Juicing and Blending – Part II (Blending)

In Part I we talked about juicing. Today we’ll talk about blending. I don’t think most people call it blending, but I do.

The biggest distinctions between juicing and blending are how you process the food and what you wind up with. As I explained in my previous post, juicing means you squeeze the liquid (including the fabulous vitamins and minerals) out of the food. Blending involves basically pureeing the food, including all of the fiber and solids.

What’s better? Well, neither is really better in my opinion. They are different.

The great thing about smoothies is that you can make yourself a meal in a glass. You can get your fruits, veggies, protein and even complex carbs in one easy-to-drink glass. The possibilities are endless. Blending is really easy to do, too. We have a Vitamix, and love it. Honestly, though, you can use a regular old blender and though the product might not be as smooth it will be perfectly sufficient.

We have smoothies pretty much every morning. Our latest thing, thanks to our friend Healthy Chick is actually to add green juice to our smoothie. Boom – a 2-in-1 treat. We get our healthy green juice along with the benefits of a smoothie. Awesomeness in a glass! What a fabulous, healthy way to start the day!

I think that just about everyone has heard about green smoothies. And I think that pretty much everyone’s first reaction is “Ewwwww! Spinach in a smoothie?” If you haven’t tried it, you must. I promise you, you don’t taste the spinach. You can use other greens (like kale) and yeah, you might taste it a little. How awesome is it to start the day with 2-3 servings worth of fruits and vegetables?

So, what do put in our smoothies? Our basic recipe is pretty consistent, but we vary it throughout the week.

Basic (approximate) recipe for 2 servings:

  • 1 frozen banana (or 1/2 frozen, 1/2 fresh)
  • 1 cup of baby spinach
  • 1 cup of frozen fruit (we usually use a combination of wild blueberries, cherries, strawberries and sometimes pineapple)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup liquid (we use unsweetened almond milk and/or green juice)

Blend the above ingredients. Then add protein powder and blend until just mixed. I find that if we put the protein powder in at the beginning it has a different texture/taste. We prefer it with the protein powder and chia seeds (see below) added at the end.

Variations:

  •  we usually add chia seeds along with the protein powder
  • you can vary your protein powder flavor
  • yogurt and avocado are both nice additions
  • we sometimes add peanut butter or PB2 (powdered peanut butter) for a different twist
  • we’ve done a creamsicle flavor using clementines/oranges along with vanilla protein powder
  • there’s a great recipe (I think I posted in before) for a pumpkin pie smoothie using canned pumpkin
  • A friend who is diabetic told me she uses raw almonds and ricotta cheese in her smoothies

Really, the possibilities are endless.

A couple of additional notes:

  • I love the Arbonne protein powder. It is one of the main products that sold me on the company. It has some added cane sugar and stevia (a natural sweetener) but no artificial sweeteners. I am very anti-artificial sweeteners. I am fine with a little sugar. Look at your protein powder. I am willing to bet it has a lot of junk including soy and artificial sweeteners. Arbonne is made with pea protein.
  • We love our Vitamix because it is fast, very efficient and easy to clean.
  • As for cleaning, we fill it 1/3 of the way with warm water, squirt a little dish detergent, put the lid on tightly (this part is imperative, trust me) and blend. Then rinse out the container. Easy peasy!
  • Another tip: When the Knight (aka the official smoothie maker) is away I take a few minutes over the weekend to make “smoothie packs.” It takes no time at all to portion out the ingredients and throw them in a bag. Then in the morning when I’m trying to get out the door with a toddler I just empty the bag in the blender, add the spinach and almond milk, blend and go.

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