Juices Versus Smoothies: Which is best for you?

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“Should I buy a blender or a juicer?”

People ask me that. A lot.

That question crossed my mind a few times when I first started eating more naturally too. And if you are at all health-conscious, I know it’s crossed yours too.

And that’s because of this long debated question… Which is better for you- fresh pressed juice OR smoothies?

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Quite simply, before I go any further, let me give you the quick of it- they are BOTH good for you! You’re probably thinking, “Yeah well, which is better though!?” Ehhhh, that is all going to depend on YOU. There are pro’s and con’s to each, as with everything. So to clarify things let go over them.

Juices

Have you ever seen the movie Fat, Sick, And Nearly Dead? Well, if you haven’t, it is a great testament to the power of juicing. Two men, with the same illness, go on a juice cleanse for 2 months and completely cure themselves! They lose weight, stop their medication, and basically reboot their entire system. The power of natural food people! And juicing is just about the best way to unlock it’s potency.

Pros

  • Retains almost all of the fruit/vegetable’s vitamins, minerals, plant chemicals (phytonutrients), and enzymes.
  • Easily and quickly absorbed into your system (A nutrient express!)
  • Can create very concentrated, nutrient dense drinks without an overload of volume (more nutrients without a stuffed belly).
  • Great way to easily add in extra fruits and vegetables into your diet.

Cons

  • Loss of fiber (but, you can always stir in some milled flax seed or chia seed to help with that).
  • Must be consumed within 15 minutes after being pressed or nutrient loss will occur (unless using a cold-press juicer).
  • Can not be used as meal replacements.
  • Depending on the machine you have, juicers can be a pain to clean (mine has 5 cumbersome parts).

Smoothies

If you don’t mind a little texture, learning to incorporate smoothies into your diet on a regular basis can really boost your body’s health. Think quick and easy consumption of WHOLE fruits and vegetables. Your body will undeniably thank you.

Pros

  • Contains 100% of the whole food’s fiber. This will help you stay full longer and cleanse your colon.
  • No blood sugar spikes! The fiber helps create a slow, steady release of nutrients into the blood stream.
  • Can be stored up to 24 hours without significant nutrient loss.
  • Great way to easily add in extra fruits and vegetables into your diet.
  • With the right choice of ingredients, a smoothie can be used as an entire meal replacement.

Cons

  • Can easily become high-calorie, sugar-delivery devices if you aren’t cautious of the ingredients you are adding (stevia, stevia, stevia baby!).
  • Most high-speed, quality blenders are VERY expensive (averaging at about $400).
  • Oxidation occurs, destroying some of the important nutrients.

Smoothiess

 

Personally, I drink both. Since each offers it’s own set of benefits.

I always have a green smoothie for breakfast. That way I get all the fiber and enough of a full belly to keep me going until lunch. Later in the day, usually as a between-lunch-and-dinner-snack, I have a juice just as an extra burst of nutrition. So I do smoothies 7 times a week (more if I have one for lunch too) and juices about 5 times a week.

I realize that most people are probably not going to own both a juicer and a blender. They’re expensive! I know. So, you are probably going to make a pick. Just remember-

No matter what you choose for yourself, juicing and blending are BOTH fabulous ways to easily fill your body with the goodness of whole foods!

 

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  • I like juices because aside from its easy to make, its also contributes healthy cleansing unto our bodies.

  • Skitz3 March 25, 2016, 3:55 pm

    I use the ninja. Works great for me. I don’t have texture problems. I love smoothies.