Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Juice vs Blend

With the first wave of major holidays behind us, I am doing everything in my power to hold on to my healthy eating habits.  I am finding more sweets in my house each day and know that it is just beginning.  So, I decided to make my breakfasts really count and at least start each day with a green punch!

It shouldn't come as a surprise that I am a fan of juicing.  I completed my own 8-day detox, shared tips on how to get started and have provided some of my favorite recipes.  I was surprised and sort of saddened when I fell off the wagon a bit. I'm not sure if it was the hectic life created from working full time, searching for a home, buying a home and moving while also teaching each evening, but I just didn't have any time.  I know, lame excuse, but it was true.  I just couldn't get my supplies and get it done each night so I sort of stopped. I felt bad about it, but time kept passing and I just never started again.

However, the more time that went on, the worse I started to feel.  I was eating more processed food than normal and really missed getting my sip on each day with my big jar of juice.  I decided it was time to pick it back up, but for some reason I just couldn't.  I felt like I was ready to try something a bit different.  While I LOVE juicing, I wanted to try another liquified way to get my health boost and keep that amazing ruffage that was lost when putting produce through the juicer.   Well, that was an easy fix...blend it!

Sure enough, my Magical Aunt B had a recipe to try, so I pulled out my blender and decided to give it a whirl.  Granted, I put my own spin on it, but I wanted to know the basics.  I did have this massive bag of power greens to motivate me to get started.  Granted, I had been warned that due to my lack of a fancy Vitamix, it may not work out that well, but I was willing to try using my regular old blender. 


Ingredients:

  • 4 cups power blend (or any leafy organic greens)
  • 2 tangerines
  • 4 slices pineapple
  • 1/2 pear
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • Ice


 

I first loaded all the fruit and greens.

 

Next up, add the ice and juice (I know, I should have made my own...I had the cider left over from an impulse buy).





Hit BLEND and watch the magic.  All those leaves just turned into a fortified green pulp-y goodness.  Now that is some fiber I'd love to drink!  I stopped a few times and stuck a spoon in there to keep the flow going, but overall, I was ready to pour my latest drink within minutes.


I was able to make my TH a nice 32 oz-er while I stuck with a sweet 16.  I won't lie, it was AMAZING!  I know some people (like Nic for example) are texture people.  So, if smoothies creep you out (the bits of ice and maybe a tiny piece of leaf), then this might not be for you.  I have NO problem chewing while I sip, so I was obsessed with this.  Just as good as juicing with no waste and added fiber.  I am surely going to add this to my new breakfast plan.  I mean, that is some serious plant protein to get my day started...love that!  The best part ever, is unlike my amazing juicer, the blender takes seconds to clean in comparison.  Which, for me, is what I'm looking for.  Fast, Fiber-ous and Fabulous!  I think I may start a new blending movement.....but I will NEVER forget my love of juicing...NEVER!

Do you love green smoothies?  Have any recipes you can't live without?  What do you think, to juice or to blend?!


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