Blendtec vs Vitamix

Blendtec vs Vitamix

I’m so excited to dive into the age old debate from smoothie drinkers everywhere: Blendtec vs Vitamix!

While you don’t need to invest in an expensive blender to get started drinking green smoothies and making healthier choices, you might want to upgrade to one of these top of the line blenders eventually for ease of use and performance reasons.

When you start looking for a high-quality blender, you quickly realize there is an overwhelming amount of options available. After doing some research and reading, most people end up narrowing their choice to the Blendtec or Vitamix. This is because both of these blenders are high-quality, way above the standards of a traditional blender, and they offer users a wide-variety of features that go beyond making a typical smoothie. We’re providing a breakdown of both blenders here to help make it easier for you to determine which blender is the best choice for your kitchen and lifestyle.

Blendtec vs Vitamix: Cost

Let’s face it, cost is usually the most important factor in choosing any new item. When it comes to the Blendtec and Vitamix, pricing is competitive. Both blenders require a small investment, but in the long run, the cost is well worth the high-quality performance offered by both appliances. We’ve listed a range for each brand.

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  • Lower cost: The Total Blender Classic and Signature Series run around $400
  • Moderate cost: The Designer Series runs about $450-$500
  • High cost: The Professional Series costs about $550
  • Premium – highest cost: Recently, the commercial model (called the Stealth) was released for residential use. This blender is priced at $1,500, but its insane blending power, and vast array of features are the reason it’s such an expensive model. While you may find this price to be way above your budget- which most people do, it is a premium product and is known for its incredible performance. If you do have $1,500 to spend, you may want to opt for a lower priced option to see if you like the brand, before making the splurge.

Vitamix Pricing

  • Lower cost: The Vitamix 5200 and TurboBlend VS both cost around $449
  • Moderate cost: The Vitamix 300 and 7500 series are both priced at $529
  • High cost: The newest series on the market, the Professional 750 series, costs $689

Both brands put on promotions when they offer $50.00 or more off their products’ regular prices. You can save a lot by looking into these promotions.

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Both the Vitamix and Blendtec offer high power blending. While some feel they are equal in terms of power, the Blendtec gets the job done faster when in a hurry. The popular video series “Will it Blend?” shows the Blendtec ripping iPhones, iPads and even marbles to shreds. Now that’s power!

Speed Options for Blendtec vs Vitamix

Both blenders offer a wide-variety of speed options, which some may find to be a con. With all these different speed settings, each blender creates different results when blending particular items. The Vitamix has sharp blades with an RPM from 500 to 37,000- making it the perfect device for chopping. On the other hand, the Blendtec can turn peanut butter into a soft puree in seconds.


The Vitamix has more interior space available, with a height of 21.5 inches. The extra space makes this blender ideal when you want to make large quantities at one time.

The Blendtec is much more compact at 15 inches high. However, the smaller size of the Blendtec makes it a great choice for those who want something they can travel with and fits easily under the cupboard.

If you have a big family or plan to make big batches of things to freeze or prepare ahead of time, then in this category of Blendtec vs Vitamix, then you’ll want to go with the Vitamix… But if you’re short on space the Blendtec is your friend.

User Friendliness

Both blenders offer control panels that are easy to operate. Vitamix vs Blendtec The Vitamix has a dial control that has 10 different speed settings. In addition, the newest model, the Professional 500 series, has 5 pre-programmed buttons for smoothies, soup, frozen desserts and self-cleaning. (A quick frozen drink on a hot summer’s day without any clean up? Can you can say bliss?) Many Vitamix users have stated they prefer the pre-programmed designs, which includes the 500 and 4300 series, both offering 3 pre-programmed buttons.

The Blendtec includes smart-touch technology which allows you to simply press a button, walk away while the blender speeds up and slows down as needed and turns off when done. Smart-touch also makes it easy to diagnose any problem that might come up. The blender will detect the issue (e.g. a jam) and alert you so the problem can be fixed. There are also programmable buttons on the Blendtec that can be set up to suit your often-used mixing types.


