Smoothies vs. Juicing

People are turning towards the smoothie and juicing trend as a healthier choice to quench their thirst, as part of a diet, a detox or a post workout meal. But I have realised that people don’t consider how much juice they should be taking, how to prepare their smoothies and the real reason for taking them. There are a few things to consider before going all in into this trend: Fibre intake, sugar intake and the protein we add to it.

I am not a big fan of juicing; I will explain a few things and then you will decide what is best for you and your lifestyle.

FIBRE: Juicing strips off the fibre that we need for a proper digestion since we only take in what is extracted from the fruits and vegetables. On the contrary, smoothies contain a large amount of fibre because we put in all the fruits and vegetables, including the skin, into the blender and take all that wellness in. This is a fantastic way to get many of the nutrients we need from our greens. Our digestion will perform better and we will fill fuller for longer.

SUGAR: Having a juice that has no fibre can make our sugar levels peak. This can happen because fibre helps slow down the process of digestion, therefore the release of sugar into the bloodstream is slower, avoiding sugar spikes. In the end this will help us to maintain a good body weight and avoid possible blood sugar related diseases.

VEGETABLE: It is good to include at least one green into your smoothies to help the body regulate sugar spikes from the fruits added. Greens have tons of fibre and there are many options. The ones I usually use are spinach, bok choy and kale.

FRUITS: Don’t get me wrong, fruit is important, but must be eaten with measure. In the end, it’s still sugar! I usually include 1 fruit in my smoothie (blueberries, pear, pineapple, apple…) and they always come out with a great taste.

PROTEIN: Protein is an essential part of the diet, it helps the body develop, function and heal properly. A good way to include protein into your smoothies if you are having it as a meal is adding chia seeds and a scoop of protein of your choice. I prefer having a plant based, natural and organic protein because it does not have any weird ingredients I can’t spell (That’s my rule, if I can’t spell, I can’t take it). In the end, it all depends on your lifestyle and the results you are trying to achieve.

For those of you who are considering ways of getting into shape, alternatives for your breakfast and increase your veggies and fruits intake, this is a great choice.

Remember, there is nothing like combining good food and a daily exercise routine to get the results you want. A bit of activity and the right nutrients do wonders for your body and your health.

Here are a few ideas for you to start your smoothie adventure. You don’t need to have the super extra expensive blender. I have a normal one and they come out fantastic!

TIP: Freeze the fruits and vegetables to get a creamier texture. This will also make you feel full for longer.

Pineapple smoothie

½ cup unsweetened coconut milk

1 cup of pinapple

1 cup of water

1 cup of spinach

4 tablespoons of chia seeds (measured after soaking overnight)

Optional: Add a scoop of your favourite protein.

 

Melon smoothie

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

1 cup of honeydew melon

1 cup of water

1 cup of chards

2 tablespoons of chia seeds (measured after soaking overnight)

2 tablespoons of flax seeds (measured after soaking overnight)

 

Optional: Add a scoop of your favourite protein powder.

 

Blueberry smoothie

½ cup unsweetened rice milk

1 cup of blueberries

½ banana

1 cup of water

1 cup of kale

2 tablespoons of chia seeds (measured after soaking overnight)

2 tablespoons of flax seeds (measured after soaking overnight)

Optional: Add a scoop of your favourite protein powder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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