Is a Juicer the Same as the Best Smoothie Maker?

I speak to a lot of new dieters sometimes and on the topic of a healthy diet, I’m always asked the same question.

“Is a juicer the same as a smoothie maker/blender?”

You have no idea how many people have asked me that before. This question is usually followed by one more and this relates to which one is healthier. It’s not really a stupid question but I can understand where the confusion comes from. So instead of you having to research online, I thought I’d provide an explanation in the form of a blog post.

If you go to a restaurant bar, you’ll often see a selection of juices and smoothies so yes they are different. Unfortunately, sometimes even the staff doesn’t know that. I’ve seen people ordering juices but getting smoothies instead. Not many people know or even care about finding out the difference.

Pulverising Solid Foods

If you prefer drinking juices and cocktails, a smoothie maker might not be useful.Both appliances are completely different. Generally, the best smoothie maker should be sufficiently powerful to pulverise solid pieces of food. This means that relatively large sizes of fruits and vegetables can thrown into the blender and mixed with many different ingredients to create a thick creamy shake. This is a filling drink and one that can even be used as a full meal. This is the reason that a lot of people use their smoothie maker for healthy green smoothies every morning.

In contrast, a juicer is a completely different piece of kit. This is usually a liquid extractor that squeezes the juice out of the fruit. It doesn’t include the pulp and therefore, is a lot lighter and more of a quick drink rather than a complete. It’s refreshing and used to hydrate the body rather than to fill you up.

Both methods have their own advantages and I do keep a smoothie maker and a juicer in my kitchen. But when I think about it, I make more smoothies than juices. This is also due to various different reasons.

For example, smoothies normally include all of the fruit including the pulp. This means that you get all of the nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fibre from each of the different ingredients you use. This is particularly important because our diets aren’t too great these days and they are highly likely to lack specific nutrients especially the fibre. The fact that we can make smoothies with a mixture of different fruits and vegetables is also a huge advantage. This allows us to consume our 5-a-day within one drink. Obviously you can try and juice different ingredients but I doubt there will be much juice if you use the same ingredients in the juicer.

I do think that smoothies hold the edge over juices especially because of the fact that there’s so much fibre in there. It might be a personal decision but I use my smoothie maker a lot more when compared to a juicer. But it might still be handy to keep the juicer on the side because you can just make fresh juice when you’re in the mood. The good thing about blenders is that they are very versatile and can be used to make just about anything. They can be used to make smoothies, milkshakes and plenty of other drinks. Some blenders even have the features to make sauces. So I reckon it’s essential to have a blender in the kitchen and it might be worth having a juicer as well.

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