green smoothie or green juice, that is the question :-)
Green smoothie or green juice, that is the question.
This is a classic one and by no means an already debated and done with question.
1. What is the difference between green smoothies and green juices?
2. what to best use?
I have read an listened extensively to everything I could find on the subject and I could not find a good "fit for all" answer for number 2.
So I will first answer to number 1 and at the end I will also give you my "call" on number 2. :-)
Green Smoothie vs. Green Juice
a (green) juice uses only the juice of the fruit and vegetables and any liquid present in the leaves; the end
result is pure juice on one side and on the other side the pulp;
for a (green) juice you use a juicer that separates the juice present in your materials from pulp,
You do not mix anything with water, you just extract the "water" from your materials;
There are two general kinds of juicer: the centrifuge, that extracts juice by the means of a very
quickly turning centrifugal mesh (thus the name); and the slow juicers that extract the juicer
by means of pressure against the mesh (more technical stuff here)
Generally speaking a slow juicer extracts more nutrients and more juice than a centrifuge and
the pulp left is less wet;
I use a Hurom slow juicer and a Vitamix blender and am in love with both but lately I make more smoothies because of the:
moist and starts rearranging the "furniture" in your digestive system; it moistures you from the inside out during a
longer period of time; something else interesting is that it starts moisturizing your old "crap" (excuse my French), thus
giving it an "incentive" to also take the highway, if you know what I mean (and we all have that inside, I can assure you)..
And a last point I want to make is:
From the time point of view If you want to buy a centrifuge, it's better to have a big "professional" one and than you can throw everything inside, like big apples and a celery stem bush :-) That would save you some time. With a small centrifuge (I used to use and still have a great lil Phillips), you still have to cut everything and you even need more time to juice everything.
Also, a juicer of any kind takes more time to clean than any blender.
Bottom line of time: to make a smoothie you need much less time than to make a juice. If you use a system and get used to it, you can make 2 l of smoothie in 10 minutes or less per day - plus maybe 30 min one time a week to organize your system.
In the end (for question number 2 at the beginning of this article), there is in the "health world" a whole controversy about what is good "for you", the smoothie or the juice.
Some will say juice, others will say smoothie.
In my opinion and with all the respect, the only way to measure what is "good for me" is trying it myself for a longer period of time (a few weeks or more) so that I feel precisely what it does to me. The same goes for you, I believe.
I had long periods of and I loved both. To me it was and is very important to have the machines that are good for making juice and respectively smoothie from the leafy greens.
Both the Hurom and Vitamix have their advantages and I love using them and they are both good for the leafy greens.
At the moment I drink green smoothies (so you get to see those recipes) and in the future I may go back to juices if it fits my possibilities.
I'll let you know:-)
If you decide to juice, you can still use my recipes and multiply your quantities accordingly :-)