There is so much discussion about the benefits of juice vs smoothies but good news: You can use a blender to make both. You don't need both a blender and a juicer.
You don't need a juicer to enjoy a lot of the delicious juice recipes that you see across the internet. Who needs yet another appliance?
I just spent 4 lovely days at a resort in the Bahamas and enjoyed so many great glasses of freshly blended juice every day. Probably too many, if I'm honest but it was just so nice to be surrounded by so much fresh fruit. And too much juice has to still be better than too many Pina Coladas (Am I right???) Each morning there were 6-8 pitchers of different fruit flavor combinations available and I was (only a little bit) surprised to see that they were made in a Vitamix with primarily fruit, occasionally some veggies and filtered water. Who knew it could be so easy? Well, I do now 🙂
So now that I'm back in the cold weather here in Toronto, I'm making my own fresh blended juice, closing my eyes and pretending that I'm sitting on a balcony overlooking the ocean. Today, I'm enjoying a simple melon grapefruit juice that I made at home in under 5 minutes. It isn't too sweet and it isn't too sour...it is just right. There is nothing more refreshing than a glass of fresh fruit juice and this melon grapefruit juice is no exception.
Go from this:
To this Grapefruit Melon Juice:
Interested in learning how to use your Blender as a Juicer? Check out this article from Livestrong. If you don't like pulp then you can simply strain the juice to make it more drinkable.
Confused about when to juice and when to blend? I don't think there is really a "right" or "wrong" but rather it is more of personal preference. That being said, there is a cool infographic that shows the pros and cons of juicing vs blending. It also shows you how to filter/strain juice made from the blender if required. I didn't feel the need to strain this particular juice as it isn't that grainy - I also like to blend a little ice in, totally optional, because I love the icy cold taste and the layered look that results.
I'll share some more of my favorite fresh juice combinations very soon. I'd love to hear more about your favorites.