< Go Back TO JUICE OR BLEND? – THAT IS THE QUESTION Posted: May 7, 2020
When it comes to smoothies and juices they are both great, slightly depending upon what you put in them! There are some strong opinions out there regarding which is best. In my opinion they are both brilliant but it depends upon the ultimate result that you are wanting to achieve.
PROS OF A SMOOTHIE
They contain fibre which is vital to feed the good bacteria in your gut, it also means that if you have some fruit in the smoothie it is unlikely to spike your blood sugar levels because the fibre will slow down the sugar release. I would also always make sure that you add some form of protein to your smoothie to prevent a blood sugar spike eg nuts/seeds/raw egg
They make a good meal replacement that is packed with nutrition because they are more filling than a juice
CONS OF A SMOOTHIE
This is only really a con if you are wanting to help your body do a major detox. The fibre element will make your digestion work harder and this means that there is less time and energy for the body to spend on detoxing.
PROS OF JUICES
No fibre - this means that the whole digestive tract gets a complete rest, if the digestive tract is resting it means that the liver has much less to do and so can really concentrate on detoxing and clearing out the cupboards of the body where we might have packed away toxins that needed to be dealt with later.
More weightloss if this is your goal
CONS OF JUICES
They are not very filling if juices are the only thing that you are consuming that day. If we are feeling very unsatisfied then we are more likely to head to the kitchen for a snack. If on the other hand you are incorporating a juice in with your daily food then this is a great way of getting in some powerful nutrients.
For both smoothies and juices ideally, you want them to be mostly vegetables with only a small fruit content or no fruit if you are really trying to kick the sugar habit. I would drink them both as soon as you have made them if possible as they will then contain the maximum amount of enzymes to help you digest. Also, there is less time for the nutrients to be damaged by oxidation.
Whilst we are on the topic of oxidation, I would always recommend a masticating juicer rather than a centrifugal one as there is less oxidation of the juice.
SUGGESTIONS FOR A SMOOTHIE you don t have to put all of these in I would pick 3-4 from the middle list below
Protein element nuts/seeds/raw egg
Avocado I prefer this to a banana as the avocado also contains good fats
Dandelion leaves superb for the liver
To sweeten and make a little more palatable - carrot/apple
Ginger root to give a bit of a zing and make it extra anti-inflammatory
SUGGESTIONS FOR A JUICE
Very similar to the above but you obviously don t have the protein element and avocadoes don t juice. Some of the above are not very juicy so I tend to always run a bit of cucumber through last as cucumber has such a high water content it helps to swish through some of the other vegetables that are not so ready to give up their wonderful juices.