I actually get this question a lot. Is it better to make a smoothie or to juice? The short answer is- whichever floats your boat. 😉 But there are differences, pros, and cons to both. So keep reading to decide which is best for you, or maybe they’re both best for you! They’re both delicious and refreshing, so why not? 😊
The Difference between Smoothies and Juice
First, what makes something a smoothie and what makes it a juice? A smoothie uses a blender. You simply place all of your ingredients into the blender and puree until smooth. Smoothies tend to be thicker and include some sort of “creamy” component. Juices usually are usually made using a juicer (although you can blend a juice, it will just very pulpy), but tend to be thinner and more watery instead of creamy.
The main pro of making a juice is that you get to use fresh ingredients to make some of your favorite juices instead of buying a pre-made juice that may have added sugar or other unnecessary ingredients. You can definitely get some nutrients from juice and decent hydration. Many feel it can be refreshing and a great addition to a breakfast or any meal.
You do NOT want to use juice to replace a full meal. You can’t get enough nutrition for a full meal with just a juice, and if you’re using a juicer instead of a blender, you’re also removing the fiber. Any diet that is asking you to drink juice instead of eating is asking you to do something extreme. Stay away!
Why Drink Smoothies?
Smoothies are different than juices. Number one, you’re not taking the fiber out of the produce, so it’s a great way to get extra fiber in your diet along with the other great nutrients fruits and veggies have to offer- too many to list considering all of the infinite variations of fruits, vegetables, seeds, fats, and proteins you could use! You can also add protein to your smoothies and get enough nutrition into 1 smoothie to act as a breakfast or snack. You can add greek yogurt, use milk as your liquid, or add a protein powder in order to do this.
I would not recommend making all of your meals smoothies because this turns it into an extreme diet. To me, smoothies are a breakfast food, and an easy one to grab on the go, so as long as it’s not about “dieting” or “replacing meals”, these can definitely be a part of a healthy diet! Just be sure that you have a balance of carbs, fat, and protein, and this can be a full meal.
What Not to Do
I already mentioned this in the above paragraphs but I feel it’s worth mentioning again- Juices are not meal replacements. They do not have enough macronutrients to count as a meal. It is a beverage. Even though smoothies do have macronutrients, you cannot replace all of your meals with them. Smoothies are great for breakfast because they are easy, portable, and some people are just not that hungry in the morning. But you need to eat the rest of your meals or you just won’t feel satisfied and you’ll be following a diet that you can‘t sustain forever, which as we all know, leads to weight gain, feelings of failure, and yo-yo dieting. Smoothies and juices are NOT a good diet by themselves.
Benefits of Smoothies & Juice
- Increased fruits and vegetables in your diet
- Fiber (more so with Smoothies and Blended Juices)
- Loads of vitamins and minerals like potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, vitamin A, B vitamins, Vitamin E and more (which fruits, veggies, seeds, and other ingredients you use make these nutrients vary)
- Increased hydration
- Decreased water retention
- Decreased inflammation
- Increased energy
- Increased variety in breakfasts and snacks
A few weeks ago in my newsletter, I shared a new favorite juice I was making using my blender. See below to get in on it. Also, if you sign up for my newsletter, you can receive my favorite smoothie recipe 😊 AND my Snacking for Metabolism Guide.
- Juice squeezed from 1 orange and ½ lemon per serving (I made a batch of this ahead of time using my manual juice press like this one and then poured about 1/2c into my blender each morning).
- Small chunk of peeled fresh turmeric
- Slice of peeled fresh ginger
- ⅓ cucumber (skin on)
- 1tbsp flax seed
- 1 serving probiotics
- Handful of baby spinach
Blend all together and enjoy!