Friday, 13 September 2013

What is the difference between Smoothies and Juices

Smoothies are blended beverages that are often mixed with fresh fruit, crushed or shaved ice, frozen fruit, or other fruit juices. Smoothies usually do not contain ice cream (that’s what milk shakes are for). Smoothies date back to the 1960s when they were offered as healthy alternatives to milk shakes but it wasn't until the 1990s that they began to really catch on. Stephen Kuhnau, founder of Smoothie King, the second largest smoothie franchise in the US, claims to have coined the term “smoothie” in the late 1960s though a company named Waring made a blender in the 1940s that had an accompanying booklet publishing recipes for “smoothees”

Smoothie – this is when the whole food is blended into a thick drink using all of the fruit – except for the skin and seed depending on what it is (this should be obvious..I hope!) Smoothies are great as the fibre from the fruit provides sustenance, filling you up and it gets your bowels moving (which is a good thing – colon health is SO important – another blog post to come!). You can make pure fruit smoothies, add in some spinach for a green smoothie (it tastes soo much better than you would imagine!) or make a creamy shake with some almond or brazil nut milk. There really are sooo many combinations! Check out the machine I use to make my smoothies in super quick time.

Here’s a pretty comprehensive list of all the wonderful fruits and vegetables available to juice or use in a smoothie to get your imagination and taste buds going;
  • Apple
  • Apricots
  • Grapefruit
  • Orange
  • Raspberry
  • Peach
  • Nectarine
  • Cherry
  • Pear
  • Pineapple
  • Banana
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Blackberry
  • Blackcurrant
  • Blueberry
  • Cranberry
  • Melon
  • Grape
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Passion Fruit
  • Tangerine
  • Carrot
  • Cucumber
  • Watercress
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Beetroot
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Parsley
  • Spinach
  • Parsnip
  • Sweet Potato
  • Tomato
  • Celery
  • Peppers
Generally fruit can be juiced or used in a smoothie but veggies are better juiced. 
However you can put things like spinach, kale, tofu and other dark green leafys into a smoothie but be sure to add some mango or pineapple for example, so that the harsh green taste is masked by the sweetness of the fruit.

You can boost  your nutritional intake with Super Foods like wheatgrass, aςaí powder, spirulina, E3 Live, Maca, Guarana , Goji Berry  etc

Juice – this is when ONLY the juice is extracted from the fruit or vegetable leaving the fibre in the pulp collector at the back of the machine. One of the many advantages of juicing is that you can get more nutrient-dense foods into your diet that for some, are less than appealing to eat, like broccoli, parsnip, sweet potato, kale, swiss chard etc. I like all of these things but I don’t want to eat 2 lbs of them!
This is why juicing is so great as you can easily obtain all of the vitamins and minerals from the food without having to chow down on a head of broccoli for example! In addition, our bodies absorb the nutrients with maximum efficiency as the body doesn’t have to break down and digest any fibre meaning the nutrients are assimilated in a matter of minutes rather than hours. It really couldn’t be any easier!
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