Why do I need a blender? Is juice from the blender healthier? What are the benefits of a blender? Just a few questions you might have when buying a blender. In this article we explain what the biggest advantages of a blender are.
A blender makes it easier for you to eat healthier
In a household with children – but of course also with adults – it can sometimes be quite a challenge to eat healthily. We all want to eat healthier, but it is often difficult to fit enough fruits and vegetables into our daily diet. With a blender you can turn all those healthy ingredients into the most delicious juices, smoothies and purees in no time
Make fruit juice fast
A cup of fruit juice contains up to five pieces of fruit. This means you are complying with the advice of the Voedingsbureau (Nutrition Agency), who recommend a minimum of two pieces of fruit per day. If you want to consume enough fruit, a blender is ideal. The blender is a widely used device for making tasty fruit juices, because they take a lot of work out of your hands.
After the blender has done its magic, the ingredients are transformed into a tasty smoothie: a solid fruit juice full of good vitamins and pulp. If you prefer a regular fruit juice, pass the mix through a sieve or cheesecloth to strain the pulp from the drink.
A smoothie from the blender is healthy
Blenders are often used for making smoothies. A smoothie is similar to a fruit juice, but contains the fiber and pulp in addition to the juice. The difference between fruit juice and a smoothie is that a smoothie is ready immediately after blending, while a fruit juice will still need to be strained to remove the pulp from the final product. The pulp is rich in fiber, which is good for your intestines, among other things. So a smoothie is healthier than juice.
The best milkshakes you can make yourself (with a blender)
A milkshake is not only a delicious treat on a hot day it is also a festive dessert. Of course you can also make a milkshake without a blender. But why would you do that? A blender makes it so much easier for you. All you have to do is fill the jug of the blender with ice cream, milk and the necessary flavorings, for example strawberry, banana, and then press the start button of the blender. The blender will chop and blend all the ingredients at lightning speed. Let the blender do its work for a few seconds and the end result will be a deliciously refreshing milkshake.
With a blender you preserve the nutritional value
A salad is known as a healthy and nutritious meal. Especially when the goal is to eat as pure, healthy and fiber-rich as possible. But did you know that vegetables and fruit from the blender also retain their nutritional value?
In fact, vegetables from the blender are healthier than raw vegetables. This is because the blender pulverizes the vegetable cell structure. This allows the maximum nutritional value to be absorbed by the body. And because the blender is also very good at mixing, you can also add protein-rich ingredients, such as milk, yogurt or skyr, to ensure even more nutritional value.
You can blend almost anything
A blender can chop and puree almost all types of fruits and vegetables. A good blender can even handle harder ingredients. Chopping ingredients like ice cream or nuts are therefore no challenge for a decent blender, which is definitely a plus. With a good blender, you can make fresh nut milk all by yourself.
A blender is a time saver
Imagine if you wanted to eat healthy, but had to cut, chop and puree all those vegetables, fruits and nuts yourself to make a nutritious dish. By the time you were done with that, you probably either had no appetite left or you had already opted for a delivery meal. A blender takes a lot of work out of your hands and ensures that you can prepare a super healthy, nutritious meal every day in just a few minutes. You will benefit from this every day.
The tastiest sauces on the table in no time
Perhaps you thought you could only use a blender for smoothies and fruit juice. A blender is much more versatile, because with a blender you can quickly make the tastiest sauces, soups, dips and spreads. How about homemade hummus or pesto? You can make your own peanut butter or a fresh tomato sauce for over pasta.
Making a puree
A blender is often a much better option than a whole food processor. A blender is tremendously versatile, the device is also a lot more compact and a lot simpler to use. The blender is perfect for transforming vegetables or fruits into a silky smooth puree.
With the greatest of ease the blender turns soft fruits, but also vegetables or meat into a puree. Harder vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots or apples will of course first have to be softened by boiling or steaming them.
Using the blender as a mixer
A blender is perfect for mixing ingredients. This is convenient, because this way you don’t need a normal hand mixer.
The blender has much more power than a hand mixer and the blades of the blender turn at a much higher speed. Do not blend too long, because too much intense blending will activate too many gluten, which makes for a tough cake. So be careful. Fortunately, the blender jug is transparent, so you can easily keep an eye on the consistency of the mix.
Controlling blood sugar levels
A cup of fruit juice contains much more sugar than the same amount of smoothie. That’s because you need a lot more fruit to fill a cup with juice than you do for a smoothie. To be exact, even three times as much.
Unlike a normal fruit juice, a smoothie is packed with fiber. These fibers slow down the absorption of carbohydrates so that blood sugar levels will rise more gradually after a meal. Fiber is therefore linked to a lower risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. In addition, fiber feeds the good gut bacteria
Summing up the above
The benefits of a blender cannot be overemphasized. The device offers an awful lot of functionality and can help you prepare healthy meals and drinks on a daily basis. If you are looking for a versatile, easy-to-clean, durable kitchen appliance to help you chop, blend, puree and make juices and smoothies, then buying a blender makes sense.