I have really started falling in love with juicing. I used to be a complete smoothie girl until I started learning the benefits of juice. One thing that drove me away from juicing was that when a fruit or veggie is juiced, all of its fiber is removed. Nutritionally fiber is one of the best nutrients because it fills you up and keeps you fuller longer, stabilizes blood sugars, helps lower cholesterol, keeps the GI system healthy and keeps you regular, and helps protect against many chronic illnesses.
However, when the fiber is removed, it gives the gut a rest to absorb nutrients more readily. Juicing extracts all the vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients to be easily absorbed.
Considering both of these, I think there should be a healthy balance between juicing and smoothies. In one you get fiber and possibly fewer absorbed nutrients, and in the other you get no fiber and more absorption of nutrients. Smoothies and juices can make it easier to consume fruits and veggies, but don't forget to eat the whole fruit or veggie as well! It's all about balance.
- 5-6 carrots
- 3 apples
- 1/2" knob of fresh ginger root
- Clean all fruit with water, veggie brush, and veggie wash (optional)
- Slice ends of carrots (do not peel) and de-core the apple
- Put all prepped ingredients into blender until juiced
- Note: only keep fresh juice for 1-2 days as bacteria can grow from unpasteurized juice! Ideally consume fresh from the juicer!