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Juicing Vs. Blending Part Two

February 13, 2012

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A few weeks ago, we wrote about green juice versus green smoothies, which sparked quite a conversation in our community. Our readers had so many great ideas and questions that we wanted to share them with you!

We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite juicers, blenders, and ingredients for your next green juice or smoothie!

Juicers

Breville (about $450) – This high-end juicer is on the more expensive side, but it is a very popular choice among the Integrative Nutrition community. The sleek design is easy to clean, the quality of the juice is very high, and the pulp is very dry. 

Champion Juicer ($235) – This popular juicer is one of the more expensive models, but anyone who owns one will tell you it is worth every penny! The Champion Juicer produces delicious, fresh-pressed juice in a short amount of time, but can be  time-consuming to clean. 

 

Jack LaLanne (around $150) – This mid-level juicer is an excellent option, It delivers high-quality juice, but since it produces quite a bit of pulp, clean up can be difficult.

Omega VRT 350 ($380) – Another popular option, The Omega VRT 350 is very similar to the Breville in terms of clean up and quality. However, the tall design makes it hard to store in tight spaces.

Hurom Slow Juicer (around $360) – Named Best New Kitchen Appliance by Bon Appetit magazine and featured on The Martha Stewart Show. this juicer has enjoyed some time in the spotlight  The Slow Juicer operates at a mere 80 RPM (as opposed to the 1000 – 24,000 boasted by other juicers), but don’t let the name fool you! This juicer works fast and leaves very dry pulp. 

Big Boss ($49) –A very reasonably priced blender, this juicer has a large opening so you can use whole fruits and vegetables. Reviewers also say it creates less pulp and less mess than other juicers in the same price range.

 

Blenders

Vitamix Blender Vitamix (around $450) – The Holy Grail of blenders, the Vitamix is one of the most sought after kitchen appliances. Not only does the Vitamix make a perfect smoothie in mere seconds, it also generates so much heat that you can make soup in it without transferring to the stove! If we had to pick one downfall, it would be the price.

Ninja (about $100) – This mid-range blender is a great value. Although not as powerful as the Vitamix or other high-end blenders, the Ninja will liquidize fruits, vegetables and ice into smoothies in no time.

Blendtec (around $500) – This popular, high-end machine is often compared to Vitamix, and can be used to make all types of smoothies, soups and sauces. One thing to consider when choosing between the Blendtec and the Vitamix is size – the Blendtec is several inches shorter and can fit under most kitchen cabinets. 

KitchenAid (about $130) – The KitchenAid blender, a regular on Top Chef, is great for making green smoothies. (It is what I use every morning!) This attractive machine comes in a rainbow of colors, which is fortunate; the base is pretty heavy, so you’ll probably have to give it a permanent home on your counter!

Magic Bullet (about $50) – This small blender doesn’t have as much power as a full-size option, but is great for portion control. The blender cup can be detached when your smoothie is done, and it easily converts into a covered, on-the-go mug.

 

Favorite Ingredients

Here are a few of our favorite ingredients to use in smoothies and juices. Mix and match them to create your own concoction! 

Immune-Boosting – lemon, grated ginger, spinach, blueberries, citrus fruit

Good Morning – banana, spinach, berries, almond milk, hemp milk, avocado, pear

Superfoods – maca root powder, blueberries, kale, acai berries, coconut water, flax seed

Greens, Greens, Greens! – cucumber, celery, parsley, cilantro, swiss chard, kale, romaine, dandelion greens, spinach

Dessert – strawberries, beets (along with their greens!) almond milk, almond butter, apple, pineapple, papaya

Do you have any good smoothie or juice recipes? What are some of your favorite ingredients?