I gave up on my juicer about a month after getting a vitamix over this past summer.
Besides the fact that it was A COMPLETE PAIN IN THE ASS to clean, I read a lot about the pros & cons to juicing vs. whole food smoothies.
After a lot of research, I came away with the revelation that juicing is removing too much of the “good stuff”. Admittedly, I didn’t use the pulp leftover from juicing more than 25% of the time…which adds up to a lot of waste! Of course composting the pulp takes the true “waste” out of the equation, but why am I missing out on all that fiber and goodness?!
There’s definitely a time and a place for juicing; I just don’t think it’s right for me right now.
By blending whole fruits & veggies, you don’t lose any of the nutrition, you are fuller longer because of the fiber and you’re not wasting anything. Juicing on the other hand is great for a quick boost simply because of the lack of fiber, you absorb as much nutrients as you can very quickly.
Because I’m not a huge fan of the typical, thick, ice cold smoothie, I add cold water to my fresh and frozen fruit and veggies to thin it out. I use about 3 cups of fruit/veg to 2 cups of water.
Pictured above has been my favorite juice as of late: fresh orange, frozen mango and a lot of fresh mint. So good anytime of day!