Whether you prefer juicing or making smoothies more often, here are the distinctions between the two, plus some tips in order to minimize waste.
Juicing is a therapeutic way to rapidly deliver a concentrated amount of nutrients and energy to your cells. This is one reason it can be incredibly healing for someone aimed at overcoming cancer. It’s a great way to not only support your cellular health, but glowing skin as well. However, many people make the mistake of focusing too much on fruits and veggies with potent amounts of natural sugar like apples, beets, and carrots. All of these are wonderful for juicing IF they are balanced with low-sugar veggies or diluted with water. The main drawback with juicing is that most people and restaurants end up wasting an enormous amount of “pulp” or fiber. So if you’re juicing at home, look into hummus, soup, and muffin recipes that can include small amounts of pulp. The other option is to compost it.
Making Smoothies is a smart option for having more satiating meals or snacks and making the most of your produce purchases. That’s because almost everything that goes in your blender goes in your glass. If you want to enjoy every last drop use a knife or narrow spatula to scrape the sides of the blender instead of a spoon. You can also add a cup or two of water to the mostly empty blender and then pour the rest out into your glass before washing it. Another great thing about smoothies is that they allow more flexibility with adding in (or hiding) flavors. This is one reason green smoothies have become so popular among adults and even kids. I tend to make smoothies more than juice because it’s a quick way to add in healthy omega oils and plant-based protein for myself as well as my family. Of course, as a Holistic Nutritionist as well as a vegan, I think the big mistake that people make with smoothies is using milk, yogurt, or whey protein powder. Nondairy milks or even water instantly cut the cholesterol and saturated fats linked to heart disease, obesity, and even some forms of cancer.
Overall, I think both fresh juices (unpasteurized) and smoothies offer incredible benefits in moderation, especially when they are homemade. Not only will you be able to customize the best combinations of nutrients, but you won’t need all those plastic containers and straws. Either way, if you’re wondering whether to juice or blend more often take a look at what your specific health goals are and which ingredients you currently use. I recently had a new client tell me that after she took my advice and adjusted the amount of natural sugars going into her juicing recipes she lost about 5lbs and her skin cleared up. As always, I love hearing good news like this, so if you have any to share feel free to email or text me. You can even let me and others know on my Facebook page or on twitter.
Do you juice or make smoothies? Which do one do you prefer?
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