You may or may not know the difference between the two. When it comes to juicers, you basically have two choices ~ centrifugal juicers or masticating juicers. Centrifugal juicers are the most common type. They work by shredding fruits and veggies with a blade that spins at a very high rate of speed. In contrast, masticating juicers work more like meat grinders…they tend to work at low speeds and literally “chew” the juice out of the pulp.
Pros/Cons of each: Masticating juicers tend to leave more pulp in the juice…of course, this is beneficial if extra fiber is a goal for you…centrifugal juicers tend to produce “finer” juices because the spin of the blade throws the pulp away from the juice resulting in a thinner product. Masticating juicers typically produce more juice from the same amount of produce, compared to centrifugal juicers. Masticating juicers are typically slower, and in most cases more expensive, than centrifugal juicers. Centrifugal juicers are typically louder but they also tend to be a lot faster…and, depending on how they’re made, their blades can also be a little tougher to clean. Some say that centrifugal juicers spin too fast resulting in the heating and oxidizing of juice, damaging delicate enzymes and greatly reducing storage life. Some also say that the chewing process of a masticating juicer releases a greater percentage of minerals from hard fibers compared to the grinding process of a centrifugal juicer.
Which one is better?? Frankly, I’m not sure it really matters. The point is to consume more fruits and veggies and either type of juicer will help you do that quite nicely.
I’ve definitely noticed my juices being a little more “pulpy” but I don’t really mind. I actually think that I kept my Waring Pro (centrifugal) juicer way past it’s “prime” so the blade got pretty dull. Basically, I’ve been drinking pulpy juices for quite some time so I think I’ve just gotten used to the pulp. I’ve also noticed that I do need a lot less produce (especially greens) to make my juice and that is definitely a plus when you are buying all organic veggies and fruits…they get pretty darn expensive!!
I try to juice at least 3-4 times per week. This morning my juice was pretty much my standard: 2 large kale leaves, 4-5 sticks of celery, handful of parsley, handful of cilantro, 1/2 an apple, and a small chunk (about the size of my thumb nail) of fresh ginger. Sometimes I will vary this…add a beet (love the sweetness it adds)…or add some carrots, etc. But, this is my standard go-to juice.
After I let my juice digest (you want to drink green juice on an empty tummy and wait at least 15 min before eating anything else to give your body a chance to absorb all the goodness), I made the most fabulous Vega smoothie…EVER!! No, really…I was in heaven! If you’ve never tried Vega, it’s a complete whole food health optimizer…great source of protien, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, omegas, and more…basically, this stuff ROCKS! I drink it every day…typically for my morning snack: one level scoop Vanilla Chai Vega, 2 tsp chia seeds, 1 Tbl flax oil, 16oz filtered water…shake and drink up! But, I had a really hard-core workout this morning so I was craving something even more substantial to replenish me. I got inspiration from the Vega website…they have a recipe section…and then tweaked it a bit. It’s by far the best smoothie I’ve had in a long time!! I think the recipe actually serves 2 but I was home alone and had no one to share it with…so I had to drink it all myself…darn. Actually, if someone else had been home, I probably would have hid in the closet so that I could have this yummy concoction all to myself…seriously…it’s really that good!!
Have a healthy happy day! HealthyMamma Melissa
|Banana Pear Vega Smoothie||
- 1 rounded scoop Vanilla Chai Flavor Vega
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 pear
- 1 & 1/2 cups filtered water
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 1 Tblsp flax oil
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Place all ingredients (except ice) into blender
- Blend until smooth and well mixed
- Add ice and blend again until smooth
- Drink & Enjoy!