I go back and forth between making juices and making smoothies, like the donkey that is equally hungry and thirsty and is caught midpoint between a stack of hay and a pail of water (except I don’t die of hunger and thirst, for those of you familiar with this paradox).
Picking one or the other is like picking your mother or your father, they both have their excellent qualities as well as their down sides.
A juice is incredibility high in micronutrients, and because it is pure liquid it is absorbed very quickly into the body. This can revive you when you are feeling fatigued and lighten your spirits when you feel weighed down.
Juicing can also give your digestive system a much needed break and reset, allowing your body to detox and renew.
A juice has no fiber, however, and we the people absolutely don’t get enough fiber in our diet. That’s why fiber supplements are so popular, and why digestion and elimination are often at the root of all our ailments. Juices can also be quite high in sugar if it’s made too heavy on the fruit side, something to be mindful of when choosing a juice.
Smoothies have more fiber because you are typically using the whole fruit or vegetable (keeping the skins on when you can!). This is important to keep your engine running smoothly and to feed the good bacteria in your gut.
Smoothies can be rich in macronutrients, providing a generous helping of healthy fat and/or easy to digest protein (if you are smart about your protein choice). This makes a smoothie a good choice for a meal replacement or for energy abundant days that you need to stay fueled for. Last year I walked a marathon in 9.5 hours on one powerful stamina-building smoothie!
Smoothies, however, take some digestive fire to absorb and can even be difficult to digest for some people – especially if there is a lot of greens. It’s also easy to overdo the sugar in smoothies – some are made out of nothing but fruit. And there are even smoothies on the market with even more sugar in them than a can of soda!
When it comes to deciding between a smoothie or a juice, it’s important to consider what you want to get out of it, then be strategic about the ingredients you choose. With this in mind, either choice will likely be perfect for you, and you don’t need to get so hung up on which is better.
Juices and smoothies can be equally awesome, and equally evil. It’s really YOU that determines which way the cookie will crumble.
Love & Health,