Green smoothie or green juice? What's better?
If you subscribe to our newsletter or blog, chances are you already know the benefits of getting plenty of leafy green vegetables (kale, romaine lettuce, spinach) each and every day.
But are you aware of the biggest differences in consuming them by juice or by smoothie?
That big difference is the amount of produce used to make each product.
One 16 oz juice contains nutrients from 2.5 lbs of fresh fruits and vegetables. Smoothies, contain (depending on the recipe) less than ½ lb of produce.
Here are some of the reasons why we love juice!
1- Juice will give your body a more immediate boost of energy because the nutrients are more concentrated than a smoothie.
2- Juice is made from fresh produce where smoothie ingredients are generally frozen or in powder form.
3- Juice is 100% fruits and vegetables - smoothies often contain ingredients other than fruits and veggies (like milk, water, and ice).
But what about fiber?
Another myth is that juices do not contain fiber.
When a piece of produce is juiced, the soluble fiber remains in the liquid because it's been absorbed by the produce already and will pass through to the liquid after it's juiced. The insoluble fiber is extracted during the juicing process removing volume from the produce, which is why there is so much more produce required to make a juice.
Smoothies contain both soluble (produce absorbed) fiber as well as insoluble fiber (the "pulp"). That's why smoothies are more dense than juices and can usually be chewed as opposed to chugged.
Both juices and smoothies have significant health benefits and we advocate for a healthy combination of both!