A lot of clients ask me what is better juicing or smoothies. The answer is, both! Consuming vegetables in a juice or smoothie form allows you to get the full nutrient absorption, better than consuming raw or cooked food. However there is a difference between the two. Here are a few facts:
Facts about Juicing: When you juice you are extracting water and nutrients from the foods., leaving out the fiber. This makes things a lot easier on our digestive system. Allowing all the nutrients to go straight to the blood stream. Juicing also allows you to consume more veggies then you normally would. When you juice you add handfuls of greens, carrots, ect… then you normally would a salad or smoothie.
Facts about blending: When you blend you are keeping the fiber, water and nutrients. Blending breaks up the fiber making you feel fuller faster and delivering nutrients slowly to the blood stream. Some also prefer smoothies because it is thicker in consistency.
I personally love both juices and smoothies. I choose a smoothie when I am in a rush or want a fuller feeling after a work out or first thing in the morning. I prefer to drink juices throughout the day and in between meals as it is easy on the digestive system, a great boost of energy and not as filling. Best answer I can give is whatever is best for your lifestyle, making a smoothie or juice is a great way to add more vegetables into your daily routine.
Simple green smoothie recipe: 2 handfuls spinach 2 cups unsweetened almond milk dash of cinnamon teaspoon of honey 1 banana
Simple green juice recipe: 1 cucmber 1/2 bunch of spinach 1 green apple 1/2 lemon 1 small cut of ginger