If you are one of those people, this post is for you!
Picture yourself buying juice. At a store. Any juice. Got it? Now, what does it look like? What is the consitancy? It is a thin liquid. Bam! Done.
OK. Now picture yourself at a smoothie joint. Smoothie King? Something simliar? What does the smoothie taste like? Look like? Feel like? It is a thick liquid. Often creamy made with yogurt or milk or ice if it's frozen. Great! We're almost done!
Juice is juice. A smoothie is a smoothie.
A Vitamix is a blender. A very powerful, awesome blender, but a blender nonetheless. It does not perform magic and will not turn a pile of solid vegetables into a thin liquid. Turning fruits and vegetables into a thin liquid, i.e. juice, requires that the solid parts of the vegetables be stripped away so that only their juice remains.
A juicer does just that! Here is a basic run down of a Vitamix and the 2 types of juicers commonly available.
A Vitamix is an excellent addition to any kitchen if you can afford to have one. They cost about $400-700 depending on the model. It has a motor that could probably power a lawnmower. You use it to make smoothies. You can also use it for sauces, soups, margaritas and dry ingredients like turning dry grains into flour. If you can't afford a high end blender, other options are available. See the image below for a chart of recommended blenders. Buy a Vitamix HERE.
A centrifugal juicer uses centrifugal force to finely grind fruits and vegetables through a mesh screen to yield juice. The spinning motion forces the juice away from the pulp and the juice is poured into a container. Meanwhile, the pulp is shot out of the back into another container.
Pros: Generally less expensive, faster, larger shoot to shove vegetable (means less cutting)
Cons: Not efficient with juicing greens; It is widely assumed that the heat from the juicer itself will kill the enzymes in the juice.
Recommended Juicers: Jack Lalannes is a good starter one. I personally own this one.
The term masticating literally means to 'chew'. A masticating juicer, also known as a low or slow speed juicer, uses an auger that is in a tube to literally squeeze the juice from the vegetable. Lower speed means lower heat from the machine so many people believe that a masticating juicer produces a higher quality juice.
Pros: Far more efficient juicing greens, low speed and low heat
Cons: Small shoot to insert veggies means more cutting. So, it takes longer. Not a great idea for softer fruits like apples, pears, citrus. The soft pulp will cause the juicer to back up. Generally, more expensive.
Recommended Juicers: Green Star, Champion & Omega. Mine also does wheatgrass (which other regular masticating juicers cannot do). You can buy the one I have here.
So there you have it. A smoothie comes from a blender. Juice comes from a juicer. The end. =)