I was really curious to see what a juice vs a smoothie would look like when using the exact same ingredients.
This simply stemmed from simple curiosity on my part, I'm typically a smoothie girl but I do appreciate that juices have great nutritional benefits as you get a lot of nutrition in very small volume, which can be very beneficial if you're trying to assist your body in getting back on track after an indulgent period such as Christmas!
I have made a little video for you comparing them and giving my thoughts, it also gives some top tips and ideas on how I go about my juice and smoothie prep. I've blogged about my favourite smoothie recipe before I think, but have noted it again below for quick reference. The exact same ingredients are used in the juice.
Recipe: My favourite green smoothie (or juice)
Makes approx 1 litre
- 2 cups packed spinach
- 1/2 cucumber
- 2 cm fresh ginger
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 1 apple- cored not peeled
- 1 1/2 - 2 cups water (or more/less to reach desired thickness)
- pinch of xanthan gum (optional but makes the consistency beautifully creamy)
For smoothie: Blend everything together until as smooth as possible. I find it easiest to add half the water first, blend well and then add the remainder and re-blend to get the smoothest consistency.
For Juice: Juice everything and do not add the water or xanthan gum.