When it comes to quick nutrition you can’t go past a good smoothie.
And this green goddess smoothie is total bang for your nutritional buck!
I am often asked what I think about juicing vs smoothies so let me share a little nutritional info that might help you make up your mind next time you are after quick nutrition.
Juicing is a great way to increase your daily vitamin and mineral intake from fresh fruits and vegetables. And juices are definitely easy on the digestive system. However, there are a few downsides to juicing, some of them pretty major.
Firstly, juicing means you lose the fibre naturally found in fruits and vegetables. Fibre is SO important for digestive health and a nutritional component you shouldn’t overlook. Juicing is also a lot more beneficial when made fresh, so unless you have the time to juice fresh produce each day at home or buy a freshly made juice you are going to lose nutrients to oxidisation (the thing that happens when juice is exposed to oxygen). It’s not major, but it’s definitely worth considering when juicing.
And finally, when you remove the fibre from fruits and vegetables you are left with a LOT of sugar. You guys know I am ALL about natural sugars over refined sugar (because if you are going to eat sugar you might as well get some nutrition in there too!) but sugar is sugar. If you were to eat the same amount of produce WHOLE that is found in your juice you are likely to be super full. Compare that to the juice and you are likely to be hungry not long after due to the missing fibre.
Smoothies are amazing! As with juicing, smoothies are a great way to increase your vitamin and mineral consumption in a tasty and easy way. Smoothies are also an excellent way to hide some of those tricky-to-eat foods or foods you aren’t so keen on (like kale and spinach). This is KEY when you are feeding fussy toddlers (or husbands). Smoothies are also a great way to add supplements such as protein powders, fats (which will help slow the digestion of sugars naturally found in your smoothie) and greens powders.
The downside to smoothies is definitely the equipment requirements. If you buy a crap blender you will end up with crap smoothies. Nobody wants to find chunks of kale or pineapple in their smoothie!
I currently use a Sunbeam stick blender for all my smoothie needs and it hasn’t failed me yet. Unfortunately my one is no longer available (I’ve had it THAT long!) but THIS ONE is similar.
- FIBRE is KING
- Juicing is perfect for those looking to increase their vitamin and mineral intake quickly at a higher calorie cost.
- Smoothies are perfect for those looking to increase their vitamin and mineral intake while keeping them full and satisfied.
I definitely vote smoothies over juicing and this GREEN GODDESS SMOOTHIE is my current go-to option for quick nutrition!
I personally prefer to use frozen bananas, pineapple and spinach for my smoothies because I love to serve my smoothies like dessert in a bowl. I especially find spinach blends better when frozen. See my tips on freezing fruit HERE.
I also often add protein powder to my smoothie as I struggle to get a high amount of protein in my diet due to primarily eating plant-based foods. I am personally a HUGE fan of the Garden of Life organic plant protein (the chocolate is soooo good!).
GREEN GODDESS SMOOTHIE
- 1 banana, frozen (or fresh)
- ¼ cup pineapple, frozen (or fresh)
- 1 packed cup baby spinach
- ½ medium Lebanese cucumber
- ½ cup filtered water
- Add the banana, pineapple, spinach and cucumber to a blender and cover with water;
- Blend until smooth and creamy, ensuring there are no lumps or bumps. This should take approximately 1-2 minutes on high if using a good quality blender;
- Pour into a glass or bowl and serve.