To Juice or to Smoothie???
I’ve been getting lots of questions about juicing versus smoothies. For me personally, I like the option of having both for different reasons.
First off, lets talk juicers.
Cold Press Juicer
A cold press juicer will extract juice by first crushing and then pressing fruit and vegetables for the highest juice yield. Because they don’t produce as much heat, they keep more of the fresh ingredients’ nutrients intact and help keep a lot of the fibre from your fruit or vegetable into your juice.
Centrifugal Juice Extractors
Traditionally, this is the most common type of juicer. These typically utilize a fast-spinning metal blade that spins against a mesh filter, separating juice from flesh via centrifugal force. The juice and pulp are then separated into different containers. A problem with centrifugal juicers is that the fast-spinning metal blade generates heat, which destroys some of the enzymes in the fruits and vegetables you’re juicing. The heat also oxidizes those nutrients, rendering less nutritious juice than a cold-press juicer.
I spoke to Mel from Detox Delivered about what juicer to buy if you are new to juicing, and her suggestion is go with the centrifugal juicer until you become confortable with juicing. Then you can move on and spend a bit more money on a cold press juicer that takes a bit more time.
A beetroot and carrot smoothie might sound really unappealing, however a beetroot juice with fresh carrot and ginger and maybe a bit of apple sounds perfect! On the flipside a banana, nutbutter and almond milk juice sounds just as unappealing, but put those in a blender and voila, an awesome smoothie is before you!
Unlike juices, smoothies retain all the fiber of whole raw fruits and vegetables. Eating fiber is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to prevent disease because it helps the body to eliminate waste materials and deadly toxins. Benefits of smoothies include the following:
Improved digestion and elimination: Fibre is the one key factor in the body’s ability to eliminate waste on a regular basis.
Weight Management: When used as part of a low-fat, low-sugar diet, vegetable smoothies provide pure nutrients to your cells and bulk from the fibre, which makes you feel full.
Healthy substitute for empty-calorie drinks and snacks: Smoothies’ fibre and other slow-digesting ingredients (like nuts, seeds, or yogurt) allow them to stay with you longer and satisfy you more than coffee, soda, or other drinks.
Meal replacement: Smoothies are high-nutrient options. If you add small amounts of protein and even some grain to a juice and vegetable smoothie, you can build that drink into a satisfying meal replacement.
Ulitmately the decision is yours regarding juicing versus smoothing, they both have enourmous benefits, and any little thing counts!! Enjoy!!!