When deciding on a blender, performance is really what it all comes down to. And as you might expect, performance for each blender is entirely dependent on what needs to be done. Both devices are known for their exceptional smoothie making abilities- then again so are several $100.00 no-name blenders. While they do make one great smoothie, their performance goes above and beyond. Blendtec reviews

Both blenders are also known for making amazing homemade soup. The best part about making soup in one of these advanced units is that not only do they mix the ingredients to the perfect consistency, they also warm the soup during the mixing process. When making soup this way, you can have ready-to-eat hot soup in less than five minutes.

When it comes to chopping, Vitamix has Blendtec beat. The Blendtec has strong, dual blades, which doesn’t make it the best unit for chopping up delicate items. Whereas the Vitamix can slice through a delicate fruit without causing any damage. When it comes down to it, both get the job done, but differ in force. In addition, they both have a pulse feature, which offers precision chopping.

Both blenders have superior blending performance. Of course you would think with a blender that great blending is a no brainer. But you’d be surprised at how many blenders simply do not do a good job blending. That’s not the case with the Blendtec and Vitamix. They do differ in their blending techniques. With the Blendtec, you can throw everything inside- wet or dry, and it will blend them perfectly. With the Vitamix, it’s recommended that you mix wet and dry products prior to putting them inside of the blender. With the additional cups and containers offered with the Vitamix, this isn’t a difficult task, but an extra step in the process.

Also, the Blendtec has buttons specifically for blending so you can use this handy feature to blend to perfection. It’s easy to make ice cream with the Blendtec, and this particular blender goes above and beyond when it comes to whipping up an icy dish. Once all the ingredients are added, you have homemade ice cream in just 45 seconds. While the Vitamix does take longer to create the a tasty ice cream dish, they both do a superior job in making great ice cream, and many other dessert dishes.


Both the Blendtec and Vitamix blenders offer great benefits. There are recipe books available for both blending units, and a quick Internet search will provide you with thousands of great ideas.

When you invest in one of these blenders, you not only get a multi-tasking machine that can create a variety of dishes, desserts and the like, you’re also making an investment in your health with the health conscious capabilities they offer.

So I hope this Blendtec vs Vitamix review was useful to help you make your next kitchen buying decision, and I look forward to sharing laughs over a cold smooth, green smoothie someday!

How to Dehydrate Raw Food Without a Dehydrator

Some of you have been writing in and asking how to go about making dehydrated snacks and crackers without a dehydrator. So I thought I’d give you a few options to pick from, so you too can experiment in the kitchen and have some variety of delicious raw treats and staples.

Raw Sandwiches

First, for those who don’t know what a dehydrator is check out my article here, where I also share the recipe for making raw kale chips. With a dehydrator you can make a wide range of raw foods like cookies, crackers, cinnamon rolls, wraps, breads, fruit roll ups, and more.

If you want to go ahead and invest in a dehydrator, there are two main options. The first is to buy a low end dehydrator (like this Round Food Dehydrator) and see if you like making raw treats and snacks. The second is the queen bee of dehydrators, the Excalibur Food Dehydrator. It comes with several levels, so you can dehydrate more snacks at the same time.

Oh, and I’ve also got my eye on this new style of dehydrators with a temperature sensor… check this out: L’Equip Dehydrator.

Okay, now what if you don’t have a dehydrator and don’t plan on buying one anytime soon… so what’s an enthusiastic enchantress to do?

1. Use Your Oven

Most people have ovens, so this is the first thing to try when you want to experiment with making dehydrated foods. You may not end up with a completely raw product in the end, but if you’re okay with that then let’s proceed! (See my opinion on why I don’t think it’s necessary to be 100% raw all the time.)

First, start your oven on the lowest possible setting. Place the raw foods that you want to dehydrate in a non-stick oven-ready pan or container. Put the pan in the oven and keep the door open. At this point I would like to recommend you use a fan if you have one. This is to keep the air flowing so that there is no condensation.

The timing will be different when using an oven versus a dehydrator. You may need to “dehydrate” for as little as half the recommended time.

2. Use A Mini-Toaster Oven

A good friend of mine told me about this trick and I wanted to pass it onto you. If you already have one of those mini-toaster ovens then this is for you. If you’re planning on buying one for this – then just get an affordable dehydrator instead.

