January-February 2015 | PULP FACT OR FICTION

The Wipeout by Lisa Carlotta of the Juice Shack by Berlin Organics
The Orange-A-Go-Go by CSM Photographer Grant L. GurskyNancy Bolt, owner of The Greenhouse in Ocean CityPULP FACT OR FICTIONPULP FACT OR FICTION



Juicing and blending are basically the same thing, right? Actually, they’re not. Juicing separates the juice from the pulp, whereas blending includes everything, essentially pulverizing all the ingredients in one container. The result is called a smoothie. But the real question is, which one is better for you? To help arrive at the answer, we reached out to some of the most popular local purveyors, who, as it turns out, had some very juicy things to say on the subject.

Lisa Carlotta, owner, Juice Shack by Berlin Organics, OC

On Juicing v. Blending

“We believe both juicing and blending provide great health benefits. It’s a matter of personal choice. Juicing can be messy, with more cleanup than blending, and with different results: a smooth juice with less fiber or a thicker blended drink. Either way, the goal is to provide nutritious choices.”

RECIPE: Wipeout

“One of our most popular drinks at the Juice Shack is the Wipeout. It’s the most detoxifying juice on our menu. The beets boost stamina, while carrots cleanse the kidneys and liver. Apples boost your immune system, and ginger helps with heartburn and upset stomach. You can imagine why it’s a popular summer drink!”


1 beet

1 inch of ginger

1-2 gala apples

6 carrots

Simply juice the produce and enjoy over ice!

DOs & DON’Ts:

DO use as much organic produce as you can. We operate under the “Clean 15, Dirty Dozen” principle. Find it on www.ewg.org.

 use 80% greens, 20% fruit. Too much fructose is not conducive to good health.

 peel citrus fruits. The peel contains oils that can interfere with body functions when consumed in significant amounts.

 drink your juice too fast. Swish it around to mix in the enzymes that start digestion for better nutrient absorption.

 think juice is a meal replacement unless you are on a fast. Your body needs protein, too, which is easily added to a blended juice.

Jim Paslawski, owner, Honey’s Farm Fresh, Lewes

On Juicing v. Blending:

“To pulp or not to pulp… that’s what blending versus juicing comes down to. The former has it; the latter does not. Blending gives you all the nutrients of juicing with high fiber. Juicing is still a preferred way to get all our nutrients in a fast and delicious way.”


“We have been using kale a lot. It is a powerhouse of nutrition, packed with vitamins K and C, beta-carotene and many other needed nutrients. The taste of kale can be bitter with cabbage overtones, downright yucky, actually. We add some sweet red apples and lemon, and the results are delicious. Also great is that Hail to the Kale is easy to blend and has three simple ingredients.”



1 cup kale

2 small apples

1/2 lemon

Just juice, drink and enjoy! 

DOs & DON’Ts:

DO experiment. Try different fruits and veggies. “No rules” is a good rule to keep in mind. It’s all about what you like, having fun and staying healthy.

 drink your drink immediately after it’s juiced. When exposed to air, juice can begin to lose its nutritional power.

 just consume fruit juices; it will spike your blood sugar. Mix it up with some green veggies. 

 juice instead of eating a balanced meal. Add a juice at the beginning of a meal; it will help fill you and give you a pop of vitamins.

Nancy Bolt, owner, The Greenhouse, OC

On Juicing v. Blending

“I prefer to extract the juice from fruits and vegetables rather than blend. When blending, you have to add another liquid, like coconut water or juice, to keep the mixture fluid enough to drink easily. When you extract the juice, you get pure juice. I think most people get enough fiber in their diets and therefore shouldn’t be too concerned about its absence from an extracted juice. Additionally, you can use the pulp to make other foods, like breads and salsas. Keep in mind, too, that some fruits produce more juice when put into a blender. For example, pineapple and strawberries can be juiced on a low setting in an extractor; however, I see a better yield when they are blended.”

RECIPE: Spicy Tomato Juice

This has become an especially popular item on our menu. It packs a very nice punch and makes a great meal replacement, too!


1 tomato

1 carrot

1 cucumber, peeled

2 stalks celery

1 onion, sliced

1 lime, sliced

1 handful cilantro

½ red or yellow pepper

½ avocado

Juice the tomato, carrot, cucumber, celery, cilantro and the pepper, along with a few slices of onion and a slice of lime. If you’d like it spicy, add hot sauce or cayenne pepper.

DOs & DON’Ts:

DO remember when juicing or blending to pick the freshest ingredients.

 observe what works better in the juicer or the blender and adjust accordingly. (I use a squeeze press for citrus so that I may avoid peeling everything. It also works great for pomegranates!)

 forget that you should experiment with the juice the fruits and veggies you like. Feel free to modify recipes if there are ingredients you don’t care for, or just wing it with your own. Juicing has plenty of health benefits, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t enjoy the taste.

Jeremy Brockway, owner, GreenMan, Rehoboth Beach

On Juicing v. Blending

“Both are great. With juicing, you can get a very large portion of vegetable and fruits concentrated into a small, drinkable serving. One of our 12 oz. juices contains, on average, 2 lbs. of produce, so it provides a powerful nutritional hit.

“Blending is also wonderful because while it provides a great amount of nutrition in a convenient drinkable form, it also keeps the fiber from the produce intact. Fiber keeps you feeling full and satisfied longer, and pretty much everyone needs more of it in their diet.”

RECIPE: Peachy Green

I selected Peachy Green because it’s a blended drink chock full of nutrients. It’s a delicious way to incorporate green drinks into your diet, and it consists of ingredients that are easy to find, even in winter.


2 handfuls baby spinach

1 tsp. grated fresh ginger

2 cups frozen sliced peaches

2 tsp. honey

1 tsp. bee pollen

1 1/4 cups water

Toss all ingredients into blender; blend to your desired consistency. Enjoy!

DOs & DON’Ts:

DO make sure the all of your ingredients are chopped, prepped and ready to go before you begin. This makes juicing a much easier and more pleasant experience.

 feel free to experiment. You might not know what you’ll like until you try it!

 invest in a cold press juicer if you drink a lot of juice. This method of juicing allows you to juice and store large batches of fresh product. This way, you can grab a juice and go without having do the prep and clean up every time.

 skimp on quality ingredients. It makes a difference in the finished product.

 forget to have fun with it. Buy exotic fruits or try something you’ve never had before. Play around with flavor combinations (avocado is surprisingly delicious in sweet drinks, for example).

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