Should I squeeze the crap out of my fruits and veggies or liquefy them? That, my friend, is the $2 million question.
You all know that I am not an advocate of p-e-r-f-e-c-t. I think that we all need different things at different times.
Our health changes.
Our environments change.
You need to be able to change with what’s happening around you. The answer to this question depends solely on where YOU are in your health journey.
People frequently confuse my passion for green smoothies with juicing. They are two entirely different practices. Here’s what I think you need to know about both.
Blending means that you put whole foods into blender and puree them. They are consumed as is, fiber included.
Juicing means you remove the liquid portion of plants from the fiber and consume only the juice that is extracted from the plants.
Is one better for you than the other? Not necessarily. I believe both have their place in our lives.
Is one easier to do on a regular basis?
Green Smoothies, hands down.
Green smoothies are the best way to mainline whole food nutrients into the body quickly, easily and deliciously. If you want to starting your own green smoothie regimen, you can learn how to do that via my MY GREEN SMOOTHIE BOX program.
Lets’ do a quick list of pros and cons for both.
Green Smoothies – PROs
- Gives you the feeling of being satisfied and full when you consume them thanks to the fiber content.
- Fiber is your friend. Not only does it fill you up and clean you out, the right fibers help healthy gut bacteria to proliferate.
- Nothing is wasted. All the beneficial properties of the plant are consumed.
- Time, time, time. Quick, easy and delicious, you dump everything in the blender, puree, pour into drinking vessels, rinse, the carafe and viola – DONE.
Green Smoothie – CONs
I find only one. If you are desperately in need of excessive amounts of nutrition (i.e. cancer patient) the fiber content can inhibit your ability to consume the amount of nutrients you can ingest because it will really fill you up.
Green Juices- PROs
- Quickly uptakes into the system because there is no fiber to slow the digestion down.
- Super great for those trying to pump alkaline foods into the body, especially those who are ill. Green juices are great for cancer patients.
- You can get more nutrients into your system if you need to because the fiber is removed. From a volume perspective, it’s a whole heck of a lot easier to consume say, 4 juiced cucumbers than 4 pureed cucumbers.
Green Juices – CONs
- Time – from set up to clean up it seems overall more labor intensive compared to green smoothies.
- Messy – Clean up is a huge deterrent to juicing
- Volume – It takes a LOT of vegetables to produce a 16oz glass of juice, especially if you are trying to stay GREEN. There’s not a lot of juice in a leaf of kale.
- Cost – again the sheer volume of foods necessary to produce juice can put a dent in your food budget.
- Space – More veggies means more fridge space to store them.
If I had cancer I’d be JUICING my brains out in addition to doing my daily smoothie. So yeah, you’ve heard me use the “c” word a bunch of times as it relates to juicing. Green juices are game changers when it comes to cancer. Having the ability to mainline massive amounts of nutrients into the body without the worry of how you are going to “eat” all that nutrition is the number one reason juicing rocks for folks who are ill.
When I’m finally flush with cash, I’m going to live near a place that makes green juices and I am going to support the hell out of them. Yes. I. Am. Unlike making smoothies, I have zero interest in juicing. I’ve bought the equipment and tired it and while I LOVE it, it’s just too much dang work for ME.
For now, green smoothies are the most economical, quick, easy and satisfying way for me to get straight up nutrition into my body on a daily basis. Juicing is great, but for the average person, I see the a greater overall value to drinking the green smoothies and getting the benefit of the fiber that comes along withit.
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