Juicer or Bullet?
So many questions, so many options! I seem to be constantly asked about which juicer to buy and why don’t I have a Nutribullet? So much to cover in one blog! I may have to do a little series, as the essence of juicing is a major sun jet in its own right!
Lets start with Juicing though…..Having looked at a great video on Jason Vale aka the Juice Master website about ‘which juicer is right for you’, it made me realise that you really have to purchase the one that is just that – right for you. Cost is a big factor, but if you are new to juicing, there is no point spending £300 on a super duper Masticating Slow Juicer, if it’s going to sit in the cupboard gathering dust. I started juicing over three years ago and the trend then was FAST. Large chute that takes whole apples and pears, with no need to peel even pineapple. Short work made of beetroot and parsnip. Zoooom! Juiced! A little noisy, but we didn’t mind as it was fast! Now there has been a shift. A change in trends and we are more aware that slower is better. The slower the motor of the juicer, the better quality juice you get. So a masticating one is by far the best. But very expensive, and your fruit and veg needs to be chopped first.
So, we give you the Fusion. Philips have come up trumps with this little beauty. It’s a mixture of the two. A good price – about £99.00 and with a slower motor that extracts a better quality juice. Fast to clean, no need to chop the veg…..although I do find beetroot and parsnips go through better when in chunks, and I recommend taking the hard ends from parsnips and carrots first. Peel your pineapple too.
My old juicer died a few months ago after daily use for nearly four years, so I decided to upgrade. I heard good reports, but to be honest it took me a while to get used to it.
I had a few issues with it at the beginning as it was ‘too slow’ compared to my old trusty one. Now after a month or so I see that this is the whole point. Slow is better. More vitamins. Less heat produced with the quieter slower motor. Yes it takes a little longer, but this is an affordable juicer that comes mid way between the cold press slow masticating ones and the fast speed zooming ones. I guess that’s why it’s called ‘Fusion’.and to be honest…it’s not that much slower….I timed it! A juice for one, from fridge to draining board after washing, was …. 4 minutes! Now, anyone can add that into their routine. No excuses! Taking a little longer also makes you appreciate the juice…. becoming more mindful. After all, it’s still fast to clean. So you make up time! Win Win!
Whichever juicer you choose, generally aim for one that has a RRP over £50. Any cheaper and it will fall apart, or be very noisy and a real pain to clean. Expensive is not always best, which is why the fusion is a great choice.
So, we move on to the NutriBullet….As far as I can see it’s a great idea being able to power blend all the food you need, making a thicker drink, as all the fibre is ingested, (only to be excreted of course). You can add nuts and seeds, its very easy to clean, and the receptacle is taken straight off, lidded so you can carry to work. Makes a very filling lunch.This is effectively a BLENDER. It makes smoothies.
A smoothie is not a juice, so they are very different.
Personally, I like to do pure juice. You often hear people saying ‘But there is no fibre in a pure juice’. Well there is soluble fibre in the form of pectin from the apples and pears. Much easier to digest than with the Bullet….although some people will say that the release of sugars in the body is slower when you take all the fibre in a blended form. If you are seriously going to embark on a juicing plan, the program provided by Jason Vale includes ‘extra’ fibre in the form of avocados, and sometimes bananas, that you add to your juice in a blender. Yes, more washing up, but you really don’t need all the fibre the Bullet gives you if you are choosing to replace all solid food for a few days to ‘cleanse’. To me cleansing the system is giving it a rest. Allowing it to work a little less, and be able to digest all the powerful nutrients directly into the system. Within minutes. I don’t see how a Ginger Shot can be made in a Bullet. I like the pure juice. Straight in to the system, first thing. Pow! Stimulates the digestion. I don’t want my ginger with a mass of other foods in a blended Bullet.
I use my juicer for a first thing in the morning Ginger Shot with added Turmeric and then a rainbow juice of powerful vegetables with a few apples to sweeten, about an hour later. If you choose to do a full detox, you may find the need for both. Your choice.
Before jumping on the Bullet Band Wagon, ask yourself why you are looking at it? To add a thicker more filling power food to your day instead of lunch? As a pre-workout drink? You must find what is good for you. After all if you are someone who eats processed foods, has fizzy highly chemical laden drinks, and far too much coffee, either of these systems will be a mighty change and break though. Just getting more veggies into your system and throwing out processed foods will change your life!
I’m a juicer. I love it. My choice. I started a few years ago and can’t imagine starting my day without it. I may one day invest in as Bullet, but for now, I don’t see the point in having both. That’s me.