Okay so I just want to clear something up…juices and smoothies are completely different and require different machines.
Juice – this is when ONLY the juice is extracted from the fruit or vegetable leaving the fibre in the pulp collector at the back of the machine. One of the many advantages of juicing is that you can get more nutrient-dense foods into your diet that for some, are less than appealing to eat, like broccoli, parsnip, sweet potato, kale, swiss chard etc. I like all of these things but I don’t want to eat 2 lbs of them!
This is why juicing is so great as you can easily obtain all of the vitamins and minerals from the food without having to chow down on a head of broccoli for example! In addition, our bodies absorb the nutrients with maximum efficiency as the body doesn’t have to break down and digest any fibre meaning the nutrients are assimilated in a matter of minutes rather than hours. It really couldn’t be any easier!
There are 2 types of juicers; centrifugal and masticating. For more info and the benefits of each, check out this post.
Smoothie – this is when the whole food is blended into a thick drink using all of the fruit – except for the skin and seed depending on what it is (this should be obvious..I hope!) Smoothies are great as the fibre from the fruit provides sustenance, filling you up and it gets your bowels moving (which is a good thing – colon health is SO important – another blog post to come!). You can make pure fruit smoothies, add in some spinach for a green smoothie (it tastes soo much better than you would imagine!) or make a creamy shake with some almond or brazil nut milk. There really are sooo many combinations! Check out the machine I use to make my smoothies in super quick time here.
Our body needs vitamins, minerals and enzymes that raw food contains. If we don’t get enough of these in our diet, then our reserve becomes low leaving us more susceptible to illness and disease. Even if you’re thinking, “Nah..I’m doing alright for my age/I feel pretty healthy/I had an apple this morning..” then yes you may be fine now. But what about when you’re older and your body starts to show the effects of being malnourished, (not from a lack of food, but a lack of nutrients?) I’m not trying to depress you I promise! I just want to pass on the information that is going to make you feel so much better not just about yourself but about your LIFE!
When we eat well, we feed the mind, body and soul, we feel happier and our experience on planet earth becomes a wonderful experience.
Okay, enough preaching – I’m guessing you’re already keen to get healthier seeing as you’re reading this. Back to the vital info..So you can juice pretty much juice anything except banana, mango and papaya – they are strictly smoothie ingredients only! Besides, they taste so amazing, why would you want to juice them?!
I’m told you can juice strawberries (but as my ex-flatmate and best friend will tell you, I don’t like to juice things that taste so good on their own!! I’ll tell you about Strawberrygate another time! (Just incase you’re wondering – we got over it and are still best buds!)
Here’s a pretty comprehensive list of all the wonderful fruits and vegetables available to juice or use in a smoothie to get your imagination and taste buds going;
- Passion Fruit
- Sweet Potato
You can even add garlic to a juice to ward off any colds but be prepared – you may notice people keeping their distance from you!
The general rule is that fruit can be juiced or used in a smoothie but veggies are better juiced. However you can put things like spinach, kale, swiss chard and other dark green leafys into a smoothie but be sure to add some mango or pineapple for example, so that the harsh green taste is masked by the sweetness of the fruit. There are also loads of superfoods you can add to boost your nutritional intake like wheatgrass, aςaí powder, spirulina, E3 Live, Maca, Guarana etc etc
I really encourage you to experiment but it’s a good idea to taste test as you go, at least at first, so you get an idea as to what works and what doesn’t. You should do this especially when making a greenjuice as veggies such as spinach, broccoli and watercress are very strong so you may want to start small and build up those taste buds slowly but surely! If it’s too strong at first, just add more sweet fruit like apples.
I think what’s so exciting about just having a smoothie or juice is the fact you can get LOADS of wonderful nutrients in to your body in super quick time with hardly any effort. If you make it, you know what’s gone into it; no refined sugars, no e-numbers, no colourings and no additives. Just pure wholesome fruit and veg going into your body and making you clean from the inside out!
Check out the recipe section for some inspiration!