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Blending Trumps Juicing

May 31, 2012 by 25hoursadaymom

I’ve been giving a lot of thought and some research to this Juice Fast thing. For the time being, I’ve decided to continue with blending once or twice a day and not do the juice fast until/unless I happen upon a juicer that is cheap or free. I’m always leery of new ideas or directions that require you to spend a bunch of dough before you can see if there’s any benefit and juicing gives me a strong vibe in that vein.

I’m also not convinced that it is necessary to go as extreme as the juice fast, at least, not for someone in generally good health without a ton of extra fat. I’ve already lost a couple of pounds just by blending once or twice a day and by keeping it clean over Memorial weekend, when I clearly could have scarfed a bunch of my mother-in-law’s “Magic Bars.” (Yes – I always say, they are magical – Abracadabra! Ten extra pounds! They’re killer delish, though.)

I’ve mostly made smoothies in the same genre as the one I first mentioned: pineapple, banana and strawberry, sometimes with coconut oil, sometimes without. (I still can’t make up my mind about that atrocious saturated fat aspect.) Today I made my first honest-to-goodness Green Smoothie, which I wanted for nutrition’s sake, but had serious doubts about drinking. It looked like this:

It was made from:

1 banana

about 1 cup of crushed ice

1 apple, peeled and cored

1/2 head of romaine lettuce.

I cannot say it tasted delicious, wonderful, amazing or on par with that Raspberry Sorbet I had at Drover’s last week, but it was palatable and approached tasty. My youngest even drank some. Then he burped and said his burp smelled like barf, so your mileage may vary. I think there’s just a natural revulsion to drinking a green liquid, which we no doubt associate with pond scum, caterpillar guts or rotten cheese, but if you can get past it and judge it strictly on actual taste, you’ll be fine. Besides – I need the Vitamin A; I can’t see worth a darn.

Should you be wondering, I don’t have a fancy-schmancy blender, either; no VitaMix or BlendTech here. I just have a garden-variety Oster that was probably a wedding present 17 years ago. I did just see that Consumer Reports ranks a blender called the Ninja on par with the $400 VitaMix and it’s only $60. If I needed a new blender, I would be trying out the Ninja. Proof that it’s not always the money that determines the quality. Oh! And also – over the weekend, I made some smoothies at our beach house and the only blender we have there is an Oster most likely from the 1940’s or similar time period. Very exceedingly old. Worked great.

I’m always in favor of using what you have if it will suffice and that is why I’m continuing with the Smoothie thing for now.




  1. Amy says:

    Not to get you off your blending vibe, but if you’d like to try out a juicer for awhile, you could borrow mine. I don’t use it, and it’s only partially because I bought a vitamix, lol. I didn’t use it much before that either! It’s a Juiceman Jr. Email me if you are interested, I’m so bad at remembering to come back and check comments – amyablemom at gmail dot com.

  2. Mindy says:

    For two months now, I have exchanged my daily coffee with high protein shakes and have loved it. I keep adding ingredients, but the blender is too small to contain it all. Usually I put in: Kale, Spinach, Brown Rice Powder, Greek Yogurt, Chia Seeds, Flax Seed, Banana, Milk, and whatever frozen fruit I have on hand. Also cinnamon and ginger to spice it up. The blender is getting a workout, but the coffee maker is getting a much needed break!

    • 25hoursadaymom says:

      Mindy, that sounds very nutritious! Every evening, I tell myself I might forego coffee and go straight to my blend, but every morning, the call for coffee is obeyed brainlessly. 😉

  3. Doug Brewer says:

    I have a juicer you can borrow if you get a desire to try it. I am not certain that it really makes a difference. There is supposed to be some nutritional benefit to breaking down the food into juice, but I do not recall all the details.

    • 25hoursadaymom says:

      Doug, I read that part of the benefit of juice (over blending) was that the digestive system is given a “rest” and you are getting a lot of concentrated nutrients that absorb within 15 minutes. Frankly, that sounds pretty bunk-ish to me. I can’t see why an involuntary system in the body would particularly need a “rest” for starters, and I’m patient enough to wait a whole hour for fibrous materials to break down enough to release their nutrients. 😉 I do think I’m going to borrow my more-local buddy’s juicer, but thanks for the offer. I’m pretty sold on making smoothies every day, but a juicer would be nice for certain things that don’t blend well (oranges, for example).

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