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End of Summer Fruit Pizza

End of Summer Fruit Pizza

Get it while the berries are hot my friends! Summer is almost over (HUGE sad face) and that means all the delicious, berries and other summer fruit will start costing us a frickin’ fortune soon. Last winter, Ashton came home with a small clamshell of […]

Fruit Sugar vs. Processed Sugar: Why is fruit better for me?

Fruit Sugar vs. Processed Sugar: Why is fruit better for me?

At some point, I’m sure we’ve all conquered our monster cravings and replaced a decadent dessert with a piece of fruit because we knew it was better for us. But have you ever sat down and actually thought about why it’s supposedly better? Believe it […]

Juices vs. Smoothies: Which is Better?

Juices vs. Smoothies: Which is Better?

Whether you’re trying to incorporate more fruits & vegetables into your diet, lose weight, or are just craving a spring drink, both smoothies and juices can add nutritional deliciousness to your body.

But they’re not created 100% equal.

So which is better for you? I’ve broken it down so you can make an educated decision that best suits your healthy lifestyle goals.

The main differences between them comes down to two things: fiber and absorption. Smoothies contain insoluble fiber, whereas juices do not, but juices absorb nutrients into the bloodstream quicker. So what does this mean?

Extra Pooping Power!

Insoluble fiber keeps your bowels moving. It’s found in the seeds and skins of fruits and vegetables and isn’t broken down by the gut or absorbed into the bloodstream. It’s purpose is to add bulk to our waste and move it out of our bodies quicker. Not only that, it also helps balance the acidity in our intestines, which aids in the prevention of colon cancer. Though this still gives you the lectins in the vegetables which can be counter productive. This is why some people take supplements that block lectin with their smoothies.

Fast Nutrients or Sugar Crash?

Since the fruits and veggies in juice are already completely broken down, the nutrients are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. This can be good as long as you’re not only juicing fruits. This can cause your blood sugar to rapidly spike and result in a later sugar crash.

Take Note: Beware the Sugar

Both smoothies and juices can be really high in sugar, particularly if you’re using tons of fruit, and be especially careful with juices since the absorption is so fast. If you’re trying to lose weight or watching your sugar intake, using more vegetables will be key.

The Bottom Line

Overall, for most of us, just getting more fruits and especially vegetables in our diet is a huge win. However, to help you decide which is best for you, think about your health and lifestyle goals.

Do you want more lean, mean muscle? Then go with a smoothie and add protein powder or Greek yogurt.

If you want to cleanse your body with a punch of nutrients, then opt for a veggie juice.

Either way, you can’t make a wrong decision if the alternative was a bag of potato chips or a handful of cookies.

Check out my Citrus Juice with Carrots & Sweet Potatoes or my Blueberry Chia Smoothie.








Citrus Juice with Carrots & Sweet Potatoes

Citrus Juice with Carrots & Sweet Potatoes

I’m not a big juice person. Even when I was younger and my mom would make that canned OJ from concentrate that everyone loved so much, I would always pass. I’d rather get my extra dose of sugar from more dessert than a glass of […]