Newbie – Smoothies vs Juicing?

 Hi All,

 I am afraid I caused a stir with my Juice Post last week. I just wanted to clear things up. I recommend juicing for the high nutrients and the major alkalizing effect it has on the body. Our body is constantly striving to balance it’s pH levels. Everything we put into our body will affect that. Dairy and animal protein have a very acidic effect vs greens and citrus fruits (lemons) that have an alkalizing effect. When our body is on an alkaline state, it is hard for any disease to thrive. You can assist your body in maintaining this state by eating clean, plant based whole foods.  The downside of juicing is the lack of fiber in the juice. If you are juicing  lot of fruit, it can spike your blood sugar and increase your cravings for sugary foods, so be careful.  The best ratio when juicing is 3-1, three veggies to one fruit if needed. I posted my favorite recipe last week. You can find that here.  You will notice in the recipe that is is A LOT of food, that is another great highlight for juicing. The recipe I posted fill a 32oz jar and should be consumed rather quickly. Also note, it is very good to “chew” your juice in order to activate the enzymes in your mouth that allow for maximun absorption of nutrients. Phew, I think that’s all. I hope you are not feeling overwhelmed!

Now onto smoothies, if you have been following us for a while, you know I am a smoothie LOVER. I make them daily. My kids love them. Smoothies are by far the easiest way to get my kiddos to consume spinach, flax seeds, and/or chia seeds. Smoothies are so great for breakfast or an after school snack. They are easy to whip up and can be a great source of fiber, good carbs, protein, and  loads of other powerful nutrients. There are so many combos that can be put together. Kids can create their own. They are a fun way to get the kids involved and an easy stepping stone in the process of transitioning kids to a healthier lifestyle. They are a staple in all of our homes. We have several recipes if you search “smoothie” in our search bar,  but my absolute favorite still remains:

The Classic GREEN SMOOTHIE (click here for recipe)

So the question of the hour (the one I asked Kris Carr last year!): Which is better for you?

The answer is not so scientific: Whichever one you or your family likes best! They both have great benefits and are great for you! And quite frankly, if your dilema is which is better for you, then my friend, you are on the right path!!

Now my final remarks. I just want to say after reading emails from some of our readers this past week, YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!!!!

Please pause for a moment and take a big deep breath, hold it…. now exhale! Phew, pat yourself on the back. You want better for yourself and your family and you are doing it!! WAY TO GO!!

Okay cheerleader Loni is going to bed! 🙂

Serious LOADS of love to all of you!!


Newbie Mommy

Source: WFM 1-10

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