Juicing and blending are great for any wellness routine, but even though they both bring similar benefits to the organism, like reducing the chance of chronic illness, detoxifying the body or revitalisation, their properties make them complete opposites in many ways. Wondering what exactly makes them so alike yet so different? Well if you ask, I answer! Here is a short comparison to help you decide which of these luscious drinks best suits your needs.
|For juicing you’ll need a juicer.||Blending requires a blender.|
|PULP AND FIBERS|
|Juicing removes the pulp and all insoluble fibres, so you’re left only with liquid.||Combines every part of the fruit or vegetable for a smooth but bulky drink, also known as a smoothie.|
|Juicing fruits and vegetables provides highly concentrated amounts of vitamins, minerals, and other plant nutrients that help fight off chronic conditions and detoxify the body.||Sense you can blend nearly anything, smoothies don’t only provide plant nutrients, but they also contain rich fibres, protein, and healthy fatty acids; depending on the ingredients you choose.|
|- Nutrients in juices are more readily available for your body to absorb, since there’s no fiber to slow down the process your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to break down the food, all of the nutrients go directly into your bloodstream, fast and easily.
-It’s a tasty and easy way to increase your nutrient intake from fruits and vegetables that you wouldn't consume whole.
|- The fibres in your smoothie help create a slow but sustained release of nutrients, leaving a more filling sensation. This is great if you’re trying to repress your appetite between meals or avoid sugar spikes.
- You’re ingredients aren’t limited to fruits and vegetables. You can add pretty much anything you’d like: nuts, seeds, yogurt or even protein powder.
|- Juicing tends to be more expensive because you need a higher volume of produce per serving. The amount of produce used for 1 cup of juice, could make 3 smoothies.
- If you’re not cautious, drinking juice can potentially spike your blood sugar levels because of its quick nutrient (including glucose) absorption.
|Some of the nutrients in smoothies attach to indigestible fibres, making them difficult to absorb.|
|WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?|
|- Juice is more favorable for those with digestive problems or that are searching for a low-fibre diet.
- If you're looking for a quick energy booster or to speed up your healing process when feeling under the weather, I recommend juicing because of its fast nutrient absorption and release.
|- If you’re looking to replace a meal or control cravings/hunger go for a smoothie.
- If you want more variety in your drink.
|MY FAVORITE RECIPES|
|This recipe is perfect for cleansing and detoxifying the body:
1 cup spinach
2 celery stalks
1/2 inch ginger root
1. Wash all produce well.2. Add one ingredient to juicer at a time. 3. Pour juice into glass and drink up!
|The best anti-aging smoothie:
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries
1. Wash fruits well.2. Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.