This is how you should go about dehydrating raw foods in your toaster oven: place the foods you want to dehydrate on a plate or sheet in the oven. Set the toaster oven on the lowest possible setting, and prop the door open. At this point you may also want to put a fan in front of the oven so there is no water condensation taking place. This speeds up the dehydrating process and also makes sure your food won’t get soggy.

Again you may need to check on the food a little more often, since the dehydrating time will be shorter.

3. Sun Dry

If you live in a warm climate or happen to have a very big sunny window you could sun dry your dehydrator recipes. Keep in mind that the sun may get hotter than the 112-120F degrees that is recommended for eating raw. However, if the option is to eat something deep fried or something sun dried I think the best option is pretty clear!

One thing to watch out for using this technique is that animals and bugs may decide to have a bite or run off with some of your food.

4. Make Your Own

Okay, so I need to preface this by saying that I’ve never attempted to make my own dehydrator – despite having an engineering degree. So this is just a simple outline of what you might need to do to create a homemade dehydrator.

The first step is to get a large box. Set it sideways, so that the opening can face the front of your counter. Place any food you wish to dehydrate on a pan or a plate in the box. Now on the open side of the box, place a fan or if you’re ambitious a blow-dryer. If you’re using a fan, you might want to put the box in the sun, to add a little heat and speed the process up.

I don’t really know what to expect if you’re making your own dehydrator – so let me know how you went about it in the comments.

Let’s Get Those Snacks Going

I hope you found this article informative, if not entertaining! I know that not everyone is willing or ready to invest in a dehydrator, so it’s nice to have a few alternate options when it comes to making raw recipes.

Love, Nathalie

Sprouting Guide: How to Sprout Seeds and Bean Sprouts

Learn one of the most useful and versatile kitchen tricks: how to grow your own sprouts. Dishes that include fresh sprouts tend to be more multidimensional, super nutritious, and definitely more fun!

Sprouting Guide Video

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Why You Should Learn to Sprout

  • You can grow sprouts yourself in the winter to get tons of nutrition without spending tons on produce.
  • Keeping dry seeds and beans for sprouting is a great way to be prepared for natural catastrophes that might leave you without food. All you need is some water to sprout.
  • It’s very satisfying to watch seedlings and beans awaken and sprout in front of your eyes. It reminds us of the magick of nature.
  • You can eat a variety of different beans and sprouts that you might not be able to buy in stores if you sprout them yourself.
  • Sprouts make a great addition to so many meals and they add a great texture to salads too.

How Sprouting Boosts Nutrition

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Sprouts are much more nutritious than the dormant seed or bean from which they spring from. By “awakening” these seeds, we are actually eating all of the live potential energy of the sprout.

Because of the higher water content in sprouts as opposed to dry seeds and beans, we find a higher nutritional content. Sprouts contain absorbable protein, and contain increased calcium, potassium, sodium, iron, as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and C.

Growing Your own Sprouts is Cheap & Easy

Another benefit to growing your own sprouts is the cost efficiency. Seeds and beans are inexpensive, and can yield an almost unproportional amount of sprouts.

You can also buy sprouting seeds and store them for long periods of time without spoilage. Contrast that with a bunch of lettuce that does not last more than one week in the refrigerator.

Sprouts are one of the most economical foods and some have called them the foods of the future. Sprouting your own seeds and beans is so simple, and yields such savings and benefits that I cannot recommend it enough.

Do it Yourself – How to Sprout

  1. Soak seeds overnight in a bowl with water.
  2. The next morning, drain water and rinse with fresh water once or twice.
  3. Place in a sprouting bag, or sprouting jar without any water. (Should still be humid, not completely dry.)
  4. Every morning and night rinse with fresh water, to keep the sprouts wet and clean of mould.
  5. Ensure the sprouts never dry up, and repeat process until your desired length or age of sprout.
  6. Rinse out with fresh water and serve immediately in salads, wraps, smoothies, juices, breads/crackers, or just eat as a snack.

Sprouting Tools and Resources

I personally use a nut-milk bag, which resembles cheesecloth, for my sprouting needs. (As you might have seen in the video.) It’s inexpensive, and versatile because you can also use it to make nut milks too.

I’ve tried sprouting in jars, (though not with the Tribest Automatic Sprouter) and I prefer the flexibility and ease that a sprouting bag seems to provide.

Feel free to experiment with what works best for you, depending on the climate where you live.

