I have been getting asked this question lately, “which is better for you, juicing or smoothies?” and here is my response. I personally think both are great for you, and if you are even doing one over the other, your are doing something great for your body! But, here is the quick breakdown.
Juicing is a great way for you to get your nutrients absorbed into the bloodstream quickly. It’s like a liquid vitamin that you create in your juicer, and gain tons of energy from, and feel that energy boost within 20 minutes of drinking it. Raw fruits and vegetables are a great source of vitamins, antioxidants, chlorophyll and phytonutrients, which help against cancer. Juicing extracts these nutrients and helps flush out the toxins that have accumulated in your body. Unlike smoothies, juicing removes the fiber, which makes it easier on your digestive system, and can even help those with a compromised digestive system. Juicing makes the nutrients more readily available to the body in larger quantities than if you ate the fruits and veggies whole.
Smoothies consist of blending together the whole fruit or vegetables and keeps the fiber content. When you drink a smoothie, it creates a slow release of nutrients into the bloodstream and helps keep you fuller longer. Just be sure not to only blend fruit, because it can cause a spike in your blood sugar. Try adding kale, spinach or any other greens that you enjoy into your smoothie. For those of you who don’t like greens, you won’t even taste the greens mixed into your smoothie, I promise. I also love smoothies because I can everything but the kitchen sink into them! I put add-ins such as coconut oil, flax seed, chia, turmeric and cinnamon, all of which have great nutritional benefits.
I start off every morning with a smoothie to give me that full, satisfied feeling. When I want an extra shot of energy quickly, I juice. So the question goes back to you, what do you like to do, juice or make smoothies, or both?
Here is one of my favorite juice recipes, pineapple, carrot and beet juice, which is great to drink in the morning on an empty stomach to stimulate your stomach acid for digestion and your pancreatic enzymes. Give it a try!
Put all of these ingredients in your juicer and enjoy! You will be amazed by the beautiful color of this drink and feel completely energized by it!
- 10 organic carrots, peeled
- 1/4 of a medium sized beet, washed (you don’t need to peel it)
- 2 1 inch slices of pineapple