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Is it better to juice or blend? There is always a lot of discussion among my friends about whether they should juice fresh produce or blend whole foods. I enjoy both and here is why:  

Juicing - Why I Love Juicing:

Juicing makes great use of fresh, raw, cleansing foods - foods which are rich in nutrients and also rich in chlorophyll.

Juicing offers:

Concentrated nutrition A quick delivery system for nutrients Can be part of a successful weight loss program Can start one on the path to healing

I love fresh raw juice. However, using a juicer can definitely be a little bit of a chore. Taking apart and reassembling a juicer can become quite tedious, especially if done more than once a day. Some other disadvantages to juicing involve:

The possibility of over nutrition Supplying too much sugar in the diet Decreasing the ability to have bowel movements due to a lack of fiber  


Super Defender Smoothie

With juicing, it's possible to make green vegetable juice, fruit juice or fruit and vegetable juice. Here is a great tried and true combination I use from The Big Book of Juices and Smoothies: 365 Natural Blends for Health and Vitality Every Day.

  • 5 large large kale leaves
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 orange

Wash kale leaves. Peel the carrots and orange.

Push the kale, carrots and orange through the juicer.

Makes 1 serving.

 

 

Which leads me to:


Blender - Why I Love Blending:

Blending keeps foods whole. Whole foods are retained in their original package, nutrients are supplied in the right amounts, and fiber is kept intact. Fiber doesn't break down as it goes through our GI tract and while this may seem non-beneficial, fiber works its magic by:

Lowering the risk of chronic disease   such as heat disease and diabetes

Stabilizing blood sugar

Avoiding and getting rid of constipation

Providing satiety

Lowering cholesterol

Lowering triglycerides

Keeping the colon healthy  - may prevent colon cancer


The only downfall to blending is fiber does slow down digestion and works your digestive system a little harder. This can be a hindrance if you are ill and need nutrition as quick as possible. But what could be easier than a quick wash and rinse of your best blender?

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Strawberry Coconut Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh or canned pineapple
  • 1/4 cup canned light coconut milk
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in the blender in the order listed.

Turn blender to high and let run for 30 seconds or until smooth.

Makes 1 serving.

 

Tropical Sunrise Smoothie

A great combination which I adapted slightly from The Juice Lady's Guide to Juicing For Health, by Cherie Calbom.

  • 1 (3-inch chunk) fresh pineapple, peeled
  • 1 ripe medium-size banana, peeled (use a frozen banana for a creamier drink)
  • 1/2 medium papaya, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 cup plain vanilla plant-based milk
  • 6 ice cubes

Cut the pineapple chunk into strips that fit into your juicer; juice the strips.

Pour the juice into the blender. Add banana, papaya, milk, and ice cubes; blend until smooth.

Makes 2 servings.

 

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