For many years I have read a lot of information on juices vs smoothies. And it continues to be something I'm asked a lot about. To be honest, I go back and forth about how I feel about both in terms of my body's happiness, because really that's all that matters isn't it? How are you feeling with what you're doing? Are you gaining weight you didn't necessarily need to gain (because you're having a lot of smoothies that might not have the best ingredients or having them in addition to large meals) or are you not feeling truly nourished because you're not getting to chew certain meals? (sometimes chewing really does make a world a difference in our mentality when eating!) The way I tend to look at these is simple, juice and blend up a lot of veggies add some fruit in there and you're good to go! But more details below
Juicing tends to have more concentrated amounts of vitamins and nutrients that are more easily absorbed (since the chewing has been 'done' already for you by your juicer). Let's say you're juicing things like cucumbers, romaine lettuce, a green apple, celery and lemon not only does that taste bangin' (at least in my opinion) but it has a whole host of nutrients in there readily available with the sugar content fairly low and primarily coming from the apple.
Smoothies retain their fiber since you're literally blending up the fruits and veggies. Fiber is key in helping with digestion, controlling blood glucose levels and has even been associated with lowering the risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases. Smoothies also have antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and you can add delicious things like hemp, chia or flax seeds which not only provide that fiber but also a healthy dose of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids.
What are some of your favorite smoothie/juice combos? I'm always looking for inspiration!