Category: Smoothie

Juices vs Smoothies

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The age old debate; Juices or smoothies, and who wins the “healthiest” beverage title continues, from my point of view there is a clear winner. A juice is generally a beverage which contains the liquids from a fruit or vegetables, and in it’s best form, will come straight from fresh produce. However there are many products on the shelves which are “juices” but have been processed and pulverized to an oblivion, containing very little actual nutrients. However, we will disregard these in the juice category, so for now we are talking about fresh raw juices straights from the fruit and vege. 

Juices are the water/liquid component of fresh fruit and vege, with popular juicing produce being oranges, apples, celery, carrot, lemon, ginger, watermelon, and kale. Now having juice from fresh produce is great, except when you consider the things juice doesn’t include. When we juice something we remove ALL the fibre, and with that much of the nutrients. We also are able to drink bucket loads more juice than we could eat the whole fruit and vege, which means we may be getting far more energy and sugar than we think. Imagine this: A juice can contain 2 oranges, an apples, 2 carrots, a piece of ginger and 2 sticks of celery, and only just be a whole glass. While this might seem a great way to get lots of fruit and vege, imagine actually eating all of that fruit and vege whole. Chances are you probably wouldn’t be able to. Fibre is something that keeps us full, feeds the good bacteria in our gut, and helps keep our digestion regular, without it we would have incredibly poor digestion (think constipation, diarrhea, bloating, excessive gas). We are doing an incredible disservice to whole foods by ridding them of their fibre. 

Now looking instead to the humble smoothie; nope, i’m not talking about that fancy chai matcha kale cinnamon banana and almond milk smoothie you saw on instagram last week. Or that crazy monster of a smoothie topped with pretzels and whole bars of chocolate. I’m talking about a simple banana, oat and spinach smoothie. We keep the fibre, so we stay full, our digestion stays regular, and we still get the benefits of all the nutrients and antioxidants from the fruit and vege. Plus you can get as creative as you like; chia seeds, zucchini, mango, almonds, linseed, strawberries, almond milk, walnuts…the list goes on. The are a pretty perfect meal in a cup. However we can get a little carried away with smoothies, and they can end up being just full of energy and not much else. Keep in mind to base them off fresh fruit and vege and not full of peanut butter and coconut milk. 

Check out this delish pear and vanilla smoothie over at Deliciously Ella!

So, in conclusion juices remove the fibre (=not so great) and smoothies keep it (=great!). But to be perfectly honest, labeling food as good or bad is just a recipe for disaster. A fresh juice is a great way to get a few serves of fruit and vege, and smoothies can be excessive and full of kilojoules. With all things, be sensible and eat in moderation. Just eat real food. Ok?

 

 

Green Smoothie giveaway

A few weeks ago I ran a giveaway thanks to the Green Smoothie Co, but I was so busy at uni, that I don’t think it got the attention it deserved. So I’m going to re-run it to give everyone the chance to enter. The prize is a Mix it up pack containing: 1 x Brain Food, 1 x Green Is Good, 1 x Power Hit, 1 x Crazy for Cacao and 1 x Super Booster. 



If you would like to know more about the Green Smoothie Co, or get your hands on their products, see their website: http://greensmoothieco.com/

If you would like to read my review, read it here: http://www.thewellnessplate.com/2014/02/go-green-for-goodness-sake.html

All you need to do to be in the draw, is leave a comment below about your favourite smoothie combination!

*Only open to residents of Australia and New Zealand

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Go green for goodness sake

One of my new favorite loves are green smoothies. I know, they have been around for ages, surely i’m on the bandwagon already? Well, yes and no. I had tried them a long time ago, but found them not very tasty. Its a hard thing to get right, especially if you are adding super foods like spirulina and chorella to your smoothie. They usually taste like a mix of grass and green algae. Not the nicest way to start your day.

Luckily, I found the Green Smoothie co. They have already done the hard work of formulating the perfect balance of super foods to add into your smoothie. They have created tiny single serves of super foods, in these gorgeous little easy travel packets. And its so easy to just grab one, add a few pieces of fruit and veggies, add your liquid, whizz up, and hey presto! You have a healthy, nutritious, fun smoothie to start your morning, or as a perfect snack during the day!

And on the front of tastiness-they have got it 100% perfect! I haven’t tried all their flavors, but the green is good is amazing. I never thought I would say that I actually LIKE green smoothies. The Green Smoothie Co have also made them very affordable, at $15 for a 5 pack. That’s less than the price you would pay for a few smoothies out on the run, or a few coffee’s.

Using the ‘green is good’ sachet, I created this amazing ‘Juicie’ a hybrid green juice/green smoothie:

Ingredients:
2 Apples
1 small cucumber
1/2 head kale
1 lime
1 Handful spinach
1/2 cup grapes
1 green is good sachet

Juice the apples, cucumber, kale and lime. Then add juice to blender, as well as remainder of ingredients. Blend until combined and enjoy!

This green juicie has a HUGE amount of nutrients in it-lots of vitamin c, iron, antioxidants and the list goes on!

And, because I would LOVE you guys to be able to try their fabulous products, the gorgeous team over at the Green Smoothie Co have generously donated some to give away!

Pop over and visit them at www.greensmoothieco.com

So all you need to do, is pop over and like their facebook page, or share this post on your facebook page!

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Watermelon and Strawberry Slushie

I was browsing through my fridge yesterday looking for a beverage. I noticed I had a quarter of a watermelon that need to be used. Usually I would juice it. However I wasn’t really in the mood for a juice. So I decided instead to make a fruit slushie! It was super easy, and perfect for the hot Aussie weather at the moment.

2 cups of watermelon, cut into cubes
4 frozen strawberries
1 cup ice
500mL water
100mL Almond milk
Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.