Juicing vs Smoothies: What You Need To Know

Starting your day with a healthy and well-balanced breakfast might seem like a no-brainer, but it can sometimes be confusing to sort out what, exactly, the healthiest choice may be.

Highlights:

  • Great for breakfast, a snack, or pre- or post-workout, our Nutritionist-developed Superfood Smoothies are packed with 100% organic fruits and vegetables, and the right ratios of macro and micronutrients to help keep you full for hours.
  • Unlike others on the market, our benefit-driven, veggie-loaded smoothies contain grass-fed collagen protein, gut friendly prebiotics and probiotics, energizing superfood boosters and no added sugar. Plus, they’re all gluten, dairy and soy free!
  • Unlike juices, smoothies retain all the elements of the whole foods with which they’re made (most obvious and important is fiber), which makes them more filling and nutritionally beneficial.
  • Shop our Kitchen Market to try our varieties: Energizer, Fat Burner, Beauty & Balance, Detoxify & Repair, Immune Booster, Inflammation Fighter, Gut Healer, and Kids’ Brain Booster or Kids’ Immune Booster. Hours: Monday-Friday, from 9am-5pm.

You’ve likely heard all about health and wellness trends ranging from celery juice to collagen smoothies, but not all wellness trends are made equal. Knowing the pros and cons of juicing vs smoothies can help you determine which is best for you—and let you in on what you may be missing if you choose one over the other.

Juices:

Juices are, naturally, the liquid resulting from pressing (or straining out) the pulp, solids, and fibrous portions of fruits and vegetables. But because you’re extracting the liquid, the finished product is missing critical elements of the whole food, like fiber and related phytonutrients.

“Think about it: what happens when you squeeze an orange through a juicer? Water, sugar and micronutrients flow into your cup, BUT, the essential skin, most pulp, and fiber are left behind,” Kathy Napleton, founder and wellness chef at Nourished, pointed out. “This leaves concentrated sugar without the essential benefits of fiber and macronutrients. These omissions make a big difference in satiation and health benefits.”

That’s why you may notice that you feel a bit hungrier sooner after starting your day with juice. The liquid just doesn’t stick with you as long as other breakfast options. Juices do provide antioxidants, however, so you don’t need to write them off altogether, they just may not be the best choice on a daily basis, particularly if you’re hoping to use them as a meal replacement.

Smoothies:

Like juices, smoothies are liquid, but unlike juices, they’re made from blending whole foods rather than extracting the liquid from them. Because they retain all the elements of the whole foods with which they’re made, smoothies have similar benefits to eating those foods. The most obvious—and important—nutrient still present in smoothies? Fiber. The presence of fiber in the mixture makes the finished product more filling and much thicker than a juice made of the same combination of fruits and vegetables.

Additionally, because you can add so many extra ingredients (including supplements) to your smoothies, you’re able to pack in a lot of added nutrition that you won’t get from a juice. Some of our favorites include nuts and seeds, high-quality protein powders, prebiotics and probiotics, adaptogens, and more. These ingredients allow you to boost the protein, healthy fat, and fiber contents of your smoothie, which can also help to keep you feeling fuller longer and make your smoothie more satisfying.

The fiber content of smoothies is important for more than just satiety, however. Fiber plays a huge role in the overall health of your gut, which in turn can affect the health of the rest of your body.

“Dietary fiber promotes a more diverse ‘microbiome’ (aka the good gut bugs) and this supports a healthy gut and regularity of bowel movements (poop) and removal of toxins,” Kathy added. “Fiber is well-studied to promote regularity and prevent constipation.”

What to Look for in a Smoothie:

If you’re ready to swap your morning juice for a smoothie, there are a few important things you’ll need to consider. Are you planning to buy your smoothies or make them yourself at home? What kinds of ingredients do you want to include? If it’s store-bought, when was it made (smoothies that sit for too long can start to lose some of their nutritional power)?

Store-bought smoothies can be a great option for people who don’t have the time or variety of ingredients to whip one up for themselves every morning. Nourished offers a selection of nutritionally balanced, organic smoothies that taste great in a grab-and-go format.  Uniquely formulated by our Nutritionist and Wellness Chef, all 9 of our Superfood Smoothies target specific health benefits and are:

🥤made with 100% organic ingredients⁠

🥤gluten-, dairy- + soy-free⁠

🥤free from added sugars + preservatives⁠

🥤made with 9g grass-fed collagen protein⁠

🥤made with organic prebiotics + 20 billion CFUs probiotics⁠

Sold frozen for more nutrients, better flavor and guaranteed freshness, come into our Kitchen Market for an organic Superfood Smoothie formulated to help support your specific health and wellness needs. There’s even options for kids that are loaded with veggies (our Banana-Cacao Brain Booster + Berry-Banana Immune Booster)! Smoothies are available in convenient blend-at-home bags, or can be blended while you wait in our Wellness Kitchen to enjoy while on the go!

If you’re going to make your smoothies at home, make sure you’re reaching for a variety of fruits and vegetables and balancing the nutrition so that you’re not drinking something too high in sugar that’s just going to leave you feeling tired, hungry, and grumpy later on.

Ultimately, while drinking a juice every so often may not be a big deal, consistently reaching for juices over smoothies can open you up to missing out on some important benefits. Want to learn more? Read all about Nourished’s Superfood Smoothies here and come in to try one for yourself!

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