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Today’s This and That? topic is…

Juicing vs Smoothies

So, what’s the difference?

Juicing is the process of extracting the highly nutritious juices from fruits and/or vegetables, eliminating the pulp and solids.

In smoothies fruits and vegetables are blended together, conserving the pulp and offering the chance to include other ingredients, like milk, soy or almond milk, yogurt or protein powder.

Is one better than the other?

Both are delicious and a great way to get important vitamins and minerals into your diet. Both offer a convenient way to eat (or drink!) your fruits and veggies.

Juicing concentrates the nutrients available in fresh produce, and may provide a chance to experiment with vegetables you might not otherwise eat. Without the pulp, which is a form of fiber that slows down digestion, those nutrients are rapidly absorbed.

Smoothies preserve the fiber of the fruits and vegetables, which makes for a thicker drink that provides more calories and is absorbed more slowly.

Juicing is a great way to boost your intake of fruits and vegetables quickly and easily. You can use any combination that you like. However juices, while highly nutritious are not calorie dense and won’t really fill you up.

Smoothies can serve as a meal replacement. I often create a meal on the go with a smoothie made of soy milk, banana and protein powder. People enjoy many personal combinations, adding in favorite fruits, vegetables, milk or milk substitutes, protein powder or avocado for thickness and calories.

Smoothies are probably easier to make, since you just throw things into a blender and turn it on.

Juicing involves a juicing machine that must be assembled and cleaned, and it takes a fair amount of produce to get a good class of drinkable juice, once you remove the pulp. The pulp is then wasted unless you use it in other recipes or compost.

In conclusion? Smoothies and juices are different but both excellent sources of quality nutrition. Juices are better for rapid absorption of vitamins and minerals, smoothies better for a heartier meal replacement. Experiment and enjoy!

More to come!