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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Getting Started

Eat the rainbow, every day!

First you need to decide if you want a juicer or a high speed blender.  There are benefits to each one:

-You are able to ingest a higher amount of nutrients in each glass, as the amount of produce required to make a juice is greater than the amount needed to blend.

-Removing the fiber means your body gets a direct shot of easy to absorb enzymes and nutrients without having to take time to digest the fiber.

-Some people prefer the consistency of juice, rather than a thicker raw smoothie.

-Requires less produce, resulting in faster prep and less cost on a daily basis.

-Quick and easy to clean, no leftover pulp to deal with.

-You are able to increase your daily fiber intake, as all the fiber of the fruits and vegetables remain in your drink.

You also need to consider cost.  Juicers can typically be found for around $100.  My favorite affordable models are the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer, and the Breville® Compact Juice Extractor.  These are very basic, Centrifugal juicers.  I'll explain in a later post the difference between masticating and centrifugal juicers.  The high speed blender I prefer is the Vitamix, which runs from $399-650.  While the initial cost is more than a juicer, it does require less produce in the long run, which is a factor to consider.  There are other options for high speed blenders, such as the Nutribullet, which I do not have experience with.

Whatever you choose, know you are making the very first important step towards better health, including more vegetables and fruits into your diet has never been easier!

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