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A few weeks ago, CGH founder Lisa was just getting over a nasty stomach bug. During our daily text check-ins, she enthusiastically told me that she’d discovered a surprise remedy for gastrointestinal troubles – juicing! I’m a juicing novice, but I decided to give it a shot – partly as sort of a yay-you’re-better celebration with Lisa, and also to see if it would be possible to juice without, you know, an actual juicer.

Bounding into the kitchen, I found an apple, chopped it up, put it in the blender, and turned it on.

Bam! Twenty seconds later, I had . . . a few tablespoons of applesauce. Not quite what I’d imagined. Man, I thought, how many apples would I need in order to actually make a glass of juice? The answer was definitely “not enough.”

Personally, when life hands me applesauce, I make my favorite chocolate chip cookies. So I wasn’t too concerned. But it did make me want to learn more about blending vs. juicing, and discover what each method brings to the table.

Guess who knows a lot about juicing and blending? That’s right: the internet. Below are some of CGH’s favorite infographics about juicing, blending, what they have to offer, and how they’re different.

Here’s a quick breakdown from Kris Carr (I love her receipes in general, by the way):

infographic on Juicing Vs. Blending
(image via Visual.ly)
 
I found a useful visual breakdown of the benefits via a helpful article from Heather Rampolla:
 
 
Finally, since I’m primarily a smoothie lover thus far, here’s a basic guide to smoothie success:
 

How to Make a Smoothie [Infographic]

Did I miss anything? Please share your favorite blending or juicing tips in the comments!

Mailande Moran is a musician, writer, and media consultant based in Durham, NC. She is a 2013 graduate of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where she served as a Fellow for the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship's Impact Investing Initiative and the Center on Leadership and Ethics. In the summer of 2012, she worked with Enterprise Community Loan Fund to analyze and communicate the impact of green affordable housing and transit-oriented development in Colorado. While pursuing her MBA, she consulted with the healthcare NGO Healing Fields in India, the microfinance start-up Seeds in Kenya, and the for-profit maternity hospital LifeSpring in India. Prior to Fuqua, she focused on social entrepreneurship and philanthropy in strategy roles at Echoing Green and the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Mailande graduated from Duke University in 2006 with an A.B. in Art History. She is passionate about creating a safer, more equitable world. You can hear her music on Facebook (mailandemusic) and follow her other adventures on Twitter (@mailande). read more about
  • Giselle Jones

    Great information