Anything that encourages you to add more fresh produce to your diet is a good thing, since most Americans don’t eat enough of it. And what better way to love your body than to feed it whole, healthy foods… even if they are in liquid form? But the benefits of juicing differ a bit from those of smoothies. Not quite sure which one’s for you? It all depends on what you’re looking for. This guide to drinking your fruits and veggies will help you decide which is the best option for you.
It’s All About the F Word
It turns out that it all comes down to fiber. When you make a smoothie, you pulverize whole pieces of fruit, which keeps fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients intact. However, when you extract while juicing, you lose the insoluble fiber, leaving you only with nutrient-packed juice.
So, the biggest difference you’ll experience is feeling a lot fuller after drinking a smoothie. And if you add a little protein to your smoothie—we’re talking milk or low-fat yogurt—then it can even replace a meal.
Juicing, on the other hand, often includes vegetables that you may not otherwise consume, which is great! However, juices don’t contain protein or fiber, so they won’t keep you full too long. But this doesn’t take away from the fact that juicing is a great way to add more nutrients to your meals. Plus, juices are also absorbed much faster into your system.
So, Smoothies > Juices?
Not necessarily. There’s no wrong way to eat raw fruit and vegetables. Consuming raw plants is the closest you can get to getting energy directly from the sun. When it comes to smoothies vs. juices, the debate should be turned away from “Which is better?” into “Which do I need right now?” Everyone is different, including our dietary needs and lifestyles.
Whichever You Choose, DIY Is The Way To Go
If you choose to go for smoothies because of the added benefit of fiber, we recommend making them yourself. The problem with made-to-order and bottled smoothies is that they can be high in sugar and calories because they may include sweetened yogurt or juice, frozen yogurt, sorbet, or even ice cream. So it’s best to make smoothies yourself, this way at least you know what you’re getting from them.
Feel free to increase your intake of plant-based foods by whipping up a yummy smoothie or some refreshing juice. Whichever you choose, both can be great options. You can only eat so much kale everyday, right? And liquid nutrients are much better than no nutrients at all! Happy juicing and/or blending.