Well it’s question that I see being asked pretty frequently, so I decided to do some research and give you my two cents.
They are BOTH BENEFICIAL, just in different ways.
Juicing is a process which extracts water and nutrients from produce and discards the indigestible fiber. Without the fiber your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to breakdown food and absorb the nutrients. Juicing actually makes the nutrients more really available to the body in much larger quantities than if you were to just eat the fruits and veggies whole.
That’s why there is so much hype about “JUICE CLEANSES” because it gives your digestive system a break and your body can sit back, work on internal healing, and absorb all of the nutrients. And who really wants to eat two apples, 10 stalks of celery, and three large carrots? I would much rather drink it in a deliciousjuice. Juicing is basically a “NUTRIENT EXPRESS” and they can be highly healing and detoxifying.
I recommend drinking only Green Juices such as Suja (my favorite brand of cold pressed Juices) and others made up of Kale, Cucumber, Collard Greens, etc. The why I stay away from fruit juices(juicing with fruit), with the exception of apples isbecause the high sugar content levels will spike your blood sugar levels and can lead to mood swings, headaches and energy loss. They are also higher in calories(No Thanks!)
Smoothies contain the whole fruit or vegetable and all of the skin/fiber. Blending helps to break the fiber apart allowing a slower and more even release of nutrients into the blood stream, helping to prevent blood sugar spikes.
They tend to be more filling because of the fiber and you can make them more easily. You can also add additional things to your smoothies as well like Protein Powder, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, or Maca Powder to make the nutrient value even higher. Smoothies can make a great pre or post workout snack.
However, due to the higher fiber content in Smoothies, you can definitley pack more veggies into juices because the fiber has been removed, however it really depends on your mood and if you want something that will keep you fuller longer like a smoothie or a nutrient packed juice.
Rules for Juicing and Blending
1) Keep like with like- meaning either blend or juice with just veggies(apples are an exception), or just fruit
2) Drink your juices and smoothies right away after 15 minutes, light and air will destroy most of the nutrients, if this isn’t possible then transfer it to an airtight container until you ready to drink it.
3)Use the right equipment to Juice or Blend- Cold Pressed Juicers are the best if you want to get serious about Juicing, but let’s be honest, most of us can’t shell out $700 dollars for a Juicer, so for now my $60 juicer will have to do. Also try to get a higher quality blender if smoothies are more your style. Generally it’s much cheaper to get a high quality blender than it is a juicer(I still dream about owning a Vitamix but maybe a Christmas gift? Anyone haha). My $40 one will work for now:)
Ideally a good mix of green veggie juices and fiber filled smoothies is a good idea for overall health. I see green juices as powerful, nutrient dense concoctions that heal, energize, and are wonderful for your health.
I also see smoothies as satisfying, more filling and grounding and can help to cleanse your colon with the fiber.
If you are looking for a way to get the largest quantity of veggies in a short amount of time than I would recommend green smoothies first and then moving on to smoothies at a later time. However both are good for your health, so drink or sip up lovers!