Why You Should be Blending and Not Juicing

Why You Should be Blending and Not JuicingWe’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.

What is the Nutri Bullet Blender?

What is the Nutri Bullet Blender?I first heard about the Nutri Bullet on a podcast. I knew nothing about it, but immediately I thought of an informercial product based on the name alone. Turns out I was right, as the Nutri Bullet blender is like the big brother of the Magic Bullet, an (in)famous staple of late-night television.

The Nutri Bullet NBR-12 can be thought of as an upgraded version of the Magic Bullet. Like its name implies, it’s for more nutrition-minded folks rather than those who are looking to blend up margaritas and milkshakes. The Nutri Bullet certainly can blend those drinks, but it’s been reconfigured and optimized for making fruit and vegetable-heavy blended drinks for the health conscious.

The Nutri Bullet features a patented blade design with “cyclonic action” which I take it means that it pulls ingredients into the blades so you don’t have to start and stop the blender to adjust the position of your ingredients. It’s apparently good enough to liquefy just about anything you’d want to add to your smoothie, from fruits and veggies, ice, nuts, seeds, and stems.

Compared to the blender I’m using now, what I like about the Nutri Bullet is that, like the Magic Bullet, the container you put your ingredients in to blend them is the container you drink your smoothie out of. This limits the amount of clean up, which is always a bonus as far as I’m concerned, even though I have a dishwasher.

The Nutri Bullet comes with the base, a tall cup, two short cups, one flat blade, an emulsifying blade, two resealable lids, and literature about the unit along with some recipes. The unit features a 600-watt motor, which should be more than capable for producing a smoothie each day in the home, but it’s nearly 1,000 watts less powerful than the commercial-grade Blendtec Wildside. That being said, the Nutri Bullet is also $300 to $400 less than a Blendtec or Vitamix blender.

The Nutri Bullet is certainly an attractive little blender in terms of features and price, and I would be curious to try it out to see just how well it performs. Based on Amazon.com reviews, the majority of people seem to be quite happy with the product. There are occasional one-star reviews, but many of those seem to be based on the price rather than the performance of the product itself.

With 2014 just around the corner, I’d say that the Nutri Bullet is an interesting blender to consider if you’re thinking about starting off the new year with a focus on your health. It’s a fraction of the cost of a high-end blender which means the commitment level isn’t high if you tend to flake out on your resolutions after a few weeks. I’d also suggest purchasing something like this over a juicer. A product like the Nutri Bullet NBR-12 uses the whole fruit and vegetable, helping you to feel full longer and to obtain the vitamins, nutrients, and fiber found in the skin and pulp of fruits and veggies that you’d be throwing away when using a juicer.

Onnit Introduces EGN Powerfood

fOnnit Introduces EGN PowerfoodI first wrote about this product back in May of this year. Aubrey Marcus was on Joey Diaz’s podcast talking about Onnit’s upcoming products and he mentioned something about a new product that would rival Green Vibrance. Seven months later, this product has finally come to fruition, and it’s called Onnit EGN Powerfood.

Back then I had no idea what Green Vibrance was, so I did a little research and found out that it’s a powder that you mix in water or juice. It’s a superdrink that provides you with a wide range of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that a lot of us don’t get through our daily eating habits. Having the ability to drink some Green Vibrance and get everything you need from one glass is appealing. The problem according to Aubrey is that Green Vibrance doesn’t taste good. At all. If you’re like me, drinking something that tastes disgusting doesn’t make me want to drink it, regardless of how good it is for me.

So what Aubrey set out to do was to create something in the same vein as Green Vibrance, but have it taste good. The result is EGN Powerfood, with the EGN standing for Earth Grown Nutrients, a favorite phrase of Mike Dolce. It works in much the same way as Green Vibrance: you scoop some of the powder into a glass of water or juice and chug it back.

So what’s in this EGN Powerfood? Literally too much stuff for me to type out here, but I’ll break it down into categories: there are an assortment of antioxidants, a variety of greens, a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, a blend of ingredients designed for detoxing, and a blend for digestion to cap it off. It’s honestly a little unbelievable when you look at the list of ingredients and think that somehow they condensed all of this stuff into the plastic jar of EGN Superfood, and that somehow you can obtain the benefits of these ingredients by drinking one glass of the stuff per day.

I’m the type of person who doesn’t like eating many vegetables. I’d rather blend and drink them in a smoothie than eat them with my meals, but I try as best as I can. Knowing that you can mix up a drink and obtain the same benefits is definitely appealing. Now some of that stuff I force myself to eat I can take off the menu and substitute it with EGN Powerfood instead.

For those who care about gluten and GMOs and all those other food-related buzzwords, EGN Powerfood is vegan-friendly, non GMO, and it doesn’t contain any dairy, gluten, or soy.

Learn more about EGN Powerfood and its ingredients and benefits on Onnit’s website.

Is Naked Juice Healthy?

Is Naked Juice Healthy?In the past I’ve written about Bolthouse Farms, and a large portion of the traffic that visits this website does so via Google searches for information about Bolthouse Farms juices and smoothies. Many of the people looking for that information are also looking for information about Naked Juices. Being a Canadian, I wasn’t sure what Naked Juice was, so I decided to take a closer look and see if Naked Juice is healthy for you, and if it’s healthier than Bolthouse Farms’ products.

First off, a little history about Naked Juice: the first Naked Juices were produced way back in 1983, with the name referring to the company’s claim that the juices had no artificial flavorings, sugar, or preservatives. Over time, the company grew along with consumer demand for more health-conscious drinks. In 2007, the company was purchased by PepsiCo in an effort to compete with Odwalla, a similar product from a company owned by Coca-Cola.

As you can see, the first red flag that should be raised is that Naked Juice is owned by Pepsi. Do you really expect a fruit juice that’s owned by a soda company to be good for you? There’s got to be something wrong with it, right? Well, it turns out there is, and a lawsuit was filed against the Naked Juice Company in 2011 which claimed the company was using false and misleading tactics to sell its juice.

Naked Juice decided to settle nearly a year later in December of 2012. It turns out that many of the ingredients listed as vitamins were actually synthetic and not natural. These were artificial sweeteners, fibers, and flavors. If that wasn’t enough, Naked Juice also contained GMO (genetically modified organisms) despite claiming that Naked Juice didn’t use GMO fruits and vegetables in its juice.

Today, Naked Juice is still made with fruits and vegetables that are mainly GMO-based, even after the lawsuit. Essentially, Naked Juice is targeting the people who are looking to eat or drink healthier but don’t know any better. Those who do know better choose superior products, such as the many varieties of juices and smoothies available from Bolthouse Farms.