Ok! So, I’m asked all of the time which is better, juice or smoothies? My answer is always the same: both!
BUT there is a difference between the 2 and what they can do for you.
For my explanation here, when I refer to “juice” or “smoothie,” I’m always referring to GREEN juice (a mixture of “fresh” juiced greens, vegetables, and sometimes a small amount of fruit), and GREEN smoothies (a mixture of fresh greens and fruit). I’m not referring to orange juice, pineapple juice, carrot juice, or a berry-n-banana smoothie.
Those are all fine, but are more like a dessert. Right now I’m talking about juice and smoothies that will add a daily booster of high nutrient density and chlorophyll, from the use of a lot of greens and vegetables.
A JUICE IS MADE IN A JUICER AND A SMOOTHIE IS MADE IN A BLENDER. A JUICE CANNOT BE MADE IN A BLENDER BECAUSE THE FIBRE STILL REMAINS IN THE END PRODUCT.
Juice is basically a smoothie with the fibre removed. This means that having fresh green juices are a fabulous way to load yourself up on nutrients, at much higher densities than with smoothies!
You can only drink so much, and with a smoothie, the fibre adds a lot of volume that fills you up using a much less of the produce that your stomach could hold if you removed the fibre and drank it as juice.
When you make a litre of juice with a whole lettuce, 2 cucumbers, 2 apples, a whole bunch of spinach, and half a bunch of celery, you will easily consume it and all its nutrients, without the feeling of feeling full or overloaded…..BUT if you put the same amount of foods into a blender and add some water to blend and tried to drink it, you would find it near impossible and would feel quite ill from the bulk of the fibre.
So, you can see from this example which of the 2 is going to give you the highest amounts of nutrient dense ingredients and without putting stress on your digestive system! This creates much more energy fuel for your body and nutrients to be absorbed into your bloodstream ready to have you pumping.
You might then say to me……”Isn’t fibre important?”
Yes it is! It is very important to have in your everyday life. So it is wise to keep both juices and smoothies in your daily eating plans for optimum health.
If you were to want to use juicing for healing chronic conditions, it is a very easy and affective way to boost your nutrient levels quickly and at the same time create what we call ‘a holiday for your gut.’ Taking out the fibres and making a juice takes away the work that your gut needs to do, to break down those fibres. It is allowing your body to then use that extra energy that would have been used for digestion, to go and do work elsewhere……and it will most likely go towards healing, which then creates a happier more energetic you!
So juicing is different to smoothies, and they are both fabulous for our health. One, (juicing), is just a few points up on the other, (smoothies), when it comes to its ability to assist our body to heal and also the amount of nutrients you get in one litre. Smoothies are excellent for maintaining good health once you have healed.
So enjoy both, but know the difference!