This is probably one of the most popular questions I get asked daily….what do I juice, why juice vs blending and what juicer do I use…
When I first started juicing I simply started with a Vitamix blender, thinking that this would be satisfactory. Little did I know at the time, although I had best intentions, this was NOT juicing and YES there are differences between juicing and blending.
The significance between juicing and blending is that in blending you are keeping all of the fibre and pulp of the fruit and vegetable that you add, which obviously means this will fill you up. Juicing, however, removes the pulp and fibre, BUT squeezes all of the nutrients out of the juice….which is like liquid gold!
As soon as you realise the difference, it’s also important to understand that there is a place in your life for BOTH.
My Lesson’s learned from juicing – if you are anything like me, when I first started juicing…. finding a good juicer that would help me feel motivated to actually make a juice every day is probably the top of the agenda! At the time though I bought a cheap juicer from the supermarket….which was great, until this broke after continuous use every day for months (the poor thing was exhausted). This is when I started learning that you definitely get what you pay for! However, I was adamant that I wasn’t going to buy an expensive juicer, so I bought another fairly cheaper brand, form the supermarket again….but, months later, again it just ceased working! Lesson learnt….
My best advice when it comes to juicing is to;
1. Review the time you have in the morning, are you planning to do juices in the morning or later in the day (when you might have more time).
2. What benefits are you looking for from a juicer? e.g. a fresh squeezed juice alternative to the supermarket juices, a juice that will become your main breakfast meal, a nutritious juice alongside your breakfast
3. What is your budget for buying a juicer?
4. Does the RPM (rotations) of the juicer matter to you? The slower the RPM the slower the process of juicing takes, the higher the RPM, the quicker you will get your juice. Typically the slower the machine the quieter the machine too (does the noise level matter)
5. How much room do you have in your kitchen?
6. How often will you use your juicer? (everyday or a few times a week)
I would say these were some of the questions that were relevant to us, in the purchase of the juicer we now have….
Various reviews of our juicer online and YouTube demonstrations of our juicer definitely helped us make our decision to purchase the juicer we have….but the seal of approval for us, was when I attended a RAW eating course in Sheffield (see previous posts) and saw how well the juicer performed with various jobs, from nuts, to leaves to hard root vegetables….
If you are short of time and have very little space in your kitchen and aren’t too fussed by the speed (RPM) of your juicer and simply want to start experimenting with adding juice into your life, a cheaper juicer would be a great start for you. However, if you want to start juicing everyday, and have a little time on your hands (either in the evening to prepare and chop your fruit and vegetables or in the morning) then a slower RPM juicer could be for you. A few things with this, is also to consider price.
My best advice would be to look into when you would juice and how long you have in the morning to juice….if the answer to this is, you don;t have much time, bu