Juicing and blending (smoothies) are both becoming increasingly popular, but do we really know the difference between them? Both smoothies and juices are a great and convenient way to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables.
For juicing, the juice from the produce is extracted, leaving behind the pulp (this can be used elsewhere, for example, in soups). The pulp that is left behind is mostly the insoluble fibre. Whilst fibre is an important part of an overall healthy diet, removing it allows for increased absorption for individuals who would otherwise have difficulty consuming this amount of vegetables, with very little effort required by the body, as up to 99% of the vitamins and minerals are absorbed. Drinking fresh juice can help us adopt healthier eating patterns. For those of us who do not traditionally consume many fruits and vegetables, in our daily eating habits, incorporating fresh juices can be an easier approach to increasing consumption of these important nutrients.
Juicing also helps the digestive system. It ‘lightens’ the daily load we place upon our digestive system to break down difficult products such as Wheat and Gluten. Many people see symptoms such as bloating and fatigue decrease whilst incorporating juice into their daily eating habits. Juicing also helps us realise that sometimes we overeat for other reasons than hunger; such as boredom & habit.
For smoothies, the fruits and vegetables are blended, with no leftover pulp. The whole produce is pulverized in a blender. Smoothies tend to have a thicker consistency than juices and have more texture, as you’re using the whole fruit or vegetable in your smoothie, they are higher in fibre than a juice as the fibre from the produce is retained (in the pulp). The best smoothies are made with natural, nutrient dense ingredients that provide vitamins and oils necessary for good more complete nutrition. Fat is required for biological functions and is burned by your body for energy. A truly healthy smoothie should have some dietary fat for the body to use in assimilating the vitamins, such as coconut, flax or avocado oil.
A homemade smoothie for your morning meal is an excellent choice for the breakfast on-the-go. It is easy and you can make it in minutes before you leave the house and sip it on your way to work, school or where ever you are in the day. Drinking a smoothie in the morning keeps you from indulging in empty carbohydrates.
Green Smoothies are you best option giving you increased consumption of Vegetables with a little fruit for taste and a huge antioxidants because your food is Raw and smoothies will keep you feeling full longer than a juice.
Our whole Superfood range was produced to go into Smoothies & Juices, which ever is your preference so give the added and much needed ‘boost’ to your nutritional uptake. As we go into the winter months and the change in temperate, this is when are immune system is at its most vulnerable, so anything you can do, helps you source through the Winter months will little setbacks.