A lot of people and friends I meet often enquire about my juicing fetish and ask – what kind of smoothies do you like or what all do you usually add into your daily smoothies? My first thought (in my head) is of course that I do not make smoothies but juices. There is a fundamental difference between juices and smoothies which I am attempting to clarify through this blog post.
1) A juice is prepared in a juicer whereas a smoothie is prepared in a blender.
2) A juicer basically ‘pulls and squeezes’ out the juice from the fruits and vegetables whereas a blender simply crushes the fruits and vegetables into a semi liquid form.
3) You would require a medium to prepare a smoothie such as milk, yogurt, water. No medium is required to prepare a juice except for the fruits and vegetables.
4) A smoothie will be much heavier than a juice as it contains all the fibre present in fruits and vegetables. A juicer extracts the fibre out of the fruits and vegetables which is extracted by the juicer in a separate container. A juice therefore will not fill your stomach up.
5) By virtue of a juice not containing fibre, a glass of juice takes only about 20-30 mins to digest and the benefits of the phytonutrients and minerals present in a juice is immediately felt. On the other hand, a smoothie will take a few hours to digest as it contains the entire fruit or vegetable along with the fibre.
6) A glass of juice does include soluble fibre which is healthy and does not include the remaining fibre which is much less in nutritional value.
7) You may add up to 4-5 fruits or vegetables in a smoothie but you may not be able to add more than that as it would become too heavy to drink and digest. This is because a smoothie crushes and chops the fruits and vegetables along with the fibre. A juice can easily contain 7-8 ingredients as a juicer opens up the fruits and vegetables to release the nutritive value of the ingredients and throws away the remaining fibrous portion.
8) Hard fruits and vegetables like carrots, beets etc require a powderful blender ( a simple food processor can blend soft fruits and vegetables) whereas, all these can easily be put into a juicer. A juicer does not juice fruits like bananas and avocados which do not really contain any juice. Other than these 2 ingredients, almost any other fruit or vegetable can be juiced.
9) It is easier to make a smoothie and clean up is much less than that of a juicer.
This is a juice…
and this is a smoothie…
Can you see the difference in the texture?
I am honestly more of a juice fanatic. It certainly is more nutritious but is also more tedious and more expensive. This is because of the initial investment of a good juicer and also because juicing requires much more volume of fruits and vegetables to get the required amount of juice produce, as against a smoothie. I also make smoothies once in a while and enjoy the creamy and fuller texture of a smoothie. If you are on the path to begin a healthier lifestyle and want to consume more nutrients in a day through fruits and vegetables, juices or smoothies are both a good option and both have their positives and negatives – however both contribute to clean eating! They certainly do provide you with the nutrients available in 4-5 fruits and vegetables which you would anyway not end up eating raw all together.