Juicer or blender – which is right for me?
Juicers and smoothies are a great way to get your 5-a-day in one go and add extra vitamins and minerals to your diet. But what’s the difference between a juicer and a blender?
Juicers and blenders are a great way of making your diet more nutrient-rich – helping you whiz up green smoothies and juices that taste good and look great on Instagram in no time.
Here’s our guide to the two:
Why choose a blender?
In a nutshell: Use your blender to make healthy smoothies packed with nutrients and fibre
Blenders pulverise whole pieces of fruit and veg – including the skin, pith and pips – for a thick, nutritious smoothie.
Benefits of blending
- Good for your digestion – all the fibre is locked in, which keeps your digestive system healthy
- Avoid sugar spikes and energy crashes as the fibre also slows down your body’s absorption of sugar
- More filling than juices – have one for breakfast or a healthy snack during the day
Top tip: Add in yogurt or nut butters for a wholesome treat that keeps you fuller for longer.
Why not try… Nutribullet Pro
This easy-to-use mixer can blend almost any ingredient.
It’s the more powerful sibling of the regular Nutribullet with an impressive 900w motor that pulverises whatever you put in it. Plus, it comes with a handy flip-top lid for mess-free drinking on the go.
Recipe to try: Recovery smoothie
The beetroot speeds up the delivery of oxygen to your muscles and the spinach helps increase your muscle growth by up to 20%.
- Small beetroot
- Two handfuls of spinach and berries
- Half a cucumber
- Peeled lemon
- Water to taste
- ¼ teaspoon of matcha green tea powder
Combine everything in the blender and blend until smooth adding water to taste. For best results drink this at least 30 minutes before or after you work out.
Why choose a juicer?
In a nutshell: Get a quick boost of goodness with a juicer. For thin juices with a high concentration of nutrients
Juicers remove all the pulp from the fruit and veg leaving you with a drink that’s packed full of highly concentrated vitamins and minerals. Perfect for an immediate energy burst.
Benefits of juicing
- Removing the pulp and fibre means the nutrients are absorbed more quickly into your bloodstream
- Gives you a quick boost of nutrients as you're left with lots of pure, hydrating liquid
- Get more fruit and veg into your diet in one go – it takes a lot of these to make one glass of juice
Top tip: If you’re worried about the amount of sugar you ingest you should stick to an 80/20 rule of veg to fruit when making juice.
Why not try… Philips Viva
This handy juicer lets you make healthy juices with no bits thanks to the powerful 700-watt motor.
Spend less time prepping and chopping – just drop whole pieces of fruit and veg into the extra-large feeding tube. Cleaning up is easy too.
Recipe to try: Tropical Digestion Juice
Overdone it at the BBQ? We have just the juice to settle the stomach after a day in the sun with food and friends.
- One quarter pineapple, skinned
- Half a lemon
- 1 apple
- Handful of kale
- Half an inch of ginger root
Once you’ve juiced everything, throw in a splash of apple cider vinegar. The delicious juice soothes the stomach and keeps your digestion running smoothly.