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#100happyblends – Take the smoothie challenge!

blending

To juice or to blend… that is the question!!

In reality, it’s down to personal taste and maybe even health requirements. Both juicing and blending are equally good in different ways so mixing it up now and again may be the best option.

However, for those of us (me included) who are a bit lazy about the whole procedure and just want to pop stuff in a blender, blend, pour out, drink, rinse and repeat… then blending is definitely a great option as there are no time consuming filters to wash!

So what is difference between juicing and blending?

Juicing

 Blending

Juicing extracts the fibre and allows the nutrients to hit the bloodstream quickly. Blending keeps the fibre so activates digestion and slow release of sugars
Can cause blood sugar spikes Slow release sugar and
Not as good for diabetics or those with sugar imbalances Better for diabetics or those with sugar imbalances
Good for those with sensitive stomachs as no fibre to digest Does contain fibre so could upset sensitive stomachs
A large quantity of produce has to go in to produce a glass of juice  What you see is what you get so you can take a portion size and blend that to make one drink
Hard to estimate exactly how much fruit/veg is actually in the juice Again, what you see is what you get. All of the portion you put in to blend is used.
As juicing extracts juice from fruit/veg you can miss out on some of the healthy interactions that come from consuming the whole. Blending uses the whole fruit/veg so it maintains any healthy interactions that come from consuming the whole.

So whether you want to juice or make blended smoothies, as you can see there are advantages and disadvantages to both. It all comes down to what suits you and your lifestyle.

elgento ultrablend smoothies

Food to help get fighting fit

For people wanting health benefits such the food that most fight cancer, Chris over at Chris Beat Cancer offers this advice on the top anti cancer foods:

The #1 most powerful anti-cancer food was Garlic.

Garlic stopped cancer growth COMPLETELY against these tumor cell lines:

Breast cancer, brain cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer,
childhood brain cancer, and stomach cancer.

Leeks were #1 against kidney cancer. Garlic was #2.

But not just garlic and leeks, almost all vegetables from the Allium and Cruciferous families completely stopped growth in the various cancers tested. Here they are:

Allium vegetables: Garlic, Leeks, Yellow and Green Onions

Cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Kale, Red cabbage and Curly Cabbage

Spinach and Beet Root also scored in the top ten against many of the cancers tested.

Honorable mentions: Asparagus, fiddlehead, green beans, radishes and rutabaga. (Source ChrisBeatCancer.com)

We also like to include fresh ginger and fresh turmeric (or powdered if not available) green powders (chlorella, spirulina etc) and a probiotic.

#100HappyBlends – share your recipes here or on twitter

Our challenge is to get everyone sharing great blending/juicing recipes. We don’t think it matters whether it’s a blend or a juice what goes in to the recipe is what counts. Our preference is for blending because we’re a bit lazy…

Elgento Ultrablend

We’re using the ELGENTO Ultra Blend,which is a really powerful and easy to use blender and it allows you to use either the blender jug or smaller blender cups so that you can really estimate portion size. You can also blend in the morning, put the lid on and take it with you. Really handy! It also has a juicer fitting that can be used to extract juice. We haven’t used that yet but it looks like it would work very effectively.

There are lots of other blenders out there like the Ultrablend, such as the NutriBullet or Vita Blend but we haven’t tried them so can’t comment, but please do let us know if you have used these or any others.

We do notice though from this youtube that the Vita Blend looks identical to the Ultrablend so maybe it sells under different names – we don’t know.

Whatever you choose, the main thing is to make it easy, have fun, experiment, enjoy and feel the health benefits too!

Share your recipes here or on twitter using the #100HappyBlends hashtag!

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