The blending and juicing of food have been the sources of much debate over recent years.
In addition, there are different schools of thought around whether you need a blender or a juicer to get the best results – some people even believe in having both! The best way to go about it is to do your homework and find out what the best solution for your own needs is going to be. To help you, here are a few tips and tricks that I’ve put together to help you make the right decision.
What do you want the blender to do?
This one is easy – it should blend things. This means that it should be able to handle whatever you put into it and turn it into a smooth, well-distributed consistency. Think of a smoothie – the perfect mix of the sum of its ingredients, all thanks to a blender.
Blenders vs Juicers
While their functionality is similar, there are certain crucial differences that set these appliances apart. A blender is useful for turning whole ingredients into smooth, liquid to semi-liquid mixtures, while a juicer simply extracts the liquid while leaving the bulk of the fruit or vegetables behind.
Why should you use a blender?
With a blender, what you put in is what you get out. No part of the food is discarded or unused, meaning that you not only cut down on wastage, you can also benefit from the full fruit or vegetable, including all of its fiber. Fiber is the magic ingredient for internal health, and keeps your digestive system in top functioning order, by regulating bowel activity.
Types of blenders
Blenders are available in the single-serving size or the traditional jug shape. The single-serving type is perfect for singles, or for when you need to make a quick meal on the run, without too much fuss. Jug blenders are great for when you need to blend food for a family or need to make multiple servings for any reason.
What is a super blender?
These are high-performance blenders that often perform multiple additional functions, like kneading bread dough, or grinding coffee beans or mincing meat, over and above the initial blending function.
Don’t feel pressured to choose!
Everybody loves shopping for appliances, and if you are debating making a choice between a blender and a juicer, you shouldn’t feel like you need to choose one over the other. Perhaps you could consider getting both, as each comes with its own set of benefits. It also gives you the choice between blending and juicing, based on your mood and preference. If you are not in the mood to consume bulky foods, you can opt for juice.
On the other hand, if you feel like you need something more substantial, you can skip the juice and head for a smoothie to help fill you up. Both of these appliances can help you to create quick, nutritious meals with minimal effort and maximum value.
PS… here's my favorite Green Smoothie Recipe: