Did you have a good weekend?! My weekend went lightning fast...lol! My daughter got asked to Prom so we spent Saturday looking at dresses! I thought it would take a few weeks of shopping to find the right one but we found a beautiful dress on our first shopping trip! WOOO WHOOO!! I don't know who's more excited...my daughter OR me...lol! Prom is next month, I'll take LOTS of photos and share a few on here :)
Today I'm posting information on the difference between JUICES and SMOOTHIES!
I LOVE smoothies but I really didn't know the nutritional differences between the 2 until just recently ;)
Read along AND maybe you'll learn something you didn't know...
JUICES contain fruits and vegetables only. A proper juicing machine extracts the juice from whole produce and removes the pulp, leaving just its vitamins and minerals. Freshly made juices are bursting with nutrients that naturally strengthen our immune system and help prevent disease.
Juices are also easier to digest then smoothies because the pulp and roughage are removed and are thus helpful for those with sensitive digestive systems. Juicing should be used to nourish, cleanse, and rejuvenate the body.
SMOOTHIES contain fruits and vegetables and their roughage, plus ice, liquids, protein powders, and/or supplements or super-boosters. These ingredients are placed into a high-powered blender and blended until smooth. Blended smoothies retain their fiber and contain extra vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals derived from the skin, peel, and pith of the produce. Drinking smoothies can help us learn about the feeling of proper satiety, thanks to their fiber.
But be careful. Supermarket or food-chain "smoothie" may be more of a "milkshake" then a nutritious meal. Some smoothie chains and fast-food joints add excess sugar, calories, frozen yogurt, ice cream, and other extras that aren't waist-friendly.
The following are 2 recipes! A filling green juice AND a high-fiber smoothie!!
THE KALE APPLE JUICE:
4 cups kale
1 Fuji apple
1 large cucumber
1/4 lemon (optional)
Add all ingredients into a juicer and juice.
Serves 1 - 2.
PER SERVING: 100 CALORIES. 15 G FAT. 7 G PROTEIN. 20 G CARBOHYDRATES. 0 G FIBER. 10 G SUGAR. 240 MG OMEGA-3. 920 MG POTASSIUM. 280% DV VITAMIN C.
THE BLUEBERRY ALMOND SMOOTHIE:
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 cup baby spinach
1 cup kale
2 cups frozen blueberries
3 tablespoons almond butter
2 tablespoons chia seeds
Add ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
PER SERVING: 160 CALORIES. 10 G FAT. 5 G PROTEIN. 16 G CARBOHYDRATES. 6 G FIBER. 7 G SUGAR. 970 MG OMEGA-3. 40% DV VITAMIN E.
Which 1 are you going to try?! :D
Both of the recipes can be made in a minute! GO FOR IT!!
If you have any questions OR comments, I'd love to hear from you! Bring it on!!
Have a fit, healthy, happy, and DELICIOUS day :D
SEE YOU on Wednesday!
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist