Juicing vs Blending – Which is better for you?

Everyone around you is raaaaaving about the benefits of fresh-pressed juices and smoothies.

The hype pumps you up. You just gotta have that magical elixir that makes your energy soar!

But which is better for YOU?

Audio Transcript

Everyone around you is raaaaaving about the benefits of fresh-pressed juices and smoothies.

The hype pumps you up. You just gotta have that magical elixir that makes your energy soar!

Hey it’s Mariah from mariahdolan.com, your busy mom headquarters to help you love the skin you’re in and today I’m answering the question:

Juicing vs. Blending: Which is better for you?

Well, let’s break it down…

Juicing removes the indigestible fiber by running fruits and vegetables through a juicer.

Blending breaks apart the fiber of fruits and vegetables in a blender thereby retaining the whole food.

Juicing Pros

  • Nutrients are more readily available to the body in much larger quantities because you have removed the most of the fiber. It would be tough to sit down and eat 10 carrots and 2 apples for a snack.

Juicing Cons

  • The fiber from the fruits and veggies is wasted
  • Juices are more expensive because you need more fresh produce
  • They take longer to make
  • Clean up is more difficult because you have to break apart the juicer every time

Blending Pros

  • The whole food is used because the fiber gets ground up rather than extracted
  • There’s no waste
  • There’s a better feeling of fullness as compared to juicing
  • Smoothies are easier and quicker to prepare
  • They’re easier clean-up

Blending Cons


So, juicing vs blending: which is better for you?

Either. Both are great. It really depends on what your needs are.

Juicing is great for detoxing because you absorb tons of antioxidants quickly because there’s no fiber to break apart. Digestion takes a lot of energy and when you’re detoxing you want your digestion to be effortless so that your body can remove toxins and repair.

Juices are ideal for people battling an active disease such as cancer or for people who are performing an active detox – where they’ve reduced or eliminated animal products and bumped up their raw/whole food intake.

Smoothies are super for enhancing good health on a daily basis because they’re simple to prepare and clean up is a cinch. Personally, that’s why I’m a big fan of smoothies in my hectic household!

So, if your goal is to heal, repair and detox, I’d go with juicing.

If your goal is to incorporate more whole foods into your diet, I’d go with blended smoothies.

This isn’t a hard rule. Of course you can enjoy a daily cup of green juice if that’s what your prefer. That’s the beauty in this—you’re in control.

Now you.

I’m asking you to leave me a one word comment below. Let me know which is better for you. Do you prefer juicing or blending.

Cheers to your health!


And for you visual peeps, here’s a lovely graphic put together by my friends at Ghergich.Com

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  1. Kendra Sayles


    But…if I need the fiber for GI issues…I steer more toward blending. I do love to do both, though : )

  2. Heidi

    I prefer the blender method. Much quicker, less messy, and I can add anything to the mixture that I want. I had a juicer and it is so time consuming to have to clean up every time you juice. However, the leftover is great for compost!

    • Mariah Dolan

      Heidi, I totally feel the same. Day to day, I can’t mess with my juicer. It just takes too long.

      I LOVE that you brought up composting because that is one of the drawbacks many have with juicing…because of the waste. Composting eliminates me feeling like I’m wasting anything when I do run my juicer 😉

    • Mariah Dolan

      Janet, I feel the same. Day to day, I like the ease of blending but I DO love the energy rush I get from green juice. Totally better than coffee!

  3. Nikki

    Blending for sure. I love the taste of juice but have zero time to deal with the cleanup!

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