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Essentially, the main difference is that you make
smoothies with a blender and juices are made with an extractor!
A smoothie retains the
fiber, and so in order to reap its benefits, your stomach needs to first digest
it. Due to the fiber content, it will satisfy your hunger longer and therefore
can either replace a meal, or serve as a hearty snack!
On the other hand, the
vitamins and minerals in juice are absorbed directly by your body. This is why
juices are known as fountains of youth; by integrating them into your daily diet
your daily nutrient needs can easily be met. Just one 16oz juice bottle
contains 4 pounds of raw vegetables; try eating that in one sitting! Juices
provide your body with concentrated levels of bio-available nutrients, which is
not the case for every meal we eat.
Caution: Green juice is not for everybody. If you are
diabetic, smoothies are more recommended as the glucose in juices may be released
too quickly (assimilation rate is about 10 minutes) due to the absence of
fiber, which slows down digestion. If you are intoxicated with alcohol, green
juices, which are detoxifying, can cause vertigo. If you have a sensitive
nervous system or suffer from hypoglycemia, it is not recommended to drink a
green juice on an empty stomach. As with any new food, it is best to start
gradually. To facilitate mineral absorption, green juices are best taken in the
presence of a fat; I like adding a teaspoon or tablespoon of pumpkin seed oil.
Green juices in particular
deserve a few gold stars; you can consider them as a daily investment in health
insurance. Their nourishing properties help to prevent the development of
osteoporosis and strengthen the immune system. Chlorophyll, a molecule that
provides plants with their green pigment, is strangely similar to your blood.
When you consume chlorophyll, it increases the oxygen in your blood, which
makes it a potent anti-oxidant while helping to keep your blood clean and lower
inflammation. It is also highly alkaline, which helps with the natural removal
of heavy metals.
I truly believe that the
one essential tool you should have in your kitchen is a juicer. I’ve had mine
for over 9 years and use it once or twice per day. I have an affinity for my
masticating juicer because you can clean it in less one minute, which is really
the secret of making juice regularly. Even with frequent use, it has withstood
the test of time. What’s more, today you can easily find juicers on Amazon and even in supermarkets.
Wishing you vitality and
I’m often asked what I
think of the Vitamix. Though wonderful, I don’t consider it essential. A
food processor can easily do the job of a blender, it is what I used for years.
The second turbo speed of the Vitamix blends the skin and fiber of food
to a creamy, homogenous state, so it is excellent for making smoothies and
soups, especially for children. However all the recipes found on Jmagazine can
be made without a blender, as long as you have access to a food processor and