The Difference Between Juice and Smoothies

I own a variety of kitchen appliances such as the Ninja blender, citrus presser and a juicer. Recently, I purchased a new Omega 8000 series juicer and I love it. I saw a few comments regarding juicing and smoothies so I figured I would take some time to explain the difference between the two.

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So What is Juicing?

Juicing removes the insoluble fiber from vegetables and fruits. While fiber is an established, important part of an overall healthy diet, removing the insoluble fiber allows for increased absorption of specific health promoting phytonutrients including enzymes, while the soluble fiber persists into the juice.  By removing the fibers and consuming fruits and vegetables in liquid form, we are providing a nutrient delivery system to our bodies that allows individuals who would otherwise have difficulty consuming whole vegetables, the opportunity to reap the numerous benefits vegetables have to offer.

Benefits of Juicing

Juicing offers many life-enhancing health benefits including a faster, more efficient way to absorb immune boosting nutrients naturally found in fruits and vegetables.  It provides a way to access digestive enzymes typically locked away in the fiber matrix of whole fruits and vegetables.  Most commercial juices are processed and lacking in nutrition while freshly juiced fruits and vegetables are loaded with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

 

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Drinking fresh juice can help us adopt healthier eating patterns.  For those of us who do not traditionally consume many fruits and vegetables, incorporating fresh juice can be a fun and different approach to increasing consumption of these important plant foods for improved health and wellness and reaching your weight loss goals.

However, there are some draw backs to juicing

  • Time
  • Cost
  • Taste
  • Possible health issues

If you have any questions about how juicing can affect your body, take a look at one of my favorite documentaries. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.

 

What Are Smoothies?

Smoothies mix whole foods with some form of mixing or blending.  This can be a simple protein powder, ice and water in a blender or a variety of fruits, powders and vegetables blended together. Here are a few benefits of smoothies:

  • Includes the entire food and fiber
  • They are slow to digest but faster than eating the individual ingredients
  • It’s cheaper and faster than juicing

However, there are some draw backs to making smoothies:

  • They can be unhealthy, depending on what you put in them
  • Taste
  • They can cause digestive issues – too much fiber!

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The general rule is that fruit can be juiced or used in a smoothie but veggies are better juiced. You can put green leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach into a smoothie; however, add in plenty of sweet fruits such as apples and pineapples.  You can even add supplements and yogurt to smoothies. There are many places around the country that offer smoothies such as Jamba Juice and Smoothie King.

Benefits of Smoothies

Smoothies require a blender. When a liquid (such as fresh juice, milk or broth) and fresh fruits and/or vegetables are processed into a purée in a blender, the resulting drink is thick and smooth. Ingredients are so small that they’re transformed into a drinkable liquid. Smoothies are thicker and more filling than juices because they have all the pulp and fibrous cellulose that’s removed from juice. Here are a list of popular blenders:

 

Is the Nutribullet a Blender or a Juicer

I started following chaudsjuicetherapy on instagram. She recently posted the difference between juicing and smoothies.  She also answered questions about the nutribullet. I think she has one of the best explanations.

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Fiber in drink= smoothie. Fiber out of drink=juice. Smoothies are made with blenders. Juices are made with juice extractors, more commonly known as juicers. The Nutribullet website says “don’t juice it, don’t blend it, extract it!” this is confusing to the consumer, so I would like to clarify since people seem to be very lost. There are juicers and there are blenders…there’s no magical third machine called an “extractor”.

From what I’ve heard the Nutribullet is a great blender, it has more power than something like the magic bullet and is therefore able to break things down better than other bullet blenders and most other blenders in it’s price range, but the Nutribullet IS a blender. What it does is liquefy/break the food down better than you could ever chew it, making it easier to digest. When it’s easier for your body to separate the various components of your food, it creates less of a work load and allows you to better extract nutrients from the indigestible fiber.

Because it is higher powered, has a special shaped blade, and breaks things down well, doesn’t make it a different machine than a blender and doesn’t make it a juicer. Other more expensive blenders like the Vitamix and Blendtec “break open the cell walls” too, and perhaps even better because their extremely high powered. Like I said, I’ve heard it’ s a wonderful machine, but its not a juicer or some “other” type of machine. It’s a blender.

 

 What do you prefer a tall glass of juice or a tall smoothie?

 

Here are a list of smoothie and juice recipes. Don’t forget about our giveaway going on!

 

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