We love a good green juice. But we also love a good green smoothie. How's a girl to choose? But really, what's the difference and which one is better for you?
Smoothies are made by throwing a delicious mix of fruit and vegetables into the blender and blending it until it's... well, smooth (obviously). With smoothies, you get all the goodness of the fruits and vegetables including their fibre. The blending process breaks the fibre apart, which makes it easier for your body to digest. Smoothies are easy to make and tend to be more filling.
Juicing extracts the indigestible fibre from the fruit and vegetable and leaves you with just water and nutrients. With juicing, your digestive system doesn't have to work as hard to absorb the nutrients. In other words, the nutrients hit your bloodstream a lot faster than they do when consuming a smoothie. Without the fibre, you can pack more fruits and vegetables into a juice but it does tend to be less filling than a smoothie.
So which is better?
They are both equally awesome! Smoothies and juices are both nutritional powerhouses that help us consume large amounts of fruits and vegetables without chewing through a salad. It all depends on what you are going for. If you are looking for a meal replacement, definitely opt for the smoothie. But if you are looking for something lighter that is easy for your body to digest - go for the juice.
Smoothies tend to be more popular because they are a lot easier to make. Juicing can be expensive, time consuming and messy. But with the right tools, you can very quickly make both in your own kitchen, without a juicer!
Green Detox Smoothie & Juice
This recipe makes enough for a 500 mL smoothie and a 500 mL juice. Here's what you'll need:
- high powered blender
- nut milk bag or cheese cloth (we use this one) OR a strainer with a spoon
- large bowl
- 2 glasses or mason jars
- 1.5 cup pineapple
- 1 cucumber, diced
- 1 cup parsley, diced
- 4 cups baby spinach
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 10 ice cubes
- Combine all ingredients together in a blender. Add 10 ice cubes. Blend very well until smooth. Be patient! It may take some time to really liquify.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy as a smoothie. Or for a juice, use a nut-milk bag or cheesecloth to strain the smoothie. Use your clean hands to squeeze all the liquid from the bag. (Note: You can also use a strainer and the back of a spoon for this step, it just takes a bit longer.) Pour the juice into a glass and discard the pulp. Enjoy!