One great source of sprouting information that has been around since 1993 is Sprout People. You can buy sprouts and sprouting kits from them as well.

What Are Your Favorite Sprouts?

Now I’m curious if you’ve ever grown your own sprouts and which ones are your favorites. I’m partial to mung bean sprouts, and buckwheat sprouts personally.

Love, Nathalie

Raw Food Dehydrators: What, Why, and How To Dehydrate Snacks

Do you still crave that warm chewy-comfort food feeling from your raw food? Then chances are the dehydrator is what will solve your issues.


What is a Dehydrator?

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Why Dehydrate… aka What Does a Dehydrator Do?

A dehydrator is a tool that uses low temperatures and a fan to dry food. It essentially removes the water from food, but it keeps the enzymes of your raw food intact.

In my opinion dehydrated foods are not the easiest thing for your body to digest: it’s not the closest thing to nature. Essentially you don’t have the water content and that means it’s not the ideal food.

That being said, I think dehydrated foods are a great way to transition to raw food, and even as a great gluten-free treat. Most of the dehydrated foods can replace the textures and tastes of the most addictive foods like bread, cookies, and chips. Who wouldn’t want that?

How to Dehydrate Raw Food

Most dehydrators come with a temperature setting, and as long as you are dehydrating at temperatures below 112-118F you’ll be keeping your ingredients “raw”. (See what is the raw food diet here.)

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Use a Dehydrator to Preserve Excess Produce

If you’re lucky enough to have an abundant garden (or just a great deal of fresh local produce) then you can use a dehydrator to preserve your harvest.

Simply clean and cut your fruits or vegetables and place on your dehydrator trays. Depending on how watery the produce is you might need to dehydrate for a longer time. Dehydrated fruits and veggies make great snacks, or can be used to top salads or in sauces and soups. Yum!

Make Raw Kale Chips

In my weekly ezine I wrote about a recipe for yummy kale chips. (Subscribe if you want to receive recipes every week!)

  • 1 Bunch Kale
  • Sea Salt
  • Olive oil
  • Diced Garlic
  • Juice of Half a Lemon
  • Pinch of Cumin

Wash the kale and then cut it into 3 inch long strips. Keep in mind that these chips will get smaller as they dehydrate. Put the sliced kale in a large bowl and add the olive oil, sea salt, diced garlic, lemon juice, and cumin, all to taste. Get your hands in there and massage the ingredients into the kale.

Wait for 10 to 20 minutes: the kale leaves should have shrunk a little bit. Now place your marinated kale on a dehydrator tray and turn the dehydrator on to dry for about 7 to 8 hours at 115F. You’ll be crunching these awesome kale chips so fast you’ll need to make a second batch! Be sure to experiment with different spices and mimic your favorite chips.

If you want a closer look at the process of making kale chips take a look at this post by Dhrumil of We Like it Raw.

Make Fruit Leathers

Making fruit leather is one thing that reminds me of being a kid and eating those sugary processed fruit roll-ups. Of course when you’re in charge of what goes into your fruit leather you can make them as healthy as you want! Why not dehydrate a green smoothie to take with you on a hiking trip?

  1. Blend your favorite mix of fresh fruits (and/or vegetables!) until smooth. You may need to add a bit of water if your blender cannot process it well, but try not to add too much.
  2. Spread the mixture on a teflex sheet or piece of cellophane. It should be about 1/4 inch thick, but you can experiment with different thicknesses.
  3. Place the sheet in your dehydrator and dry at 110F-118F for about 4 hours.
  4. When the leather is dry enough, peel it off the sheet and flip it over to dehydrate on the other side, and place it on the mesh of your dehydrator. So that both sides dry. Dry for another few hours until it reaches a malleable but dry consistency.

Enjoy as a snack or use it to wrap other ingredients in, let your creativity run wild.

Unlimited Uses for a Dehydrator

Although I always tell people that they should consider investing in a blender before a dehydrator, dehydrators can be fun. I’ll definitely be posting new recipes and ways to make use of your dehydrator.

Recommended Dehydrators

Depending on how much you care to spend you can get a really good Excalibur Dehydrator or pick up one of the less expensive types at most kitchen stores.

