From time to time, the question of whether we should juice or blend our vegetables comes up. Recently, I ran into this discussion on LinkedIn, and, contrary to my normal attitude of non-involvement, with a deep sigh, I posted my take on the issue. Today, after hearing from a couple of the people involved in the discussion, I think that my answer might be useful for those of you who read my blog, so, without further ado, here you have it:
As long as I have been connected with the “modern” vegetarian/vegan/raw vegan world (I only came to know that there were other raw vegans, after 25 years of doing it on my own with Ann Wigmore’s and the Fathmans’ books) I have seen the arguments about juicing vs. blending (actually, when I was about 12, I heard this kind of thing at a state fair at a VitaMix demo) There are valid arguments on both sides, and, as I see it, everything depends on what you are after. If you are looking for a nice drink that has a lot of vitamins, juicing is the way to go. If you are looking to drink your vegetables (whether as a way to consume more vegetables in short order, a diet meal substitute, or a way to seek nutrition while dealing with a chewing or swallowing disorder) then blended vegetables/smoothies are the way to go.
Sometimes, you will just want a serious dose of juice (and you can use the pulp/fiber from the juicing in other dishes (I add the pulp to crackers/breads, salads, and soups), and sometimes you just want to drink your vegetables/fruit along with the fiber (I prefer the above-mentioned two-step method, personally, but on occasion I do smoothies)
There is no one right way, as I see it, as long as you own a juicer as well as a blender.
I started out the day with a big glass of apple juice I had made from the last four apples from my winter fruit share.
After work, I went down to Chinatown with my friend Lesa. I haven’t been there in forever. We bought Thai coconuts on the street. The lady at the stand opened them up for us and gave us straws, and we just stood on the corner and sipped the coconut water. Lesa gave me her empty coconut. After we walked around some more, we decided to have another coconut juice, so I ended up coming home with four coconuts. I’ve taken out all the meat…. and I’m thinking maybe a pina colada in the morning, with the pineapple I have in the refrigerator.
I thought I should probably make a serious vegetable juice at least once today although I really had no plan. I just looked in the refrigerator and pulled out some vegetables. (This week, I am sort of limited food-wise to whatever is in the refrigerator or in my dehydrated vegetable stash I made last summer).
V8 JUICE (sort of)
6 med. carrots
1 small beet
3 handfuls of dehydrated tomato powder, rehydrated in 1 C water
Handful dehydrated greens
1/2 sm. head red cabbage
1 red bell pepper
1/ sm onion
1 clove garlic
- I juiced the beet and 5 of the carrots in my Champion juicer. (I just forgot the sixth carrot).
- I put the juice (about 1 C) into the VitaMix with the last carrot, the rest of the vegetables, and the tomato soak water..
- I added about 2 large glasses of water so that the product would be drinkable (i.e., juice and not pate)
It came out more purple than red, but it wasn’t bad. I probably could have called it soup, if I had put it in a bowl.
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