I thought I would share with you one of my Chic Vegan “Ask Grettie” columns…
So, after catching my second sore throat/cold/whatever in a month I am starting to think that I need to add something to my diet and am ready to take the plunge and start juicing. I did a bit of research and found two options, a juicer or a Vitamix. A friend of mine really is pushing the Vitamix for two reasons: you keep the fiber and you can add things that you can’t really juice like kale, etc. and get more out of it. Thoughts?
I am so sorry to hear that you have been sick so much, but I applaud you for wanting to take steps to strengthen your immune system through nutrition.
I see tremendous value in both juicers and high speed blenders. Both products serve different needs, though both are great tools for you to use to boost your immune system.
It is true that with a Vitamix you retain the fiber and that is very beneficial for the digestive tract. I use my Vitamix every single day of the week to make green smoothies. A high speed blender makes it so easy to add veggies to a smoothie while pulverizing them into a smooth drink. My Vitamix is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. It does need to be said that a high speed blender can be used to make juice, albeit with a bit more work. To make juice with a high speed blender, you would essentially make a smoothie and then strain it through a nut milk bag. A Vitamix is very diverse and can be used to make everything from soups to dressings and raw desserts (ice cream, cheesecake, etc.).
Juicing is a wonderful way to support the immune system since juicers strip the fiber from the plant resulting in a tall glass of nutrients. Since there is no fiber in the juice, the nutrients are immediately available and do not require much digestion.
With regards to kale and juicing, I add kale to my juicer all the time! Juicers usually have at least two speeds and one of them is optimum for juicing kale and other leafy greens (Read the insert that comes with your juicer for specific instructions). When I make a kale salad I strip the kale from the stem and keep the kale stems in the fridge to use in my juice the next day. I also keep the broccoli hearts to do the same (if I am too lazy to peel them and use them in my cooking).
It is a tough decision whether to go with a high speed blender or a juicer, but I do see real value in both. Since your immediate goal is to strengthen your immune system, I would suggest that the juicer is the way to go initially because of the maximum nutrient load you will get from veggie juice. Juicers are also available within a wide price range. Costco usually carries a decent juicer at a very reasonable price. High speed blenders tend to be on the expensive side, but also available at Costco on occasion. Either way you won’t go wrong.
Here’s to health!