If you think you have to chow down on a bunch of spinach each day in order to improve your health, you’re wrong! Drinking green smoothies and green juice is a great way to get the benefits of a ton of greens in just a couple of swigs.
I’ve already talked about why green smoothies are awesome, but what I’ve been noticing is that people are really confused about the differences between green smoothies and green juices. And who wouldn’t be confused? There is a ton of information online and in bookstores with each author and blog writer telling you their secret green formula for health.
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Here’s the honest truth: simply increasing your intake will make a difference in your health. But if you want to go to the next level, where you feel like you have an almost unending amount of energy, you need to start incorporating green smoothies and green juices.
Green Smoothies and Green Juice—What the Heck Is the Difference?
I recently read a great blog post by Food Babe about how to make green juice if you don’t have a juicer. The information was spot on, but I noticed that some people are really confused about juicing vs. smoothies.
There are a lot of people who are pro-smoothie or pro-juice, like one is better than the other. Let me tell you something. Juicing and drinking green smoothies = getting your greens, and that right there is goal #1, my friend.
But I still think it’s important to bring some clarity to the table. Just what the heck is the difference between a green smoothie and green juice? Is one really better than the other?
The simple answer is this: FIBER.
Smoothies contain the fiber from the fruit and vegetables that you grind together in the blender. The whole food is pulverized and then you drink the thick, sometimes chunky, goodness.
You can actually see the fiber in this smoothie. Do you see it?
With green juice, the fiber is taken out. Whether you use a blender and sieve or an actual juicer, the fiber (or pulp) is extracted and all you’re left with is liquid.
Why Drink Juice At All, Let Alone 7 Days a Week
For some, the idea of removing fiber is borderline sacrilegious. We need fiber in order to have healthy and complete bowel movements, so why on earth would someone remove such a vital component?
Here is how I think of things: smoothies are food, juice is medicine. Just because you’ve removed the fiber doesn’t make it useless. Quite the contrary when it comes to greens. Juicing greens is like getting concentrated nutrients, all of the vitamins and minerals in one shot. Doesn’t that sound so much easier
than downing a blender-full of green smoothie?
Don’t get me wrong—I love green smoothies. They taste amazing, add a ton of nutrients to my diet and make going to the bathroom super easy. I recommend drinking them multiple times per week.
But if you want a shot in the arm of energy, green juice is the way to go. In fact, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have a daily shot. Here are just a few of the benefits:
- Less risk of diabetes, according to Time magazine expert Dr. Lydia Bazzano
- Improved cholesterol numbers
- More nutrient bang for your buck; due to the lack of fiber you can drink more
- Increased energy, healthier skin in just a few days. For a personal account, check out this blog by health coach Sarah Sturgis.
You Don’t Have To Go Crazy to Get the Benefits
Another misconception is that you have to do a juice fast. A juice fast is fine for some people, but in my opinion it’s not necessary for everyone. You will start to notice changes in your health simply by increasing the amount of greens in your diet.
However, green smoothies and green juice will help get you there faster.
Get the healthy, vibrant life you crave by making a few small changes. Add a shot of green juice to your breakfast, lunch or dinner each day and you will start feeling the healthy buzz before you know it.
How about you? Have you noticed a boost in energy by adding green juice to your diet? Do you find green juice superior to green smoothies? Let us know. Comment below or join the conversation on social media.