Juice Or Smoothie

Juice or Blend into a Smoothie?

Both are beneficial!

Do you know the difference?  Some people who come to juice bar believe you just throw things in a blender and the magic happens however when you get home, you try to make it and it doesn’t taste the same. Why?  First of all our Smoothies contain frozen fruit without added sugar.  We Blend those fruits until they are smooth in texture.  This won’t happen until you add a liquid.  The liquid comes from not only Almond Milk but also fresh fruit/veggie juice.  We juice the fruit/veggies first then add to the frozen fruit/spinach/banana to make our delicious smoothies.
Most smoothies that you purchase at other fast food restaurants is a pre-made puree that contains other added ingredients especially sugar, then they throw in fresh spinach and add ice to give you that green smoothie…. although better than soda, still not the best or the healthiest.
I get asked all the time, which is better, Juice or Smoothie?

 

Juice is the liquid and about 90% of the nutrients from the fruit or vegetable.Juicing is the process of extracting juice from produce, separating it from the pulp (or insoluble fiber).

When made fresh and kept raw, those nutrients stay intact.  Juicing is the easiest way to get phytonutrients in their most absorbable form straight to the bloodstream.  Your digestive system does not have to work hard to separate nutrients from the pulp because a juicer does it for you.  There is little, if any, digestion required.  Since juices are predigested by the juicer, the body can shift its healing efforts to other more critical efforts.

The body will absorb nutrients immediately because there’s no pulp.

This makes juicing suitable for people who have a condition like diabetes or high blood pressure.

It’ll also work if you have a weak digestive system. Juicing will enable you to still get the nutrients your body needs.

Don’t rely on juicing as a substitute to a proper meal because it lacks the fiber to fill you up.

The main purpose of juicing is to repair and renew.  In addition, the enzymes are alive and aid not only to make digestion and all other metabolic processes work, but also help repair our DNA and RNA.

 

Blending, on the other hand, is very beneficial also.  Blending is an easy way to pack those nutrient dense foods into your diet.  Green smoothies are more filling than juices since they contain fiber.  Fiber is essential for keeping your system clean and running smoothly. It feeds the microbes within us which in turn then feed our whole body. 

Unlike juicing that separates the pulp and juice, blending retains everything as if you’re eating the whole fruit or vegetable. But the blending process will break down fiber into a puree like consistency.

This helps make fruit and vegetables easier to digest. The presence of fiber slows down the release of nutrients and helps avoid blood glucose spikes if you happen to make recipes with lots of fruit.

Your body will absorb all the nutrients because everything remains intact including the non-soluble fiber that helps with cleansing the gut.

Blending can also technically replace a meal because the fiber helps fill you up. This is an alternative to a breakfast just in case you’re in a hurry.

Which one is better?

It all boils down to what you want to achieve.

Juicing can be beneficial for the following scenarios

  • Going through a fast and need to rest your digestive system for a short period
  • Just had surgery, chemo or radiation therapy, or virus and need something that absorbs quickly to rebuild and boost your immune system
  • Looking for an alternative treatment to conditions such as high blood or diabetes – you can concoct recipes that contain ingredients that help treat these conditions naturally
  • Have a health issue and you need a quick way to absorb nutrients

Blending can be beneficial for these situations…

  • It provides a quicker option to consuming foods just in case you’re in a hurry
  • Helps you consume more leafy greens and improve your overall health
  • Can serve as a meal replacement
As you can see BOTH are great for you, so next time you are in, just go out of your comfort zone and try something new!
Stay Healthy!
Melissa Phillips

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