I love smoothies, specially green ones. I can’t say enough about the difference they have made in my life, but juicing is a practice I enjoy a lot when I don’t mind to clean the juicer. A lot of my clients ask me what’s the best habit they can get into to improve their health, I always have a simple answer: blend or juice your produce.
Everybody is different that’s why I always recommend to be careful when you do any dietary change, it doesn’t matter how healthy a food or a protocol is, it’s never good for 100% of the population.
So now what’s the difference between juices and smoothies?
Juicing extracts water and nutrients from produce leaving the fiber out. Without all the fiber, your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to break down the food and absorb the nutrients directly into the bloodstream. This is especially helpful if you have a sensitive digestive system or illness that inhibits your body from processing fiber or if you’re recovering from an illness and need the nutrients to be absorbed quickly.
Fresh vegetable juices are a very important part of most healing and detox programs, they’re nutrient rich and restorative.
Juicing is a great practice but I advise you to stay away from fruit juices, adding a green apple to your vegetable juice is OK but a only fruits juice is a load of fructose that without the fiber can spike your blood sugar.
Smoothies are processed in a blender, they use the entire vegetable or fruit which means that the fiber stays in your drink. The process breaks apart the fiber that makes the fruits and veggies easier to digest, also helps create a slow, release of nutrients into the blood stream and avoids blood sugar spikes. Smoothies are more filling, because they have the fiber.
Each method has exceptional benefits, but both share the same amazing benefit:—they fill your body with a big amount of fresh produce.
- 1 green apple
- 6 Swiss chard leaves
- 1/2 lemon (with rind)
- 1-inch piece of ginger
- Juice all of the ingredients through a juicer