Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes, and antioxidants that our bodies needs to operate healthily and boost our immune systems. One way to ensure you are getting the daily recommended five or more servings is to juice or blend your produce. In fact, it’s actually healthier to ingest your produce this way because you are not “cooking” out some of the benefits.
While both juicing and blending your fruits and veggies have advantages, each affects the absorption of nutrients differently in your system.
Let’s break it down.
Juicing: Quick & Concentrated
Juicing your fruits and vegetables separates the fiber from the juice, allowing for faster absorption. Because the fiber is removed, your body does not have to work to break anything down; it is just dumped right into your system.
This allows for a more concentrated intake of nutrients because you are able to pack more fruits and vegetables in the same size glass. It is also easier to digest because no energy is needed, therefore healing and rejuvenation is expedited, getting the maximum amount of nutrition into your cells.
A few tips:
1. Keep the fruit content low, as it is higher in sugar, therefore increasing caloric intake.
2. Use citrus juice to cut any bitter vegetable taste.
Blending: Slow & Steady
Blending your fruits and vegetables preserves the naturally occurring fiber, therefore it aids in digestion. When your body breaks down and gets rid of fiber, it cleans out your digestive track, removing toxins and additional waste.
Because your body has to “break down” the smoothie, you feel fuller longer, so it can act as a meal replacement. Taking more time to digest also means there is a steady release of energy making blending a very balanced way to incorporate your fruits and vegetables.
A few tips:
1. Try adding protein powder for a balanced meal replacement smoothie.
2. Make smoothies for your kids to help them enjoy fruits and vegetables.