By now it seems like almost everyone is jumping on the smoothie and juice craze bandwagon, well known for their health benefits and many delicious options there is always something for everyone. However, knowing what to choose on a menu can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming, so understanding the difference between juice and a smoothie can help you become a pro at navigating your local juice bar or your own kitchen.
For starters, what’s the difference between a smoothie and juice?
The main difference is fiber and digestion. A smoothie contains whole fruits and vegetables that are simply blended together, leaving all the fiber intact. This makes for a thick texture and because of the fiber content it has to be digested which will help keep you full for a longer period of time. Also, depending on the ingredients used, smoothies can range in calories, protein, fats and sugar.
Juice on the other hand is put through a juicer where the pulp and fiber is extracted leaving just pure juice behind. Juice contains a higher concentration of nutrients due to the amount of fruits and vegetables it takes to equal a full glass of juice. Also, juice is faster absorbed into the bloodstream due to not having to be digested. Juice is a great option for anyone wanting to get a boost of energy quickly and for anyone wanting to increase the amount of nutrition they are consuming.
How do I know what to drink?
While both options are beneficial, it’s good to have a variety of both in your diet. Smoothies and juice can range greatly in the amount of nutrition, calories and sugar they contain. In order to get the most nutritional bang for your buck, a general rule of thumb is to eat your fruit and drink your vegetables, that way you keep sugar and calories to a minimum all while maximizing the nutritional benefits your consuming. For example, smoothies should be mostly fruit with a serving of greens, and maybe even a spoonful of good fats and protein, where juice should be mostly vegetables with a small serving of fruit.
The following is a list of ingredients that are typically used in smoothies or juice:
Wheat grass , kale, spinach, dandelion, beets, carrots, broccoli, peppers, cucumber, celery, granny smith apples, pear, parsley, cilantro, lemon, ginger, garlic, turmeric, pineapple, mango, papaya, starfruit, orange, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, banana, coconut oil, coconut water, almond butter, coconut milk, almond milk, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, maca, acai, goji, camu camu, noni, protein powder, Greek yogurt, spirulina and many more…
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