Everywhere you turn, you hear about all the health benefits of juicing and blending. And real they are! But I also hear all the confusion out there regarding what the difference is and when you should juice and when you should blend?
Each method has it’s own special perks, but they are both wonderful ways to incorporate nutrition-packed goodness into your diet.
The Benefits of Juicing
Juicing extracts the liquid from the fruits and vegetables, leaving the majority of the fiber behind. By removing the fiber, all of the nutrients in the plant’s juice—vitamins, minerals, enzymes—instantly flood our bodies with goodness, especially when enjoyed first thing in the morning before any other food hits your system. Just think of the added volume of veggies you can pack into body! Even those of us with grand appetites would find it challenging to consume the same amount of raw vegetables and fruits.
Juices also gives your digestive system a little rest by removing most of the fiber (which takes a lot of energy to digest). Since your body works hard on your behalf 24/7, it’s nice to give it some R&R. That’s not to say you should avoid fiber—it’s super important for you. B
Digestive issues got you down? Juicing is a great option for when digestive systems are too sensitive to handle lots of fiber. If that’s you, juicing ensures you can enjoy the benefits of lots of awesome produce without the pesky side effects of too much fiber. For people focused on healing or repair in general, juices offer maximum health benefits in a gentle, easy-to-digest, easy-to-assimilate form. And if you can’t handle the texture of smoothies, juicing is a fantastic option.
The Benefits of Smoothies
Blending on the other hand… blends! The ingredients will provide the benefits of fruits and veggies along with their heart-healthy, gut-friendly fiber. Those who are monitoring their blood sugar oftentimes prefer blending to juicing because the fiber ensures a slow and steady absorption of sugar into your bloodstream.
Besides all the great fiber, smoothies allow you to use foods that juicers can’t always handle like nut butters, superfood and protein powders, sprouts, and all
varieties of seeds (think hemp, chia, flax). Blend them up, though, and you’re on your way to all sorts of tasty and nutrient packed drinks .Smoothies have another important advantage: They can help you feel fuller longer. Protein, fiber, healthy fats and complex carbs create sustainable energy. If you fill up your smoothies with lots of nutrient-packed ingredients, they can even serve as a full meal replacement. And, they support healthy digestion because of the fiber and other nutritious ingredients.
What do I do? I make a homemade smoothie almost everyday and then juice when time permits. Otherwise, I get my juice from one of the new local stores that offers clean, cold pressed, organic juices – it’s a great go-to option to pack in more veggies than I might try on my own and saves a lot of time (chopping and clean up).