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What’s Better For You: Juices or Smoothies?

Juice cleanses are all the rage these days, touting promises of increased energy, reduced bloating and overall better health.  But are these $10 juices really better than a smoothie?  Here are some thoughts to consider:

1. Smoothies can serve as a replacement meal.

Meals ideally include most of the food groups: fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy, and whole grains.  While juices can knock out fruits and veggies, smoothies can easily include all five.  By adding nut butter, milk or yogurt, and oats to a fruit and veggie smoothie, you’re creating a complete meal!

2. Smoothies and juices can help you meet your nutritional needs (even if you don’t like eating fruits and veggies).

Eating actual fruits and veggies packs more nutrients and fewer calories than juicing or blending them.  But many people don’t want to eat a few cups of raw kale, so they opt to drink as a yummy way to get those good nutrients.  If you are one of the few who finds enjoyment in biting into produce, then by all means: eat, don’t drink your fruits and veggies since it’s better for you

3. Generally, juices are used for weight loss.

Juices typically contain ONLY fruits and veggies; whereas smoothies often have more calorie-dense additions like yogurt or nut butter.  If you’re looking for healthy refreshments full of vitamins, you can normally find juices for fewer than 100 calories.  This isn’t to say you can’t use smoothies for weight loss, just keep calories in mind it might have enough calories to be a meal.

4. Juices are more nutrient dense than smoothies.

Hello, efficiency!

5. Smoothies are easier to prep, and can be prepped in advance.

If you like your smoothies and juices freshly made, smoothies are the easier route.  Simply throw your ingredients in a Tupperware the night before, and then dump that into the blender in the morning.   With juices, you’ll still have to run all your produce through the juicer in the morning (which can be time consuming!)

6Juicing requires more produce (and therefore more money).

To make one serving of a smoothie, you can use one banana, a handful of spinach, a few splashes of a liquid (like almond milk or coconut water), and another handful of ice or frozen fruit.  Because juices are so dense, the same amount of drink requires much more produce.  Can you believe you need two and a half bunches of kale for one cup of kale juice?

So, it depends on your nutritional goals on whether smoothies or juices are best for you.  Either way, we’re glad you’re making healthy choices and packing in the nutrients!

What’s your favorite smoothie or juice recipe? Share with us on Twitter @MedSpring, and remember we’re always here for you for any late night or weekend minor emergencies.

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