This is a question I often get asked by my clients. Both smoothies and juices are more popular than ever with everyone going on juice cleanses and detoxes. Which one is better for you? Both offer benefits in different ways. Here below I explain the differences.
Juicing is good for quick absorption of nutrients. It takes 15 minutes for the nutrients from a juice to hit the blood stream. This is very good in people that have digestive issues, are suffering from an illness and their digestion is compromised. It is also good for people that are stressed as stress places a strain on the digestive system. Juicing is also good as it includes raw foods packed full of enzymes that are lost during cooking. Juicing places less of a strain on the liver. Ideally fruit and vegetable juices should not be mixed together. Apples and carrots are the exception. Since a juice is very quick in hitting the blood stream it is important not to use too much fruit as this can cause a spike in sugar levels. Vegetable juices are best for people suffering from blood sugar problems. Fruit juices are high in sugar and can also cause weight gain as juicing removes the fibre.
Removing the fibre is what makes juices easier to be absorbed as your digestive system does not have to work hard to absorb the nutrients. Also in a juice you can pack larger quantities of vegetables than you would be able to eat. This means you are able to get more nutrients from a glass of juice.
It is important to remember that fibre in your diet is important so if you tend to have lots of juices remember to also eat your greens.
Smoothies are fantastic especially in the morning as they are super quick to prepare. You just throw everything into a blender and blend away. You can really include all sorts of goodies in your smoothie. You can add chia seeds, nut butters, oats, superfood powders like spirulina and wheatgrass, protein powders. The list goes on.
The fibre in a smoothie releases nutrients into the blood stream slowly balancing blood sugar levels avoiding spikes. You pack in less fruit and vegetables into a smoothie but smoothies are more filling keeping you fuller for longer. A juice can leave you feeling hungry.
With both juices and smoothies it is important to drink them within 15 minutes so the nutrients to do not get destroyed.
I hope this helps and keep enjoying both your smoothies and juices.
Smoothies are a great way to start the day and a super green smoothie is the best to cleanse and alkalise the body. Smoothies are also the secret to beautiful skin. It is so important to include plenty of greens into your diet and a smoothie is one of the best and quickest ways to great health!
1 celery stalk chopped
1/4 of a cucumber peeled and chopped
1 apple peeled and cored
Juice of 1 lemon
a small piece of ginger (ginger has a very strong taste so start with a small amount)
2 romaine leaves chopped
5 kale leaves chopped
1/2 a tablespoon of flax seeds
Bee pollen for the topping
1 scoop of Neil’s Yard Super Greens Complex
Wash all the ingredients thoroughly and place in a blender and blend until smooth. You can add ice, this makes it taste better. Pour into a glass, top with bee pollen and enjoy!
Smoothie recipe this week is packed full of goodness. It has spirulina which is a blue green algae very rich in protein and minerals. it is perfect after a tough workout.
1 frozen banana
a handful of spinach
2 broccoli florets
1 teaspoon of spirulina
1/2 an avocado
1 tablespoon of chia and flaxseeds
2 tablespoons of cashew butter
For the topping
Strawberries and blueberries
Remove the skin and stone from the avocado and place in the blender together with the rest of the ingredients. Blend till creamy. The less liquid you put in it the creamier it will be. Serve in a bowl with the strawberries, blueberries and bee pollen. Enjoy!
A green smoothie every morning really is the best way to start the day. In just a month you will see clearer skin and feel so much better with an abundance of energy. Smoothies are also a quick, easy and fun way to incorporate more greens in your daily diet. Avocados are rich in vitamin E which is great for the skin, heart and fighting free radicals.
A handful of kale
1 small avocado
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 cup of coconut water (you can add more to adjust the consistency)
1 – 2 red apples depending on how sweet you like it
A handful of cashew nuts
1 tsp of spirulina
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
I scoop of Vanilla Sun warrior protein powder or hemp protein powder if after an intense workout.
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. That simple. Add ice if you wish. I like to drink all my smoothies and drinks in general at room temperature, as it is healthier and my teeth are very sensitive to anything cold. Enjoy!