Blending vs Juicing, Recipes and More

Hiking Trails Ontario, Tobermory Ontario, Best Blending Recipes, Blending vs Juicing, Smoothie Recipes,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.

You may also want to watch Joe Cross’ documentary, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on Netflix.

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 🙂

For my go to favourite blend recipe click link :

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2 Swiss Chard Leaves, Kale, 5 Parsley with Stem, Half Cucumber, Banana, Frozen Peach and Frozen Mango. (Makes 3 Cups)

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Celery Stick, Banana, Half a Pear, Swiss Chard Leaf, 4 thick Slices Zucchini, 3 Asparagus, Spinach, 3 Parsley Sticks, 8 Pecans and 2 Kale Leaves. This one is yummy and for one!!! (2 Cups)

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GREEN BLAST Blending green this morning. Swiss Chard, Half an Apple, 5 Parsley, Spinach (10 leafs), 6 Kale leaves, 4 asparagus and 1 Banana. This one is just for me! (2 Cups)

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Celery Stick 1/4 Cucumber 4 Asparagus 10 Strawberries Banana Kale (5 large leaves) Parsley (5 with stem) Half cup of carrots, Spinach Half Mango Tablespoon of flax seeds and a Beet. Makes 2 Glasses (4 Cups)

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Cup of frozen berries (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and cranberries), peach, pineapple, 5 large leaves of Kale, carrots, half a cucumber, two beets and flax seeds. Makes 3 glasses! (6 Cups)

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5 parsley with stem, cube of frozen spinach, (about 10 large leaves), 5 large leaves of Kale, 5 asparagus, 9 frozen strawberries, frozen mango, apple, 1/3 cucumber, banana, tablespoons of flax seeds and table spoon of crushed pecans. It makes 3 large glasses. (6 Cups)

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1/8 cabbage, Swiss Chard, parsley, beets, carrots, cup and a half mixed frozen berries, banana and 2 tablespoons of crushed pecans Makes 3 glasses. (6 Cups)

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You will taste the cabbage in this one so you may want to add a banana or two 🙂 personally I don’t mind it. 1/8 Cabbage, Half Frozen Mango, half frozen Apple, Half Frozen Pear, 6 frozen mini Carrots, Celery Stick, Kale, Spinach, Swiss Chard Leaf, 8 Walnuts, Tablespoon of Flax Seeds. Makes 2 big Glasses. (4 cups)

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This blender is AWESOME at crushing everything you put in it to a smooth, no clump, texture!!! If you are looking for a blender this is the one you should get …. It’s Called The NINJA Ultima Blender!!