By juicing fruits and vegetables, you remove the fibre, so you have a thin, delicious juice.
In a juicer, there is a reservoir for the pulp from the juice (this pulp can be added to tomato sauces, some baked goods like zucchini loaf or carrot muffins, recycled or composted and even given to the family dog (yes my dog used to LOVE it)).
By blending fruits and vegetables into a smoothie, you get a thick, delicious smoothie.
But you still retain most of the fibre. Some of the fibre will be broken down, but this will aid your digestion and is why smoothies and juices are excellent for those with digestion problems.
A mixture of both juices AND smoothies is best.
I always say: for those healing from cancer or a serious disease, make juices your go-to and aim to have them 4-5 times a week, with smoothies 2-3 times a week.
For otherwise “healthy” people just looking to better their health, make smoothies your go-to (4-5 times per week) and juices your splurge 2-3 times per week.
The reason why is that juices, with no fibre, are instantly absorbed into your system - every little itty bit of nutrients – instantly absorbed.
Without the fibre, this intense infusion of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, etc means your body can do the healing it needs, plus there is little sugar (also ideal for healing).
We all like to think that we always absorb all the nutrients from our food but for many foods, our body only gets a portion of the minerals available for various reasons.
*Please note, I only recommend green juices, with maybe a pear or green apple, since juicing fruits can wreak havoc on our blood sugar (once in awhile? What the heck? Juicing carrots everyday? I don’t recommend it).
Green juicing is simply one of the best health tonics you can give to yourself, especially if you include lots of dark leafy greens and sprouts.
However, there is still intense nutritional punch from smoothies AND smoothies are just more manageable for the average Jane or Joe.
Smoothies are less work to make, can be made the night before and are easier to sweeten up with fruit (juices must be consumed right away since they oxidize quickly).
Since smoothies have their fibre, the sugar does not instantly spike our blood sugar up in the same way that fruit juices (apples, oranges, etc.) do when juiced, since the fibre makes for a more even blood sugar rise.
Is the detox effects of juices and smoothies the same?
Yes and no. You can detox a lot with both green juices and smoothies.
Green juices detox the body more quickly. This is likely due to the high green (i.e. chlorophyll) content, since it has less fruit. Plus it is absorbed more quickly, meaning you can feel a tiny bit nauseated (at first).
You still detox though – sometimes quite greatly – from smoothies.
Smoothies, then, are also ideal for those just looking to detox without a lot of drama.
You still might have some slight green smoothie detox side effects, but usually not as drastic as green juices, mostly because smoothies keep us full longer and are sweeter.
So, in addition to adding these new and wonderful foods, you don’t have to fight off irritability because you’re also starving.
You can healthily help your body to detox by adding more green smoothies and green juices to your diet. Smoothies may be a little easier to begin with.
Both green juices and smoothies are part of a healthy diet (and don’t forget to save that juicing pulp for other uses).
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