Posted by Health/Fitness/Wellness
Many of you have asked for recommendations on both juicers & blenders and here they are:
Blender recommendation is any of the Vitamix blenders. Vitamix has been in kitchens for over 62 years, providing reliable products and great customer service. You can purchase one of the latest models, or decide between one or two of the order models via Amazon. You can also purchase directly from the Vitamix website, even taking advantage of their 3-payment plan. I was first introduced to this blender at a live demonstration many years ago in Portland. Since I traveled for work in those days, spending more time on planes and in hotel rooms than I ever did at home, I was impressed by the fact that you could make an entire meal in this blender. This meant I could shop for fresh ingredients upon arriving at my destination and have healthier meals, such as smoothies, warm soups and whole food juices rather than eating at the local Outback or the hotel restaurant. I purchased my Vitamix blender 12 years ago, never replacing a single part and it has never failed me, even after being shipped around the country for many years. It works just as well today as it did the first day that I received it. Why Vitamix? The speed and tremendous force of the stainless steel blades which travel at 240 mph, means its quick and powerful. Its ability to liquify fruits and vegetables in seconds, while exposing the food to minimal heat helps to preserve very important vitamins, minerals and enzymes needed for good health and healing. My Vitamix was my food processor, blender & juicer for many years until I finally invested in those items. The Vitamix can do the work of 10 different kitchen appliances and over 50 different kitchen processes—without any attachments, so my Vitamix is still used quite often.
Vitamix purchase came with:
64-ounce BPA-free container
Juicer recommendation is any of the Green Power Gold juicers by Green Star. I researched juicers for 6 months prior to purchasing and decided that the Green Star would be the best for many reasons. Its a uniquely engineered triturating juice extractor which grates, masticates and presses. A masticating juicer, means the gears act as teeth chewing the pulp, the Green Power juicers also grates into a fine powder, while mechanically pressing and squeezing the pulp to extract the juice. Making it the best for juicing greens such as kale, spinach & wheat grass as well as fibrous vegetables like celery & carrots, while never jamming or clogging. It also gives you the most juice from your fruit & vegetables, while producing minimal heat (at 110 rpm) delaying oxidation thus allowing you to drink your juice at your convenience. (not a feature of all juicers) The Greenstar juicers are also versatile, so not only can I juice greens, I can juice just about anything, from citrus to herbs. I can even make ice cream from frozen bananas by alternating screens & knobs. Since I juice for health & healing, it was incredibly important for to preserve vital nutrients such as enzymes, vitamins & minerals. What impresses me most with Green Star is the “Magnetic & Bioceramic” technology & ”Far Infrared Waves” (natural frequency of water) which allows the juicer to extract more minerals and enzymes keeping them fully in tact for longer periods of time. A very important detail when compared to some less expensive juicers on the market. Once fruits and vegetables are juiced, when using many other juicers, it is important to drink them immediately before valuable nutrients are lost, with the Green Star juicers you have several hours or even days before oxidation kicks in. This gives those with busy schedules the opportunity to juice in advance, while reaping the benefits before having to repeat the juicing process all over again.
I have the the “Green Power Gold GP-E1503” which was around $499 + S & H when I made my purchase 6 years ago and the price hasn’t changed. A good juicer and less expensive option is the ”Solo Star II Juicer” by Tribest $210 + S&H.
Juicer came with:
(Juicer & two Matching gears)
Fruit Outlet Adjusting Knob
Soft Fruit Knob (for soft fruits such as pears, peaches, apples & frozen bananas)
Fine Screen (for veggies)
Coarse Screen (for fruit)
Glass Juice Cup
The Green Power Gold GP-E1503 on Amazon $499, Tribest Solo Star II Juicer on Amazon $210 (least expensive I’ve seen) Other inexpensive juicers but masticating only: “here” $229-299. Omega juicers also on Amazon. The Omega is a very good brand. (be sure to also check your local stores for price comparison)
The big question now is whether you’ll need both appliances and the answer is no. The Vitamix gives you the ability to have whole food juices just as the juicer does. However, the Vitamix juice includes both the juice and pulp, not only giving you additional nutrients but making you fuller. The juicer removes the pulp giving you access to more juice without the added burden of breaking down and digesting. If you want juice without pulp using the Vitamix, simply strain your juice and one very important note: you must also add water. I look it at this way, when I simply want to add more whole foods to my diet or I’m short on time I’ll use the Vitamix. When working on giving my digestive system a break, which allows my body to focus more on healing, I use my juicer which gives me a lot more fresh juice with no added water.
One of our very popular juice recipes to get you started, more recipes are being added. “Kale, Cucumber, Lemon & Ginger Fresh Juice Recipe” Be sure to check our article on the healing benefits of juicing entitled “Can Juicing Cure Disease”