙂

    Thanks for reaching out. Have you checked out this article? https://simplegreensmoothies.com/blendtec-vs-vitamix

    I am a #vitamixgirl 🙂 Can’t go wrong with either.

  25. Tk

    February 12th, 2015 at 3:15 pm

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

  26. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 13th, 2015 at 6:02 am

    Thanks, Tk. 🙂

  27. Felix

    October 5th, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    That’s why the Nutribullet is what you want because everything is reduced to liquid. It has a very powerful motor nothing gets in its way. By the way the Nutribullet is by no means a blender, it is a juicer it reduces everything to
    liquid.

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