Juicing & Smoothies are both very popular & have been for some time.
Some people are of strong opinion that juicing is far better for you, whereas some people do not like the idea of juicing at all and prefer a thicker more filling smoothie.
In my opinion, they are both great! A freshly squeezed juice or a smoothie is a great start to the day or snack throughout the day.
I love juicing & smoothies as they are so easy and you can get so many nutrients in at one time. Generally people do not have the time in the morning to sit down and eat a big bowl of raw greens, vegetables & fruit, and that doesn’t really sound very appealing anyway! So by quickly blending it up, it’s a nice cocktail for your body with not much effort at all!
There a few sneaky things about juicing and smoothies you need to know…
Juicing is extremely healthy, but you need to use the right juicer!
There are many juicing machines on the market and they all claim to be the best one for you. However, the cheaper juicing machines generally work by using speed and heat. This method is effective in the way that juice is made and pops out the other end of the juicer nice and quickly, but in this process, the heat and speed actually kills the nutrients and enzymes of the fruit and vegetables, giving you a juice which is lacking in the nutrients that you are trying to get.
For the best juice, a slow working cold pressed juicer must be used. Cold Pressed juicers were designed to specifically preserve and extract the natural integrity of all the healthy nutrients, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fibre in whatever you are juicing. Cold Pressed Juicers use a slow speed maceration process to extract the juice from the vegetables/fruit. This slow speed process allows the nutrients and enzymes to be fully preserved due to a total lack of heat, ancillary static electricity and outside air intake in the juicing process, so the juice remains raw and is not heated up & cooked in the juicing process.
What juicing does…
It removes the indigestible fibers out of the vegetables and fruit. Removing fiber from the food means that there’s hardly any digestive work needed to process the food. By drinking juice you are literally showering your insides with nutrients and vitamins. A good rule to follow for juicing is that juices should be based on vegetables, otherwise the fructose levels from the fruit will raise your blood sugar, resulting in sugar cravings and increased appetite throughout the day.
More pro’s on juicing…
- It makes it very easy to get your daily dose of vegetables within a very short period. So if you know you are going to have a very busy day, it’s a nice quick way to shower your insides with veggies.
- It works as a filter for your liver, juicing is great for a to detox and revitalise the liver. Beetroot added to juice is ideal if you are having liver problems
- Juices are packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals, they promote a wider variety of vegetable intake, as in a day you probably would not eat all the vegetables that can get jammed into a super juice, and they are super quick and easy to consume.
- A good quality juicer is rather expensive, but a great investment if its something you will continue to use.
Juice must be consumed straight away after making it, if you leave it out or place it in the fridge the minerals and nutrients start to breakdown, so consume it straight away!
Drink at room temperature not with ice as this is nicer on your digestive system.
Health benefits of Smoothies
Smoothies work more like a meal. They can contain vegetables, fruit and also be mixed with protein powder etc to make a more filling drink.
As smoothies do contain fiber, the calories and sugar are digested into the body slowly, leaving you filling fuller for longer. Blood sugar is also more stable in this process.
Due to the fiber content, they promote bowel regularity, when mixed with a good quality natural yoghurt, this also promote’s a healthy gut with probiotic’s.
When making a smoothie a general food processor is fine to use
A smoothie highly based on vegetables (green smoothie) still needs to be drank as quickly as possible after making.
Be careful not to pack your smoothie with too much protein powder, chia seeds or other additives high in fiber. Yes while these are all great and many people add them to smoothies to get a nice thick texture, it can often add too much fiber to the body quickly, causing the gut to struggle to process it all. You need to ensure if you do this you are drinking a lot of water throughout the day so that the fiber is moved throughout the bowel.
Tip – Add greens to your smoothie to alkaline the drink, raising your body’s pH, and promoting energy & vitality. Avoid starchy vegetables and stick with greens as starchy vegetables mixed with fruit causing gas and fermentation problems.
Juice of the day
Beetroot, carrot, apple, ginger & acai powder
Smoothie of the day
Kale, spinach, 1/2 avocado, 1 cup coconut water, 1 small handful blueberries, 1/2 squeezed lemon, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 tablespoon spirulina powder, 1/2 teaspoon maca powder