In an increasingly health conscious society we are seeing more and more smoothies and juices on the menu in cafes and restaurants. But what are the differences between the two and which is healthier?
Juicing is a process of extracting only the juice from fruits and veggies, leaving out the pulp. Smoothies, on the other hand, are made by blending the entire fruit/veg (skin and all) into a smooth liquid.
- Smoothies are much better for our blood sugar levels. Juicing removes fibre from the fruit or veg which is what slows down the release of sugars into the bloodstream. Therefore, drinking juice will cause a very quick spike in our blood sugar levels. Juices also tend to be extremely high in sugar, even when they are advertised as 'no added sugar'. In fact, they often contain more sugar than a sugary drink. And don't be fooled - just because the sugar comes from the fruit it does not mean it is healthy... sugar is sugar at the end of the day!
- Smoothies keep us fuller for longer. This is because we use whole fruits which still contain the essential fibre that our bodies need. juices, on the other hand, have no satiating fibre and therefore the sugar releases quickly into the blood stream meaning you are likely to be hungry shortly after.
- Smoothies leave us with no food waste or wasted nutrients. This is because we always blend the whole fruit so we are able to reap the full health benefits (did you know: the skin of the apple can reduce the risk of certain types of cancer?). As a rule of thumb, it is always better to eat whole foods in their natural state including full-fat milk instead of skimmed milk... the food is made that way for a reason so we shouldn't mess around with it!
- Smoothies often contain a healthy source of fat which slows down the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream. For example you can add avocados, coconut, almonds, cashews or anything else to a smoothie! Not only do these healthy fats work to control the insulin spikes, they also have a host of other health benefits which you can read more about here.
I think from these points it is very obvious which the healthier option is... SMOOTHIES!! Not only are they undeniably healthier, they are also so delicious. You can even make a #smoothiebowl with lots of yummy toppings so it feels like you are eating a dessert when in fact it's all good for you! All you need is a blender and off you go! You can literally add anything you want into them so they are great for using up leftover veggies that you've got lurking in the fridge.
I'll be releasing the recipe for my own smoothie bowl (pictured) soon so keep your eyes peeled.
Let me know if you create your own smoothie bowl and make sure to tag me in it so we can be smoothie buddies!