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There are always a lot of questions about juice and smoothies. Which one is better for us? Does one have more health benefits than the other? I believe that both fresh, cold-pressed juice and smoothies can be very beneficial, but in completely different ways.
First, let me share with you my personal journey with blending and juicing. My smoothie relationship goes back 20 years to when I was in college. I worked at a smoothie café in college and I just loved smoothies! I drank a smoothie every day for my breakfast or as a snack. I usually just made my smoothies with frozen fruit, milk and soy protein powder. I loved how light, but filling, that they were and super portable!
After taking a long hiatus from my smoothie making, I have recently started making smoothies again and have completely fallen in love again! They aren't even just for drinking anymore! Smoothies have completely changed and evolved over the years! They aren't even just for drinking anymore! You can make these amazing & beautiful smoothie bowls, too! There are so many wonderful and amazing ingredients that you can throw into a smoothie in order to create a nutritional powerhouse in one little drink or bowl. You can add fruit, fresh greens, other veggies, protein powders, supplements, avocados, nuts, seeds, spices, fresh herbs and nut milks to them. The possibilities are endless, so it's an exciting adventure and creative outlet every time that you blend!
I fell in love with juicing a couple of years ago. I discovered the amazing taste and benefits of drinking fresh, cold-pressed juice. I just felt so nourished and energized when I would drink these veggie & fruit juices! My juicing habit got to be a little costly as it can be expensive to buy good, quality juice! So, I purchased my own cold-pressed juicer and started making my own. I loved the process of buying the organic fruits & veggies, cleaning and chopping them, and then making this amazing juice. With the clean-up afterwards, it was very time consuming process, though. I definitely had a better understanding as to why the juice that I used to buy from my local cold pressed juice café was so expensive!
So, I usually have a couple of cold-pressed juices a week and a smoothie every day, either as breakfast or a "treat" when I am having sweet cravings.
The differences between Smoothies and Juice - They are not the same!
People usually like to lump smoothies and juice into the same category, but they are really quite different. They are both drinks that can be made from fruits and vegetables, but they have completely different purposes and benefits.
Let me break it all down for you below:
Blending of fresh or frozen fruits and/or vegetables with various other ingredients to create a thick, shake-like drink. You can all pour it into a bowl for a "smoothie bowl."
Juicing involves the extraction of juice from fresh fruits and vegetables to create a drinkable cocktail of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Try to always purchase cold-pressed juice as it retains the valuable nutrients and enzymes much longer than a centrifugal juicers. Make sure to not drink store-bought juices – even the fancy, expensive ones! They contain very little nutrients due to the pasteurization process, so you are just drinking a lot of sugar.
I hope that this has helped clear up any questions that you have on smoothies and juice! Smoothies and fresh, cold-pressed juice can be wonderful and nutritious things to incorporate into a healthy lifestyle, so I encourage you to give it a try, experiment with different ingredients and just have fun with it! If you already juice and blend, which one do you prefer and why? Please share below in the comments! Also, make sure that you sign up below for The Wellness Chik newsletter and you will get my 12 favorite smoothie recipes for free!
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