Release the Grease 2: Day 5 – Juicing vs Blending

The Great Debate:

Juicing vs Blending
Juices vs Smoothies

Last Release the Grease we had, we told folks who had a blender that they couldnt participate.  Because this is a REAL Juice Cleanse.  So lots of people who wanted to join in on the healing had to bow out because they thought that they had something with their little Nutribullet or Vitamix.  I think what gets me the most is that even though these are great tools, for some reason people keep calling the product of using these units  – JUICES.  They are not Juices. And I really want to know where that wrong information is coming from.

This time around we said, to hell with it….folks want to get healthy!  So let them!  So we have a whole nother group of people who are juicing or blending or doing both.  Because at the end of the day, getting healthier is getting healthier.  So let’s look at the differences between the two so we can understand better. If you are bored someday and want to stir up some trouble, walk up to a juicing friend and tell him that you bought a new blender so you can make juices, too. Then look out!

Die-hard juicers are adamant that “juicing” refers only to creating juices in a juice extractor appliance. In fact, juicers who favor the centrifugal machine (lowest priced and most common) will even take sides with owners of pricier “auger” machines when they have to defend against the blender/smoothie/Vitamix™ crowd.
Smoothie aficionados seem to have  more of an open-door policy. They are often amused at the strict juicing rules and have two questions for juicers:
* Why are you wasting all of that good fibrous pulp?
* What do you do about getting enough protein?
So what distinguishes a juice from a smoothie? Asked another way: what is the difference between juicing and blending?
The ingredients
Smoothies and juices are both made from raw vegetables, leafy greens, or fruit.
* Organic fruit and vegetables are washed and added to the machine for both methods.
     * Non-organic produce must be peeled first.
     * Frozen ingredients are acceptable.
* Certain soft seeds (melon, tomato, papaya) are allowed into a juicer, which would pulverize them.
     * Seeds are normally not included in smoothies.
* Liquids such as milk, water or yogurt are added to smoothies.
     * Very rarely, coconut water is added to juice, after extraction.
* Supplements like protein powder or chia seeds are put into the smoothie mix.
     * Juicerians would never allow this.

The machine

Manual citrus squeezers exist, as do electric blending wands, but most juicing and blending takes place in electrical counter-top appliances.
* Blenders can be bought for as little $19 at discount stores.
* Juicers start at around $50 and can go for an much as $2500.
* Deluxe blenders that can even blend soup start around $400.
* Blenders are simple to clean after use. The base of the carafe unscrews so the blades can be washed.
     * Juicers take a little more work to clean. The stainless steel mesh screen must be scrubbed, the pulp catcher needs to be rinsed or cleaned, and the feeder chute and main bowl and pitcher need to be washed.
The method
* For smoothies, everything can be added all at once to the blender.
     * The operator can choose between settings (puree, whip, mix).
     *  Liquid can be trickled in through an opening in the top to better control consistency.
* For juices, the produce must be fed through the top and pushed down into the machine.
     * This can be a slow process.
* All output from the blender is consumable immediately.
     * The juicer separates water and nutrients (juice) from fibrous pulp. The pulp can be discarded or used for baking or frozen for future smoothies.
Do some households own both types of machines, a juicer as well as a blender? Absolutely! In fact, there are some recipes that call for extracting juice and then continuing by adding the juice with ingredients in a blender.
Go experiment if you have two machines. But for goodness’s sake, just don’t call a smoothie a juice!
How is day 5 going?  Well, its Saturday!  So Let’s finish this off with a BANG!

Peace and Love

Skai
http://www.skaijuice.com

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Release the Grease 2: Day 4

Hey There…I know folks are waning…I have been here before.. its getting difficult.  No, its not!  Mind over matter…stay with me.  STEADY>>>>>

We got into a nice conversation about choosing a juicer last night…so here are some thoughts about how to pick the right one:

