Is there a difference? Yep! And they both offer different benefits, so I try to include a few of each throughout the week.
- No fiber. In a juice - you are only getting the liquid from the fruit and veggies.
- Digests quickly. Without the fiber, the body can quickly digest and absorb the nutrients from the fruit and veggies. If you add too much fruit - the quick absorption can cause a spike in blood sugar - so try to keep the fruit content low.
- Energy boost. Quick absorption of nutrients will also give you a boost in energy right away.
- Full of flavor. Flavors will be much more noticeable when juiced.
- Perishable. You may start to see separation right away, so it's best to consume immediately after making.
- ...Annoying. Ugh, juicing and cleaning the juicer are not fun. I prefer to get my juices from the juice bar!
- Lots of fiber. In a smoothie, you are getting a pulverized version of the whole fruit or veggie.
- Also easy to digest. The blender will break the fruit and veggie fiber down making it easier to digest. You should also experience a slow release of nutrients into the blood stream, avoiding blood sugar spikes.
- Filling. The fiber content will keep you satisfied, making a smoothie a great meal replacement.
- Experiment with add-ins. Add superfoods, protein powder (plant-based!), nut butters or nut milks.
- Hide the greens. When you blend spinach or kale, you can mask the flavor with fruit and add-ins.
- Increased shelf life. You can make a batch in advance and keep it for a few days in the refrigerator or even freeze single portions.
- Easy to make. And cleaning is a breeze. Just add water and dish soap and run the blender.
My favs (lately)
Smoothie :: kale // spinach // apple // banana // lemon // mint
Juice :: carrot // apple // orange // lemon