Banana Pear Vega Smoothie, and Masticating…yep, I do it!

We HealthyMammas crack jokes about that word…masticating…and you have to admit, it sounds like a strange way to get your dose of healthy green juice…but, I’ve recently graduated from a centrifugal juicer to a masticating juicer and so far I really like it!

my new action :)

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.

organic ingredients

green goodness! :)

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!!  :)

I can't wait to make another tomorrow! :)

Have a healthy happy day!  HealthyMamma Melissa  :)

Banana Pear Vega Smoothie
5.0 from 1 reviews
Author: Melissa
Serves: 2
You could definitely add some greens…maybe a handful of spinach or a leaf of kale…to this if you’d like and it would be delish!
  • 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
  1. Place all ingredients (except ice) into blender
  2. Blend until smooth and well mixed
  3. Add ice and blend again until smooth
  4. Drink & Enjoy!

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About Melissa

I've been blessed with an amazing husband, Tyler and two amazing children, Mia who is 5yrs old and Luke who is 3yrs old. Our entire family has a passion for food. We see food as a means of nutrition, something wonderful to enjoy and indulge in, and meals...if we are doing them right...serve as a fun social experience too! Food definitely brings this family together!
Our family, as a whole, eats a mostly vegetarian diet...although we do consume meat and fish, on occasion. So, I'm always looking for and trying out new vegetarian and vegan recipes that hopefully all of us will enjoy.
Besides food, we are passionate about gardening. We have an organic veggie garden in our backyard that provides a good portion of the veggies that we consume. The kids love to jump in and get their hands dirty and it's crazy how much they already know about gardening! It makes my husband and me so happy to think that they will (hopefully) carry this experience and lifestyle into their futures.
I'm also passionate about learning new ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and provide one for my family...and, I love sharing these ideas with anyone who is interested in hearing about them! So, as I discover recipes and other healthy happy things I will share them...and when you discover some yourself...I'd love for you to share them with me! :)


  1. Kim says:

    Yum, that does sound GOOD!!! :) I don’t have any pears, but I will BUY SOME and try that!! :)

  2. Jennifer says:

    Thanks Melis…I want tO try this…I love me some chai Vega :-)

  3. Kim says:

    Just made it in the vitamix!!!! Perfection!! I doubled the recipe and it was enough for a full glass for 4 adults + 1 teen!!!!

  4. Melissa says:

    So, I drank enough for 2 adults & 1/2 a teenage boy!! :-O
    Ha! :-) I’m sooo making it again this afternoon for the kiddos and myself!


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