If you have read our post on juicing vs blending, you have probably learned that using a juicer strips the fiber from the fruit while the blender retains it.
If you’re wondering what fiber is, its a type of carbohydrate that your bodily doesn’t actually digest. Why is it important if your body doesn’t even digest it?
For those looking to lose weight, it is very bulky when it passes through your digestive system and therefore makes you feel full. This is why those that go on a juice diet versus a smoothie diet are always feeling hungry because there is hardly any fiber.
In addition, it cleans out your tract so you don’t get constipated, slows the absorption of sugar, filters bad cholesterol, and reduces the chances of getting colon cancer.
Fruits High in Fiber:
- Raspberries – 8.0 grams per cup
- Prunes – 7.7 g
- Pears – 5.1 g
- Blackberries – 3.8 g
- Mangoes – 3.3 g
- Apples – 3.3 g
- Strawberries – 3.3 g
It is recommended to eat these fruits raw because, after all, its the skins of the fruit that contain most of the fiber.
If you’re planning to drink the fruit, it should only be done through the use of a blender that we recommend on this site. Using a juicer removes most of the fiber contents so if that’s your goal, you won’t accomplish it with a juicer.
- Peanuts – 4.6 grams per oz
- Almonds – 3.5 g
- Pistachios – 3.0 g
With the use of a quality blender, they will pulverize these nuts and blend them in smoothly into your smoothie (no pun intended).
Nuts (including peanut butter and almond butter) match up particularly well with bananas in a milk shake, taste-wise.
They are also great to add because they contain protein.
The vegetables that are typically high in fiber (i.e. lentils, broccoli, etc.) don’t work well in smoothies and are better on their own as whole foods.
These veggies will work for your blends:
- Spinach – 4.0 grams per cup
- Kale – 3.0 g