The Difference Between Juices & Smoothies

Why juice at home!?
The obvious difference between Juices & Smoothies is that the nutrients present in fresh, homemade juice far surpass anything you can buy.
This is because bought juice has been pre – squeezed, packaged and usually diluted with water, so that many of the nutrients are lost along the way.
There may also be additives in bought juices, including preservatives, whereas at home you can be sure of exactly what you are drinking.
Not only does homemade juice and smoothie taste better, but the nutrients can be rapidly assimilated into the body.
This can, in fact, be a bit of shock to your body because it is a detoxification process that can cause a slight headache.
When you begin to drink your own juices you might also find that you are that you are passing water more often.
However, once your body has adjusted to your new regime, the symptoms will fade and you will feel and look – great.

The Difference Between Juices & Smoothies:

What is a Juice?

A juice is the liquid of the plant, with all of the plants fibre removed.  Juices in our minds, are healing drinks.

We like to refer to them as “vitamin and mineral infusions.” Juicing removes all of the fibre and some of the protein from the plants you are juicing.

This means that your body does not have to do any digestive work in order to extract the nutrients from your juice, as they are absorbed directly into your blood stream.

You can juice any plant that has juice to extract.  Fruits, vegetables and herbs are the most common juice ingredients.

Juices or Smoothies

What is a Smoothie?

Unlike a juice, a smoothie is made in a food processor or blender. It is thicker than a juice, and most include extra ingredients such as fruit and juices.

A  smoothie even quicker and easier to make than juice because all the ingredients go straight into the machine and are simply processed for a few seconds.

One of the best  ways of making a really good smoothie is to use frozen fruits.

The process off freezing means that the vitamins and nutrients are retained in the fruits, and frozen produce allows you to enjoy seasonal fruits and vegetables all year round. Your drink will be naturally chilled and won’t need to be diluted with ice or chilled water.


Avoid Juicing these Foods:

Too much fruit – It’s best for your body, and your liver in particular, to avoid juicing copious amounts of fruit.

Fruit is best processed in our bodies when it comes with all its natural fibres, otherwise the sugars present are released to quickly into your blood stream, and your liver has to work extra hard to filter them.

It is best to keep your juice fruit free, or limited to small servings of green apple.

Spinach or Chard every day – Spinach and chard are high in oxalates which can cause kidney stone issues in those people who are susceptible.

We recommend that you do spinach and chard only every other day, as opposed to every day, just to be on the safe side.  Aside from these two greens, you should be fine to juice greens every day.

Avoid Blending these Foods:

Starchy, hard to digest veggies – It’s best to avoid putting really starchy veggies like sweet potato or regular potato, as well as very hard to digest root veggies like beets and carrots in your smoothies.

These ingredients will just be hard for your body to break down, even in blended form.  Stick to the more water rich veggies and leafy greens.

Too many ingredients –  It can be very easy to get carried away, wanting to add an abundance of nutrition into your daily smoothies.

There are lots of super foods, powders, potions, herbs, fruits, veggies and leafy greens out there, but you do not have to put them all in every smoothie that you make!

Keeping your smoothies on the simpler side (2-6 ingredients) will be much better for your digestion.  Otherwise it may do more harm than good.

As you can see, both smoothies and juices have their place and purpose in a raw diet, and in a healing plan.

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