We’ve all seen the infomercials for juicers. They lead you to believe that cramming a grocery bag full of fruits and vegetables into the machine only to watch it dribble out a paltry glass full of juice is the way to lead a healthier lifestyle. If you’re skeptical about juicing, you should be.
Don’t get me wrong, if your diet consists of Cheetos and cheeseburgers, taking a 180° turn towards a healthier life is better than what you were doing before. But if you’re already leading a somewhat healthy lifestyle, there are better ways to drink your fruits and vegetables instead of juicing.
The problem with juicing is that it takes a lot of stuff to get a glass of juice. You’re stuffing cucumbers and carrots and oranges and apples into the machine but only getting a glass or two of juice out because you’re tossing the majority of the fruit or veggie into the garbage. There’s not a whole lot of juice in each orange or apple which is why it takes so many to make a single glass of juice.
As you can imagine, this is not only extremely wasteful, it’s also very expensive. If you’re juicing twice per day, you’re going to be spending a lot of money on fruits and vegetables. Instead of tossing everything but the juice into the garbage, why not drink the “waste” too?
If you have a good blender you can take a handful of blueberries, a carrot, some slices of apple, some banana, and then add milk or water as a base and get a drink that’s not only healthy for you, but it’s filling as well. When you’re juicing, you’re just drinking a glass of juice. You will be hungry after drinking it. When you’re blending, you’re literally blending up a meal of fruits and veggies, so you’ll stay full longer.
When you blend, you’re getting all the good stuff found in the rest of the fruit or vegetable that you would otherwise throw away if you were juicing. Fiber and antioxidants are found in the pulp, seeds, and skin of fruits and vegetables, and when you’re juicing, you’re not getting them.
Juicers can also be quite expensive, but when you’re blending, you just need a blender, which is something most of us already have. You don’t necessarily need a Joe Rogan Blendtec blender, either–though if you’re a serious smoothie drinker, I’d highly recommend one–but something like the NutriBullet (yes, I know it’s an infomerical product, but one with great reviews) is an easy and economical way to start blending.