To JUICE or to BLEND (smoothies). That is the question.

Juice or smoothie or both?

Clients ask me all the time. Should I juice my fruits and veggies or blend them? What’s the difference? Which is better for you? Well, it is personal. I LOVE smoothies almost all the time. My business partner Mary, is a juice freak.  Rachel…. is a big fan of both.  So it basically comes down to what works for you and makes YOU feel the best. Smoothies make me feel the best and here is why.

FIVE REASONS WHY I RECOMMEND SMOOTHIES TO MY CLIENTS. 

1-SATISFYING. They keep me full for hours. <<not too mention make me super happy.>>

2-TASTE. They taste so good I almost can’t take it, AND it is a meal replacement if you add a nut butter or other protein.

3-QUICK AND EASY. They take me one minute to make. ( I freeze most of my ingredients so I never run out…..even my spinach and kale.)

4-ENERGY AND FOCUS. I get crazy good energy and focus from them. My favorite is the Game Changer. It will change your life.

5-NUTRITIONAL POWERHOUSE. They are loaded with nutrition if you make them correct. No added sugar…..ever. Always something green—at least two cups.

FIVE REASONS WHY I RECOMMEND JUICING TO MY CLIENTS.  (just because I don’t juice often, I still think it can have amazing health benefits)

1-SIX POUNDS OF FRUITS AND VEGGIES. There is approximately SIX POUNDS of fruits and veggies in 16 ounces of fresh juice! Try my son’s favorite juice!! 

2-TASTE. It tastes insanely delish with the right combinations. Check out my fav recipe! 

3-ABSORBTION OF NUTRIENTS.  Since there is little to no fiber when you juice your digestive system doesn’t have to work nearly as hard.

4-ENERGY BUZZ. Juice can give you an amazing energy! Great replacement for sweet tea, soda, vitamin water, regular juice, etc.

5- CONVENIENCE. You can buy cold pressed juices in the supermarket now. Suja is a cold pressed juice that is affordable and sold at Target, Kroger, and Fresh Market. LUMI is a local company out of Charlottesville that is sold locally too.

FIVE REASONS WHY “I” DON’T JUICE A LOT. 

1- LAZINESS. My juicer takes up a lot of counter space and therefore, I store it in another room.

2-HARDER TO CLEAN THAN BLENDER. Cleaning the juicer is way harder and more time-consuming than cleaning the blender which is put in the dishwasher.

3- YOU CAN’T JUICE FROZEN PRODUCE! I don’t always have enough fresh fruits and veggies on hand. (can’t really use the frozen stuff in a juicer, BUT you can in the blender)

4-DIGESTIVE ISSUES. Personally, juice sometimes bothers my stomach. I get bloated often when I drink fresh  juice. This is not common so don’t let it influence you. It’s just my crazy stomach.

5-DOESN’T  KEEP ME FULL FOR LONG. Juice doesn’t really keep me full like a smoothie. No fiber. (well, a touch of fiber)

BE MINDFUL:When you remove the fiber from the produce, the liquid juice is absorbed into your blood stream quickly. If you are only juicing fruits, this would cause a rapid spike in blood sugar and unstable blood sugar  levels can lead to mood swings, energy loss, memory problems and more! SOOOO, make sure you add lots of veggies!

So there you have it. In my opinion, the answer is to juice AND blend. Just because I am obsessed with smoothies doesn’t mean you have to be. Do what works for you. And honestly, if I didn’t get so bloated from juice, I would have it a lot more often because it tastes soooo good and I like the idea of having both juicing and blending in my life. Juicing alone can be great too.  Just be sure to add lots of greens so the sugar load isn’t so high.

Smoothie and juice photo

Cheers, whether you are juicing or blending…..

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1 comment on To JUICE or to BLEND (smoothies). That is the question.

  1. Jack
    04/06/2016 at 6:34 am (2 years ago)

    Personally, I think having a juicer is much better than a blender but each has their benefits. I find blenders a little bit bulky compared to the citrus juicer I have just bought. I have got to say the taste is so much smoother and better than a blender or is it just me? it just feels a lot more refined in some way.

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