I’ve had my Excalibur Dehydrator for almost 3 years now and I love having the option to make dehydrated crackers, cookies, and fruit leathers.

What’s Your Favorite Dehydrated Snack?

If you’ve ever bought dehydrated snacks or have your own dehydrator, what’s your favorite recipe? Let us know in the comments!

Love, Nathalie

Blender or Juicer: Is it better to juice or to drink smoothies?

Are you overwhelmed by the number of accessories and machines “Raw Food Gurus” tell you are needed to make eating a raw food diet successful? With the help of this guide you’ll be able to decide whether you should invest in a blender or a juicer, and figure out which one is more likely to give you the biggest nutritional bang for your buck.

Juicing vs. Blending

The Benefits of Blenders and Smoothies

1. Smoothies keep longer in the refrigerator than juice does.

Smoothies contain all of the fiber that the fruits and vegetables initially came with, albeit in a blended form. Because everything is still in the drink itself, you can actually store smoothies longer without losing too much nutritional value.

To preserve a smoothie you simply need to put it in a glass container like a mason jar filled to the brim. This keeps the air out, so that the smoothie will not oxidize. Seal the jar and drink it within 24 to 32 hours. You might need to shake it if the water separates.

2. The fiber of a green smoothie acts like chimney sweepers.

Smoothies have a cleansing effect on the bowel. Since smoothies still contain all of the fiber from the fruits and vegetables, you get a chimney sweeping effect. One of the reasons I’m so fond of smoothies is that they keep me regular, and cleanse my body on their way out.

3. Sugar is absorbed slower because of the built-in fiber.

Green smoothies allow you to have fruit without experiencing the aftermath of a sugar spike and crash. The fiber will keep the flow of sugar regular as your body digests it and it enters the bloodstream. Fruit smoothies will have the effect as eating whole fruits, so you may experience a bit of an up and down, but nothing compared to fruit juice. (By the way, store bought fruit juices are the worst, and I don’t recommend them at all.)

4. Commercial smoothies are “tainted”.

Most store-bought or juice-bar smoothies are less than ideal. These smoothies are made with frozen fruit, with store-bought sugary juices and liquors for added taste. Most store-bought smoothies are packed with sugar so that they taste extra yummy. These smoothies also tend to include dairy of a questionable quality and source.

Though commercial smoothies are tainted, commercial juices are even worse. Bottled juices are almost pure sugar with very little nutrition at all. They are also high in calories, and just plain bad for the health.

5. Blenders are easy to clean.

A blender is easily cleaned by running it under the tap. Or adding a bit of water and soap to the blender and pushing the clean cycle button for a few seconds. Because blenders are so easy to assemble and clean a lot of people gravitate towards blending instead of juicing.

6. Fruit smoothies are great tasting for the whole family.

Smoothies are great for making fruit-based drinks because it contains the whole fruit. They are also great for green smoothies because you can mix and match to please the taste buds of anyone in your household. A little extra fruit, or maybe a spoonful of cacao for an added twist.

7. With a blender you can make sauces, salsas, and dips.

Blenders are great for making sauces and dips. With a blender you can make all kinds of different things aside from smoothies, like salsas, guacamole, sauces, and soups. Though you can most certainly make soups with a juicer, blended soups tend to be thicker and creamier.

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8. You can easily add supplements and superfoods into smoothies.

When you’re making a smoothie you can add a spoonful of hemp protein powder, spirulina, maca root powder, and so on. You wouldn’t necessarily add these supplements to a glass of juice, either because of the taste or the texture. That makes smoothies ideal for superfoods and giving yourself a nutritional edge.

My Recommended Blender of Choice

If you’ve got the means then I definitely recommend you go with a Vitamix blender. Otherwise, Amazon has a nice selection of mid-range blenders like the Oster Professional Series Blender.

The Benefits of Juicing and Freshly Squeezed Juice

Many long time raw foodists (ugh there we go with labels again!) state that their success is in part due to juicing.

1. Fresh juices are the shortcut to pure nutrition.

Freshly made juice gives you all the nutrients without any of the associated digestion. A freshly made juice bypasses your need to digest through the fibers before you get all the nutrients of the fruits and vegetables. This is ideal for people who have digestion problems and who need to heal themselves before they can absorb nutrients from whole foods. This ability to bypass your digestion and go straight into your nutritional system is important for giving your body a break and allowing it to heal itself fully.

