You're not alone if you're confused by the smoothie and juicing hype and don’t really know why you’d do one over the other. Will this really lead to a healthier life? Or, perhaps you’re wondering what’s the difference? I was recently asked “When you say juicing, do you mean just squeezing the life out of the fruit and veg in a juicer or chopping it up finely in a nutri bullet type thing and drinking all of it? It seems like such a waste throwing out all the pulp.”
Short answer, I do both, depending on how I feel, what appeals at the time, and what I intuitively feel my body needs.
With juicing, I can almost feel (and visualise) my body sucking up the nutrients from the juice (clear and easy, being absorbed very quickly) whereas a smoothie is thick and a very different consistency. As the fibre has been removed when juicing, a juice can be easier on your digestive system. When we have gut health issues going on, maybe due to food intolerances, irritable or inflammatory bowel issues or inflammation, we may not be absorbing all the nutrients from our food. I find a juice can be great for an instant pick-me-up, think of it like giving your body a multivitamin hit from nature.
On the downside, a juice can be a sugar hit depending what you've put in the mix which is not good for us ladies (or anyone actually!) and higher GI with no fibre. So use a combo - things like green apple, celery, carrot, greens, dandelion leaves from your garden, parsley, ginger, beetroot and your liver will love you.
I despise waste and use the pulp from juicer in fritters. Super easy just mix with some eggs, maybe a few TB of coconut flour to help bind and some herbs, salt and pepper. Yummy breakfast if you have time, make a juice then use the pulp for some fritters. Any leftovers are good for lunch or a snack cold. The pulp's also a good thickener in a slow cooker - not so much at this time of the year though in NZ!
If you consult Auntie Google on uses for juice pulp, you'll find many more :-) it's so awful to waste it. The pulp will keep in the fridge if you can't use it straight away or pop in the freezer.
Go easy on the fruit content in your smoothies too, same story as above. The perfect smoothie can be a balanced meal, great in the warmer weather but light and not going to bog you down. I often enjoy mine as a smoothie bowl, like a soup. Make a thickish brew, top with a TB of coconut yoghurt and sprinkle over some seeds – yum!
Depends really if you're a slurp or sip type.
Some smoothie basics:
(be mindful of amounts - around 1TB)
Avocado (up to 1/4)
Nuts or seeds
(*be mindful of the sugar content)
LSA (ground linseed, sunflower seeds, almonds)
Natural, unsweetened yoghurt
L-Glutamine powder (great for gut repair)
Other good things
Herbs – parsley, mint
Superfood powders (beetroot, kale,green juice powders and more if you have no access to fresh produce)
Honey or maple syrup
Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla
Turmeric - fresh or dried
Ginger - fresh or dried
A good dose of Vitamin L and make with a smile.
Most importantly, enjoy and have fun experimenting with different ingredients.
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