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Juicing vs Blending (Juice or Smoothie)?

While five servings of fruits and vegetables a day has long been the recommended standard, most Americans fail to consume enough healthy produce. In fact, a 2010 study found that the average U.S. adult gets only 59 percent and 42 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vegetables and fruits (respectively) each day. For my Midlife ladies where do you fit in? Are you getting your recommended fruits and veggies?  Adding fresh juices and smoothies to your diet can be a deliciously simple way to get more of the beneficial nutrients your body needs.

Juices

When you run fruits and vegetables through a juicer, you extract the water and nutrients while discarding the indigestible fiber. This process enables your body to absorb more of the enzymes, vitamins and minerals within the produce than it would if you consumed it whole. Because fiber can be tough on sensitive digestive systems, juicing is an excellent choice for individuals who regularly experience uncomfortable symptoms after consuming fruits and veggies.

After regularly consuming freshly pressed vegetable juices, which are highly alkalizing, you will experience improved energy levels, digestion and mental clarity, clearer skin, and an overall sense of well-being.  Nutrients pass directly into the bloodstream, and within minutes our bodies receive optimum fuel to feed our cells and help restore our immune systems.

Juicing machines can be messy: Cleanup is necessary so that germs and bacteria don’t fester in the juicer. Juice have a much short self life.  You should plan to drink your juice immediately, if possible, or at least within the first 48 hours of production. I had to trade-in my old juicer for a smaller one that was easier to clean.

Juicing will not make you feel full, thought it is a great way to add a large amount of nutrients into your diet, but juicing should not be intended as a meal replacement.

Juicing may not be such a great option if you’re diabetic. Removing fiber allows the sugar to enter your bloodstream rapidly. This can cause blood sugar spikes and crashes along with the moods and energy swings that accompany them. If you choose to juice fruit, make sure you combine it with a larger portion of green, leafy veggies such as spinach or kale to minimize blood sugar instability.

juicing-blending

My Juicer and Blender

Smoothies

Unlike juices, smoothies contain every bit of the fruits and veggies you choose to include—from the skin on the outside to the fiber within. Because the blending process breaks the fiber apart, drinking a smoothie is still easier on your digestive system than eating whole produce is. And because fiber slows the release of nutrients into your blood stream, smoothies are less likely to cause sugar spikes and crashes.

Smoothies are more filling than juice as well and keep you full for up to three hours, (again, because of the fiber). Add a protein source—such as low-fat milk, yogurt or a scoop of protein powder—and you’ve created a complete meal.

Smoothies contain all of the fiber of the fruits and vegetables, so you can actually store smoothies longer without losing too much nutritional value.  It is important to store in an airtight bottle to prevent oxidation. Smoothies can last up to 3 days if stored properly.

The fiber in smoothies helps to keep you bathroom regular and most smoothie blenders are so easy to clean. It is easy to add spoonful of superfoods, such as hemp protein powder, maca root powder, or spirulina to your smoothies.

 

The Right Equipment is Essential

A cheap juicer or blender is likely to heat up as you use it. This introduction of heat can destroy the enzymes and nutrients in your fruits and vegetables. While premium quality equipment will cost a bit more initially, you’ll benefit from the healthiest juice and smoothies possible. You’ll also need to replace your equipment less often, as higher end gadgets tend to last longer.

So what’s the decision? Quite frankly Juicing and Smoothie are both winners in my book. I use both for my daily wellness especially know that I’m in midlife,  I believe they both help to provide optimal health benefits in different ways. With all the changes we are going through in Midlife, doing one or both puts you well on your way to drinking your way to filling up your body with alkaline goodness.

At Kwavi.com, we believe every healthy day is a good day for a Midlifer. For more Midlife lifestyle inspiration, visit our website at www.kwavi.com/blog/.

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Comments

  1. Terri Ballard

    Hi Kwavi, love the article, like you I juice and blend, love them both. My question is the picture you show with your juice where did you purchase those beautiful glass bottles, I’d love to have some. Keep the knowledge coming, truly loving it, Thank You

    • Kwavi Agbeyegbe

      Hi Terri
      Awww! Thanks so much. I bought the bottles from Amazon.com, the manufacturer is Estilo Glass Water Bottles 18 oz, with Stainless Steel Caps – Case of 6.

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