“To Smoothie or to Juice? THAT is the Question!”
A subject that seems to come up, time & time again, with people that we talk to regarding eating a healthier diet, should I make smoothies or should I juice? Isn’t is bad to remove the fiber?
So, we have decided to see if we can remove some of the confusion about smoothies vs. juicing. Here are the differences & benefits of each.
Smoothies are a wonderful, quick & easy way to begin your day (or end your day) with a healthy, nutritious meal. They are a delicious, concoction of raw, living, and rejuvenating foods. There are quite literally ENDLESS combinations that you can use. Bananas are usually a staple; I like half of them to be frozen (peeled when ripe & frozen flat, so that you can get them broken apart easily) & half to be ripe, fresh. The rest of your ingredients may be fresh or frozen or a combination. One of my favorites is: 2 frozen bananas, 2 fresh bananas, 1 ripe mango (or frozen about 2 cups), about 2 cups of pineapple, 3-4 cups of spinach or kale (or any other green you may have around), 1/2 of a cucumber, & water, coconut water or almond milk to desired consistency. Blend all ingredients in your Vitamix (or blender) until smooth & creamy, YUMMY! Use your imagination, add coconut oil, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, honey, pitted dates, cinnamon, etc. So, in less than 5 minutes I can be on my way, with my quart bottle in hand, with a meal in a jar. Benefits of the smoothie include, quick & easy, great energy food, increases amount of raw food in your diet, includes fiber.
Now, juicing is a method of extracting the only the liquid & vitamins/minerals & life force out of the fruits/vegetables, leaving the pulp as a by-product. Juicers come in a wide variety of styles & price ranges. Each machine has it’s benefits & drawbacks. Some will juice wheatgrass, some do not have that capability. Generally, the larger the feeding hole, the faster it juices (& heats up, a drawback) & the smaller the feeding chute, the slower (& cooler, which protects all elements of the living food) the process. The first juicer that we got was the Omega Vert, which you can buy at Best Buy or online at Amazon for about $330.00. We now have the “Cadillac” juicer the Super Angel juicer, at a cost of $1100 it better be!!! We do get higher yield out of our produce.
But, why would you juice and not get all the fiber, right?? Well, the great thing about juicing is really two fold: 1. It allows the body to absorb way more produce (AND vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes, etc.) than a person could possible eat in a meal. 2. It allows all of that great nutrition to enter into the body almost instantaneously, being able to bypass the digestion process as it goes directly to our cells for energy. Also, the added bonus is that the body does not need to expel the fuel needed for digestion, so that it may “spend” its energy doing other “repair” work in the body.
I definitely believe in juicing, especially for sick or tired bodies. Some people have issues digesting fiber, because of health issues, ie leaky gut syndrome, this eliminates that problem. And with juicing I get much more of the greens, with a lemon and maybe a green apple thrown in, the flavor is great. I love starting the day with a green juice, or beet/carrot/green apple juice. I then have essential fasted from 6PM the night before until whenever I eat my late morning snack or my big salad for lunch. Also, juice fasting is great but that will be a topic for another day!!
So, there you have it! Hope this post answers a few questions you may have had!!