Juicing and Blending – Part I (Juicing)

Most of my friends know that the Knight and I are big fans of both juicing and blending. Actually, the Little Prince is a big fan, too. He has never minded the sound of the Vitamix and he loves to sit and watch the juicing process.

max green juice

Loving Daddy’s green juice!

Disclaimer: I’m not a nutritionist or a doctor. This post isn’t based on extensive research or journal articles. It is just based on what I know as a health nut.

Juicing and blending are so beneficial. They are great ways to get lots of wonderful vitamins and minerals into your body.I’m just going to touch on the basics. Please feel free to contact me for more information or to discuss further.

There is a difference between juicing and blending, though many people inadvertently use the terms interchangeably. Juicing refers to extracting all of the liquid out of fruits and vegetables. Blending means taking whole fruits and vegetables and pureeing them into a drinkable liquid (aka smoothie).

So, what’s the difference though, really?

The Knight is responsible for most of the juicing and blending in our house. He is remarkably consistent about it and I am thrilled because honestly, I can’t say I would be as good about it. Juicing results in well, juice. Blending results in smoothies. One is usually  thin, one is usually thick. Smoothies are much more filling and lend themselves to many more additions like protein. I am going to talk more about juicing today and blending/smoothies another day.

*Juicing*

For juicing, the Knight follows a recipe from Alex Junger’s book “Clean.” Yes, this is the plan that what’s her name – blonde actress – I can’t remember – follows. Gwyneth Paltrow. Yeah, her.  Enough about that.

Really, you can do any combination of fruits and vegetables. The possibilities are endless. We are in somewhat of a rut on combinations. We typically do green juice (kale, celery, kale, cabbage, broccoli, cucumber and lemon (recipe at the end of the post) and carrot-apple.

When you juice, you get all of the nutrients of the veggies (and fruit) in any easy to consume, digestible serving. It would be really tough to try to eat all of these vegetables daily, let alone in one meal.  Blending them would result in a very big glass of stuff (which probably wouldn’t taste very good). So, you wind up with a liquid that is very concentrated in micronutrients in a very digestible form. The Knight and the little Prince LOVE this juice. I drink it but it isn’t my favorite thing. Lately the Knight has been adding a little pear for my sake and I like it a lot more.

There are pros and cons to juicing. The biggest pro are that you get a ton of nutrients in just a small glass of juice. It is very easy to get lots of health vitamins without a ton of calories. The biggest cons are that you don’t get the valuable fiber out of the food and you use a lot of input for a lot less output (so it is expensive, and some say wasteful).

I highly recommend the movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.” It is available streaming on Netflix. Even if you’re not a big fan of documentaries, watch this movie. It is actually entertaining and inspiring, as well as informative. It even has some cute animations.

As for juicers, we highly recommend our Omega masticating Juicer (the J8004/8005/8006 series). Masticating means it slowly presses out the juice without heating it. Many other juicers use centrifugal force which can heat the juice and kill some of the essential nutrients/enzymes. Centrifugal juicers are also much louder, though they are usually cheaper. Frankly any juice is better than no juice but if you can afford a masticating juicer, go for it. Masticating juicers are also pretty easy to clean. At least ours is. Plus, it has a 10 year warranty (which we utilized and we were super impressed with the customer service).

Here is the recipe the Knight uses for his Green Juice:

Ingredients:
– 2 green apples
– 3 stalks celery
– 1 leaf lacinato kale (any variety will work)
– 1 leaf Swiss chard (we usually substitute more kale)
– 1/4 cabbage
– 1 head broccoli
– 1/2 medium cucumber
– 1/2 lemon

Directions:
1. Run all of the fruits and vegetables through a juicer. (We often strain the juice but it is not necessary)
2. Drink immediately or store it in the refrigerator for up to a day.

As a side note: my Christmas I gave the Knight the mason jar attachment for the Foodsaver. This has changed the way we juice. He now juices a double or triple batch and seals the jars for later. What a huge time saver!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. trikidd
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 21:42:49

    Cat- Thanks for writing about this. I don’t eat enough veggies and have been thinking about trying the whole juicing thing, but I’m clueless in the kitchen and haven’t been motivated to figure it out. Looking forward to reading your post on blending too!
    Sally

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  2. Joe
    Jan 24, 2015 @ 14:20:54

    Cranking up the newly acquired Omega 2006 today for my first attempt at juicing. I’ll you know how it goes.

    Joe

    Reply

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