This is a question I get a lot from readers, health-interested acquaintances and people on-line all the time when I mention my juicer, my juices or tweet pictures of my green- or mud colored concoctions:
“Is there much difference between a juicer and a blender? Which do you recommend? Is a juicer worth the investment?”
Short answers to these questions? YES, A JUICER, YES. Here’s why.
I totally like my blender. I like making green smoothies. A blender is multifunctional and I also use it to chop up the pumpkin when I’m making pumpkin soup. Green smoothies are easy on the tastebuds, require little prep time and are therefore a very accessible food to everyone wanted to eat healthy. Hence, green smoothies are great. You can switch things up endlessly. They contain fiber. Things like almond milk, bananas, soy yogurt, dates, avocados make it a heartier meal than green juice.
But. I may like my blender, but I love my juicer. You can rob my kitchen of every single appliance as long as you leave the juicer. Okay, maybe I’ll beg for the Nespresso too, but I’ll beg louder and harder for the juicer. And when people ask me how I got to where I am now I tell them three things: “Law of Attraction, Bikram Yoga, and Green Juice.”
For me, green juice is a key factor to my health, energy and general well-being. It’s instant nutrition and instant energy in a glass. Green juice gives me that amazing mental state, plenty more than green smoothies do. I have less unhealthy cravings, more and more constant energy, better skin (especially now that I’ve added beets to my juices) and just feel really good.
See, when you juice your veggies and fruits, you strip all the nutrients out of the casing, basically. This results in a glass or bottle filled with a buckload of necessary vitamins and minerals, that you can take in in a way that is super easy on your digestive system.
I happily drank green smoothies for about a year until I bought my first (then centrifugal) juicer. It was a 35 euros Tomado that’s no longer available anywhere — probably because it was shit, mine broke every 5 months. A centrifugal juicer is great to start out with and a little cheaper than the slow juicers: I used mine for about two years. When it broke I knew the next one was going to be a masticating juicer, and that’s when I bought the Matstone. Best 230 euros I’ve ever spent. I get a lot more juice, cleaning is less of a bitch and I can now make my own wheatgrass shots, which is awesome.
Yes, it was a (hefty) investment on such short notice, but it’s also a possibility to start saving up for it in the same way some people save up for shoes or designer bags, so that you can eventually buy it. If you save 30 euros a month (by buying one dress less, not going out one time on a Saturday, skipping one downtown dinner), you can have the thing within a year!
And like I said, I think it’s about transitioning. You’re transitioning to a greener version of your diet and yourself, and when you do it makes sense you drink green smoothies for as long as you like, and eventually you can add green juice to your diet. Which I think is a brilliant idea and greatly recommend.