Here is another guest blog post by my friend Tina Pruitt, The Healthy Lifestylist, and a three-time cancer survivor and living foods advocate. If you enjoy this article by Tina, share your comments below at the end of this article. ~Sherold
So there are two different appliances you can use to prepare your green drinks – one is a juicer, and the other is a blender.
A juicer extracts liquid nutrition from vegetables and fruits, leaving the pulp behind. Juicers like the Breville (see link on SHOP page), Champion, or Green Star totally rock green juices!
A blender purees vegetables and fruits into a drink that retains all the fiber of the produce. High speed blenders like the VitaMix totally rock green smoothies!
Which is better? They are both great, but here are some benefits of each:
Some benefits of juicing:
- Large consumption of vegetables.
- Fast nutrient consumption.
- Easy digestion.
- Curbs appetite.
- Great recipes!
Some benefits of blending:
- Great source of fiber.
- Regulated sugar absorption.
- Filling and satisfying.
- Easy to add extras supplements such as spirulina, wheatgrass or protein powders.
- Yummy recipes!
So Which is Better, Juicing or Blending?
It’s really your personal preference. Both options provide a fabulous end result of getting raw produce to nourish your body in one beautiful glass! The important thing is to START DRINKING GREEN DRINKS – be it a green juice or a green smoothie!
And, of course, you don’t have to pick just one or the other – you can always do both by alternating them! I personally juice more than I blend, but definitely do enjoy both methods, and am glad I have a choice! Just remember the 3:1 ratio of veggies to fruit to minimize your sugar intake. We want to glow, not take in a bunch of sugar (note: this is a discussion for another day!).
Here is a green juice recipe to get you started today!
“The Simple” Green Juice by Tina Pruitt
2 medium cucumbers
4-6 kale leaves
6 stalks of celery
1 garlic clove
1-1.5 inch of fresh ginger
Optional: Pinch of cayenne pepper
Optional: Sunflower (or other) sprouts
Preparation: Juice all ingredients in juicer. ENJOY!
Notes: If using a centrifugal juicer, wrap the garlic in 2 kale leaves to juice. Ditto for the ginger. If you have a masticating juicer, consider adding a couple handfuls of sunflower or pea green sprouts!