Monday, January 17, 2011

Juicing vs Blending

Red VitaMixer, awesome!
I am frequently asked about juicing by members focusing on getting healthy, the first items on the list of things to improve are vitamins, food choices, and exercise.

I am not sure why juicing and leaving the fiber out is so popular.  Fiber is an essential part of eliminating waste and toxins from our bodies. 

Ann Wigmore was an expert on the benefits of raw foods.  She believed that juices can be too cleansing for most people's bodies. "Blending helps the body to clean itself and thus it restores health much quicker than just eating the foods as salads, yet it does not overtax the system with the rapid cleansing action of juices," she wrote. "Also, juices do not contain fiber. Separating the fiber and other elements from the juice results in a food that is not as balanced as Nature would have it."

The key to successful blending is a great, and I mean really great blender.  I am lucky enough to own a VitaMixer.  My lunch most days is a green concoction that I just love and blending keeps all the really great fiber and essential elements of the raw foods in the drink.  Believe me when I tell you this drink is as smooth as a regular shake.

We offer pH strips to give an idea of how well you are doing.  This is very basic folks.  The book recommends putting a strip of test paper in your urine stream first elimination in the morning.  A chart comes with the pH papers, you match the damp stripcolor to the chart and this will give you a static idea of how well your food choices were the previous day.  If the color is below the 7.0 color you may want to consider adding more green and staying away from carbs which we love but are enjoying too much of.

I give blending two thumbs up!!

Director of Member Services and Smiles
OurHealth Co-op, Inc



  1. Hey Teri! What is in your vitamix? Love the co-op!

  2. Oh Kelly,

    The Vitamix blender is amazing. I make soup, dips, smooth green drinks, whole grain flour, dressings, frosty beverages (no ice chunks), instant sherbet, just to name a few items. Check out these recipes.

    It took me a couple of years to decide to purchase the Vitamix blender after all I already owned two blenders, and this blender had a hefty price tag . What sold me was a lecture at Hippocrates Institute an international healing center here in West Palm Beach. I was attending a raw food lecture and was amazed at the versatility I had making dinner with this blender. One of the hooks when you purchase this blender for me was, “It cleans itself.” What could be better? I saw a demo one day at Costco too.

    I make my green drink every day and it is always a smooth creamy easy to drink blend and I use some pretty rough stuff like cabbage, cucumbers, beets, greens, tofu, and carrots, to mention a few items. If you like hummus this blender makes the smoothest blend just toss the ingredients in and blend, it is amazing. It makes soup right in the container the RPM’s are so high the blender actually cooks the soup in the blending carafe.

    The Vitamix blender is a world class food preparation machine. Not a day goes by that this piece of equipment does not get used at our home. One day I decided to see how good the blending power was and put a cup of water and a banana peel in the container. It blended down in less than a minute to a smooth and creamy concoction not one lump or bump.

    You might think this is a bit excessive but it is the best tool I have found to help me walk a healthier path with my food choices.

    Explore their website they have deals on refurbished machines.

    I love my big red machine.

    Thanks for sharing the love with us here at the Co-op!!

  3. I just got this ad from Vitamix if you are interested. I would have to record it.

    Learn more about the Vitamix machine this weekend on QVC.

    Starting late Saturday night (12AM on 1/23), Jan Muller will show you how to make recipes in the Vitamix and demonstrate tips and techniques.