Electric Juicers: How to Choose the Right One for You
Electric juice extractors, also known simply as juicers, are necessary for juicing. Unless you are simply hand-squeezing citrus juices, you need an electrical appliance that can extract juice and separate it from the pulp of fruits and vegetables.
Juicers come in three different styles. Depending upon your juicing plans and your budget, you can spend anywhere from $100 to $2000 on a juicer.
As you read through the features and benefits of the three primary styles, try to envision how a new juicer will fit into your lifestyle. Remember that an unused juicer does no one any good, so be realistic in your plans, especially if it involves a major shift in your meal planning routines.
1. Centrifugal Juicer
Most widely seen on television and the internet, this basic style can be had for between $100 and $200. Obviously the low entry price is attractive to more people.
The centrifugal juicer does a decent job of extracting juice from fruits and vegetables. It is less efficient at extracting juice from leafy greens like kale and chard.
This model has a spinning blade in a mesh basket. It shreds the produce and juice is extracted. Through centrifugal force, the thin juice is forced into a pitcher and the leftover pulp is sent into a separate container.
Critics complain that the pulp generated through this method is “too wet.” You can overcome this by easily running the pulp through the machine a second time to extract more juice and micronutrients.
Pros: fast, inexpensive, simple to clean up
Cons: somewhat inefficient, produces heat which kills micronutrients
1. Single-gear Juicer
With prices in the $200 – $400 range, this juicer is ideal for someone seriously interested in a “green juice” lifestyle.
It has a large spiral gear that slowly crushes the fruits and vegetables to squeeze out juice. It works well on leafy greens and wheatgrass, which a centrifugal juicer cannot handle at all.
Pros: affordable, greater juice yield, causes less oxidation (nutrient loss)
Cons: not practical for fruit juicing, takes up more space on the counter-top
1. Twin-gear Juicer
A good-quality twin-gear juicer will run anywhere from $400 to $1500 or more. The juice yield is best with these styles, and the nutrient value is the highest, too.
The twin-gear juicer can handle all kinds of produce, including wheatgrass and herbs. Its 2-step juicing process first pulverizes the produce between two stainless steel gears before it presses the juice. This process yields the most juice with the least amount of waste.
This machine operates more slowly than the others, and remember that you need to be standing there feeding it the produce as it processes.
Pros: best juice extraction, least amount of foam, preserves best quality of micronutrients
Cons: slow, expensive, complex clean-up
Lifestyle Considerations to Consider
* Space – can you fit one more appliance in your kitchen?
* Time – do you have time in the mornings, or after work, to prepare the fruits and veggies for juicing?
* Budget
* Juicer itself – how much can you afford to spend?
* Raw produce – your grocery spending will be much higher in the beginning
There is a juicer for everyone. Careful planning before you shop can save you from many regrets.  This is my juicer and I LOVE it!  http://amzn.to/11NLN8h

This is my juicer!
This is my juicer!

STAY STRONG!

This is EASY!

Love and More LOVE!

Skai the Juice Chef

Peace!

Foods That Lift Depression

In my last article…(http://wp.me/p1FWVl-gE), I discussed what depression is and how doctors often over prescribe antidepressant pills for people who show mild signs of depression. What I advise as a chef and retreat organizer is using a natural method of preventing depression from happening using quality foods and changes in lifestyle.

Whole Grains

Are you a carbohydrate addict? It could mean that your brain is low in serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter produced in your brain that helps with regulating your mood, monitoring your sleep, and controlling your hunger. What’s important is getting the right kind of carbohydrates into your body so that you don’t increase your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and other lifestyle diseases.

Many carb addicts stick to foods like enriched pastas, white rice, white potatoes, and white breads. What you want to focus on are complex carbohydrates that slowly release energy into your bloodstream. This will prevent the sugar high and subsequent crash you experience when eating pastas or white sugars. Some examples of whole grains include brown and black rice, oatmeal, and quinoa. In one of my last online cooking classes I made a delicious brown rice with black beans and a slammin’ spinach salad with papaya dressing. Eating whole grains doesn’t have to be boring at all!

Nuts and Seeds

Brazil nuts are an excellent source of selenium, a mineral that helps to lift your mood and prevent depression. The recommended amount of brazil nuts it takes to keep you happy is about 6 nuts! You can also eat other varieties of nuts like cashews, walnuts, and flaxseeds. They provide a vital vegan source of omega 3 fatty acids. I use nuts and seeds in the base of my raw vegan desserts like brownies and pies.

Dark, leafy green vegetables

Kale and other leafy greens like collards and mustard greens are high in folic acid which combats depression. Try and get a broad selection of greens that are seasonal and local to where you live. These will taste the best and cost less.

I feel so lucky because it is my job to provide the best foods Puerto Rico has to offer. I love my customers that come to my cafe and those that stay with me a little longer for retreats. I would love for you to visit me here at Paradise Wellness in Luquillo, Puerto Rico. You would have access to beautiful, gourmet raw and cooked food that will give you life, as opposed to rob you of your energy. However I know all of you can’t make it, so I’m still working on solutions to get my online classes going so that you can learn wherever you are on the planet!

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References

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23306210

http://www.menshealth.co.uk/healthy/more-energy/foods-to-lift-mood-9307

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_articles.asp?id=1562