What are the Best Health Benefits for Blending Fruits & Veggies?
Blending vs. Juicing
What are the best health benefits for blending? There is a great debate between juicing and blending. The difference between juicing and blending is what’s left out of the process. With juicing, you’re essentially removing all fibrous materials, leaving only the liquid of the fruits and vegetables. With blending, you get it all — the pulp and fiber that bulks up the produce.
My first job, at age 14, was mixing health drinks at a fitness club. I learned at a young age that what we put into our bodies can fuel us or fight against us. I was adding spinach and other leafy greens into my drinks following the club’s recipes and was sure I would hate it.
Not only did I love it, but you cannot taste the leafy greens since the fruit masks it. At age 39, I am still a fan of blending nutritious drinks. I drink a smoothie almost daily and love the natural energy it gives my body.
Personally, I have never juiced my fruits and veggies, rather, I blend them to leave the fiber and pulp in the drink. Blending is the best way to combine fruits and vegetables to meet or exceed your daily intake without feeling like you have to individually consume each food.
Juicing can be beneficial under certain circumstances but you should follow your doctor’s recommendations or a licensed nutritionist before juicing. Juice cleanses can be unnecessary and potentially harmful.
If not done carefully, you can strip your body of good bacteria and nutrients.
Furthermore, if you‘re juicing with non-organic vegetables, you can end up consuming other toxins that come along with them, such as pesticides.
Blending Retains Fibers
Blending fruits and vegetables help keep the food intact. Fiber is essential for regulating your digestion. Fiber also lowers the risk of chronic diseases and helps to stabilize blood sugar levels.
Curb Your Cravings
One of the easiest ways to stay healthy and maintain your weight is by reducing your hunger pangs. Fruit & veggie smoothies make you feel fuller for a longer period of time. I find it easy to make healthy eating decisions by blending smoothies instead of gorging on unhealthy junk food.
When you eat solid food, your body takes less time to break down the food. This also takes extra time to consume fats and oils present in the food. When you drink smoothies, your body can convert the food immediately and extract the essential nutrients.
How To Get Started Blending
So, we talked about the best benefits of blending, but how do you get started? You don’t need to invest in a machine that costs hundreds of dollars. I’ve had high-end to low-end models and honestly, they all work the same.
The current model I am using is a $20 Hamilton Beach Blender. As long as your blender is powerful enough to blend, then you are in business.
All of my best homemade smoothie recipes start out with a dash of water and a handful of ice with a green base such as spinach, cucumber, avocado or kale. You have to be careful with kale because if you add too much it can be bitter.
Start small and increase from there. From there I add berries- usually strawberries for sweetness and blueberries because they are such an incredible antioxidant and cancer-fighting super-food.
Occasionally, I add bananas but they are high in sugar and while they make a great base for thickness, sometimes the sugar can add too many calories. I add juice- usually apple, mango, or pineapple.
You can add honey, chia seeds, wheat germ, and if you’re trying to clean out your sinuses, you can add just a dash of cayenne pepper! I’ll list one of my recipes below.
Comment if you’d be interested in more blended recipes. Have fun experimenting until you figure out what healthy recipes you prefer the best!
Berry Spinach Smoothie
1/2 cup of ice
1/8 cup of water
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1/4 cup of raspberries
a small handful of washed baby spinach
1/4 teaspoon of chia seeds
3/4 cup of pineapple juice
1/2 cup mango juice
1/4 cup of orange juice
1/4 cup of coconut milk
2 tablespoons vanilla yogurt
Add all ingredients into the blender and watch the magic happen! Once well blended, pour immediately and serve. Enjoy!
As always, thanks for reading and cheers to healthier living!