Although they are used interchangeably in most cases, smoothies and juice tend to be two separate things. While this interlinking has become so common that you may even see mistakes being made with recipes, there nevertheless should be a distinct difference between the two:
A smoothie tends to be thicker. It incorporates more of the pulp of the fruit and vegetables it contains, so is more like a less viscous yogurt than anything close to the consistency of water. It may contain milk, be it standard cow’s milk or coconut milk. It may also contain various seeds or direct chunks of fruit. It tends to be sweet to the taste. They are made primarily with immersion blenders (when at home) or industrial versions (when store bought).
A juice is altogether more watery. Much of the pulp is lost in the process of juicing; it’s the process of squeezing a fruit for its juice rather than mashing it (as you could describe the process of blending). This tends to mean you hear more about ‘green’ juices; juices which contain vegetables. It’s a good option for those who want the benefits of vegetables without having to eat them. As the name would suggest, a juice tends to be made with a juicer.
What’s The Difference To Me?
Both of the above tend to be recommended for those who are watching their health. It’s also very likely you will see them advertised as ‘energy boosts’ to help your workout and improve performance.
In terms of health, smoothies – which still contain the fiber from the body of the fruit – are preferable. Juice can be hard on your digestion due to the absence of this fiber.
Do They Work?
They can do, definitely. However, it’s far better to make them for yourself rather than relying on store-bought options or even those found at a juice bar. There’s a multitude of reasons for this, but if you’re looking to boost your health with these beverages, you need to be aware of them:
- When you make your own smoothie or juice, you have the full control of what goes into them. Store-bought products tend to be packed with sugar to make them taste as good as possible. If you’re watching calories or just prefer to stick to a low-sugar diet, then preparing them yourself is a far better choice.
- They might also contain preservatives or additives that it’d be better not to be consuming. You’re going to be drinking them for a health and fitness boost, so it’s important not to make things worse!
- It’s cheaper. The markup on smoothies and juices is astonishing – make them yourself and you’ll save a lot of money.
What Should I Put In Them?
A good balance of fruit and vegetables can give a real health kick. If you’re looking for energy, then focus on the berry family for sweetness while adding in green leafy vegetables for the plethora of B vitamins they contain. Go easy on the green veg though – too much and it will become overpowering, and you want this to taste good, not make you wince!