You've probably heard of the benefits of drinking juices and smoothies. If you're not a big vegetable eater, they're a great way to squeeze (pun intended) some extra goodness into your daily diet without chowing down on a pile of salad.
But What's The Difference?
Here are 2 tables to show you some of the pros and cons of juicing and blending.
Juicing is great if you have trouble absorbing nutrients from your diet as you don't have the fibre slowing down absorption. If you don't have an issue then the extra fibre you get from blending will help to keep you regular. It will just take a little longer for the nutrients to get into your system (which it still does).
Juices are lower in calories compared to smoothies so they are suitable to have as a drink between meals. Not every meal however. Water is still better for quenching your thirst.
If you're looking for a meal replacement then a smoothie works best. Drinking a juice instead of a meal could lead you to snack on unhealthy office goodies when you become ravenous 30 minutes later.
When making your smoothie, make sure that you're not overloading on the calories. If you are having a breakfast smoothie for example, make sure that it's no more than 300-400 calories or you risk consuming more than intended.
Having said that, if you load your smoothie with the right ingredients, you could stay full right through to lunch and avoid the morning tea munchies. Have a play and see what you come up with.
I prefer blending. If only for the reason that I hate cleaning the juicer! I can add protein powder and some oats and get a good breakfast going when I've got many clients and not much time to eat.
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Which do you prefer? Juicing or blending?