Do you juice or make smoothies? Currently we are juicing in my house but we have done the smoothie thing in the past. Why do people choose one over the other? It depends on what you are looking for….
If you’re looking for a meal replacement or an after workout pick me up or recovery, then a smoothie may be more up your alley. Smoothies are good for a filling rejuvenator or meal replacement in a pinch. You can add protein (there are even vegetarian options available) and other supplements that may be harder to palate alone or sneak in extra nutrition or veggies for your picky eaters. *Hint – baby spinach has no taste so slip it into a smoothie and put it in a dark colored or opaque cup with some tasty fruits and your picky little one will be none the wiser. We’ve even squeezed in a bit of green bell peppers, romaine lettuce, kale, and cilantro to fresh juice and Sweet BeBe couldn’t get enough!
Juicing gives you the opportunity to jam pack all the powerful micronutrients found in fresh fruits and veggies in a smaller volume of liquid. It’s a great way to complement a detox protocol or as an immune booster when a bug gets you down.
Different fruits and veggies offer different benefits. Each fruit or veggie is the color that it is due to the dominating phytonutrients that it contains. That is why “eating the rainbow” is essential so that you get a broad spectrum of nutrients to help your body do it’s job most efficiently.
Masticating juicers are best. With mastication juicers there’s no heating up the juice which can happen in other types of juicers. Centrifugal juicers spin at high rates as the fruit or veggie is pressed down against the grating mechanism. The friction that occurs releases excess energy as heat. The increased heat during processing can damage some of the very phytonutrients that you are trying to consume. Mastication (think of the chewing motion your mouth makes when you eat) compresses and grinds the fruit or veggie and extracts the juice in a more gentle manner. They can be more expensive but may very well be worth the investment. If you’re not sure if you will stick with it, start with a smaller, cheaper run of the mill juicer before you make a huge investment. My first juicer was just about $30 and I used it for about a year to be sure it wouldn’t be just a fad for me before I considered investing in something more pricey.
No matter how you slice it getting as close to the recommended 5 or so cups of fruits and veggies a day can be a little easier if you add a smoothie or fresh juice into your routine. (5 cups a day is based on a basic 2,000 calorie per day plan. Your age and level of activity may dictate a different caloric requirement per day so discuss this with your doctor.) Throw in a couple of fresh, organic berries! Berries are full of rich anti-oxidants which can help reduce your risk of heart disease. If you have concerns regarding elevated blood sugar, then focus on the veggies and add just enough fruit to make sure that the taste is pleasant to you. If you’re really concerned, taking a capsule of cinnamon before you eat or juice can help stabilize your blood sugar levels.
Happy Healthy Living!
Until next time…
- Smoothies are a good meal replacement or rejuvenation option especially if you add protein and/or supplements.
- Juicing allows you to concentrate all of the powerful micronutrients in fruits and veggies into a smaller volume.
- The color of each fruit or veggie indicates a different set of nutrients are present so eat the rainbow!
- If elevated blood sugar is a concern, cinnamon can help!
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