Juicing vs Smoothies which is better? Everyone in the wellness sphere has their own two cents on this topic. This is my personal experience and take on both.
Firstly, green smoothies. An acquaintance of mine recommended to me in all good intentions and purposes that I try green smoothies which she uses as a meal replacement for breakfast. Well, I was not looking for a meal replacement but an addition to my meals, to increase the nutrients I was putting into my body. Nevertheless I tried it but unfortunately, green smoothies did not sit well in my stomach AT ALL. Literally. My tummy ballooned up and I had to go to the sh*tters every half hour. This continued the whole time I was drinking green smoothies.
Determined though to give green smoothies a fair go, I refused to give up so easily despite the diarrhea. On hindsight that was a real bad decision and I should have stopped drinking the green smoothies when the diarrhea still did not stop after a few weeks into it. When someone tells you something is good for you but if your body tells you otherwise then ALWAYS listen to your body. What works for someone else may not work for you. This was about the same time when I developed my Candida overgrowth and by now I have no doubt in my mind now that gulping down green smoothies everyday started the overgrowth.
Finally, I kicked green smoothies to the curb and when my stomach almost returned to its normal function, I set about juicing my greens and vegetables. This turned out to be a much more pleasant experience and the juices themselves gave me energy and the extra kick that I love during the day which was exactly what I was looking for.
I have come to learn that smoothies are just hard on a gut which is still healing or if you have a chronic illness. Juicing is a much more gentle way of introducing more nutrients into our body. So yes, green smoothies are not for everyone. If it works for you that is great but if it doesn’t then try juicing instead. I am talking about the freshly squeezed kind which is heavier on the vegetables than the fruits with preferably only one portion of fruit. Most definitely not the store bought kind.
Always use organic produce or produce from your farmer’s market especially for smoothies and juices. You are making something which will be dense in nutrients but hopefully not dense in pesticides as well. In case you have missed my post on organic living and why I do it, have a read here.
This is one of my favourite juice combinations. It is fresh, earthy and minty. A great pick me up after a work out or a walk. That little knob of ginger works a wonder adding that tiny bit of zing just where its needed.
Beetroot, Mint and Ginger juice – Makes 2 glasses
- 4 beetroots – peeled
- a handful of mint -washed
- 4 carrots – washed
- a knob of ginger – peeled
OK this is how you roll :
- Juice all the ingredients, sit back and enjoy your nice frothy beetroot wonder!