With so many different products on the market it's not always easy to tell – especially with companies such as NutriBullet classing their products as something entirely different. So what do all these products do and what should you put in them!

“Here I just wanted to add a little bit more weight on the juicing versus blending debate if you will and I just want to give you my take on where I sit with both of these. You know I’ve got juice plans, I’ve got blending plans, I’ve got pure juice only plans, I’ve got a 5:2 juice diet plan, we’ve got cold press juices, 600 calories a day, equally I’ve got blend only plans and there are reasons behind all of it.”

“As you know I set on the mission to juice the world, it’s nearly 20 years ago now and the mission was to have a juicer and a blender to be as common as a kettle and a toaster in everybody’s household, and moreover so they used both of these machines.”

“There has been, of course during that time there was a juice phenomenon but there was also a blend phenomenon but mainly in the NutriBullet phenomenon, I mean it really has been a phenomenon, now people don’t say, “Have you got a blender?” they say, “Have you got a NutriBullet?” We all know a NutriBullet is essentially just a blender, it’s a really good blender but what it did, it enabled people to see it in a different way and I love what, when there a game changer in the market that comes away.”

“They were responsible for more people having more fruits and vegetables again, the challenge of course is that people are using their Blender wrong and I was getting really frustrated seeing this which is part of the reason I created Super Blend Me! ‘cause you either had the situation where people would get hold of their Blender, they’d get hold of their cup and then what they would do is they would literally put in, I don’t know, three carrots, they’d put in come broccoli, they’d put in some kale, they’d put in some celery, they’d put in this, and all of a sudden you’ve got this thing filled up, little bit of water and then even in a NutriBullet it would still end up almost like a cold soup, you’ve maybe been there yourself.”

“So a lot of people then got put off of blending vegetables so you ended up just people were blending fruits and people were blending nut butters. Now the challenge with that was that they added too much nut butters, usually peanut butter smoothies, their using NutriBullet but how come their not losing weight or getting healthy because actually it was just dominated by using, I don’t know, nut butters and syrups so a lot of people just added, I don’t know, maple syrup to them or everything else instead of going, “Well how do I use this correctly?” So I’m going to do my level best in a very short space of time so that you can communicate this with other people, ‘cause people first of all don’t know the difference between a juicer and a blender, I mean that the first thing you need to cover [laughs].”

“A juicer extracts the juice contained within the fibres, a juicer extracts the juice contained within the fibres. A blender blends all the fibres and the juice together. Effectively your mouth is your blender, your stomach essentially is your juicer.”

“Okay, the rule that I have for blending is very clear, do not drink any blend faster than it would have taken you to eat the raw ingredients in that blend. In other words if you had three carrots, I mean you think of how long it would take you to genuinely chew and digest that carrot. So if you had three carrots, a stick of celery, etc, etc, going into your blend you don’t want to drink that in one minute, two minute flat, what you want to do is make sure that however long it would have taken you to eat the raw ingredients is how long it should take you to have that specific blend.”

“I go one stage further, I really don’t usually blend anything that I wouldn’t really consume within about ten, fifteen minutes maximum anyway. Certain things belong in your blender, some things belong in your juicer, some things cross over, some things don’t. Here are things that do not cross over, banana, bananas go in your blender, goes in your NutriBullet, whatever, they do not juice, they’re too much of a complex carbohydrate.”

“Although 87% pure organic liquid water, for some reason you can’t extract it, too much of a complex carbohydrate, belongs in your blender, it can of course be frozen, chopped it, boom, fantastic. Nut butters, clearly, I mean it sounds self-explanatory, I’ve been doing this for 20 years so I don’t know who’s doing this course, so you would think I know you can’t put nut butters in a juicer, you will be amazed, trust me, I’ve done this for 20 years [laughs].”

Super Blend Me! Recipes

“People say, can they put ice in the juicer, stuff like that, ice goes in your blender, butters, powder, so it’s like pastes, butters, powders, milks, so almond milk, so coconut milk, so oat milk, so yoghurt, those kind of things. Also avocadoes, avocadoes again, 84% water, challenges they are too much of a complex fat, so therefore certainly don’t try and put an avocado [laughs] in like that, in your juicer, there’s a big stone in the middle, but even when you cut it out and you have the flesh the juicer cannot extract the juice contained within, so what you need to do, it’s nice and creamy, so you put it in your blender.”

“Spinach, and I’ll tell you how to juice spinach, but can go in your juicer. But it also can go in your blender, so especially a really decent blender like a NutriBullet or something similar, and the same with kale. In fact to try and extract juice from spinach in a juicer you’ve got to pack it in really tight, especially if you’ve got a fast juicer.”

“Broccoli, again it can go in both if you’ve got a really good blender but the stem, the harder the fruit or veg the more juice it will extract, so hard fruits and veg really belong in your juicer, the softer belongs in your blender. So mango, although mango can go in both machines, I would say if it’s fairly hard mango not fully ripe then maybe put it in your juicer but do you know what nine times out of ten you want to chop it up and put mango chunks in your blender.”

