4 Interesting Smoothie Facts You Should Know
This report reveals four things you should know before you start making smoothies:
- Juicing Versus Blending
- How Smoothies Can Be Bad For You
- What To Do When You Can’t Make Fresh Smoothies
- The Secret To Making A Good Smoothie
There’s been some debate recently about which is better, juicing or blending?
Juicing has been popular with health seekers for decades. But many people are retiring their juicers and replacing them with blenders.
They’re both great for taking large servings of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods and turning them into an easy to consume liquid. But which is better?
Let’s take a look at the specific benefits of both juicing and blending…
- Juicing extracts almost all the nutrients from whatever you’re juicing and discards the rest. This means you can consume the essence of a couple pounds of fruits and vegetables in 1 glass of juice.
- It’s easy to consume juice. Even the best blender won’t be able to completely liquefy fruits and vegetables in a way that a juicer can. If you’re not crazy about the taste of fruits or vegetables, but want to enjoy the health benefits of eating them, you will love juicing because you can gulp them down like you would a glass of water.
- You can get a quality Breville juicer for $150-$300. A quality blender, like a Blendtec or a Vitamix, will run about $400-$500.
- There’s no waste. Juicing discards all the fiber rich pulp found in fruits and vegetables. Blending keeps it in.
- Blenders are easier to clean. Juicers have lots of parts that need to be cleaned after every use. Blenders just have the container and the lid
- Blenders are a more versatile kitchen appliance. With a good blender you can make soup, salsa, sauces, and more.
For me personally, I prefer blending. My Blendtec blender does an amazing job of liquifying everything I put in it, so my smoothies are easy to drink, and packed with fiber. I still juice once in a while, but if I had to pick one, I would pick blending.
Here’s a helpful video that might help you decide.
Video: Blending vs Juicing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rElzgO9w2hU
This might surprise you, but smoothies can be very bad for you
Let me explain…
Smoothies, especially the kind you get from national food chains, can be loaded with sugary juices. Even healthy ingredients like coconut oil, nuts, and dark chocolate nibs can send your smoothies calorie count rocketing past 500.
When it comes to smoothies, the greener the healthier. Make sure foods like spinach, kale, and Swiss chard are the staples of your smoothie recipes.
Play around with low calorie ingredients like cinnamon, ginger, and mint to make your smoothies taste scrumptious, instead of using fruit juices.
If you must satisfy your sweet tooth, use stevia. It’s an all natural, zero calorie sweetener.
If prepping loads of fruits and veggies, and dealing with the cleanup is something you don’t have time for – powdered greens might work better for you.
Just mix a scoop of green powder with water or juice and you can get most of the health benefits you get from fresh juice.
If you travel, or would enjoy making yourself a healthy drink at work, powdered greens are a better choice than juicing and blending for three reasons:
1) Convenience. Carrying a blender or juicers, and a bushel of fruits and vegetables is not practical
2) Fresh juice and smoothies spoil fast. You can take powdered greens with you and whenever you feel like making yourself a healthy drink, just add liquid and you’re set.
3) It’s cheaper. There’s no expensive device to buy. And a serving of powdered greens costs less than $1 a serving. You can easily spend 4 or 5 times more on fresh juice and smoothies.
If you’re going to try making smoothies, it’s important to use a good blender.
A low quality blender will give you lumpy smoothies.
A good blender will make smoothies with a nice velvety texture.
I use a Blendtec blender. It wasn’t cheap, but after comparing it to a cheap blender you’ll find it to be well worth the extra money.
The Blendtec is also great for making soups, salad dressing, and homemade sauces with no preservatives. I made some hot sauce the other day using fresh, organic habanero peppers that was out of sight!
A more affordable blender that I’ve heard good things about is a KitchenAid 5-speed blender. It’s a notch below the Blendtec in terms of quality, and only comes with a 1 year warranty (the Blendtec comes with a 7 year warranty), but for less than a quarter of the price it’s a great blender for the money.