Juicer or blender – juice or smoothie?
Want to make healthy drinks at home to put some zest into your summer? We’ll help you decide whether a juicer or blender is right for you
Juicing and blending are great ways to introduce large quantities of nutrient-rich fruit and veg into your diet. You can even get all your 5 a day in one go.
But what’s the difference between juicers and blenders, and what are the benefits?
What does a blender do?
Blenders work by liquifying whole fruits and vegetables at high speed, including the skin, pith and pips. This means all the nutritional value of the fibre from the fruit or veg is contained in your soup or smoothie.
Advantages of blending
- Good for digestion: The blending process locks in the fibre, helping to improve your digestive system.
- Avoid energy crashes: Natural sugars are released into the bloodstream slowly. This avoids sugar spikes that the sweeter fruits produce.
- More filling than juices: Smoothies and soups made in a blender are a great way to start the day for breakfast or for a healthy snack during the day.
Are there any downsides?
Including all the fibre in your smoothie increases the volume, meaning you use fewer servings of fruit and veg - reducing the nutritious value compared to the same quantity of a juice.
Want to start blending?
Try the NutriBullet Pro 900.
Almost any ingredient can be blended in this machine. It’s the more powerful sibling of the regular NutriBullet, with an impressive 900w motor that pulverises whatever you put in it. Enjoy a purer consistency for soups and smoothies while still retaining vital nutrients.
Alternatively, the Vitamix S30 Personal Blender is small enough to fit on to any kitchen worktop but still packs a punch with its powerful 950w motor. Plus, it has two different sized containers – a travel cup with flip-lid for mess-free drinking on the move, and a larger cup for storing batches of sauces and soups.
How to make a detoxifying green smoothie
Beat the bloat with this sweet drink that’ll cleanse your system of all those summer nibbles.
- 50g pineapple, chopped and peeled
- 1 kiwi, peeled
- 300ml coconut water
- ½ avocado
- Handful of spinach
- ½ tsp coconut oil
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
What does a juicer do?
Juicers extract the water and nutrients from fruit and vegetables by chopping with a flat blade, then spinning at high speed to separate the pulp.
Advantages of juicing
- High in nutrients: Juicing breaks down fruit and veg, leaving you with a high concentrate of vitamins and minerals.
- Immediate energy boost: Juicing extracts much of the pulp and fibre so you're left with lots of pure, hydrating liquid that can be absorbed more quickly into your bloodstream.
- Get more of your 5-a-day in one go: It can take a lot of fruit and veg just to make one glass of juice, so you’re really packing lots of goodness into your diet.
Are there any downsides?
Juicing fruits can cause rapid spikes in blood sugar levels, which can lead to energy loss and mood swings. Because they’re so concentrated, juices can also be quite calorific, so be careful if you're watching your weight.
Want to start juicing?
Try the Philips Viva Juicer
Make healthy drinks with no bits with this stylish juicer. Spend less time prepping and chopping – simply drop whole pieces of fruit and veg into the large feeding tube. Cleaning up is easy too.
How to make a lemon ginger zinger juice
Rich in vitamin C, this juice eliminates toxins from the body and aids digestion. Ginger is a natural antibiotic, helping to protect against summer colds.
- 2 carrots
- 2 apples
- Slice of lemon
- 1cm fresh ginger root
Place all the ingredients in a juicer, mix and pour over the ice.
Top tip: Drink your juice or smoothie straight away or freeze it immediately. After 15 minutes light and air will destroy many of the nutrients.