Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between Blending and Juicing?

With blending it’s easier to make smoothies, soups, batters, sorbets and more. Blending is essentially healthier than juicing in the sense that all nutrients and fiber are maintained in the process. Blenders, like he Vitamix Blender, can blend whole food smoothies. Powdered supplements and protein powders can be blended in smoothies for additional supplementation. 

Juicing is a way to extract juice and nutrients from fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Slow press juicers like the Hurom Juicer can even maintain fiber from pulp. All of the fiber goes missing when using a fast-paced centrifugal juicer. Juicing is great for producing fresh homemade juices and is great for adding more natural nutrients (like vitamins and minerals) into your diet rather than just taking a supplement.

Why juice or blend?

Blending and juicing are just additional ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your life. Juicing and blending fruit and/or vegetable smoothies give the benefits of:

  • Clears/Removes Toxins
  • Revitalizes skin
  • Improves sex drive
  • Improves mental well being
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Fights illness and disease
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Improves organ function
  • Promotes overall health

By blending and/or juicing you are more easily able to get daily servings of fruits and vegetables into your diet.

Can I lose weight from only drinking smoothies or juices?

While weight loss is possible, it’s not recommended this be the only way to lose weight. It’s not entirely healthy to go on long juice cleanses because the body needs macronutrients for energy and overall optimal health as well as proper organ function. So the fad diets and cleanses for 20-30 days or more are not ideal because while the body may shed pounds, you’re compromising other aspects of your health.

Weight loss happens from healthy eating, exercise, and a positive mindset. Remember, thin doesn’t always equal healthy.

How long can I store juice or a smoothie for in the refrigerator?

With a juice, you can store it 1-2 days, 3 days maximum. If there’s citrus in the juice you can try up to 4 days.

For a smoothie, 1-2 days is recommended for best quality.

If I want to make juice, but don’t have a juicer, how can I do it?

You can blend “whole food juice” in a Blendtec or Vitamix blender. Add liquid to any blend you make, then take a cheese cloth and strain out the juice to separate pulp if you’d like to do so. Otherwise, you can opt to keep the pulp.

Can I juice a banana or an avocado?

You can “juice” those in a slow masticating juicer like the Hurom or JuicePresso. A centrifugal juicer won’t handle it as well; those juicers are too fast.

What’s the difference between a centrifugal juicer and a masticating juicer?

centrifugal juicer uses a lot of speed and power. They are loud and they don’t extract as many nutrients, or keep some fiber, like a masticating juicer does.

The word “Masticate” means to chew. A masticating juicer slowly “chews” and extracts the most juice and nutrients while maintaining fiber. They are quieter than a centrifugal juicer and simple to use.

Essentially the masticating juicer is better for your health, but juicing altogether is just a great way to add more nutrients into one’s diet.

Why are the best blenders and juicers so expensive? What if I can’t afford a blender or juicer?

The blenders and juicers are expensive because they are high quality and contribute to your health. If you can pay hundreds of dollars for doctor visits and medication, then why not pay for your health to improve so you won’t need those visits or medications? Blending and juicing more fruits and vegetables are the keys to starting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Smoothies and juice shouldn’t replace eating, they should just be an addition to your diet so you can get more fruits and vegetables in daily.

If you are on a budget, I suggest the Vitamix Reconditioned Series of the blenders. They are still fantastic to use. They replace the motors and make the blender “like new” again.

Both the Vitamix and the Hurom juicer have 10 year warranties! So you know these great products will last for years to come.

How do I clean my blender or juicer?

With the Vitamix blender after use you can actually fill it half way with hot soapy water and put it back on the base to blend for 30 seconds. Then empty and rinse; it’s that easy! The other option is to wash by hand or in the dishwasher. The Vitamix is dishwasher safe.

The Hurom juicer can be taken apart and hand washed or put in the dishwasher. Most juicers come with a brush to scrub the mesh basket.

Is it better for diabetics to juice or blend?

I recommend blending over juicing for diabetics. I say this because if you are a diabetic, then you know how important it is to get more fiber in your diet. Also, I recommend not doing many fruit blends. If you do juice, stick to juicing vegetables. Fruit naturally has sugar and when you juice fruit, it may extract the nutrients, but it still extracts that sugar as well. Since there isn’t much fiber in fruit juice, it’s best to stick to blending. When you blend, again, stick to mainly vegetable blends and be careful with the fruit blends. I am not saying don’t add fruit, just be careful. Keep monitoring your blood sugar levels..