“Pineapple really does go in both, so pineapple even with the skin on can go into your juicer, or you just take the skin off, put it in chunks, put it in your freezer, bam, it goes in your blender. So these are the cross-pollinators as I call them, berries, really keep out of your juicer, every time, you’ve got to keep them out of the juicer, any berries, frozen berries, fresh berries, they need to keep out of your juicer.”

“Nuts of any kind need to go into your blender, seems self-explanatory, but dates pitted go in your blender. All the powders, the Super Greens, the Power Greens, all that kind of stuff, the berry powders, seeds of any kind goes in there, oils, if you’re something like 3, 6 and 9 essential oils they go in your blender.”

“Cucumber, again it’s technically a fruit, if it goes in your blender it’s so loaded with water that it blends quite well in a NutriBullet but you get so much juice from it, it yields so well I think it’s the best juice on planet earth. If you look at Super Blend Me!, if you’ve got my Super Blend Me! plan, some of the recipes there, every now and then I use cucumber, but it’s a very small handful of diced cucumber that goes in to add a little bit of extra fibre, but again it’s not a whole cucumber going in a blender.”

“Apple, even right back from the original 7lbs in 7 Days, even before that, and I wrote a few recipes, the apple I would sometimes put half a apple, dice it up, put it in a blender and then add some fresh juice on, good.”

“See this is where juicing and blending comes in, I’m a huge advocate of both, I love extracting the juice from like carrots, raw beetroot, an apple, and pear, extracting it, courgette, celery in your juicer, and then pouring that juice, this is where I think the holy grail is, pouring that juice in a blender with an avocado, turbocharged smoothie and maybe some powders or anything else and that’s what I call a bad boy.”

“However, there are some people that really don’t want to use a juicer, you see if you’re going onto teach this and you want to get people healthy, that’s why I brought out Super Blend Me!, I’m doing one Super Blend Me! plan, those people that just said, “I’m not going to clean a juicer,” you get some people say, “I’m not going to do it, no matter what.”

“So we need to find a way that they’re going to blend properly, so you get the huge plant protein base going in, some of the nut butters, not too much, you don’t want to be loaded with calories or anything else, at the same time you want to add in the mint which is beautiful, and again try and extract mint juice from a juicer is quite tricky, slow juicers are better, but you’ve still got to kind of pack it in tight ‘cause the harder the fruit or veg the more juicer you’re going to get.”

“So I put the spinaches in, the kales in, because you can also freeze it, so you buy it fresh, you freeze it, and that’s why a blender, people are on a blend only programme, it’s so quick, it’s so easy, it’s so convenient and they get wicked results. I would say the big difference really if you’re just on a blend only programme is that it’s loaded with macronutrients, fats, proteins, carbohydrates, loaded, that’s where it’s singing.”

“Whereas when you do a juice programme really it’s the micronutrients, it has both, especially if you have the blends with avocado, but it’s the micronutrients. So therefore it’s those micronutrients that we really need and actually I did 21 days of nothing but super blends as well and I kind of was missing the juice, looking if you’re a real juice person you end up missing the juice, I’m a huge juice advocate, I love juice, never to be confused, but your blender should have equal billing.”

“Like I said my aim over 20 years ago was to make a juicer and a blender as common as a kettle and a toaster, both machines at the same time and the more people like you out there juicing it forward or now juice and blend it forward, whichever way you look at it, but you need to teach people the difference, because when you see people going, “Oh it’s alright, I made a juice in a blender,” you want to go, “No you didn’t make a juice in a blender, [laughs], you made a blend in a blender,” you know, when NutriBullet first came out they said, “It’s not a juicer, it’s not a blender, it’s an extractor,” what the hell is that [laughs], they say it doesn’t even blend, even today they say it extracts, I don’t even know what the difference is [laughs] and I love the product, but I’m just saying it is a blender but it’s a good blender.”

“So although there is no definitive, you think, oh Jason I was expecting a definitive between the juicing and blending, I think the key thing here in terms of a lesson is that a juicer extracts the juice contained within the fibre, a blender blends the fibre with all the juice and you have to add liquid, you don’t have to add liquid to a juicer because it extracts it all, but the softer the fruit or veg you’re going to get a lot of waste in a juicer.”

“So the softer it is it goes in there but again think about the volume of the produce going in, and how long would it take you to eat the raw ingredients, and that’s how long it should take you to drink your blend, that’s the key lesson, that’s the real difference between juicing and blending, the biggest thing that I always say to people as well and I don’t mind repeating this, when you lay it out, ‘cause you might be in this situation, where somebody asks for your help and you go, right, here’s all this stuff, we’re going to juice it and we’re going to blend it and you’re going to consume it in 30 days or 28 days, and some people go, “Well why don’t I just eat it?” and they can be really big and overweight and they can also be very ill.”

“And I love it when they go, “Well why don’t I just eat it?” and you obviously say, “I don’t know why you don’t but you don’t do you so we need to find another way in,” [laughs]. There’s no way I would get the volume of different fruits or veg, the different colours, the anthocyanins, the different pigmentations, the different macro, micronutrients going into my body unless I juice and blend it, so these tools to me, they’re not just kitchen appliances, they are genuinely the best healthcare system anybody can ever own.”