Since the beginning of this month, I've been talking a lot about smoothies and juices and some of you might be wondering what the difference is.
I like to think of a smoothie as more of a meal replacement, especially if you've added some sort of protein to it, in the shape of protein powder, hemp seeds, chia seeds. Having said that, I wouldn’t advise anyone to replace every meal with a smoothie.
A smoothie is a bunch of ingredients that have been liquefied.
Smoothies still contain all the fibre from those foods but it’s been ‘chewed’ by the blender blade, just as the body would normally chew and liquefy everything we eat in order to digest it. Fibre is important to balance blood sugar.
So with smoothies, we’re taking the burden off digestion by blending (essentially chewing up) the food whilst giving the body a healthy amount of fat and protein.
I think of a juice as a snack.
When you juice, you’re squeezing or shredding the juice out of the ingredients.
This means all the nutrition from those vegetables and fruit are absorbed very quickly and are in your bloodstream, being used, within 20mins. So juices are fantastic for boosting energy and hydration but they have no fibre in them.
It’s important to keep juices as low sugar as possible and using mostly vegetables will do this. Otherwise you’ll get a blood sugar spike and will be left feeling a bit flat.
The same goes for smoothies, I like to keep them as low sugar as possible, trying to mosty use fruits like berries and adding lots of fibre, fat and protein to balance out the fruit.
Others might disagree with me but this is what I think. Either way, if your digestion is working properly, smoothies and juices are both a great way to get a bag full of nutrients into your system fast.
Enjoy the weekend!
PS The beautiful picture is by the talented @wrightkitchen
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