There is so much talk about smoothies and juices these day, but it seems that the majority of us don’t really know what is the difference between the two. Very often I am being asked what is the difference between juicing and blending. Is one better than the other one? Which one I prefer? It might not seem like it, but there are actually major differences between the two due to the way that it is prepared:
* the main difference is that when you prepare a smoothie, you blend it. This means that you are consuming whole food (whatever you put in the blender, stays in the blender). While juicing is only extracting the liquid part of the vegetable or fruit that you put in the juicing machine, eliminating the fiber
*as we know one of fiber’s benefits is that is slows down the sugar absorption in your body. As smoothies are full of fiber from the veggies and fruits, the sugar absorption is kept to a healthy level in comparison to a juice
* smoothie can actually substitute a meal, while juice leaves you hungry. When drinking a smoothie, you are consuming whole food, and this allows you to substitute your breakfast or lunch with a smoothie. You will feel energized and filled up until your next meal without any problems
* juices oxidize faster then smoothies – this is why it is always advised that juices are consumed right away, while a smoothie you can store in the fridge for up to two days
* depending on the type of juice you are making, usually smoothies are much faster to make and the equipment is much easier to clean afterwards
I personally prefer smoothies due to the fact that I am consuming a whole food, they are high in fiber and can substitute a meal. I have been implementing a green smoothie in my daily routine as a breakfast substitute for many years (more info here). When I first made that transition, I was very surprised to see how much more energized I felt the rest of the morning……not to mention that my cravings and hunger levels decreased.
But obviously we are all different – some prefer smoothies, other prefer juices. If you have not yet tried a smoothie, I would strongly suggest that you give it a try……there are many different recipes online, so you can get as creative as you like!
Bio – Anna is a mother of two young kids, certified nutritionist with extended background in marketing and founder of Slowolution. Although her background is in marketing, Anna’s passion has always been healthy lifestyle – and this passion has only grown stronger since becoming a mom over seven years ago! After learning the hard way, Anna has made it her mission to inspire and help moms around the world to make their own health a priority…..because at the end of the day, we can’t pour from an empty glass! Anna helps her clients to create the needed habits for sustainable healthy lifestyle where they feel energized, at peace, focused, fit and keep a positive mindset day in and day out!