Whole-Food Juice: The All-Natural Energy Drink

Juicing is a growing food trend, and for good reason. With more and more people seeking ways to incorporate healthful, natural foods into their busy lifestyles, juicing satisfies multiple needs.

But there are significant differences between juice extraction and whole-food juicing. When you make juice, you remove the pulp of fruits and vegetables so only the smooth liquid remains. Whole-food juicing (also called raw food juicing), by contrast, uses all of the food and blends it together, including the pulp, skin, fiber, liquid, and nutrients. Because they have more fiber and a thicker consistency, whole-food juices keep you fuller longer. You’ll also need fewer fruits and vegetables to create the same volume of liquid nutrition than with juice extraction, thus decreasing your overall cost.

Fiber is key in balancing out the natural sugars contained in the juice of fruits and even many vegetables, because it slows down your body’s absorption of the sugars into the bloodstream, improves digestion, and satisfies hunger. With whole-food juicing, you’ll get all of the energy boost of juice without the sugar crash that typically follows.

A Vitamix machine is perfect for creating smooth-textured beverages that incorporate the whole fruit or vegetable. If you want an even finer textured drink, you can further strain it through a fine sieve or filtration bag. Try these recipes, and experiment with a variety of whole fruits and vegetables to create your own array of signature healthy drinks!

Carrot Juice Plus

A touch of lemon juice adds zest to this healthy beverage.

Carrot, Orange, and Apple Juice

A colorful blend of tart and sweet flavors.

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Pineapple Juice

Easy and delicious, with 4 grams of fiber per serving.

Orange Juice Plus

A splash of vanilla extract is a sweet variation on the classic breakfast drink