The debate rages on! I know people who swear by their homemade green juice in the morning. There are others that can’t go without a smoothie after a workout. Here is some infomation that might help you decide:
- To make a smoothie, all you need is a blender. Simple!
- Smooth move…smoothies retain the fiber of the fruits and vegetables in them. Juices don’t.
- Speaking of fiber, because of it the sugar and calories from smoothies are absorbed more slowly so it can help stablize blood sugar levels and energy levels.
- Annnnd more on the fiber-smoothies also help promote weight loss because the fiber helps you feel fuller longer.
- Make it a meal by adding some protien to it!
- Making your own juices requires a juice extrator or citrus press. The really good ones can get expensive, but are worth it!
- Faster than a speeding bullet! By juicing you can get a high conentration of micronutrients absorbed into your bloodstream because of the dcreased amounts of fiber in the juice. Proponents of juicing say that because of this, you receive better nutrition.
- Detoxes your liver. Juice can help to detocify and “de-sludge” the liver.
- Don’t worry. Be happy! Juicing is said to help ward off depression due to the high concentration of minerals such as magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium and folic acid.
- Juicing also has anti-aging properties from the antioxidants contained in the juice (blueberries especially!) that defend against wrinkles, and muscle tone loss.
So, although they both have their pros and cons, I think that it comes to preference. Which one is for you?