Guest Post: Cindy Mackintosh, Certified Health Coach
Which is better for you: juicing or blending?
What’s the difference? This is a question that I get asked all the time. Which is better: juicing or blending? Does one offer more health benefits than the other?
Juices and smoothies both play an important role in any wellness program. I believe that both juicing and blending are extremely beneficial, but in different ways. We are all different and what works for me may not work for you. Let me explain.
Juicing is a process which extracts water and nutrients from produce and discards the indigestible fibre. Without all the fibre, your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to break down the food and absorb the nutrients. In fact, it makes the nutrients more readily available to the body in much larger quantities than if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole.
This is especially helpful if you have a sensitive digestive system or illness that inhibits your body from processing fibre. The fibre in produce helps slow down the digestive process and provides a steady release of nutrients into the blood stream. Also, you can pack more servings of fruits and veggies into a single serving of juice than you can into a smoothie.
Freshly squeezed vegetable juices form part of most healing and detoxification programs because they are so nutrient rich, they nourish and restore the body at a cellular level. These divine drinks give our bodies proper building blocks of chlorophyll, protein, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that it needs, in a huge big dose. In comparison, imagine a breakfast of white sugar, white flour, hydrogenated oils – which all leads to an unbalanced body and mind! You make the choice…
A word of caution: When you remove the fibre from the produce, the liquid juice is absorbed into your blood stream quickly. If you are only juicing fruits, this would cause a rapid spike in blood sugar. Unstable blood sugar levels can lead to mood swings, energy loss, memory problems and more! Go slowly with both fruits and high sugar vegetables when juicing.
Blending / Smoothies
The process of making a smoothie involves blending the entire fruit and vegetable. Here are some facts:
a. Uses the entire fruit or vegetable: unlike juices, smoothies consist of the entire fruit or vegetable and skin, so contains all of the fibre from the vegetables.
b. Creates a slow, even release of nutrients into the blood stream and avoids blood sugar spikes.
c. Is more filling, because it’s high in fibre.
d. It’s faster to make a smoothie than a juice, so they can be a great drink first thing in the morning as your breakfast, a snack or meal replacement throughout the day. You can prepare a smoothie as a dessert (blended frozen banana makes a great ice cream) or a protein rich drink (add a super food like hemp seeds or spinach for protein).
What are the benefits of smoothies?
– High mileage food
– High nutrient absorption
– Nutrients galore: vitamins, minerals, protein-rich, antioxidants, fiber, phytonutrients and enzymes
– Healing and alkalising
– Cleansing and chlorophyll rich (see green smoothie suggestions below for chlorophyll rich ingredients)
Equipment you’ll need
BLENDING: I use the wonderful Vitamix – it’s fast and amazing.
Juice and Smoothie Recipes
Morning juice for cleansing/detoxing: Cindy’s Cleansing Juice
Great tasting smoothie that is good for your skin: Spa Skin Cleanse Green Smoothie
Or create your own green smoothie:
I take my fresh morning veggie juice and “pimp” it with goji berries, hemp oil, chia seeds, bee pollen,hemp seeds and cinnamon.
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