2. Juice is ideal for cleansing and healing.

Many people have healed themselves and undergone complete transformations by following a supervised juice fast or juice feast. The idea is to drink only freshly made juicer for an extended period of time to allow your body to take a break and work on deeper issues that require healing. Remember to consider the benefits of organic produce when you’re juicing, especially if you aren’t peeling your produce.

3. Juice vegetables, but eat fruits.

Jay Kordich (The Juice Daddy) believes that you should juice vegetables and eat fruits. Vegetables are better juiced whereas fruits are better eaten whole. Fruits need all of the fiber in order to slow down the absorption of sugar in your blood stream. The exception is that of mixing apple juice with vegetables. Vegetables contain less sugar and therefore don’t need as much fiber to slow down the absorption. This goes back to the idea that store bought fruit juices are not a healthy drink.

4. Juice gives you an instant energy boost.

When you’re drinking freshly made juice, you’re getting all of the energy right away without waiting for your body to digest through it. Whenever I drink freshly squeezed vegetable juice I always feel energized and more alert.

5. Even without fiber juice is a great way to flush your system out.

Even without all of the fiber of smoothies, juices are a great way to give your body a chance to expel things via bowel movements. If you “chew your juice” as recommended, you give your body a signal that begins peristalsis and gets your bowels moving. That leads to a bowel movement and you are cleansing your body even without eating the fiber.

6. Cleaning a juicer can be quite a task.

I think it’s a tossup between making juice and making a smoothie in terms of time. For a smoothie you need to cut the fruits that you’re going blend, and for a juice you might need to cut apples or carrots if they don’t fit in the juicer.

A juicer definitely requires a little bit more time for cleanup. Although I’ve been able to time myself and make an entire batch of juice in less than 15 minutes, I think all of these things come with practice.

7. Juices don’t make you feel full.

After drinking juice you might be satisfied for 30 minutes to an hour. After drinking a smoothie, you might be satisfied for two to three hours. So I see juice more as a way to add nutrition into your day, and not as much as a meal like a smoothie might be.

8. Juice allows you to juice almost any produce.

You might never put a beet or a carrot in one of your smoothies, but you can definitely make juice out of these ingredients. Interestingly enough, you can disguise bad tasting vegetables with other better tasting vegetables and apples to make juices that contain a larger variety of ingredients. Not necessarily so with smoothies.

9. The debate over unlocked nutrition in juice and smoothies.

It’s still up for debate whether juice or smoothies unlock all the nutritional value in fruits and vegetables. Some juicer and blender manufacturers say that all of the nutrition is unlocked and is therefore superior to eating the fruits and vegetables themselves. This would potentially lead to increased absorption of nutrition. This is certainly the case for the elderly, or people who have a hard time chewing through foods properly.

While I cannot quote any scientific studies, I can definitely vouch with my experience that it is very easy to digest smoothies and juices.

My Recommended Juicer of Choice

Earlier this year I bought an Omega Masticating Juicer, and I’m so pleased with it! There are also some great mid-range juicers available like the Breville Juice Fountain.

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Is Juicing Better for you than Smoothies? Or vice versa?

I think it really comes down to what you’re more likely to use on a daily basis. The blender might work better if you’re in a rush and you need a very filling meal. In this case I definitely recommend making lots of blended green smoothies.

If you have a lot of produce from your garden or from a weekly produce delivery service and you don’t know what to do with all of it, I definitely recommend a juicer. Remember not to mix fruits and vegetables in the same juice except for apples and to some extent lemons. Though it is preferable to make vegetable juices over fruit juices.

When I first went raw I bought a blender and a juicer. If I had to do it all over again I would have just bought a blender. Now I have both a blender and a juicer and I’m definitely making good use of my juicer because of all the produce in my garden.

If money is an issue then I definitely think a blender is a better investment because you’re not wasting the fiber of the fruits and vegetables that you’re blending.

I do think that juice have an advantage in terms of nutrition because it simply gives your digestion system a break.

Have your say…

So if you were starting over with raw foods, or if you’re in that place now… which one would you recommend to others in this situation? A blender or a juicer? Let us know in the comments!
Love, Nathalie