I am not a doctor, nor a nutritionist and in no way do I claim to be an expert on the subject :). I started blending a month a half ago and as I started posting my colourful blends on Facebook I started getting asked for recipes and whether or not I use my concoctions as a meal replacement. Heck, there was even a heated discussion on the blender I purchased :)
I was never a juice drinker prior to this, as I never liked the texture, so when I started blending half of the fruits and vegetable had to be frozen as I liked the texture of smoothies more than a juice. I purchased the Ninja Ultima Blender for $249 at Canadian Tire and I found it to be awesome at crushing everything to an amazingly smooth, no clump, texture.
The reason I chose Blending over Juicing is simple. I am not a big person, but I did want to get healthy and lose a couple of pounds :). When Blending, the pulp/fibre stays in the juice making it more filling causing you to be less hungry. Juicing on the other hand, leaves the pulp/fibre behind. Blending is also a lot faster and I am not sure about you, but I am always trying to find an extra hour in a 24 hour day.
On the topic of whether I use it as a meal replacement? I am so full after having the pulpy juice that I don’t feel hungry for breakfast and lunch, so I would say yes. I do have one before dinner and I find that I eat less. I did lose more weight than I wanted, as I am down to 113 lb, but I do feel stronger, healthier and my energy level has definitely spiked.
The bottom line: You have to find what works for you, what you are juicing or blending for, your needs and finding what combination of fruit, vegetables and leafy greens work for you. I recently found out, through my Facebook posts, that people with Thyroid Disease can not have certain veggies, fruits and leafy greens. There are a lot of blogs and articles where one is picked over the other by the publisher, however I would truly suggest visiting Joe Cross‘ site Reboot With Joe where he explains the difference between the two pretty clearly and does not favour one over the other.
The way I see it: I have had more fruits, vegetable and leafy greens in the past month and a half than I have had in any given year. I don’t see how that can be bad for me 🙂
Here are some of my favourite recipes:
I blend mine with Pure Orange, Orange/Mango or Papaya Juice due to taste and some water depending on the texture I want. If you are good with the taste you may blend just with water 🙂